List of Akron Zips head football coaches

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John Heisman, namesake of the Heisman Trophy award, led Buchtel College to a 6–2 record in 1893–94.

The University of Akron Zips football program is a college football team that represents the University of Akron. The team has had 26 head coaches since organized football began in 1895. It was also in 1895 that they adopted the nickname Zips.[note 1] The Zips have played in nearly 1,000 games during its 109 seasons. In those seasons, only J.D. Brookhart has led the Zips to a postseason bowl game: the 2005 Motor City Bowl. Brookhart is also the only coach to win a conference championship with the Zips, he won the Mid-American Conference in 2005. Jim Dennison is the all-time leader in games coached and years coached, while John Heisman is the all-time leader in wins and winning percentage. Alfred W. Place and Harry Wilson are, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coaches the Zips have had.

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List of head football coaches showing season(s) coached, overall records, conference records, postseason records, championships and selected awards[A 1]
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT CCs NCs National awards
0 No coach 1891–1900 16 6 9 1 .406  
1 Cook, FrankFrank Cook 1892 7 3 4 0 .429  
2 Heisman, JohnJohn Heisman[ref 1] 1893–1894 8 6 2 0 .750  
3 Wilson, HarryHarry Wilson 1896 1 0 1 0 .000  
4 Eves, ArchieArchie Eves 1899 3 2 1 0 .667  
5 Firestone, ForestForest Firestone 1902 7 2 5 0 .286  
6 Place, Alfred W.Alfred W. Place 1903 2 0 2 0 .000  
7 Bradley, DwightDwight Bradley 1908 7 3 4 0 .429  
8 Weed, ClarenceClarence Weed 1909 8 3 4 1 .438  
9 Haggerty, FrankFrank Haggerty 1910–1914 41 22 16 3 .573  
10 Sefton, FredFred Sefton 1915–1923 71 34 33 4 .507 25 27 3 .482 0  
11 Coleman, James W.James W. Coleman 1924–1925 16 6 10 0 .375 4 8 0 .333 0  
12 Babcock, GeorgeGeorge Babcock 1926 9 5 2 2 .667 4 2 2 .625 0  
13 Blair, RedRed Blair 1927–1935 78 43 30 5 .583 34 28 4 .545 0  
14 Aiken, JimJim Aiken 1936–1938 27 19 7 1 .722  
15 Dowler, ThomasThomas Dowler 1939–1940 18 7 9 2 .444  
16 Douglas, OtisOtis Douglas 1941–1942 18 5 10 3 .361  
17 Baldacci, PaulPaul Baldacci 1946–1947 17 7 10 0 .412  
18 Houghton, WilliamWilliam Houghton 1948–1951 35 7 27 1 .214 3 13 1 .206 0  
19 Cochrane, KennethKenneth Cochrane 1952–1953 18 8 9 1 .472 6 4 1 .591 0  
20 McMullen, JoeJoe McMullen 1954–1960 61 30 28 3 .516 28 23 2 .547 0  
21 Larson, Gordon K.Gordon K. Larson 1961–1972 112 74 33 5 .683 26 8 0 .765 0  
22 Dennison, JimJim Dennison 1973–1985 144 80 62 2 .563 30 22 1 .575 2 1 0 0  
23 Faust, GerryGerry Faust 1986–1994 99 43 53 3 .449 14 18 0 .438 0  
24 Owens, LeeLee Owens 1995–2003 101 40 61 0 .396 31 39 0 .443 0  
25 Brookhart, J. D.J. D. Brookhart 2004–2009 72 30 42 0 .417 22 26 0 .458 0 1 0 1  
26 Ianello, RobRob Ianello 2010–2011 24 2 22 0 .083 1 15 0 .063 0 0 0 0  
27 Bowden, TerryTerry Bowden 2012– 12 1 11 0 .083 1 8 0 .111 0 0 0 0  

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Zips did not field a team in the following seasons: 1897–1898, 1901, 1904–1907, 1943–1945.
  2. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Zips. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is counted only once.
  3. ^ Akron competed as an independent team in the following seasons: 1891–1896, 1899–1914, 1937–1942, and 1966–1977
  4. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
  5. ^ When computing the win-loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Heisman". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  1. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012 college football season.