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Takedown Report reveals all-time winningest college coaches

Dale Thomas
A measure of success in college wrestling for individuals and programs is total number of wins. The same can be said for collegiate wrestling coaches at all levels -- NCAA Division I, II and III, as well as NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association).

As wrestling fans anticipate the 2015-16 season, Martin Fleming of the website Takedown Report has updated his list of all-time winningest college mat coaches who have compiled at least 240 wins over the course of their careers. Over 100 coaches have earned at least that many career victories as of the end of last season; InterMat has chosen to show the top 25 here. Individuals listed in bold are still actively coaching.

Coach's name/School/Number of Wins/Collegiate division
1. Dale Thomas (Oregon State) 616 -- NCAA Division I
2. Jare Klein (Olivet College) 569 -- III
3. Pat Pecora (Pitt-Johnstown) 540 -- II
4. David Icenhower (College of New Jersey) 534 -- III
5. John Reese (Wilkes Univ.) 515 -- I/III
6. Jack Childs (Drexel) 512 -- I / NJCAA
7. Bill Racich (Ursinus College) 499 -- III
8. Harold Nichols (Iowa St.) 493 -- I
9. Max Servcies (Wabash) 487 -- III
10. Doug Parker (Springfield, Mass) 485 -- III
11. Arthur "Bucky" Maughan (North Dakota State) 467 -- II / I
12. Milton Martin (Westmar) 462 -- NAIA
13. Don Elia (Carson-Newman) 461 -- II
14. Ron Mirikitani (Meramec --St. Louis) 457 -- NJCCA
15. John Sacchi (Rutgers/Middlesex) 447 -- I/NJCAA
16. Ned McGinley (King's College) 442 -- III
17. Bobby Douglas (Iowa St./Cal St. Santa Barbara/Ariz. State) 440 -- I
18. John Johnston (Princeton/Stevens Tech) 431 -- I/NJCAA
19. J Robinson (Minnesota) 430 -- I
20. Mike Olson (UNC-Pembroke/Upper Iowa/Monmouth) 428 -- II/III
21. T.J. Kerr (U. Calif. Bakersfield/San Jose St.) 421 -- I
22. Gary Taylor (Rider) 417 -- I
23. Tom Jarman (Manchester/Northwestern/Taylor) 415 -- I/III
24. Phil Grebinar (Worcester Poly Tech.) 414 -- III
25. Jim Miller (Wartburg) 413 -- III

Among the best-known coaches a bit further down the list: current Oklahoma State coach John Smith (No. 37 on the list, with 369 career wins to date), retired University of Iowa coach Dan Gable (No. 39, 356 wins), and Rob Koll, presently coaching at Cornell University (No. 96, 260 victories).

The entire list is available online. For corrections and updates, please contact Martin Fleming directly at martinkfleming@gmail.com.

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DAVETGC (1) about 3 years ago
More info than the Takedown Report right here: mwolverine.com/Greatest_NCAA_Wrestling_Coaches.html