UNC Soccer’s Anson Dorrance: Possibly the World’s Winningest Coach Ever

NCAA & Olympic Soccer; Mia Hamm
anson_dorrance_teamThis week we welcome a coach who has won 93% of his games over the past 33 years, including the latest season. For Anson Dorrance of the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer team, and former head coach of the U.S. women’s national team, the unwieldy word “winningest” has to apply. Coach Dorrance is very possibly the winningest elite-level coach in the world, in any sport, ever.

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anson_dorrance_sherlong_4fIn addition to bringing home the women’s World Cup in 1991, coach Dorrance has won 21 national championships. He even had a winning streak of 9 championships and 92 victories in a row, finishing in 1994.

Coach Dorrance is rightly famous for innovative techniques and tactics, a ferocious approach to competition and being an expert on the female athletic psyche. So far he has developed 17 of his young women into national players of the year, including Mia Hamm, considered by many to be one of the very best female soccer players ever.

Here’s how Coach Dorrance’s 93% win record compares to some other all-time great coaches:
Knute Rockne: 84%, John Wooden: 80%, Dean Smith: 78%, Mike Krzyzewski: 76%, Phil Jackson: 69%, Alex Ferguson 58%