W.W.H. Mustaine was the first men's basketball coach, starting in 1904, when UK was known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. Edwin Sweetland was their first paid basketball coach, starting in 1909, when UK was known as Kentucky State University or State University of Lexington. Sweetland was also the football coach at the time. Coaches after Sweetland but before the legendary Adolph Rupp included George Buchheit, Ray Eklund and John Mauer.
Bill Russell was the first black NBA coach.
Coach of the Saitama Broncos, a professional basketball team in Japan. She is the first female to coach a professional men's basketball team.
While basketball player was in High School is first coach was Jim Jones. Later Jones left to coach elsewhere.