Active College Basketball Coaches With Most Career Wins

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim signals to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in Champaign, Ill.
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jan 30, 2023, 9:05 AM

Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, and Jay Wright, who all had great teams when it came to college basketball betting, have all retired from college basketball in recent years, leaving a hole at the top of the sport. While those giants have walked away, several bright stars still continue adding to impressive win totals.

So, who currently coaching has the most wins?

Active College Basketball Coaches With Most Career Wins

Head CoachNumber of Wins
Jim Boeheim1,012
Bob Huggins929
John Calipari782
Bill Self774
Rick Barnes770

The active coaches sitting top five in most wins is a list of some of the top names in basketball. Jim Boeheim has coached at Syracuse for nearly 50 years and continues adding double-digit wins each season. The time for him to walk away is undoubtedly approaching, and Syracuse is not winning at a rate that would allow him to threaten Coach K’s record.

The same could be said for West Virginia. Huggins is 69 years old, and while he has enjoyed success with the Mountaineers, WVU does not appear poised to start rattling off 30+ win seasons. Huggins will probably reach 1,000 victories, but it would be a shock if he got to 1,202. The Mountaineers did have a great week, with wins at Texas Tech and at home against Auburn.

The others are more than a stone’s throw behind that number but are all winning at a high rate. Kentucky fans get frustrated with John Calipari. He’s not winning as much as they’d like, but Calipari is still third among active head coaches. The Wildcats beat Vanderbilt but again missed a chance for a marquee victory as they fell at home to Kansas.

Kansas’s Bill Self is the man with the most straightforward path to catching 1,202 wins. He is only 59 years old and winning at a good clip at one of the nation’s strongest basketball schools. Self would need to coach for another 14 seasons while winning 30 games per year to become the all-time winningest coach. That would put him in his mid-70s. It’s unlikely but certainly not implausible.

The Jayhawks lost a third straight game early in the week as they fell at Baylor. With a rare losing streak in place, Kansas went to Lexington and beat the Kentucky Wildcats to get back on track. Still, the margin for error in the Big 12 title race is gone, and they face a huge rematch against rival Kansas State on Tuesday night, followed by a road trip to Ames, Iowa.

Rick Barnes is now just four wins behind Bill Self and 12 behind Calipari as the Volunteers keep winning. They beat Texas this past weekend. This week they will travel to Florida, and host Auburn as they zero in on a No. 1 seed.

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