List of Ohio State Buckeyes head football coaches

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Urban Meyer, the current head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Ohio State Buckeyes college football team represents the Ohio State University in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The programs has had 24 since it began play during the 1890 season.[1] The Buckeyes have played over 1,100 games over 121 seasons. In those seasons, seven head coaches have led the Buckeyes to postseason bowl games: John Wilce, Wes Fesler, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel and Luke Fickell. Eleven coaches have won conference championships with the Buckeyes: Albert Herrnstein, John Richards, Wilce, Francis Schmidt, Paul Brown, Carroll Widdoes, Fesler, Hayes, Bruce, Cooper and Tressel. Brown, Hayes and Tressel have also won national championships with the Buckeyes.

Hayes is the all-time leader in games coached and years coached with the Buckeyes, while also leading all coaches in victories (205). Widdoes holds the highest winning percentage of all Buckeye coaches (.889) winning sixteen of the eighteen games he coached. David Edwards holds the lowest winning percentage of any Buckeye head coach (.167), going 1–7–1 in the only season that he coached. Of the 24 Buckeye head coaches, only Howard Jones, Wilce, Schmidt, Fesler, Hayes, Bruce and Cooper have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The current head coach of the Buckeyes is Urban Meyer who was hired in November 2011.[2]

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Coaches[edit]

# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL CCs NCs National awards
1 Lilley, AlexanderAlexander Lilley 1890–1891 8 3 5 0 .375
2 Ryder, FrederickFrederick Ryder 1892–1895, 1898 46 22 22 1 .500
3 Hickey, CharlesCharles Hickey[A 5] 1896 11 5 5 1 .500
4 Edwards, DavidDavid Edwards 1897 9 1 7 1 .167
5 Eckstorm, JohnJohn Eckstorm 1899–1901 29 22 4 3 .810
6 Hale, PerryPerry Hale 1902–1903 21 14 5 2 .714 5 2 0 .714
7 Sweetland, EdwinEdwin Sweetland 1904–1905 23 14 7 2 .652 4 1 1 .750
8 Herrnstein, AlbertAlbert Herrnstein 1906–1909 39 28 10 1 .731 17 6 1 .729 1
9 Jones, HowardHoward Jones[7] 1910 10 6 1 3 .750 5 1 2 .750
10 Vaughan, HarryHarry Vaughan 1911 10 5 3 2 .600 4 1 2 .714
11 Richards, JohnJohn Richards 1912 9 6 3 0 .667 5 0 0 1.000 1
12 Wilce, JohnJohn Wilce[8] 1913–1928 120 78 33 9 .688 37 30 4 .549 0 1 3
13 Willaman, SamSam Willaman 1929–1933 41 26 10 5 .695 14 8 4 .615
14 Schmidt, FrancisFrancis Schmidt[9] 1934–1940 56 39 16 1 .705 30 9 1 .763 2
15 Brown, PaulPaul Brown 1941–1943 27 18 8 1 .685 9 6 1 .594 1 1 – 1942
16 Widdoes, CarrollCarroll Widdoes 1944–1945 18 16 2 0 .889 11 2 0 .846 1 AFCA Coach of the Year (1944)[10]
17 Bixler, PaulPaul Bixler 1946 9 4 3 2 .556 2 3 1 .417
18 Fesler, WesWes Fesler[11] 1947–1950 37 21 13 3 .608 13 10 2 .560 1 0 1
19 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes[12] 1951–1978 276 205 61 10 .761 152 37 7 .793 5 6 13 5 – 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970 AFCA Coach of the Year (1957)[10]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1957, 1968, 1975)[13]
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1968)[14]
20 Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce[15] 1979–1987 108 81 26 1 .755 57 17 0 .770 5 3 4 AFCA Coach of the Year (1979)[10]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1979)[13]
21 Cooper, JohnJohn Cooper[16] 1988–2000 158 111 43 4 .715 70 30 4 .692 3 8 3
22 Tressel, JimJim Tressel[A 6] 2001–2010 128 94 22 .810 59 14 .808 5 4 6 1 – 2002 AFCA Coach of the Year (2002)[10]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2002)[13]
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2002)[18]
23 Fickell, LukeLuke Fickell[A 7] 2011 13 6 7 .462 3 5 .375 0 1
24 Meyer, UrbanUrban Meyer 2012–present 26 24 2 .923 16 0 1.000

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Buckeyes. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is counted only once.
  2. ^ Ohio State did not join a conference until 1902.[3]
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[4]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[5]
  5. ^ Charles Hickey was hired part-way through the 1896 season and student coached the team in several games.[6]
  6. ^ Ohio State finished the 2010 season with an overall record of 12–1 and a conference record of 7–1. Ohio State voluntarily vacated all victories during the season, as well as the conference championship and Sugar Bowl victory, as a result of NCAA infractions.[17]
  7. ^ Luke Fickell was named interim head coach in May 2011, following the resignation of Jim Tressel.[19]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes Coaching Records". Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Ohio State football: Meyer signs contract". Colubus Dispatch. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Ohio State Records - Head Coaching Records". Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  4. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2006-08-25). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ Finder, Chuck (1987-09-06). "Big Plays Help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  6. ^ "History of Ohio State Football". Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Famers: Howard Jones". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Famers: John Wilce". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  9. ^ "Hall of Famers: Francis Schmidt". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  10. ^ a b c d "AFCA Coach of the Year Award - Past Winners". American Football Coaches Association. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  11. ^ "Hall of Famers: Wes Fesler". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  12. ^ "Hall of Famers: Woody Hayes". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  13. ^ a b c "Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award Winners". SR/College Football. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  14. ^ "Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award Winners". SR/College Football. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  15. ^ "Hall of Famers: Earle Bruce". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  16. ^ "Hall of Famers: John Cooper". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  17. ^ "Ohio State vacates all 2010 victories". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  18. ^ "Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award Winners". SR/College Football. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  19. ^ "Luke Fickell Named Interim Ohio State Football Coach". 10TV.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11.