If there's one thing you can say about Boston sports, it's that there's an embarrassment of riches for sports fans. Since February of 2002, the four major men's sports teams have combined for 12 championships. Obviously, the embarrassment of riches extends to the coaching staffs assembled in Boston over the years. From Doc Rivers to Terry Francona, there are many great managers who are no longer involved in Boston, but the current group of four coaches in the city are as good as any other city’s crop of leadership and intellect. So, naturally, as one does with sports, I have decided to rank them.
4. Brad Stevens - In many other cities, Stevens would be the best coach in the entire city and it would not be close. But in Boston, this is not the case. The coach of the Celtics since 2013, Stevens spearheaded the rebuilding era of the team and was expected to be the intellectual savant who led the team into a new dynasty. Obviously, this did not pan out, but I still trust in Stevens’ system going forward and think it will ultimately reap benefits. But he has always been able to do so much with so little, and I believe his apex is just around the corner.
3. Bruce Cassidy - When Claude Julien was fired in 2017, I was relieved for the Bruins. Yes, he coached Boston to a 2011 championship, but it felt like by 2017, it was time to move on. Fortunately, Cassidy has proven to be an excellent successor. As the coach for the Bruins, Cassidy’s record is 117-52-22 and he has taken the Bruins further into the playoffs each season. Don’t rule out a Stanley Cup from him just yet.
2. Alex Cora - Cora is the manager who has been with his team for the shortest amount of time in Boston, but he has the best track record of them all at an astonishing one for one pace. In all seriousness, Cora is the future of managerial talent in baseball as he is able to blend modern analytics with old-school connection and communication with his players. As sympathetic and earnest as anyone, Cora led the Red Sox to their best season ever in 2018 and the fact that he was not even considered for Manager of the Year is an all-time travesty.
1. Bill Belichick - Obviously, it is Belichick. The records he has set are akin to video game numbers and it gets to the point of near unbelievability. As the head coach of the Patriots, Belichick is 225-79 and 30-10 in the playoffs. He is a three time AP Coach of the Year and the winningest in football history, having experienced six Super Bowl champions. He knows football like no one else and he is someone I trust more than anyone in the sport. It’s no contest. Belichick is the best coach in all of Boston.
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