The fans' top 5 best coaches of all time
1. John Wooden
The Wizard of Westwood was the first player to ever be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. He won a record 10 NCAA Championships in a span of 12 (including seven straigh during one stretch) years while coaching UCLA. Wooden compiled a 620-147 while with the Bruins. He holds the all-time consecutive games winning streak record of 88 games, and his Bruin teams captured 19 conference championships.
2. Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson has not only won a record 10 NBA Championships as a coach with the Bulls and Lakers, but he's also a two-time champ as a player with the Knicks. He has been at the helm for three different three-peats (1991-93, 1996-98, 2000-02). He's also been known as the "Zen Master" for his unorthodox coaching techniques. He has an astounding 1,041-435 record during the regular season and is 209-91 in the playoffs.
3. Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi led the Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowls. His impact on the game was so great that the Super Bowl trophy carries his name. Lombardi compiled a record of 96-34-6 during the regular season and a 9-1 postseason record, with his only loss being his first ever postseason game. He also led the Packers to five NFL Championships and was at the helm during the Ice Bowl in 1967, one of the most famous games in NFL history.
4. Pat Summitt
Pat Summitt is not only the most successful women's college basketball coach of all time, she also helped bring the sport to the mainstream. She has an unprecedented 1,005-192 record and holds the records for most NCAA Tourney wins (104), most Sweet 16s (27, out of a possible 28), most Final Fours (22), most Finals (13) and most NCAA Championships (eight). And to top it all off she won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
5. Casey Stengel
Casey Stengel was one of the most charismatic managers of all time, but also the most successful. He managed the Yankees to an amazing 10 World Series in 12 years and won seven championships, including a record five in a row from 1949-1953. His uniform number 37 has been retired by both the Yankees and the Mets. And the Yankees retired his number and dedicated a plaque in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park in his memory.