4. Jim Calhoun
Record: 321-123 (.723)
NCAA appearances – 10, Final Fours – 3, Championships – 2
Despite coaching in one of the most difficult conferences in college basketball in the Big East, Calhoun had UConn as a perennial contender and a threat to the Final Four nearly every season. His best work in the 21st century came when a middle-of-the-road Huskies squad, led by Kemba Walker, rattled off 11-straight victories to win both the Big East tournament and the NCAA National Championship. Although, many will still remember and praise one of Calhoun’s best teams, the 2004 club, anchored by Emeka Okafur, as being the victor in one of the most entertaining Final Four’s in recent memory.
3. Tom Izzo
Record: 380-146 (.722)
NCAA appearances – 15, Final Fours – 5, Championships – 1
Izzo is perhaps one of the best coaches in the game at making midseason adjustments and rallying his troops in February and March. Izzo’s Spartans have reached the NCAA tournament 17 consecutive season, dating back to the 1997-98 season. Michigan State has also become a regular in the Final Four, as the Spartans have reached the national semifinal round five times in the past 15 seasons, and won a championship in 2000.
2. Billy Donovan
Record – 402-127 (.759)
NCAA appearances – 13, Final Fours – 4, Championships – 2
Highly underrated, Donovan always seems to be the odd man out when discussing the top coaches in college basketball. The fact is, Florida has won at least 20 games every season since 1998-1999. Often, the Gators head coach gets discredited because he coaches in the SEC, a conference known more for its football than anything else. Still, Donovan has reached the Final Four on four separate occasions and won back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007.
1. Roy Williams
Record – 419-118 (.780) (113-29 @ Kansas)
NCAA appearances – 14, Final Fours – 5, Championships – 2
It’s hard to argue against Roy Williams being the lead dog in this race. Williams transferred his success at Kansas to another basketball Mecca at UNC. He led the Jayhawks to two Final Four appearances in four seasons and North Carolina to three national semifinals with two NCAA titles in 11 years. Williams has had some of the best talent come to North Carolina during his tenure and he’s proven he knows how to optimize their talents on a yearly basis.