List of Houston Cougars head football coaches

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Tony Levine, head coach 2011–2014

This List of Houston Cougars head football coaches includes those coaches who have led the Houston Cougars football team that represents the University of Houston in the sport of American football. The Houston Cougars currently compete in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and have been members of the American Athletic Conference since the 2013 season. Thirteen men have served as the Cougars' head coach, including one who served as interim head coach, since the Cougars began play in the fall of 1946.[1] The most recent full-time coach, Tony Levine, was named head coach for the 2012 TicketCity Bowl when former coach Kevin Sumlin left the program to begin coaching at Texas A&M;[2] Levine had his first regular-season game as head coach in the 2012 season.

The Cougars have fielded a team every season since 1946.[1] During that time, eight coaches have led the Cougars in postseason bowl games: Clyde Lee, Bill Yeoman, Jack Pardee, Art Briles, Kim Helton, Chris Thurmond, Kevin Sumlin, and Tony Levine. The Cougars have won 10 conference championships[3] under 7 coaches.

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 and championships[A 5]
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% PW PL PT DCs
[A 6]
CCs NCs
1 Wallace, JewellJewell Wallace 1946–1947 21 7 14 0 .333 0 0
2 Lee, ClydeClyde Lee 1948–1954 71 37 32 2 .535 1 0 0 1 0
3 Meek, BillBill Meek 1955–1956 20 13 6 1 .675 1 0
4 Lahar, HaroldHarold Lahar 1957–1961 49 24 23 2 .510 2 0
5 Yeoman, BillBill Yeomandagger 1962–1986 276 160 108 8 .594 6 4 1 4 0
6 Pardee, JackJack Pardeedagger 1987–1989 34 22 11 1 .662 0 1 0 0 0
7 Jenkins, JohnJohn Jenkins 1990–1992 33 18 15 0 .545 0 0
8 Helton, KimKim Helton 1993–1999 78 24 53 1 .314 0 1 1 0
9 Dimel, DanaDana Dimel 2000–2002 34 8 26 .235 0 0
10 Briles, ArtArt Briles 2003–2007 62 34 28 .548 0 4 1 0
Thurmond, ChrisChris Thurmond[A 7] 2007 1 0 1 .000 0 1 2 0 0
11 Sumlin, KevinKevin Sumlin 2008–2011 52 35 17 .673 1 1 2 0 0
12 Levine, TonyTony Levine[A 8] 2011–2014 38 21 17 .553 1 0 0 0 0
13 Tom Herman[8] 2015–Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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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.[4]
  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.[5]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[6]
  5. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2011 college football season.
  6. ^ Conference USA reorganized itself into two divisions in 2005. Under the C-USA format, the two divisional champions advance to the Conference USA Championship Game to determine the conference champion.
  7. ^ Chris Thurmond served as interim head coach for the 2007 Texas Bowl after Art Briles resigned his position to take the head coach position with the Baylor Bears.[7]
  8. ^ Tony Levine served as interim head coach for the 2012 TicketCity Bowl after Kevin Sumlin resigned his position to take the head coach position with the Texas A&M Aggies.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2008 Houston Cougars Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Houston Tx. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b Kahn, Sam Jr. (10 December 2011). "Sumlin leaves post as UH head coach". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Houston Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Thurmond named interim coach after Briles bolts for Baylor". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 28, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/15/report-houston-to-name-buckeyes-qb-whisperer-tom-herman-head-coach/

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