Coaches

Sports coaches are the professionals who instruct and train the athletes participating in some specific sports. Coaches play a very important role in helping individual players and teams achieve their full potential and thereby improve their performances. Professional sports are highly competitive and in such situations the responsibilities of the coach increases manifold. Often the head coach of a professional team is assisted by assistant coaches and physical trainers. Coaches identify the strengths and weaknesses of their clients and help them in implementing a suitable training programme to improve their physical and psychological fitness. In addition to helping professional players in achieving their highest potentials, coaches also scout for new talents. They play the role of mentors as they encourage and motivate aspiring sportspersons to take up a particular sport. Coaches in any sport are required to have experience and expertise in playing that particular sport. The duties and responsibilities of coaches differ according to the sports they coach their clients in. It is a highly demanding yet highly satisfying job. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous sports coaches from all over the world.

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 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Famous As: Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Birthdate: April 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a legendary NBA champion and its all-time leading scorer. Known for his trademark skyhook shot, he achieved remarkable feats during his career. Later, he pursued a successful writing and acting career and was even selected U.S. global cultural ambassador. The NBA star is also the proud recipient of the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 2 Ferdinand Lewis

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Birthdate: April 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 3 Nick Saban

Nick Saban
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 4 Marcelo Bielsa

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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: July 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Argentinian

Renowned football manager and the current head coach of Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa is best known for remarkably improving the performance of the players he coaches. As a manager, his high point arrived when he helped the Argentinean national team bag the 2004 Olympics gold medal and later guided the Chile’s national team to qualify for the 2010 world cup.

 5 Tommy Tuberville

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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: September 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Tommy Tuberville is a former football player and retired football coach. Serving as the head football coach at the Auburn University, Tuberville became the only coach in the history of Auburn football to defeat rival Alabama six successive times. After retiring from the sport, Tuberville turned to politics and is the current U.S. senator-elect from the state of Alabama.

 6 Wayne Gretzky

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian
Nicknamed "The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion and a six-time All-Star record-breaker. The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee played for four NHL teams from 1979 to 1999, was the leading scorer in NHL history, and served as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
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 7 Gérard Houllier

Gérard Houllier
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: September 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
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 8 Sam Allardyce

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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Sam Allardyce is an English football manager. He currently manages West Bromwich Albion, which competes in the Premier League. Often regarded as a pioneer of sports science in football, Allardyce is renowned for his keenness to use innovative techniques and technology in coaching. He is also a keen proponent of yoga.  

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 9 Jürgen Klopp

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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: June 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

Jürgen Klopp is a German football manager and former player. He is the manager of the Liverpool football club and is considered as one of the best managers in the world. He has also been the manager of Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool won their first FIFA Club World Cup and first Premier League title under him. He is famous for his enthusiastic celebrations.

 10 Pep Guardiola

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Famous As: Former Footballer, Football Manager
Birthdate: January 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Spanish

A football addict from beginning, Pep Guardiola went on to become a key player with the Barcelona and the Spanish National team. He played a crucial role in winning major titles like the La Liga and an Olympic gold medal. After retiring as a player, he became a coach and is widely regarded as one of the world's best coaches. 

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 11 Carlo Ancelotti

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

Carlo Ancelotti had humble beginnings as a midfielder in Italian club football. He was part of the Italian national squad in two World Cups and one UEFA Euro, and is one of three managers who have won the UEFA Champions League thrice, twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid.

 12 Alex Ferguson

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Famous As: Former Manager of Manchester United
Birthdate: December 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
Alex Ferguson is known for his 26-year tenure as the manager of the football club Manchester United, from 1986 to 2013. He won 38 trophies with the club, including 13 Premier League titles. The first English Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ferguson has also received the knighthood
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 13 Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson
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Famous As: Former Basketball Player, Executive & Coach
Birthdate: September 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Phil Jackson is a former professional basketball player who played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association and won the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 when he was with New York Knicks. Later, he coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and led them both to numerous championships and league titles and is considered one of the greatest basketball coaches ever.

 14 Jim Harbaugh

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Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: December 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 15 Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: October 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Doc Rivers is a former American basketball player, who in his thirteen seasons played primarily for Atlanta Hawks and was known for his defence. After retirement, he picked up coaching responsibilities for Orlando Magic and in his first year was awarded NBA Coach of the Year. Later, he led Boston Celtics to NBA championship. He is currently the coach of Philadelphia 76ers.

 16 Ryan Giggs

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Welsh
Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs has had a successful 24-year stint with Manchester United as a senior player and has also served as their interim coach. He has won 13 Premier League titles with the club and was the first player with two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards.

 17 Arsène Wenger

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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
French football manager Arsène Wenger is known for being the longest-tenured and most successful manager of Arsenal, with whom he won the Premier League title thrice. Nicknamed Le Professeur for his serious look, the English Football Hall of Fame inductee is known to encourage young talent in the sport. 

 18 Hugh Freeze

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Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: September 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 19 Ronald Koeman

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Famous As: Football Manager, Former Player
Birthdate: March 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

Dutch formerfootball  player Ronald Koeman was one of the stars of the Netherlands national team during his playing days. After his retirement, he became a professional football manager and is currently the head coach of La Liga club Barcelona. Tremendously successful as a head coach, he was made the manager of Barcelona in 2020.

 20 Frank Vogel

Frank Vogel
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 21 Andy Reid

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Famous As: Coaches
Birthdate: March 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 22 Erik Spoelstra

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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: November 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Erik Spoelstra, who is of Filipino descent, created history when in 2008 he became the head basketball coach of Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association, making him the first Asian-American head coach of the four major North American sports leagues. When Miami Heat won in 2012, he became the first Asian-American head coach to win a NBA championship.

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 23 Lane Kiffin

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Famous As: Sports coach, American football player
Birthdate: May 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 24 Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney
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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: November 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Dabo Swinney is an American football coach. The highest-paid coach in college athletics history, Dabo Swinney helped the Clemson Tigers of the Clemson University win two national championships; he is the second-most successful head coach in Clemson history, only behind Frank Howard.

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 25 Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: November 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 26 Urban Meyer

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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 27 Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz
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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: January 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Lou Holtz has been the head football coach of teams such as the New York Jets. He led Notre Dame to be the national champions. Holtz became the only coach to guide four programs to the final top 20. The College Football Hall of Famer later became an ESPN analyst.

 28 Tony Dungy

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Famous As: Former NFL Coach & American Football Player
Birthdate: October 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Former American football player and coach, Tony Dungy, currently works as an advisor for the professional football team, The Houston Texans. An evangelical Christian, Dungy has been an integral part of several community service organizations over the years. Also a writer, Dungy claims that his memoir Quiet Strength has touched the lives of many.

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 29 Bruce Arians

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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 30 Matt Patricia

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Famous As: NFL Coach
Birthdate: September 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Matt Patricia is best known for his 14-season stint as an assistant coach of the NFL team New England Patriots, including six seasons, from 2012 to 2017, as their defensive coordinator. He helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls and later became the head coach of the Detroit Lions.
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 31 Mike Vrabel

Mike Vrabel
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Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: August 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German, American

 32 Pat Riley

Pat Riley
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Coach
Birthdate: March 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 33 Romeo Crennel

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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: June 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Football coach Romeo Crennel is currently serving as the interim head coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). Even though he played football in college, he has never played in the NFL. As a coach, he has over 40 years of experience and has led his teams to five Super Bowl wins as an assistant coach.

 34 Tyronn Lue

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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Tyronn Lue is an American basketball coach currently serving as the head coach for the popular team Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. Previously, he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, which won the 2016 NBA Finals under his guidance. During his playing career, Tyronn Lue helped the Los Angeles Lakers win two NBA championships.

 35 Mike Singletary

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Famous As: American Football coach
Birthdate: October 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 36 Jason Garrett

Jason Garrett
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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: March 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 37 Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 38 Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: August 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Stan Van Gundy, head coach of the NBA team New Orleans Pelicans, has also coached teams such as the Detroit Pistons and the Orlando Magic, leading the latter to the 2010 NBA Finals. He is the older brother of former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy.

 39 Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: September 22, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 40 Gus Malzahn

Gus Malzahn
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 41 Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly
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Famous As: American football player, coach
Birthdate: October 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 42 Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp
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Famous As: American football player, Sports coach
Birthdate: August 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 43 Tom Heinsohn

Tom Heinsohn
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 26, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Tom Heinsohn is remembered for his 6-decade-long association with the NBA team Boston Celtics, first as a forward/center player, and then as a coach and a broadcaster. He was instrumental in forming the NBA Players Association. Heinsohn was part of the 17 NBA Championship wins of the Celtics.

 44 Mike Ditka

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Famous As: American Football Player, NFL Coach
Birthdate: October 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Mike Ditka, nicknamed “Iron Mike,” was a star footballer for the Chicago Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys. He has coached the Cowboys and has also trained the Bears to win the Super Bowl XX. He has also worked as a sports broadcaster for ESPN and NBC.  

 45 Bret Bielema

Bret Bielema
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Famous As: Head coach
Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 46 Dan Gable

Dan Gable
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 47 Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: July 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 48 Eric Bieniemy

Eric Bieniemy
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Eric Bieniemy is an American football coach, currently working as the offensive coordinator for National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. A former player, Eric Bieniemy stirred controversy while representing the San Diego Chargers in 1993; he harassed a female parking attendant by grabbing her by the neck, for which he was arrested in Boulder, Colorado.

 49 Steve Sarkisian

Steve Sarkisian
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: March 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 50 Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: November 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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