List of Purdue Boilermakers head football coaches

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The Purdue Boilermakers football program is a college football team that represents Purdue University in the Big Ten Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 34 head coaches since it started playing organized football in 1887 and has been known by the nickname Boilermakers since 1891. Purdue is an original member of the Big Ten, joining in 1896 after spending six years in the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Boilermakers have played in 1,117 games during their 122 seasons. Four coaches have led the Boilermakers to postseason bowl games: Jack Mollenkopf, Jim Young, Leon Burtnett, and Joe Tiller. Nine coaches have won conference championships with the Boilermakers: Snake Ames and D. M. Balliet in the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and A. G. Scanlon, James Phelan, Noble Kizer, Elmer Burnham, Stu Holcomb, Mollenkopf and Tiller in the Big Ten. No Purdue coach has led the Boilermakers to a national championship. As of the end of the 2009 season, Tiller is the all-time leader in games coached (149) and wins (87), while Mollenkopf is the all-time leader years coached (14). Ames leads the Boilermakers in winning percentage with a perfect 1.000 in his two seasons at Purdue. Among coaches with more than two seasons of tenure, Kizer has the highest winning percentage, .750, and Fred Akers has the lowest winning percentage, with a record of 12-31-1 (.284) in four seasons.

Of the 35 Boilermakers coaches, three have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: Phelan, Mollenkopf and Young. None have received National Coach of the Year honors. The current interim coach is Patrick Higgins, who was named as a replacement for Danny Hope in November 2012. Darrell Hazell was announced as the 35th head coach for the 2013 season in December 2012.

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Coaches[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT CCs NCs National awards
1 Berg, AlbertAlbert Berg 1887 1 0 1 0 .000
2 Reisner, G. A.G. A. Reisner 1889 3 2 1 0 .667
3 Hare, Clinton L.Clinton L. Hare 1890 6 3 3 0 .500
4 Ames, KnowltonKnowlton Ames 1891–1892 12 12 0 0 1.000 2
5 Balliet, D. M.D. M. Balliet 1893–1895, 1901 34 22 10 2 .676 0 3 1 .125 2
6 Hammond, Samuel M.Samuel M. Hammond 1896 7 4 2 1 .643 0 2 1 .167
7 Church, William W.William W. Church 1897 9 5 3 1 .611 1 2 0 .333
8 Jamison, AlphaAlpha Jamison 1898–1900 23 11 11 1 .500 1 7 0 .125
9 Best, Charles M.Charles M. Best 1902 10 7 2 1 .750 2 2 0 .500
10 Cutts, OliverOliver Cutts 1903–1904 18 13 5 0 .722 1 4 0 .200
11 Herrnstein, Albert E.Albert E. Herrnstein 1905 8 6 1 1 .813 1 1 1 .500
12 Witham, Myron E.Myron E. Witham 1906 5 0 5 0 .000 0 3 0 .000
13 Turner, Leigh C.Leigh C. Turner 1907 5 0 5 0 .000 0 3 0 .000
14 Speik, Frederick A.Frederick A. Speik 1908–1909 14 6 8 0 .429 1 7 0 .125
15 Horr, BillBill Horr 1910–1912 20 8 11 1 .425 3 9 1 .269
16 Smith, AndyAndy Smith 1913–1915 21 12 6 3 .643 6 5 2 .538
17 O'Donnell, Cleo A.Cleo A. O'Donnell 1916–1917 14 5 8 1 .393 0 8 1 .056
18 Scanlon, A. G. "Butch"A. G. "Butch" Scanlon 1918–1920 20 7 12 1 .375 1 7 0 .125 1
19 Dietz, William HenryWilliam Henry Dietz 1921 7 1 6 0 .143 1 4 0 .200
20 Phelan, JamesJames Phelan[3] 1922–1929 62 35 22 5 .605 14 17 4 .457 1
21 Kizer, NobleNoble Kizer 1930–1936 58 42 13 3 .750 26 9 3 .724 2
22 Elward, AllenAllen Elward 1937–1941 40 16 18 6 .475 9 11 4 .458
23 Burnham, ElmerElmer Burnham 1942–1943 18 10 8 0 .556 7 4 0 .636 1
24 Isbell, CecilCecil Isbell 1944–1946 29 14 14 1 .500 7 10 1 .417
25 Holcomb, StuStu Holcomb 1947–1955 81 35 42 4 .457 25 26 2 .491 1
26 Mollenkopf, JackJack Mollenkopf[4] 1956–1969 132 84 39 9 .670 57 32 5 .633 1 0 0 1
27 DeMoss, BobBob DeMoss 1970–1972 31 13 18 0 .419 11 12 0 .478
28 Agase, AlexAlex Agase 1973–1976 44 18 25 1 .420 15 17 0 .469
29 Young, JimJim Young[5] 1977–1981 58 38 19 1 .664 26 14 1 .646 3 0 0
30 Burtnett, LeonLeon Burtnett 1982–1986 56 21 34 1 .384 17 25 1 .407 0 1 0
31 Akers, FredFred Akers 1987–1990 44 12 31 1 .284 9 23 0 .281
32 Colletto, JimJim Colletto 1991–1996 66 21 42 3 .341 13 32 3 .302
33 Tiller, JoeJoe Tiller 1997–2008 149 87 62 .584 53 43 .552 4 5 0 1
34 Hope, DannyDanny Hope 2009–2012 49 22 27 .449 13 19 .406 1 -
34 Interim Higgins, PatrickPatrick Higgins 2012 Bowl 1 0 1 .000 - - - 1
35 Hazell, DarrellDarrell Hazell 2013–present 20 4 16 .200 1 11 .083

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Boilermakers. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is counted only once.
  2. ^ Purdue did not join a conference until 1891.
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[1]
  4. ^ When computing the win-loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[2]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2006-08-25). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Famers: Jim Phelan". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Famers: Jack Mollenkopf". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers: Jim Young". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-26.