It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means – Time for classic Top 5. And this one came to me really fast, usually I have to think about it for a minute, but this one was just popped right into my head – pretty simple. With Coach K retiring, he relinquishes one of the top spots for ‘Greatest Active Coaches in Sports Today’ from his ledger. This creates an opening. So…let’s see who has filled it and how I have these icons in sports ranked.
Time for our Tuesday rankings!
Greatest Active Coaches
5- Tony LaRussa- 2nd all time in wins with 2,821, he’s won 3 World Series titles, and he’s still good! He led the White-Sox to a 93 win season, cruising to a division title in the AL Central. And they’re poised to do it again. I don’t think we think of Tony as one of the greats in the game, but he cannot be denied based on what he’s accomplished.
4- Geno Auriemma- The standard in women’s college hoops. His UConn teams are perennial winners. 11 championships, 22 Final Fours, hasn’t missed a Final Four since 2007. I don’t know how to quantify this properly because I don’t follow the women’s game, but his accomplishments are so ridiculous, they have to be acknowledged.
3- Gregg Popovich- 1,343 wins, the most in NBA history. 5x NBA Champion, easily the most by any coach in the NBA (active), and I believe he’s #2 in pro sports in terms of titles for an active coach. Arguably the greatest basketball coach ever.
2- Nick Saban- 7x National Champion, 10x SEC champion. He just continues to crank out dominant recruiting class after dominant recruiting class. His players are some of the best in the NFL. He’s built an engine at Alabama, during a time where it should be tougher to do this than any other era in college football history. And, on top of it all, he’s never been accused of taking short cuts.
Number 1!- Bill Belichick- I think he’s the greatest coach of all-time, period. So for me this is easy. Talk about a guy winning in an era that promotes parity. Most super bowl wins by a coach (6), most super bowl appearances by a coach (9), and most playoff wins by a coach (31). And while Brady helped, he also helped Brady become the QB GOAT…plus, Bill won 10 games with Matt Cassell and took Mac Jones to the playoffs.