So if you didn't catch it, last week I compiled a list of the best players in the four major sports. This week, I thought it would be fun to check out who the best coaches are. Unlike players, coaches can be on terrible teams, but still show their brilliance. However, after multiple years within an organization, players will start to go to a city in order to play under one of these historic coaches and, perhaps, even win a championship. Lets take a look at the best coach in their respective sport...
Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs
Games Managed: 1,672
Win–loss record: 878–794
Winning %: .525
This one was a tough one for me just because I hate Joe Maddon so much. As Red Sox fans, we had to deal with him in Tampa Bay, and now he has taken his talents to the midwest, as he joined Theo Epstein's Chicago Cubs in 2015. Simply put, guys just like to play for Mr. Maddon. Even though he is closing in on 63 years young, Maddon is able to relate to his players extremely well and is very open to new things. Clubhouse quirk, and running a "fun" locker room is one of the most underrated things to players, and Maddon knows this.
I hate this guy, but would kill for him to be the coach of the Boston Red Sox.
Bruce Bochy, SF
Terry Francona, CLE
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Regular season: 223–113 (.664)
Postseason: 23–10 (.697)
Career: 246–123 (.667)
Bill Belichick is one of the best head coaches in the history of the NFL. Love him or hate him, Belichick is a defensive mastermind. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that he has the best quarterback on the planet, either.
Belichick took a terrible team and turned the New England Patriots into one of the best franchises that professional sports has ever seen. Belichick hates talking to the media, whether it is a personal vendetta or a fear of leaking game plans, and, because of this, NFL fans outside of New England hate him. Nevertheless, Belichick is a master of focusing on every aspect of the game, from defense, to offense, to special teams. You won't be able to find a fan that would not love to have him as their head coach.
John Harbaugh, BAL
Pete Carroll, SEA
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
Games Coached: 1,492
Games Won: 1,022
Games Lost: 470
Winning %: .685
Gregg Popovich is the NBA's version of Bill Belichick, minus the hatred. An NBA genius, Popovich hates talking to the media, and would rather study film and prepare for the next game. Like many prominent head coaches, Gregg Popovich is not only the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, but also the President of Basketball Operations. Meaning, he decides who is on this team. With over 40 years of basketball coaching experience, and 20 years alone with the Spurs, the NBA's best coach is an easy choice.
Rick Carlisle, DAL
Brad Stevens, BOS
Mike Babcock, Toronto Maple Leafs
Games Coached: 950
Winning %: .627
Simply put, Mike Babcock was a stud in his time with the Detroit Red Wings. Every year the Red Wings had a competitive, hard-working team. However, after shipping out to Toronto, Babcock does not have the luxury of having a deep pool of talent and unlimited pockets of cash. However, similar to many of these coaches listed, Babcock will now have control of the roster and the ability to bring in his own players.
It will be extremely interesting to see if a guy like Steven Stamkos will flock up north to play under Babcock. Nevertheless, he is one of the best coaches in all of hockey, regardless of his team's poor performance this season.
Joel Quenneville, CHI
Barry Trotz, WAS