NBCSports.com's top 5 coaches in sports history
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach not only won nine NBA championships as head coach of the Celtics, but he added seven more as the team's GM. Auerbach won his first title during the 1956-57 season, then after missing out the following year, his Celtics rattled off eight straight championships. Auerbach revolutionized the game, focusing more on team play and tough defense and also drafted the first African American player, Chuck Cooper, in 1950.
4. Bear Bryant
Bear Bryant compiled an overall college coaching record of 323-85-17. He's best known for being the head coach for Alabama for 25 years from 1958-1982. During his time with the Tide, he won six national championships and 13 SEC Championships. He was a 10-time SEC coach of the year and a three-time national coach of the year. Bryant was even honored with a U.S. postage stamp in 1996.
5. Scotty Bowman
Scotty Bowman has compiled an astounding 1,248-574 regular season record in the NHL and a 223-130 record in the playoffs. He's won a record nine Stanley Cups (five with the Canadiens, one with the Penguins and three with the Red Wings. In the 1976-77 season he won a record 60 games and broke his own record with 62 wins in 1995-96. Bowman is the only head coach in the history of the NHL, MLB, NFL, or NBA who has won championships with three different teams.
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