We pay so much attention to the regular-season records and the star players that make up the best teams. We often overlook the brains behind the success.

Head coaches are just as big of a factor as an elite player or experienced roster. If a team isn’t well-coached, chances are they will be heading home early. Coaching is definitely a huge factor when I’m making my bracket predictions.

Below is a look at the all the active head coaches with 20 or more games in the NCAA Tournament. After compiling the list of coaches that met this criteria, we looked a lot of different things. All of which you can find in the table below.

We gathered the info on the number of appearances in the big dance and the win/loss records. We also took a look at the win percentage. As well as the number of Final Fours, Runner-ups and Championships.

You can easily search for any coach or school using the search boxes below. I also want to point out that all of the stats can be sorted, so you can look at on specific area if you want.

As you can see, every coach on this list has made at least 8 appearances in March Madness. Only 11 have appeared in 15 or more. The leaders in terms of trips to the Big Dance is Mike Krzyewski with a ridiculous 33 appearances.

One thing that might surprise you is just how hard it is to be successful. Only 5 have a winning percentage greater than 70%. No surprise many of these guys are the highest paid in the sport. What amazes me is how there’s a select few who dominate in Final 4 appearances. Just five guys listed have made 5 or more trips to the Final Four.

I’ll let you look at the rest of the numbers. Just be sure to keep scrolling down for more information.

Active NCAA Tournament Head Coaches: Wins, Final Four, & Championships

CoachCurrent SchoolAppearancesWinsLossesWin %Final FoursRunner-UpsTitles
Mike KrzyzewskiDuke3391280.7651245
Roy WilliamsNorth Carolina2776240.760933
John CalipariKentucky1851170.750621
Tom IzzoMichigan State2047190.712711
Bill SelfKansas1943180.705211
Ben HowlandMississippi State1019100.655310
Sean MillerArizona1019100.655000
Thad MattaOhio State1324130.649210
Jim BoeheimSyracuse3257310.648521
Tubby SmithTexas Tech1830170.638101
John BeileinMichigan1119110.633110
Jay WrightVillanova1421130.618201
Mark FewGonzaga1826180.591110
Bob HugginsWest Virginia2331230.574200
Tom CreanIndiana91190.550000
Lon KrugerOklahoma1720170.541200
Steve AlfordUCLA1011100.524000
Bruce WeberKansas State1112110.522110
Jamie DixonPittsburgh1112110.522000
Dana AltmanOregon1313130.500100
Matt PainterPurdue1010100.500000
Rick BarnesTennessee2221220.488100
Kelvin SampsonHouston1312130.480100
Mike BreyNotre Dame1413140.481000
Mark GottfriedNC State1110110.476000
Gregg MarshallWichita State1311130.458100

Top 10 NCAA Tournament Wins All-Time

1. Mike Kryzewski 91 (Duke)
2. Roy Williams 76 (Kansas, North Carolina)
3. Dean Smith 65  (North Carolina)
4. Jim Boeheim 57 (Syracuse)
5. Rick Pitino 54 (Providence, Kentucky, Louisville)
6. John Calipari 51  (UMass, Memphis, Kentucky)
7. Jim Calhoun 49  (Connecticut)
T-8. John Wooden 47  (UCLA)
T-8. Tom Izzo 47  (Michigan State)
10. Lute Olson 46  (Iowa, Arizona)

Top 10 National Championships All-Time

1. John Wooden 10 (UCLA)
2. Mike Kryzewski 5 (Duke)
3. Adolph Rupp 4 (Kentucky)
T-4. Bob Knight 3 (Indiana)
T-4. Jim Calhoun 3 (Connecticut)
T-4. Roy Williams 3 (North Carolina)
T-7. Henry Iba 2 (Oklahoma State)
T-7. Phil Woolpert 2 (San Francisco)
T-7. Ed Jucker 2 (Cincinnati)
T-7. Denny Crum 2 (Louisville)
T-7. Branch McCracken 2 (Indiana)
T-7. Dean Smith 2 (North Carolina)
T-7. Billy Donovan 2 (Florida)
T-7. Rick Pitino 2 (Kentucky, Louisville)

Top 10 Final Fours All-Time

T-1. Mike Kryzewski 12 (Duke)
T-1. John Wooden 12 (UCLA)
3. Dean Smith 11 (North Carolina)
4. Roy Williams 9 (Kansas, North Carolina)
T-5. Tom Izzo 7 (Michigan State)
T-5. Rick Pitino 7 (Providence, Kentucky, Louisville)
T-7. Denny Crum 6 (Louisville)
T-7. Adolph Rupp 6 (Kentucky)
T-9. Jim Boeheim 5 (Syracuse)
T-9. Bob Knight 5 (Indiana)
T-9. Guy Lewis 5 (Houston)
T-9. Lute Olsen 5 (Iowa, Arizona)

My Top 3 Active Head Coaches

#1 – Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)

This is an obvious choice. Coach K’s 91 career tourney wins are the most all-time. An impressive 15 more than next best. It comes as no surprise really with Krzyzewski coming from the Bob Knight school of coaching. Not only did he play for Knight at Army, he coached along side him at Indiana.

Coach K picked up a bunch of NCAA tourney wins from 1988-1992. He led the Blue Devils to five consecutive Final Fours. Winning back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992. Krzyzewski has since added three more championships (2001, 2010, 2015) . His 12 Final Four appearances are tied for the most all-time with the great John Wooden.

#2 – Tom Izzo (Michigan State)

You could argue that Izzo is deserving of consideration for the top spot. I just don’t know how you make a list and have Coach K anything but No. 1. What makes Izzo so special is that he gets the most out of his teams. Not to say he doesn’t recruit some of the best players in the country. He just doesn’t get the same level of talent as schools like Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, etc.

Izzo guided the Spartans to a championship in 2000. Some of you might remember that team. It was headlined by Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson. Overall he’s led Michigan State to 7 Final Four appearances and was the runner-up in 2009. Quite a resume for someone who has been named the National Coach of the Year on four separate occasions.

#3 – Roy Williams (North Carolina)

Roy Williams comes from the Dean Smith school of coaching and has made quite a name for himself. Williams started out at Kansas back in 1988. He left as the school’s second winningest coach in program history. Despite all kinds off success at Kansas, Williams was never able to win it all with the Jayhawks. His fortune quickly changed after he arrived in Chapel Hill.

He replaced Matt Dougherty in 2003 and had the Tar Heels cutting down the nets in 2005. He would add another title to his resume in 2009 and most recently in 2017. Williams is currently 2nd all-time in NCAA Tournament wins with 76. He’s fourth in most Final Four appearances at 8. He had a streak of 20 consecutive seasons where he led his team to the NCAA Tournament. His team won at least one game in all 20 appearances. Williams just missed out on winning it all in 2016. The Tar Heels lost an epic back and forth battle with Villanova. Eventually losing on a last second shot.

NCAA Tourney Coaches – Wins Lost or Gained

Find out which coaches have a history of exceeding expectations and which ones fail to live up to the hype. This can give you a big advantage when choosing sleeper teams or first round upsets.

I looked at coaches likely to make the tournament this year who have appeared in five or more NCAA Tournaments with the same team.

Using their seed at the beginning of each tournament, I calculated their projected wins. (for example, a #2 seed would be expected to win three games and reach the Elite Eight).

Comparing the number to the actual wins each team had. I was able to come up with +/- wins number you see in the far right column.

These are the average wins each coach has earned above or below their seeding to this point in their career.

CoachTeamAppearancesAverage Seed+/- Wins
John CalapariKentucky730.86
Tom IzzoMichigan State2050.60
John BeileinMichigan770.43
Roy WilliamsNorth Carolina1330.31
Rick PitinoLousiville1340.15
Matt PainterPurdue960.11
Mark FewGonzaga1860.06
Mick CroninCincinnati770.00
Sean MillerArizona640.00
Bob HugginsWest Virginia850.00
Mike KrzyzewskiDuke322-0.19
Jay WrightVillanova125-0.25
Thad MattaOhio State94-0.44
Jamie DixonPittsburgh115-0.55
Bill SelfKansas142-0.86

*Data only includes coaching appearances with the team listed.

Coach Calapari comes in at the top of the list. This only includes his tenure at Kentucky, but keep in mind that his numbers are only over six seasons.

The Wildcats making the championship game as an 8 seed in 2014 skews his expectations quite a bit.

My takeaway from this is that Tom Izzo has been the best Big Dance coach in modern history. His teams consistently out-perform their seeding.

Some of the coaches on this list have suffered from having high expectations. Guys like Thad Matta and Bill Self have struggled, while Coach K and Roy Williams have done just fine.

If you are interested in more information about seeding, check out our tournament winners by seed article.

Best ATS Tournament Coaches by Records

If you are entering bracket contests then you want to find winners. But, if you are making up a small portion of the $2.5 billion dollars bet on March Madness you want to know who cashes at the pay window.  These are the head coaches with the best records against the spread since the 2005 tournament (minimum of five games required).  Profit listed would be if you bet $110 to win $100 on each game for that coach.

CoachGamesWinsLossesATS %ROIProfit
Billy Donovan30201067%27.27%$900
John Beilein2315665%33.20%$840
Chris Mack1712471%40.64%$760
Brad Stevens1712471%40.64%$760
Andy Enfield770100%90.91%$700
Sean Miller29171059%18.81%$600
Kevin Ollie87188%67.05%$590
Frank Martin1510467%33.94%$560
Dana Altman1711565%29.41%$550
John Groce76186%63.64%$490
Roy Williams44241855%8.68%$420
Brandon Miller76186%63.64%$490
John Calipari49262053%7.42%$400
Shaka Smart139469%32.17%$460
Matt Painter1912763%20.57%$430
Mark Gottfried117364%30.58%$370
Will Brown65183%59.09%$390
Al Skinner65183%59.09%$390
Ben Jacobson86275%43.18%$380
Gregg Marshall1911758%15.79%$330
Bo Ryan28151154%9.42%$290
Greg Gard64167%43.94%$290
Lorenzo Romar106360%24.55%$270
Bob McKillop96367%27.27%$270
Archie Miller96367%27.27%$270
Jim Boeheim25141156%6.91%$190
Bill Self41221954%2.44%$110
Chris Lowery64267%27.27%$180
Tommy Amaker64267%27.27%$180
Cuonzo Martin53160%34.55%$190
Jeff Capel III64267%27.27%$180
Brad Underwood64267%27.27%$180
Billy Gillispie64267%27.27%$180
Fred Hoiberg85363%19.32%$170
Bob Huggins1910853%5.74%$120
Rick Pitino32171553%1.42%$50
John Brady53260%14.55%$80
Herb Sendek53260%14.55%$80
Steve Prohm74357%9.09%$70
Billy Kennedy53260%14.55%$80
Larry Krystkowiak74357%9.09%$70
Jim Les53260%14.55%$80
Tom Izzo36181650%1.01%$40
Jim Calhoun179853%1.07%$20
Mike Montgomery63350%-4.55%-$30
Tim Floyd63350%-4.55%-$30
Josh Pastner63350%-4.55%-$30
Gary Williams63350%-4.55%-$30
Mike Anderson126650%-4.55%-$60
Steve Fisher136646%-4.20%-$60
Bruce Pearl178847%-4.28%-$80
Mike Krzyzewski34171750%-4.55%-$170
Mark Fox52340%-23.64%-$130
Frank Haith52340%-23.64%-$130
Stan Heath52340%-23.64%-$130
Steve Donahue52340%-23.64%-$130
Mick Cronin115645%-13.22%-$160
Kevin Stallings94544%-15.15%-$150
Ernie Kent52340%-23.64%-$130
Fran Dunphy104540%-13.64%-$150
Randy Bennett94544%-15.15%-$150
Tubby Smith94544%-15.15%-$150
Jim Larranaga157847%-10.91%-$180
Tom Crean146843%-18.18%-$280
Travis Ford62433%-36.36%-$240
Mike Davis62433%-36.36%-$240
Trent Johnson62433%-36.36%-$240
Marvin Menzies62433%-36.36%-$240
Fran McCaffery104640%-23.64%-$260
Bruce Weber104640%-23.64%-$260
Mark Turgeon167944%-16.48%-$290
Tad Boyle51420%-61.82%-$340
Ed Cooley51420%-61.82%-$340
Rick Byrd72529%-45.45%-$350
Tony Bennett1771041%-21.39%-$400
Buzz Williams145836%-24.68%-$380
John Thompson III1771041%-21.39%-$400
Scott Drew1771041%-21.39%-$400
Ben Howland2191243%-18.18%-$420
Steve Alford156940%-23.64%-$390
Jay Wright29131645%-14.42%-$460
Greg McDermott92622%-46.46%-$460
Leonard Hamilton92722%-57.58%-$570
Dave Rose123825%-43.94%-$580
Lon Kruger1761135%-32.62%-$610
Mark Few31121839%-22.87%-$780
Rick Barnes1961332%-39.71%-$830
Jamie Dixon1961332%-39.71%-$830
Thad Matta27101737%-29.29%-$870
Mike Brey1851328%-46.97%-$930

*Data only includes coaches with five ATS results or more.

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