Recruiting talented players and devising winning game plans weren't always the only job requirements for a successful college basketball coach. In the early 20th century, many college coaches had to wear more than one hat and coach two or three sports per year. And they still won frequently on the hardwood.
So how do we compare great college basketball coaches from different eras?
We could rank coaches by number of national titles (John Wooden) or career wins (Mike Krzyzewski). Those are both legitimate parameters. But for this list, college coaches are ranked by career winning percentage, spanning at least 10 years at major (Division I or equivalent) programs.
These 50 coaches — all of whom won close to or more than three out of every four games they coached — exemplify sustained excellence.
The primary source for win-loss records is Sports Reference. Records for active coaches are updated through April 2, 2019.