Top Coach In Michigan History?

Whether you bleed maize and blue, or the Spartan green and white, I think we all can admit that Tom Izzo is one of the best, if not the best in Michigan college sports history.  Izzo has brought seven big ten regular season championships, as well as three big ten tourney titles.  Not to mention the 16 year run of appearing in the NCAA Tournament, plus a national title doesn’t hurt either.

Why am I bringing this up?  Well the sporting news has released their list of the top 25 current active coaches across all sports, and two of our very own Michigan coaches received places on the list.  Izzo got the nod at number eleven overall, whose success they compared to Bo Schembechler in the 70’s as Michigan head football coach.

Also appearing on the list was our very own Mike Babcock who came in at number thirteen.  Babcock led the Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008, and also led team Canada to two Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014.  Also mentioned for Babcock was the fact he has more wins with the Wings than Jack Adams, but has yet to win the award.

So here’s my question for all of you…

Who would you say are the top coaches that the state of Michigan has ever been graced with?   Scotty Bowman and his 3 Stanley Cups?   Bo Schembechler and the innumerable conference titles he brought to Ann Arbor?  Chuck Daly with the two NBA titles during the Bad Boys era?  Or is it Izzo, with his national title and 16 year NCAA tourney appearance run?  Or Maybe Sparky Anderson who brought us our last World Series in 1984?

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What do the great fans of this state have to say?


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70 thoughts on “Top Coach In Michigan History?”

  1. Hard to argue against Scotty Bowman as the greatest. Followed by Sparky, Daddy Rich, Bo and Izzo.

  2. Chuck Daly hands down, The Lions played hard for Wayne Fontes. Sparky and Leland also have to be on the list.

  3. Sparky Anderson. But no love for Steve Fisher? Guy has just as many NCAA titles as Izzo and more NCAA Finals appearances.

  4. Scotty Bowman- Hard to argue with the best coach in sports building the Wings into a 24 year playoff run that is still going

  5. Just to clarify, I’m not saying that you can just pick from the ones I said. If you have someone you prefer over them, by all means post them in the comments, I was just listing a few of them and their accomplishments.

  6. The guy who was was coaching while Michigan was cheating in basketball? Yeah, good idea.

  7. You are right. Cheating in basketball compared to Izzo who allowed two rapists back on the team. My bad!!!!!

  8. Izzo is/has been a great coach. He deserves to be on this list. Starting today, however, I would prefer John Beilein to be my school’s coach. I am thankful that he is. Go Blue!

  9. Bo Schembechler! He demanded excellence off the field and if someone didn’t like it they’d be sent packing.

  10. Scotty Bowman, Sparky Anderson..and the 0-16 Detroit Lions coach!! (Only for getting the Perfect Season in reverse-Jim Rome)…

  11. Hard to say it’s Bo as much as I wanna, cause he’s one of the few that didn’t win a Championship

  12. Clearly Scotty Bowman. Took a cursed franchise to 3 championships to Izzo’s one. (Big Ten Tittle is like winning the first round of the nhl playoffs.)

  13. Biggie Munn. 54 wins, 9 losses in seven years at MSU. 1952 national championship in an undefeated season.

  14. Fielding Yost best coach ever in this state. 10 big ten titles 6 national championships had a stretch at one point 55-1 out scoring his opponents 2,821 to 42.

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