POLL QUESTION – JULY 5
By Leo Haggerty
GREATEST COLLEGE COACH
It’s Sunday. The day after Independence Day and, I don’t know about your neighborhood, the sounds of exploding fireworks yesterday went well past midnight. Hey, with what we, as a nation, have been going through since March, I fully understand the need for people to blow off a little steam.
The legendary John Wooden
This is a hard one…what Wooden did wining 10 titles in 12 years Is absolutely incredible!!! (7 in a row). Geno with 11 titles and 20 final fours at UConn…just absurd! Man, both these are unreal choices. I’ll give the nod to Wooden.
Greatest College Coach of All Time, and I’m just looking at the major sports, John Wooden of course, now hold on one second. What about Eddie Robinson? What Does Greatest College Coach mean? Winning, impacting lives, Character? Well, this is where the grey starts to creep in, no doubt John Wooden is on Mount Rushmore. But Why Not Eddie Robinson? Robinson recorded just one losing season between 1960 and 1990, one losing season in a 30 year span, yes not at the highest level of the sport, but 30 years. He coached for 56 years! Think about the amount of lives he impacted in those 56 Years. Now John Wooden is at the top, but why not Mr. Robinson right next to him?
GOAT – Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Dan Gable – University of Iowa Wrestling – 1976-1997. During his tenure, Iowa had a dual meet record of 355–21–5. He coached 152 all-Americans, 45 national champions, 106 Big Ten Champions and 12 Olympians, including eight medalists. He won 21 Big Ten Conference titles (every year he coached) and 15 NCAA Division titles.
My vote would go to: “The Wizard of Westwood”.. The incomparable John Wooden.
I mean..10 NCAA College Basketball National Championships in a dozen years..is that not a crazy statistic!! Pass the bar-b-que, pop the firecrackers and hail to “Da Wizard”!
John Wooden and this isn’t even close. 12 Final Fours, 10 National championships, and a brilliant Hall of Fame career. He was obviously the best recruiter and then always maximized his talent which led to great success. Speaking of success, he authored his book, “The Pyramid Of Success“ which ended up becoming a bible for generations of coaches everywhere and still is today.
I’ll have to stick with football, and take Nick Saban. I know this is all time, but I’m going off of my all time, 1990 to the present. Wherever he coached (at the college level) he proved successful. However, when he landed in Bama, he really started to shine. I’ll have to lock in Saban – Roll Tide.
Greatest college coach of ALL time of any sport…John Wooden UCLA created champions on and more importantly OFF the court…
During the last 168 years, since the rowing teams from Yale and Harvard competed in the first intercollegiate sporting event in 1852 on Lake Winnipesaukee (say that three times fast, right) in New Hampshire, there have been many great men and women who have graced the campus of institutions of higher learning across the United States. Still, no matter who you bring up as the possible GOAT of collegiate coaching, you have to compare their accomplishments to John Wooden. In my mind, that makes “The Wizard of Westwood” the best of all time.