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Rising Above the Madness

Profiles of the Greatest NCAA Basketball Coaches of All Time


From its humble beginnings in 1895 to its modern-day dominance over American culture for the entire month of March, college basketball is often called madness and is well-deserving of the title. Most NCAA basketball coaches fail; however, the special few profiled in this book didn’t just succeed where others failed, they influenced the game; changed it; and altered its very course.
The ten men featured in this anthology went about coaching differently, each bringing their own approach and mindset to the hardwood, and their success is unprecedented:

  • John Wooden (UCLA)
  • Bobby Knight (Indiana University)
  • Adolph Rupp (University of Kentucky)
  • Dean Smith (University of North Carolina)
  • Phog Allen (University of Kansas)
  • Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University)
  • Jerry Tarkanian (UNLV)
  • Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University)
  • Lou Carnesecca (St. John’s University)
  • Jim Calhoun (University of Connecticut)