Top mentors of the game

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 19, 2011

CONNECTICUT (BASN) — Here’s a list of who I feel are the best college basketball coaches, whether it be men’s or women’s hoops. 1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke men: Arrogant. Yes. A winner. Yes. Four national Championships and an Olympic Gold. The best in his business.

2. Geno Auriemma, UConn women: Seven National Championships and soon to have an Olympic gold. Very creative on the bench.

3. Pat Summitt, Tennessee women: Not far behind Auriemma. Eight National Championships.

4. Roy Williams, UNC men: Two National Championships and seven Final Fours. Has been remarkable at Kansas and UNC.

5. Tom Izzo, Michigan State men: One National Championship and seven Final Fours.Very even tempered.Liked by all.

6. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse men: One National Championship and the champion of a very tough 2-3 zone which has been copied but never imitated.

7. Jim Calhoun, UConn men: Two National Championships. Great defensive mind. Has produced top NBA talent.

8. Kim Mulkey, Baylor women: One National Championship and quickly on the way to three. The quickest to 200 wins of all the above.

9. Tara VanDerveer, Stanford women: Two National Championships years ago and has been able to re-invent herself of later. Develops great posts.

10. Billy Donovan, Florida men: Two National Championships. Has been down lately. Needs recruiting to pick up.

Honorable mention: Tubby Smith, Minnesota men; Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh men; Rick Pitino, Louisville men; Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame women; Jim Foster, Ohio State women.