List of Oregon Ducks head football coaches

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The Oregon Ducks football program is a college football team representing the University of Oregon that is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference. The team has had 32 head coaches since its founding in 1894. The Ducks have played in more than 1,100 games in 113 seasons. In those seasons, seven different coaches have led Oregon to bowl games: Hugo Bezdek, Shy Huntington, Jim Aiken, Len Casanova, Rich Brooks, Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich. Conference championships have been won by Huntington, Prink Callison, Jim Aiken, Casanova, Brooks, Bellotti and Kelly. Brooks is the all-time leader in games coached; Mike Bellotti holds the record for most victories, while Chip Kelly is the leader in win percentage for coaches with more than one season of service.

Of the 32 Oregon head coaches, three, Bellotti, Bezdek, and Casanova, are in the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches. John McEwan and Clarence Spears are also in the Hall of Fame, but as players at Army and Dartmouth. Brooks and Kelly have each received National Coach of the Year honors from at least one organization. Oregon's current head coach is Mark Helfrich, who was promoted to head coach in 2013 following Chip Kelly's departure to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coaches[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Cal Young & J.A. Church (Independent) (1894)
1894 Young & Church 1–2–1
Cal Young: 1–0
J.A. Church: 0–2–1
Percy Benson (Independent) (1895)
1895 Benson 4–0
Percy Benson: 4–0
J.F. Frick (Independent) (1896)
1896 Frick 2–1
J.F. Frick: 2–1
Joe Smith (Independent) (1897)
1897 Smith 1–1
Joe Smith: 1–1
Frank Simpson (Independent) (1898–1899)
1898 Simpson 3–1
1899 Simpson 3–2–1
Frank Simpson: 6–3–1
Lawrence Kaarsberg (Independent) (1900)
1900 Kaarsberg 3–3–1
Lawrence Kaarsberg: 3–3–1
Warren Smith (Independent) (1901)
1901 Smith 3–4–1
Warren Smith: 3–4–1
Marion Dolph (Independent) (1902)
1902 Dolph 3–1–3
Marion Dolph: 3–1–3
Warren Smith (Independent) (1903)
1903 Smith 4–2–1
Warren Smith: 4–2–1
Richard Shore Smith (Independent) (1904)
1904 Smith 5–3
Richard Shore Smith: 5–3
Bruce Shorts (Independent) (1905)
1905 Shorts 4–2–2
Bruce Shorts: 4–2–2
Hugo Bezdek (Independent) (1906)
1906 Bezdek 5–0–1
Hugo Bezdek: 4–2–2
Gordon Frost (Independent) (1907)
1907 Frost 5–1
Gordon Frost: 5–1
Robert Forbes (Independent) (1908–1909)
1908 Forbes 5–2
1909 Forbes 3–2
Robert Forbes: 8–4
Bill Warner (Independent) (1910–1911)
1910 Warner 4–1
1911 Warner 3–2
Bill Warner: 7–3
Louis Pinkham (Independent) (1912)
1912 Pinkham 3–4
Louis Pinkham: 3–4
Hugo Bezdek (Pacific Coast Conference) (1913–1917)
1913 Bezdek 3–3–1
1914 Bezdek 4–2–1
1915 Bezdek 7–2
1916 Bezdek 7–0–1 2–0–1 2nd W Rose
1917 Bezdek 4–3 1–2 4th
Hugo Bezdek: 30–10–4 3–2–1
Charles A. Huntington (Pacific Coast Conference) (1918–1923)
1918 Huntington 4–2 2–1 2nd
1919 Huntington 5–2 2–1 T–1st L Rose
1920 Huntington 3–2–1 1–1–1 T–3rd
1921 Huntington 5–1–3 0–1–2 5th
1922 Huntington 6–1–1 3–0–1 2nd
1923 Huntington 3–4–1 0–4–1 8th
Charles Huntington: 26–12–6 8–8–5
Joe Maddock (Pacific Coast Conference) (1924)
1924 Maddock 4–3–2 2–2–1 6th
Joe Maddock: 4–3–2 2–2–1
Richard Shore Smith (Pacific Coast Conference) (1925)
1925 Smith 1–5–1 0–5 9th
Richard Shore Smith: 6–8–1 0–5
John McEwan (Pacific Coast Conference) (1926–1929)
1926 McEwan 2–4–1 1–4 7th
1927 McEwan 2–4–1 0–4–1 8th
1928 McEwan 9–2 4–2 4th
1929 McEwan 7–3 4–1 T–3rd
John McEwan: 20–13–2 9–11–1
Clarence Spears (Pacific Coast Conference) (1930–1931)
1930 Spears 7–2 3–1 4th
1931 Spears 6–2–2 3–1–1 3rd
Clarence Spears: 13–4–2 6–2–1
Prink Callison (Pacific Coast Conference) (1932–1937)
1932 Callison 6–3–1 2–2–1 T–5th
1933 Callison 9–1 4–1 T–1st
1934 Callison 6–4 4–2 4th
1935 Callison 6–3 3–2 T–4th
1936 Callison 2–6–1 1–5–1 8th
1937 Callison 4–6 2–5 8th
Prink Callison: 33–23–2 16–17–2
Tex Oliver (Pacific Coast Conference) (1938–1941)
1938 Oliver 4–5 4–4 5th
1939 Oliver 3–4–1 3–3–1 5th
1940 Oliver 4–4–1 3–4–1 5th
1941 Oliver 5–5 4–4 5th
Tex Oliver: 16–18–2 14–15–2
John A. Warren (Pacific Coast Conference) (1942)
1942 Warren 2–6 2–5 8th
John A. Warren: 2–6 2–5
Oregon Ducks (Pacific Coast Conference) (1945–1946)
1945 Oliver 3–6 3–6 7th
1946 Oliver 4–4–1 3–4–1 6th
Tex Oliver: 23–28–3 20–25–3
Jim Aiken (Pacific Coast Conference) (1947–1950)
1947 Aiken 7–3 5–1 T–2nd
1948 Aiken 9–2 7–0 T–1st L Cotton 9
1949 Aiken 4–6 2–5 T–6th
1950 Aiken 1–9 0–7 9th
Aiken: 21–20 14–13
Len Casanova (Athletic Association of Western Universities) (1951–1966)
1951 Casanova 2–8 1–6 8th
1952 Casanova 2–7–1 2–5 T–6th
1953 Casanova 4–5–1 2–5–1 8th
1954 Casanova 6–4 5–3 3rd
1955 Casanova 6–4 4–3 4th
1956 Casanova 4–4–2 3–3–2 T–4th
1957 Casanova 7–4 6–2 T–1st L Rose 17
1958 Casanova 4–6 4–4 5th
1959 Casanova 8–2
1960 Casanova 7–3–1 L Liberty
1961 Casanova 4–6
1962 Casanova 6–3–1
1963 Casanova 8–3 W Sun
1964 Casanova 7–2–1 1–2–1 T–6th
1965 Casanova 4–5–1 0–5 8th
1966 Casanova 3–7 1–3 T–6th
Casanova: 82–73–8 29–41–4
Jerry Frei (Pacific-8 Conference) (1967–1971)
1967 Frei 2–8 1–5 T–7th
1968 Frei 4–6 2–4 T–5th
1969 Frei 5–5–1 2–3 5th
1970 Frei 6–4–1 4–3 T–2nd
1971 Frei 5–6 2–4 6th
Frei: 22–29–2 11–19
Dick Enright (Pacific-8 Conference) (1972–1973)
1972 Enright 4–7 2–5 T–6th
1973 Enright 2–9 2–5 T–5th
Dick Enright: 6–16 4–10
Don Read (Pacific-8 Conference) (1974–1976)
1974 Read 2–9 0–7 8th
1975 Read 3–8 2–5 6th
1976 Read 4–7 1–6 T–7th
Don Read: 9–24 3–18
Rich Brooks (Pacific-10 Conference) (1977–1994)
1977 Brooks 2–9 1–6 7th
1978 Brooks 2–9 2–5 6th
1979 Brooks 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
1980 Brooks 6–3–2 4–3–1 5th
1981 Brooks 2–9 1–6 9th
1982 Brooks 2–8–1 2–6 9th
1983 Brooks 4–6–1 3–3–1 T–6th
1984 Brooks 6–5 3–5 7th
1985 Brooks 5–6 3–4 6th
1986 Brooks 5–6 3–5 7th
1987 Brooks 6–5 4–4 5th
1988 Brooks 6–6 3–5 T–6th
1989 Brooks 8–4 5–3 T–2nd W Independence
1990 Brooks 8–4 4–3 3rd L Freedom
1991 Brooks 3–8 1–7 T–9th
1992 Brooks 6–6 4–4 T–6th L Independence
1993 Brooks 5–6 2–6 T–8th
1994 Brooks 9–4 7–1 1st L Rose 11 11
Rich Brooks: 91–109–4 56–79–2
Mike Bellotti (Pacific-10 Conference) (1995–2008)
1995 Bellotti 9–3 6–2 3rd L Cotton 18 18
1996 Bellotti 6–5 3–5 T–5th
1997 Bellotti 7–5 3–5 T–7th W Las Vegas
1998 Bellotti 8–4 5–3 T–3rd L Aloha
1999 Bellotti 9–3 6–2 T–2nd W Sun 18 19
2000 Bellotti 10–2 7–1 T–1st W Holiday 9 7
2001 Bellotti 11–1 7–1 1st W Fiesta 2 2
2002 Bellotti 7–6 3–5 8th L Seattle
2003 Bellotti 8–5 5–3 T–3rd L Sun
2004 Bellotti 5–6 4–4 T–5th
2005 Bellotti 10–2 7–1 2nd L Holiday 12 12
2006 Bellotti 7–6 4–5 T–5th L Las Vegas
2007 Bellotti 9–4 5–4 T–4th W Sun 23 24
2008 Bellotti 10–3 7–2 T–2nd W Holiday 9 10
Mike Bellotti: 116–55 72–43
Chip Kelly (Pacific-12 Conference) (2009–2012)
2009 Kelly 10–3 8–1 1st L Rose 11 11
2010 Kelly 12–1 9–0 1st L BCS NCG 3 3
2011 Kelly 12–2 8–1 T–1st (North) W Rose 4 4
2012 Kelly 12–1 8–1 T–1st (North) W Fiesta 2 2
Chip Kelly: 46–7 33–3
Mark Helfrich (Pacific-12 Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Helfrich 11–2 7–2 T-1st (North) W Alamo 9 9
2014 Helfrich 10–1 7–1 1st (North) 4 3
Mark Helfrich: 21–3 14–3
Total: 625–474–46
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates College Football Playoff (CFP) game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

Note: No team from 1943 to 1944 due to World War 2

References[edit]

General
  • "Oregon Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  • McCann, Michael C. (1995). Oregon Ducks Football: 100 Years of Glory. Eugene, OR: McCann Communications Corp. ISBN 0-9648244-7-7. 
  • Pacific Coast Conference Records Book 1916-1948. Los Angeles, CA: Pacific Coast Conference. 1949.