The Top Women's Coaches in College Basketball History

Division I

Bob Knight retired from coaching with 902 wins -- the most by any men's Division I basketball coach in history. He'd need at least three -- possibly four -- more runs to the Final Four to catch Pat Summitt's win total -- and Summitt is still going strong.

Here's a look at the biggest winners in women's college basketball history.

Pat Summitt
Pat Summitt. Getty Images / Al Messerschmidt

On February 5th, 2009, Pat Summitt became the first college basketball coach in Division I -- men's or women's -- to boast 1000 career victories. Her next target may be championships -- with eight, she's just two behind legendary UCLA coach​ John Wooden. More »

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Jody Conradt - 900

Jody Conradt
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Jody Conradt's career spanned 38 seasons -- 31 one of them as head coach at Texas. Her record in Austin was 783–245 and included an undefeated team that won the national championship in 1986. She retired in 2007.

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C. Vivian Stringer - 815 (active)

C. Vivian Stringer
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To the casual fan, C. Vivian Stringer is probably best known as one of the protagonists in the controversy of Don Imus' unfortunate remarks and eventual firing. That's a shame, because she's one of the top coaches in the history of the women's game, racking up over 800 wins in stints at Cheyney, Iowa, and Rutgers.

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Sylvia Hatchell - 801 (active)

Sylvia Hatchell
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Hatchell is the only women's basketball coach to win championships at the AIAW (small college), NAIA and NCAA Division I levels. She won the 1994 NCAA title as coach of the Tar Heels -- and her Carolina team is a threat to win another championship in 2009.

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Tara VanDerveer - 739 (active)

Tara VanDerveer
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The coach of the reigning champions, VanDerveer has won three NCAA titles (1990, 1992, 2008) during her tenure at Stanford.

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Kay Yow - 737

Kay Yow
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Kay Yow is one of the most successful coaches in the history of women's college basketball, with over 700 career wins and a gold medal from the 1988 Seoul Olympics on her resume. But her contributions to society went far beyond the basketball court -- diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, Yow became a major force in fundraising efforts, and served on the board of the V Foundation. She passed away on January 24, 2009, at the age of 66.

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Zegers, Charlie. "The Top Women's Coaches in College Basketball History." ThoughtCo, Mar. 24, 2017, thoughtco.com/the-top-womens-coaches-in-college-basketball-history-326554. Zegers, Charlie. (2017, March 24). The Top Women's Coaches in College Basketball History. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/the-top-womens-coaches-in-college-basketball-history-326554 Zegers, Charlie. "The Top Women's Coaches in College Basketball History." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/the-top-womens-coaches-in-college-basketball-history-326554 (accessed November 25, 2017).