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Can you name the coaches/managers with the most regular season wins in each of these major North American sports?
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Updated April 18, 2013
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Mar 10th, 2010 at 00:44 GMT
For what it's worth, I realize that "winningest" isn't actually a word, but it conveyed the correct meaning better than anything that the OED has deemed official.
Mar 10th, 2010 at 00:54 GMT
Also, my apologies to MLS fans. The exclusion of the league from this quiz isn't meant as a slight to North American soccer (after all, I live near Columbus- home of the 2008 champion Columbus Crew!). Alas, though, the league's relatively short lifespan doesn't make for much disparity in coaching marks or fame for certain coaches. In fact, it's quite difficult to even find coaching records for the MLS. Even the MLS website doesn't have a coaching wins category on its 'history' page.
Mar 10th, 2010 at 15:18 GMT
Very cool quiz. I should've done a lot better, but the ol' brain ain't what it used to be.
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Mar 10th, 2010 at 20:17 GMT
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Mar 10th, 2010 at 20:30 GMT
nice quiz. i believe Bobby Bowden officially has 377 wins.
Mar 10th, 2010 at 22:55 GMT
You're absolutely right johnx4. The source I used (the 2010 SI Sports Almanac) was printed before the NCAA stripped Bowden of some victories. The web seems to be filled with various win totals for him, ranging from 373 to 379 but 377 seems to be the more frequent one cited. I'll make the change.
Mar 11th, 2010 at 02:35 GMT
you should clarify that you are only using coaches from men's college basketball
Mar 11th, 2010 at 02:42 GMT
Excellent point wittrunner, I'll do that straight away.
Mar 11th, 2010 at 16:04 GMT
I think it would be reasonable to accept Alonzo Stagg as an answer.
Mar 11th, 2010 at 16:58 GMT
It would, sedriskell- I'd add that. Thanks for the suggestion. I would note also that last names alone are acceptable for all of them.
Mar 11th, 2010 at 19:46 GMT
think you need a little more time; coaches dont come right to your brain and have to think about it
Mar 12th, 2010 at 07:46 GMT
shouldnt john wooden be on there???
Mar 12th, 2010 at 11:58 GMT
John Wooden has only 664 career wins.
Mar 18th, 2010 at 02:15 GMT
Hmmm... this turned out to be a much harder quiz than I had originally anticipated it would be.
Jul 1st, 2010 at 16:18 GMT
It's Lute Olson, with two o's, not Olsen.
Jul 1st, 2010 at 17:00 GMT
Wow, this quiz has been active for four months and you're the first person to catch that. Thanks!
Jul 1st, 2010 at 17:33 GMT
Krzyzewski would probably be at 90% if anyone could spell his name.
Jul 1st, 2010 at 17:52 GMT
Not sure if anyone has noticed it, but 'Coach K' is accepted.
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Jul 1st, 2010 at 22:12 GMT
The NFL has two major records where undeserving bums hung around, stole records everyone knew they were unworthy of from true worthies, then immediately retired. This is Shula passing Halas, and Emmitt Smith passing Payton.
Jul 1st, 2010 at 22:27 GMT
Just noticed that Ben made this an editor's choice today. Thanks, Ben!
Jul 2nd, 2010 at 02:03 GMT
Great game, perhaps a little more time though? A minute for each sport is tough with the storied history of each.
Jul 2nd, 2010 at 12:18 GMT
You should really specify Mens D-I College Basketball, I tried Summitt and Auriemma about 3 times before realizing they weren't gonna be on there (turns out Auriemma wouldn't be on there anyway).
Jul 2nd, 2010 at 13:01 GMT
Thank you fo accepting Coach K
Jul 2nd, 2010 at 18:27 GMT
@Gullek- great point. I'll add "men's" to make that clear. Also curious to hear if others think the time needs to be longer.
Jul 3rd, 2010 at 02:25 GMT
I think another minute would be helpful.
Jul 3rd, 2010 at 15:25 GMT
This list was huge. More time would have helped. I think I wasted a minute on Coach "K" from Duke - nice to know "Coach K" is accepted.
Jul 14th, 2010 at 00:23 GMT
Definitely more time would of helped, but a good quiz. Also, Don Nelson is now the all-time leader in wins for the NBA. You might want to fix that.
Aug 14th, 2010 at 01:58 GMT
I give props to those who were able to correctly spell Marty Schottenheimer's name.
Aug 14th, 2010 at 03:10 GMT
I updated all of the lists today except for the MLB one since we're in the middle of the baseball season and those numbers are changing daily. I'll update the baseball list in October when the regular season comes to a close.
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Feb 12th, 2013 at 16:10 GMT
Maybe its just me but I had to type out Bill Belichick whereas it took just last names for everyone else. That seems strange.
Feb 12th, 2013 at 16:33 GMT
Not just you, osu2008o- whoever updated the quiz in January added Belichick, but only with his entire name typed out. It should be working either way now.
Feb 12th, 2013 at 16:41 GMT
Belichick still doesn't work.
Feb 12th, 2013 at 16:51 GMT
Quenneville's first name is Joel, not Joe. Cool quiz!
Feb 12th, 2013 at 17:17 GMT
Can't believe Gregg Popovich isn't on the top NBA coaches list yet considering he's only had two sub-50 win seasons out of 17 (included a sure to be 50 win season this year), and one of them was the 50 game 1999 season the Spurs finished 37-13 (.740, basically a 60.5 win regular season) and won the Championship. I mean, he'll be on by the end of next year, amazingly knocking off Red, but I can't believe these guys rack up so many wins during their career.
Feb 12th, 2013 at 17:43 GMT
Hey guys, Belichick definitely works now and Quenneville's first name is correct.
Feb 12th, 2013 at 18:18 GMT
I spent a minute thinking who was that guy Latrell Sprewell tried to choke
Feb 12th, 2013 at 20:02 GMT
Everyone always thinks Lombardi and forgets Curly Lambeau was ever a coach!
Feb 12th, 2013 at 20:14 GMT
This quiz needs an update.
Feb 12th, 2013 at 23:39 GMT
409 FOREVER! RIP Joe Pa!
Feb 13th, 2013 at 00:32 GMT
I looked up Mike Krzyzewski and he only has 927 wins
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