List of Florida Gators head football coaches

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Will Muschamp, current head coach of the Florida Gators

This list of Florida Gators head football coaches includes those coaches who have led the Florida Gators football team that represents the University of Florida in the sport of American football. The Florida Gators currently compete in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Twenty-three men have served as the Gators' head coach, including three who served as interim head coach, since the Gators began play in the fall of 1906.[1] In December 2010, Will Muschamp was hired as the Gators' latest head coach and Muschamp assumed full responsibility for the team after his predecessor, Urban Meyer, coached the Gators in their January 2011 bowl game.[2]

The Gators have fielded a team every season since 1906, with the exception of 1943, and have played more than 1,000 games during 105 seasons.[1] During that time, twelve coaches have led the Gators in postseason bowl games: George E. Pyle, Bob Woodruff, Ray Graves, Doug Dickey, Charley Pell, Galen Hall, Gary Darnell, Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook, Charlie Strong, Urban Meyer, and Will Muschamp.[1] Two Gators coaches have also won SEC championships: Spurrier won six, and Meyer won two.[1] During their tenures, Spurrier won one and Meyer won two national championships with the Gators.[1][3]

Spurrier is the leader in seasons coached, games won and winning percentage, with 122 victories and a winning percentage of .817 during his twelve years leading the program.[1] Raymond Wolf has the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .359.[1] Of the twenty-three head coaches who have led the Gators, Charlie Bachman, Graves and Dickey have been inducted as head coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.[4][5][6]

Key[edit]

Key to symbols in coaches list
General Overall Conference Postseason[A 1]
# 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
dagger Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame O% Overall winning percentage[A 4]


Coaches[edit]

List of head football coaches showing season(s) coached, overall records, conference records, postseason records, championships and selected awards[A 5]
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT DC
[A 6]
CC NC Awards
1 Forsythe, JackJack Forsythe 1906–1908 22 14 6 2 .682 0
2 Pyle, George E.George E. Pyle 1909–1913 36 26 7 3 .764 3 5 0 .375 1 0 0 0 0
3 McCoy, C. J.C. J. McCoy 1914–1916 19 9 10 0 .474 4 9 0 .308 0 0 0 0 0
4 Buser, Alfred L.Alfred L. Buser 1917–1919 15 7 8 0 .467 3 7 0 .300 0 0 0 0 0
5 Kline, William G.William G. Kline 1920–1922 29 19 8 2 .690 7 4 2 .615 0 0 0 0 0
6 Van Fleet, JamesJames Van Fleet 1923–1924 19 12 3 4 .737 3 0 3 .750 0 0 0 0 0
7 Sebring, HaroldHarold Sebring 1925–1927 30 17 11 2 .600 9 7 1 .559 0 0 0 0 0
8 Bachman, CharlieCharlie Bachmandagger 1928–1932 48 27 18 3 .594 19 14 3 .569 0 0 0 0 0
9 Stanley, Dennis K.Dennis K. Stanley 1933–1935 29 14 13 2 .517 5 11 1 .324 0 0 0 0 0
10 Cody, JoshJosh Cody 1936–1939 43 17 24 2 .419 6 14 2 .318 0 0 0 0 0
11 Lieb, TomTom Lieb 1940–1942
1944–1945
47 20 26 1 .436 5 15 1 .262 0 0 0 0 0
12 Wolf, RaymondRaymond Wolf 1946–1949 39 13 24 2 .359 2 17 2 .143 0 0 0 0 0
13 Woodruff, BobBob Woodruff 1950–1959 101 53 42 6 .554 29 32 4 .477 1 1 0 0 0
14 Graves, RayRay Gravesdagger 1960–1969 105 70 31 4 .686 38 19 3 .658 4 1 0 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (1960)
15 Dickey, DougDoug Dickeydagger 1970–1978 103 58 43 2 .573 28 28 1 .500 0 4 0 0 0
16 Pell, CharleyCharley Pell 1979–1984 62 33 26 3 .556 14 16 1 .468 2 2 0 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (1980)[1]
17 Hall, GalenGalen Hall 1984–1989 59 40 18 1 .686 21 12 0 .636 1 1 0 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (1984)[1]
18 Darnell, GaryGary Darnell 1989 7 3 4 0 .429 2 2 0 .500 0 1 0 0 0
19 Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier 1990–2001 150 122 27 1 .817 87 12 0 .879 6 5 0 7 6 1 – 1996 SEC Coach of the Year (1990, 1995, 1996)[1]
20 Zook, RonRon Zook 2002–2004 37 23 14 .622 16 8 .667 0 2 1 0 0
21 Strong, CharlieCharlie Strong 2004 1 0 1 .000 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0
22 Meyer, UrbanUrban Meyer 2005–2010 80 65 15 .813 36 13 .735 5 1 3 2 2 – 2006, 2008 National Coach of the Decade (2009)
23 Muschamp, WillWill Muschamp 2011–present 38 22 16 .579 13 11 .542 1 1 0 0 0

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.[7]
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[8]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[9]
  5. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season.
  6. ^ The SEC reorganized itself into two six-team divisions in 1992, following the admission of new members Arkansas and South Carolina to the conference. Since that time, Florida has competed as a member of the SEC Eastern Division, together with Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt; the SEC Western Division includes Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. Under the SEC's format, the two divisional champions advance to the SEC Championship Game to determine the conference champion. In the event two or more divisional teams finish with identical records, all such teams are recognized by the SEC as "divisional champions," but a series of tie-breakers, including head-to-head competition, determine which team will represent the division in the championship game.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 74–76, 77–81, 101–102, 116–125 (2011). Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Florida hires Will Muschamp as coach," ESPN.com (December 12, 2010). Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  3. ^ 2010 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Records, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 68–77 (2010). Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  4. ^ College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, Charlie Bachman. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  5. ^ College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, Ray Graves. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  6. ^ College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, Doug Dickey. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  7. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today (McLean, Virginia). Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  9. ^ Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times (New York City). Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  10. ^ Harwell, Hoyt (November 30, 1990). "SEC sets division lineups". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). p. 1C. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 

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