Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski directs his team against Presbyterian during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Duke won 96-55. Krzyzewski tied Bob Knight atop the Division I men's career wins list with 902 victories.
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Successful coaches often rack up an astounding amount of wins. Here is a look at the all-time winningest coaches in modern sports ...
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After coaching for the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors, Don Nelson stands alone as the NBA's winningest coach with 1,335 career victories.
Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics — the team he owned — until he was 87. He owns most MLB managerial records associated with longevity, including games, wins and losses. Mack coached his team to 3,731 wins.
Don Shula won 392 games in 26 years as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Combined with the 98 wins he racked up in seven years with the Baltimore Colts, Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history with 490 victories.
Bowman holds the records for winning the most games in NHL history with 1,244 as well as the most Stanley Cup championships with nine. If that weren't enough, he also won the Cup as a member of three different teams' front offices.
The man who brought the Florida State Seminoles to national prominance coached at Tallahassee beginning in 1976 and stayed there through the 2009 season, retiring at age 80. He is the winningest coach in FBS history with 377 victories (he took the top spot when the NCAA vacated 111 of Joe Paterno's victories, plus six bowl game wins). Bowden's career is highlighted by a pair of national championships.
Coach Krzyzewski holds one of the most sacred college basketball records, with the most victories (957). With his 903rd win, Krzyzewski passed his mentor and idol, Bobby Knight. From his early days at Army to his glory days at Duke, Coach K is the winningest coach in college basketball history.
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Pat Summitt is the most successful college basketball coach in history. Summitt has surpassed all other coaches with 1,098 career wins.