Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Coaches most likely to join 900-win club
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim recently became the third member of the 900-win club, joining Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as the only Division I men's coaches to reach that milestone.
Winningest Active Men’s D-I Coaches
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
Bob Huggins, West Virginia
Roy Williams, North Carolina
Jerry Slocum, Youngstown St.
So who, if anyone, might join that elite trio down the line?
Here’s a subjective look at the most likely candidates based on age and current win total.
10. Jeff Capel (37 years old) - 162 wins Currently an assistant at Duke, Capel got his head coaching start at 27. He'd obviously need to get another head-coaching job soon, but at 162 wins, he’s got a good head start -- especially if he ends up as Coach K’s successor.
9. Steve Alford (48) - 447 wins In his sixth season at New Mexico, Alford has been a head coach every year since he was 27. At 48, he’s almost halfway to 900.
8. Brad Stevens (36) - 149 wins Stevens was one of the fastest ever to reach both 50 and 100 wins. Still only 36, he has many years in front of him. But Stevens won’t have the Horizon League to kick around anymore.
7. Rick Pitino (60) - 641 wins Six seasons in the NBA have set him back, but Pitino would reach 900 wins in about 10 years if he averages 25 per season.
6. Roy Williams (61) - 685 wins Williams didn’t become a head coach until he was 38. That’s six years older than Boeheim was. With 215 wins to go, Williams would likely need to coach until he was about 70.
5. John Calipari (53) - 513 wins Averaging 34 wins per season at Kentucky, Calipari is making up for the four seasons he lost to the NBA. At 53, he needs fewer than 400 more wins to reach 900.
4. Thad Matta (45) - 333 wins Matta is in his 13th season, and he’s never had fewer than 20 wins. In fact, Roy Williams is the only coach with more wins through his first 12 seasons.
3. Billy Donovan (47) - 430 wins Only Boeheim and Krzyzewski have longer active streaks of 20-win seasons than Billy Donovan. At 47, he figures to be halfway to 900 before the end of this season.
2. Bill Self (50) - 487 wins No one under 50 years old has more wins than Self. Since coming to Kansas, he’s averaged more than 29 wins. At that rate, he’s less than 15 seasons away from 900.
1. Bob Huggins (59) - 717 wins Bob Huggins is already well beyond 700 wins and hasn’t turned 60. That’s well ahead of where Boeheim was at the same age. At 24 wins per year since arriving at West Virginia, he’s on track to get to 900 at a younger age than either Boeheim or Bob Knight.