List of South Carolina Gamecocks head football coaches

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Steve Spurrier, 32nd head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks

The South Carolina Gamecocks college football team represents the University of South Carolina in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gamecocks compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The school has had 32 head coaches since it began play during the 1892 season. Since November 2004, Steve Spurrier has served as South Carolina's head coach.[1]

The team has played more than 1,100 games over 118 seasons of South Carolina football.[2] Seven coaches have led the Gamecocks to postseason bowl games: John D. McMillan, Paul Dietzel, Jim Carlen, Joe Morrison, Brad Scott, Lou Holtz and Spurrier.[3] Paul Dietzel led South Carolina to the 1969 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship.[3] Rex Enright is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 64 victories during his 15 years with the Gamecocks.[2] Of all coaches who coached more than one game, Douglas McKay has the highest winning percentage with 1.000, and W. P. Murphy has the lowest winning percentage with .000.[2] Only Lou Holtz has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.[4]

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, championships and selected awards[A 5]
# Name
[A 6]
Term
[A 7]
GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT DC
[A 8]
CC NC Awards
1 Whaley, W. H.W. H. Whaley 1896 4 1 3 0 .250 0
2 Murphy, W. P.W. P. Murphy 1897 3 0 3 0 .000 0
3 Wertenbaker, BillBill Wertenbaker 1898 3 1 2 0 .333 0
4 Hunt, I. O.I. O. Hunt 1899–1900 12 6 6 0 .500 0
5 Dickson, Byron W.Byron W. Dickson 1901 7 3 4 0 .429 0
6 Williams, C. R.C. R. Williams 1902–1903 17 14 3 0 .824 0
7 Benet, ChristieChristie Benet 1904–1905
1908–1909
32 13 16 3 .453 0
8 McKay, DouglasDouglas McKay 1907 3 3 0 0 1.000 0
9 Neff, JohnJohn Neff 1910–1911 15 5 8 2 .400 0
10 Edgerton, N. B.N. B. Edgerton 1912–1915 35 19 13 3 .586 0
11 Warren, RiceRice Warren 1916 9 2 7 0 .222 0 0 0 0
12 Foster, DixonDixon Foster 1917
1919
17 4 12 1 .265 0 0 0 0
13 Dobson, FrankFrank Dobson 1918 4 2 1 1 .625 0 0 0 0
14 Metzger, SolSol Metzger 1920–1924 46 26 18 2 .587 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 0 0
15 Bocock, BranchBranch Bocock 1925–1926 20 13 7 0 .650 6 4 0 .600 0 0 0 0 0
16 Lightsey, HarryHarry Lightsey 1927 9 4 5 0 .444 2 4 0 .333 0 0 0 0 0
17 Laval, BillyBilly Laval 1928–1934 72 39 26 7 .590 18 18 4 .500 0 0 0 0 0
18 McCallister, DonDon McCallister 1935–1937 34 13 20 1 .397 5 11 1 .324 0 0 0 0 0
19 Enright, RexRex Enright 1938–1942
1946–1955
140 64 69 7 .482 36 43 3 .457 0 0 0 0 0
20 Moran, James P.James P. Moran 1943 7 5 2 0 .714 2 1 0 .667 0 0 0 0 0
21 Newton, WilliamsWilliams Newton 1944 9 3 4 2 .444 1 3 0 .250 0 0 0 0 0
22 McMillan, John D.John D. McMillan 1945 9 2 4 3 .389 0 3 2 .200 0 1 0 0 0
23 Giese, WarrenWarren Giese 1956–1960 50 28 21 1 .570 19 15 0 .559 0 0 0 0 0
24 Bass, MarvinMarvin Bass 1961–1965 50 17 29 4 .380 13 18 2 .424 0 0 0 0 0
25 Dietzel, PaulPaul Dietzel 1966–1974 96 42 53 1 .443 18 10 1 .638 0 1 0 1 0 ACC Coach of the Year (1969)[9]
26 Carlen, JimJim Carlen 1975–1981 82 45 36 1 .555 0 3 0 0
27 Bell, RichardRichard Bell 1982 11 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 0
28 Morrison, JoeJoe Morrison 1983–1988 69 39 28 2 .580 0 3 0 0 Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1984)[10]
29 Woods, SparkySparky Woods 1989–1993 55 25 27 3 .482 5 11 0 .313 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Scott, BradBrad Scott 1994–1998 56 23 32 1 .420 13 26 1 .338 1 0 0 0 0 0
31 Holtz, LouLou Holtzdagger 1999–2004 70 33 37 .471 19 29 .396 2 0 0 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (2000)[11]
32 Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier 2005–present 116 77 39 .664 41 31 .569 4 4 1 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (2005, 2010)[11]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2005)[11]

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.[5]
  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.[6]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[7]
  5. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season.
  6. ^ South Carolina did not have a head coach for the 1892, 1894 or 1895 seasons.[2]
  7. ^ South Carolina did not field a team for the 1893 or 1906 seasons.[2]
  8. ^ Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, South Carolina has competed as a member of the SEC East.[8]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ Iacobelli, Pete (November 24, 2004). "Spurrier on board at USC". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). Associated Press. p. C4. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 2012 South Carolina Football Media Guide, p. 123
  3. ^ a b 2012 South Carolina Football Media Guide, pp. 126–137
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame inductee search: Lou Holtz". National Football Foundation. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Harwell, Hoyt (November 30, 1990). "SEC sets division lineups". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). p. 1C. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ 2012 South Carolina Football Media Guide, p. 147
  10. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c 2012 South Carolina Football Media Guide, p. 145