The Best Coaches in Sports Right Now, Ranked

From legends like Dawn Staley, Andy Reid, and Geno Auriemma to the new names like Dan Hurley and Becky Hammon, here are the best coaches in sports right now.

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Bill Belichick. Mike Krzyzewski. Gregg Popovich. 


The era of these legendary coaches dominating their respective sports consistently is slowly coming to an end. With Coach K retired, Belichick without a home, and Pop in a rebuild situation, there is a new generation of leaders taking the throne as the best coaches in sports. 


Just this past week, we've seen Dawn Staley capture her second title in three years in women's college basketball with Dan Hurley leading UConn to its second title is as many years on the men's side to become the first team to win back-to-back chips since 2007. Becky Hammon was one of three coaches on the list to go back-to-back in their sports joining Hurley and Andy Reid but she accomplished it in her first two seasons as a head coach. 


There are still legendary coaches like Bill Self and Geno Auriemma who have had sustained success for over 20 years despite a new era of names are still being ushered in. 


The Complex Sports team put together a ranking of the 15 best coaches in sports right now. While the list factors in their historic impact, it will be judged off recent success and impact in their sport.


NOTE: The list will NOT include coaches in soccer (international and United States), hockey, or non-major American sports. 

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Honorable Mention

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15. Mike Tomlin - Pittsburgh Steelers

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14. Dave Roberts - Los Angeles Dodgers

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13. Michael Malone - Denver Nuggets

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12. Becky Hammon - Las Vegas Aces

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11. Jim Harbaugh - Los Angeles Chargers

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10. Kyle Shanahan - San Francisco 49ers

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9. Bill Self - Kansas Men's Basketball

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8. Sean McVay - Los Angeles Rams

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7. Steve Kerr - Golden State Warriors

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6. Erik Spoelstra - Miami Heat

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5. Geno Auriemma - UConn Women's Basketball

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4. Kirby Smart - Georgia Football

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3. Dan Hurley - UConn Men's Basketball

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2. Andy Reid - Kansas City Chiefs

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1. Dawn Staley - South Carolina Women's Basketball

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