Great players who were good coahces in sports
A 9-time All-Star and NL MVP in 1971, Torre hit .297 with 252 home runs in 18 seasons. As a manager, Torre is 2,246-1,915 in 28 seasons, winning six pennants and four championships with the Yankees, and leading his teams (Yankees, Dodgers) to the playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons.
Ditka was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the NFL's 75th anniversary all-time team. His Bears won Super Bowl XX and was the AP coach of the year twice. He's 121-95 overall as head coach. And his '85 Bears team is still regarded as one of the great all-time teams.
Wooden was the first person ever to become a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and a coach. He was a three-time All-American at Purdue ('30-`32), but is regarded as one of the best coaches of all time, regardless of sport. Wooden won 664 games in 29 seasons, most of them at UCLA. His Bruins won an astounding 10 NCAA tournament titles. That's as many as Adolph Rupp, Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski -- Nos. 2, 3 and 4 on the list -- combined.
A three-time NBA champion with the Celtics and named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, Bird coached the Pacers for three seasons. He compiled a 147-67 regular-season record and led Indiana to the Eastern Conference finals three times and reached the NBA Finals in 2000 (losing to Los Angeles Lakers).
The legendary catcher had three different managerial stretches (two with the Yankees and one with the Mets), winning one pennant with each team to go with a .522 winning percentage. As a player, Berra won three MVP awards and hit 358 home runs in 19 seasons.
Arbour was a 3-time Stanley Cup winner as a player (with Chicago and Toronto) and also captain for three-time finalist St. Louis. After retiring from the Blues in 1970, Arbour took over as coach of the team. Arbour was hired by the N.Y. Islanders following their 12-win inaugural season in 1972-73. Arbour built the Isles into a dynasty in the early 1980s, winning 4 Cups (the last major sports franchise to win 4 straight titles). Arbour retired in 1994 -- he coached 1 game in 2007 to give him 1,500 with the Isles -- and is the second winningest coach (782) in NHL history behind Scotty Bowman.
A two-time European player of the year, Beckenbauer was West Germany's captain when it won the World Cup in '74. He managed West Germany when it won the 1990 World Cup and managed Bayern Munich when it won the Bundesliga in 1994 and UEFA Cup in 1996.
Both a Hall of Fame player and coach, Sharman combined with Bob Cousy in the Celtics' backcourt for four NBA titles and compiled a 466-353 regular-season record in 10 seasons as coach in the ABA and NBA. He led the Utah Stars to the ABA title in 1971 and the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA title in 1972.
Lemon managed the Royals, White Sox and Yankees in the 1970s and 80s, winning two pennants and one title with the Yankees. A seven-time All-Star as a pitcher, he was 207-128 with a 3.23 ERA in 13 seasons.
In 16 seasons as a manager, Robinson had a .475 winning percentage, including an 87-74 record with the 1989 Orioles. As a player, the Hall of Famer won two MVP awards, hitting .294 with 586 home runs and 1,812 RBIs in 21 seasons.
Lemaire won an amazing 8 Stanley Cups during a 12-year career with Montreal that ended in 1979. Lemaire, currently in his second stint as New Jersey's coach, has now had a longer career behind the bench. He's earned a Cup (N.J. in 1995), two coach of the year honors (1994 and 2003) and won his 500th NHL game last season, his last of eight with Minnesota. Lemaire's first two seasons coaching were with Montreal. Critics, however, point out he's one of the leading proponents of the neutral-zone trap, which while often successful in shutting down opponents, isn't the most exciting style for fans to watch.
The Hall of Fame player, who won eight NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, compiled a 552-306 regular-season record as a coach for San Diego (ABA), Washington, Boston and Seattle over 11 seasons. He coached the Celtics to NBA titles in 1984 and 1986.
Robinson played 20 NHL seasons with Montreal and Los Angeles and is considered one of the greatest defenseman in NHL history. While the six-time Stanley Cup winner had a losing record in 501 games as a coach, he twice led New Jersey to the Cup finals. The 2000 championship, which he called his 'greatest day in hockey,' was remarkable in that Robinson was named interim coach with only eight games left in the season. He resigned his last coaching stint with the Devils in 2005, citing stress as a major factor in his decision.
Both a Hall of Fame player and coach, Wilkens coached for six different franchises - including one season as a player-coach for Portland in 1974-75 - and compiled a 1,332-1,155 regular-season record in 32 seasons (the wins and loss totals are both NBA records). He led Seattle to the NBA title in 1979.
Another member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Berry's a six-time All-Pro and was named to the NFL's 75th anniversary all-time team. His coaching career isn't expansive, but he led the Patriots to Super Bowl XX and two playoff appearances in five seasons. He has one AFC championship, one division championship, 48-39 record and a 3-2 record in the playoffs.
Hector 'Toe' Blake was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Maroons and Montreal Canadiens. He served as captain of the latter for eight seasons while part of the famed 'Punch Line' with Elmer Lach and Maurice 'Rocket' Richard and won MVP honors for the 1938-39 season. Starting in 1955, Blake used a no-nonsense style of coaching to lead the Canadiens to a remarkable eight Stanley Cups (second all-time behind Scotty Bowman) in 13 seasons.