Coaching is both an overrated and underrated aspect of sports. We give most of the credit to the players, as we should, but a truly great coach can turn the tide and push a good team into greatness.
So, it should come as little surprise that these five coaches have all excelled where so many others have failed. Here are the top five professional sports coaches.
- Bill Belichick
When you think “great coaches,” Belichick’s name is the first to come to mind. And why not? His New England Patriots won 14-straight division titles and an amazing six Super Bowls since 2001. Not only that, but the disciples that he has spawned stretch all throughout both the collegiate and professional football landscape.
- Brad Stevens
Though he hasn’t won an NBA title yet, at just 41 years old, Stevens has thrived as a people manager and tactician. He has also taken a Boston Celtics team that few thought were contenders, to the playoffs in four of his five seasons. You have to assume that a title is coming sooner rather than later.
- Sean McVay
The head coach of the Los Angeles Rams is just 32 years old. He already has a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a winning percentage of nearly 80% (.773). He has a long, bright future ahead of him and already has a track record that most would envy.
- Steve Kerr
If you win three NBA titles in four seasons (and make the Finals in that other year), you probably deserve a spot on the list. Kerr has been at the head of a modern-day dynasty with the Golden State Warriors and appears to have years ahead of him as one of the top names in basketball.
- Greg Popovich
“Pop” and the San Antonio Spurs have been around seemingly forever. But Popovich has had an impact that most dream of: 21 playoff appearances in 22 seasons with five titles sprinkled in. His longevity and persistent success is unmatched by nearly any coach in history.