Top 10 D.C. Coaches of the Last 50 Years
10) Bruce Arena
Arena was the first D.C. United coach when the team was founded in 1996. He led DCU to the first two championships in MLS history (1996-97) and the U.S. Open Cup in 1996.
9) Jim Larranaga
Larranaga took George Mason to the Final Four in 2006 in a magical run that captivated the sports world. He and the Patriots ushered in an era where the talent at mid-majors is closer to the top schools than ever before.
8) Brenda Freese
Frese has been with Maryland since 2002 and took the Terps to six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 2004 through 2009. They won the championship in 2006 and reached the Elite Eight in 2008 and 2009.
7) Dick Motta
Motta was only in Washington for four seasons but was by far the most successful coach in Bullets history. He led the city to its only pro basketball title in the 1977-78 season and won an Eastern Conference Championship the next year.
6) Lefty Driesell
Driesell was in College Park from 1969 to 1986 and built the Terps into a perennial power. With Lefty on the bench, Maryland won the ACC Tournament in 1984 and two regular season conference titles in 1975 and 1980.
5) George Allen
Allen coached the Redskins for seven seasons with a 67-30 record. He took over in 1971 and the next season reached the Super Bowl. Allen never had a losing season in his NFL coaching career.
4) Gary Williams
Williams took over the Terrapins in 1989 amid NCAA sanctions and revived them into a national power. He led Maryland to two Final Fours and a NCAA title in 2002.
3) Morgan Wootten
Wootten coached basketball at DeMatha Catholic High School from 1956 to 2002 and along the way became a legend in the sport. He retired with a record of 1,274-192 and five national championships to his name.
2) John Thompson, Jr.
Big John Thompson arrived at Georgetown in 1972 and built them into the college basketball force they are today. The Hall of Fame coach led the Hoyas to six Big East titles, three Final Fours, and the NCAA Championship in 1984.
1) Joe Gibbs
The King of D.C. Sports, Joe Gibbs took the Redskins to four Super Bowls and won three of them. The Hall of Famer returned to coach the team in 2004 and led Washington to two playoff appearances in four years.