List of Kansas State Wildcats head football coaches

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Bill Snyder, the current head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats

The Kansas State Wildcats football program is a college football team that represents Kansas State University in the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 31 head coaches and one interim head coach since its first recorded football game in 1896. The current coach is Bill Snyder, who was originally hired in November 1988 and retired after the 2005 season, only to return for the 2009 season.[1][2]

The university adopted the nickname "Wildcats" in 1915 after being previously known as the "Aggies." Head coach Zora G. Clevenger changed the team's nickname to the "Farmers" from 1916 to 1919, but it was changed back to "Wildcats" permanently in 1920 by coach Charlie Bachman.[3]

Kansas State joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1913. The school split away from the MVIAA with five others to create the Big Six Conference in 1928. Through the years that conference added two teams and eventually became the Big Eight Conference.[4] The Wildcats became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996 when the Big Eight disbanded.[5]

The Wildcats have played in 1,154 games during the program's 117 seasons (through the 2013 regular season). In those seasons, three coaches led Kansas State to postseason bowl games: Jim Dickey, Bill Snyder and Ron Prince. Four coaches have won conference championships with the Wildcats: Mike Ahearn (1909, 1910); Guy Lowman (1912); Lynn Waldorf (1934); and Snyder (2003, 2012).[6][7]

Bill Snyder is the all-time leader in seasons coached at KSU with 22, more than double the next highest. Snyder is also the leader in games coached (268) and total wins (177) through the end of the 2013 regular season. Mike Ahearn has the highest overall winning percentage of any Wildcat coach, at .755 over his six seasons. Sam Francis is the worst coach in program history in terms of winning percentage, as he lost every one of the ten games he coached during his only season at Kansas State. Among coaches who served more than one season, Stan Parrish has the lowest winning percentage with .076 after completing three seasons with a record of 2–30–1. Charles Bachman and Pappy Waldorf have both been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches. Coaches Zora G. Clevenger, Alvin "Bo" McMillin and Sam Francis were inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame as players. Snyder is the only coach to have won post-season major national coach of the year honors while at Kansas State.

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]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013 season.
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL CCs National Awards
1 Pratt, IraIra Pratt 1896 2 0 1 1 .250
2 Ehrsam, A. W.A. W. Ehrsam 1897 4 1 2 1 .375
3 Williamson, Billy P.Billy P. Williamson 1898 4 1 1 2 .500
4 Hansen, AlbertAlbert Hansen 1899 5 2 3 0 .400
5 Moulton, FayFay Moulton 1900 6 2 4 0 .333
6 Moore, WadeWade Moore 1901 8 3 4 1 .438
7 Dietz, Cyrus E.Cyrus E. Dietz 1902 8 2 6 0 .250
8 Dietz, G. O.G. O. Dietz 1903 8 3 4 1 .438
9 Booth, Reuben F.Reuben F. Booth 1904 7 1 6 0 .143
10 Ahearn, MikeMike Ahearn 1905–1910 49 37 12 0 .755 2[A 5]
11 Lowman, GuyGuy Lowman 1911–1914 35 17 15 3 .529 0 5 0 .000 1[A 5]
12 Bender, John R.John R. Bender 1915 8 3 4 1 .438 0 2 1 .167
13 Clevenger, Zora G.Zora G. Clevenger 1916–1919 30 19 9 2 .667 3 6 2 .364
14 Bachman, CharlieCharlie Bachman[11] 1920–1927 65 33 23 9 .577 17 21 6 .455
15 McMillin, BoBo McMillin 1928–1933 51 29 21 1 .578 15 15 0 .500
16 Waldorf, PappyPappy Waldorf[12] 1934 10 7 2 1 .750 5 0 0 1.000 1
17 Fry, WesleyWesley Fry 1935–1939 45 18 21 6 .467 6 14 5 .340
18 Adams, HobbsHobbs Adams 1940–41, 1946 27 4 21 2 .185 2 12 1 .167
19 Haylett, WardWard Haylett 1942–1944 28 6 20 2 .250 3 12 0 .200
20 Fiser, LudLud Fiser 1945 8 1 7 0 .125 0 5 0 .000
21 Francis, SamSam Francis 1947 10 0 10 0 .000 0 5 0 .000
22 Graham, RalphRalph Graham 1948–1950 31 4 26 1 .145 1 17 0 .056
23 Meek, BillBill Meek 1951–1954 39 14 24 1 .372 7 17 0 .304
24 Mertes, BusBus Mertes 1955–1959 49 15 34 1 .310 10 20 0 .333
25 Weaver, DougDoug Weaver 1960–1966 69 8 60 1 .123 4 43 1 .094
26 Gibson, VinceVince Gibson 1967–1974 85 33 52 0 .388 16 40 0 .286
27 Rainsberger, EllisEllis Rainsberger 1975–1977 33 6 27 0 .182 0 21 0 .000
28 Dickey, JimJim Dickey 1978–1985[A 6] 80 24 54 2 .313 12 35 2 .265 0 1
Int Moon, LeeLee Moon 1985[A 6] 9 1 8 0 .111 1 6 0 .143
29 Parrish, StanStan Parrish 1986–1988 33 2 30 1 .076 1 19 1 .071
30 Snyder, BillBill Snyder 1989–2005, 2009–present 268 178 90 1 .664 102 69 1 .596 7 8 2

AP Coach of the Year (1998)[14]
Bear Bryant Award (1998)[15]
Bobby Dodd COY (1998, 2012)[16]
Walter Camp COY (1998)[17]
Woody Hayes Trophy (2011)
Sporting News COY (2011)

31 Prince, RonRon Prince 2006–2008 37 17 20 .459 9 15 .375 0 1

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.[8]
  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.[9]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[10]
  5. ^ a b Kansas State was a member of the Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Association prior to joining in the MVIAA in 1913.
  6. ^ a b Jim Dickey resigned at the beginning of the 1985 season, going 0–2. Lee Moon replaced him and finished the season 1–8 (1–6 in conference).[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Bill Snyder Named Head Football Coach". Kansas State Athletics. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2010-04-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ Looney, Douglas S. (1989-09-04). "Futility U". Sports Illustrated 71 (10). Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Kansas State Traditions". Kansas State Athletics. 2004-05-21. Retrieved 2010-04-30. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Okla Aggies Accepted; Big Seven Becomes Big Eight as New Member Is Added". The New York Times. 1957-05-18. p. 15. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  5. ^ "The Big 12 Conference - Outstanding Success". Big12Sports.com. 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  6. ^ "College Football Data Warehouse" (English). Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Aggie Championship", The Daily (Manhattan) Nationalist, November 29, 1912 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2006-08-25). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  10. ^ Finder, Chuck (1987-09-06). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Hall of Famers: Charlie Bachman". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  12. ^ "Hall of Famers: Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  13. ^ "Kansas State's Dickey resigns under pressure". Lakeland Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). The Associated Press. 1985-09-16. p. 3D. Retrieved 2010-04-28. Jim Dickey, after losing his first two games in a self-described make-or-break season, resigned under pressure Sunday as Kansas State football coach and will be replaced by assistant athletic director Lee Moon. 
  14. ^ "Kansas State's Snyder is top coach". Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine). The Associated Press. 1998-12-15. p. C3. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  15. ^ "Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Awards" (PDF). American Heart Association. Archived from the original on 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  16. ^ "Bill Snyder named coach of the year". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). 1998-12-31. p. 4C. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  17. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards". Walter Camp Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-04-29.