List of Alabama Crimson Tide head football coaches
The Alabama Crimson Tide college football team represents the University of Alabama in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Crimson Tide competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 27 head coaches, and 1 interim head coach, since it began play during the 1892 season. Since January 2007, Nick Saban has served as Alabama's head coach.
Adopting the nickname of the Crimson Tide after the 1907 season, the team has played more than 1,100 games over 119 seasons. In that time, 12 coaches have led the Crimson Tide in postseason bowl games: Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Harold Drew, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, Gene Stallings, Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Shula, Joe Kines, and Saban. Eight of those coaches also won conference championships: Wade captured four as a member of the Southern Conference and Thomas, Drew, Bryant, Curry, Stallings, DuBose, and Saban won a combined 23 as a member of the SEC. During their tenures, Wade, Thomas, Bryant, Stallings, and Saban each won national championships with the Crimson Tide.
Bryant is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 232 victories during his 25 years with the program. Saban has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .829. Jennings B. Whitworth has the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .067. Mike Price, who was hired in 2003, was fired prior to coaching a game. Of the 28 different head coaches who have led the Crimson Tide, Wade, Thomas, Bryant, and Stallings have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
|#||Order of coaches[A 2]||GC||Games coached||CW||Conference wins||PW||Postseason wins|
|DC||Division championships||OW||Overall wins||CL||Conference losses||PL||Postseason losses|
|CC||Conference championships||OL||Overall losses||CT||Conference ties||PT||Postseason ties|
|NC||National championships||OT||Overall ties[A 3]||C%||Conference winning percentage|
|Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame||O%||Overall winning percentage[A 4]|
|1||Beaumont, E. B.E. B. Beaumont||1892||4||2||2||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Abbott, EliEli Abbott||1892–1895, 1902||20||7||13||0||.350||2||8||0||.200||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|3||Wagonhurst, OttoOtto Wagonhurst||1896||3||2||1||0||.666||1||1||0||.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|4||McCants, AllenAllen McCants||1897||1||1||0||0||1.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|5||Martin, W. A.W. A. Martin||1899||4||3||1||0||.750||1||0||0||1.000||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|6||Griffin, MalcolmMalcolm Griffin||1900||5||2||3||0||.400||1||3||0||.250||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|7||Harvey, M. S.M. S. Harvey||1901||5||2||1||2||.600||2||1||2||.600||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|8||Blount, W. B.W. B. Blount||1903–1904||17||10||7||0||.588||8||7||0||.533||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|9||Leavenworth, JackJack Leavenworth||1905||10||6||4||0||.600||5||4||0||.555||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|10||Pollard, J. W. H.J. W. H. Pollard||1906–1909||30||21||5||4||.783||14||5||4||.696||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|11||Lowman, GuyGuy Lowman||1910||8||4||4||0||.500||1||4||0||.200||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|12||Graves, D. V.D. V. Graves||1911–1914||36||21||12||3||.625||14||11||3||.554||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|13||Kelly, ThomasThomas Kelly||1915–1917||25||17||7||1||.700||12||6||1||.658||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|14||Scott, XenXen Scott||1919–1922||41||29||9||3||.744||23||15||5||.593||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|15||Wade, WallaceWallace Wade||1923–1930||78||61||13||4||.812||45||10||2||.807||2||0||1||—||4||1925, 1926, 19303 –||—|
|16||Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas||1931–1946||146||115||24||7||.812||71||19||6||.771||4||2||0||—||4||1934, 19412 –||SEC Coach of the Year (1945)[A 8]|
|17||Drew, HaroldHarold Drew||1947–1954||89||54||28||7||.646||33||21||7||.598||1||2||0||—||1||0||SEC Coach of the Year (1952)|
|18||Whitworth, Jennings B.Jennings B. Whitworth||1955–1957||30||4||24||2||.166||3||18||1||.159||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Bryant, PaulPaul Bryant||1958–1982||287||232||46||9||.824||146||22||5||.858||12||10||2||—||13||1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 19796 –||
AFCA Coach of the Year (1961, 1971, 1973)
|20||Perkins, RayRay Perkins||1983–1986||48||32||15||1||.677||14||9||1||.604||3||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|21||Curry, BillBill Curry||1987–1989||36||26||10||0||.722||14||6||0||.700||0||0||0||—||1||0||Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1989)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1989)
UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1987, 1989)
SEC Coach of the Year (1989)
|22||Stallings, GeneGene Stallings
|1990–1996||87||62||25||0||.713||38||16||0||.703||5||1||0||4||1||19921 –||AFCA Coach of the Year (1992)
FWAA Coach of the Year (1992)
George Munger Award (1992)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1992)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1992)
SEC Coach of the Year (1992)
|23||DuBose, MikeMike DuBose||1997–2000||47||24||23||—||.510||16||16||—||.500||0||2||—||1||1||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (1999)
SEC Coach of the Year (1999)
|24||Franchione, DennisDennis Franchione||2001–2002||25||17||8||—||.680||10||6||—||.625||1||0||—||0||0||0||—|
|25||Price, MikeMike Price
|26||Shula, MikeMike Shula
|Int||Kines, JoeJoe Kines
|27||Saban, NickNick Saban
|2007–present||94||74||15||—||.831||43||10||—||.811||5||2||—||3||2||2009, 2011, 20123 –||AP Coach of the Year (2008)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2008)
Home Depot Coach of the Year (2008)
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2008)
Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year (2008)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2008)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2009)
SEC Coach of the Year (2008, 2009)
- Although the first Rose Bowl Game was played in 1902, it has been continuously played since the 1916 game, and is recognized as the oldest bowl game by the NCAA. "—" indicates any season prior to 1916 when postseason games were not played.
- A running total of the number of head coaches, with coaches who served separate tenures being counted only once. Interim head coaches are represented with "Int" and are not counted in the running total. "—" indicates the team played but either without a coach or no coach is on record. "X" indicates an interim year without play.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
- When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
- Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012 college football season.
- Alabama did not field teams in 1898 due to school rules, in 1918 due to World War I and in 1943 due to World War II. The coach of the 1918 squad was to have been B. L. Noojin and the coach of the 1943 squad was to have been Frank Thomas.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Alabama has competed as a member of the SEC West.
- The SEC Coach of the Year is voted by league coaches.
- Stallings' record at the conclusion of the 1993 season was nine wins, three losses and one tie (9–3–1, 5–3–1 SEC). In August 1995, the NCAA ruled that Alabama must forfeit eight victories and one tie that Antonio Langham participated in as he was declared ineligible for previously signing with a sports agent in violation of NCAA rules. Thus the official NCAA record for 1993 is 1–12.
- Price was hired in December 2002 and fired in May 2003 without coaching an official game. He is not included in the official list of coaches because of this fact. 
- Shula's record at the conclusion of the 2005 season was ten wins and two losses (10–2, 6–2 SEC) and six wins and six losses (6–6, 2–6 SEC) in 2006. In March 2009, the NCAA ruled that Alabama must vacate 16 victories due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions discovered during the 2007 season for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. As the penalty to vacate victories does not result in a loss (or forfeiture) of the affected contests or award a victory to the opponent, the official NCAA record for these years are 0–2 and 0–6 respectively.
- Joe Kines was named interim head coach for the 2006 Independence Bowl, following the termination of Mike Shula as head coach.
- Saban's record at the conclusion of the 2007 season was seven wins and six losses (7–6, 4–4 SEC). In March 2009, the NCAA ruled that Alabama must vacate five victories due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions discovered during the 2007 season. As the penalty to vacate victories does not result in a loss (or forfeiture) of the affected contests or award a victory to the opponent, the official NCAA record for 2007 is 2–6.
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