List of Utah Utes head football coaches

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The Utah Utes football program is a college football team that represents the University of Utah. The team has had 23 head coaches since organized football began in 1892. Harvey Holmes was the first paid head coach, and the Utes have had 17 paid, professional head coaches. The Utes have played in more than 1,000 games during its 116 seasons. In those seasons, 5 coaches have led the Utes to postseason bowl games: Ike Armstrong, Ray Nagel, Ron McBride, Urban Meyer, and Kyle Whittingham. 7 coaches have won conference championships with the Utes: Thomas Fitzpatrick, Armstrong, Jack "Cactus Jack" Curtice, Nagel, McBride, Meyer, and Whittingham. Armstrong is the all-time leader in number of games coached with 211, years coached with 25, and total wins with 141. Meyer is the all-time leader in winning percentage with a percentage of .917 in his two seasons at Utah. Tom Lovat is, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coach the Utes have had with a percentage of .152 during his three seasons as head coach (with the exception of Walter Shoup who only coached one game in 1895.)

Of the 23 Utes head coaches, Ike Armstrong has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Kyle Whittingham is the current head coach and has received National Coach of the Year honors from multiple organizations. He was hired in December 2004.

Coaches[edit]

Key[edit]


Statistics correct as of the end of the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT P% CCs National awards
1 Robert Harkness 1894 3 1 2 0 .333
2 Walter Shoup 1895 1 0 1 0 .000


3 C.B. Ferris 1896 5 3 2 0 .600
4 Byron Cummings 1897 6 1 5 0 .166
5 Benjamin Wilson 1898 3 2 1 0 .667
6 Charles Gatehouse 1899 3 2 1 0 .667
7 Holmes, HarveyHarvey Holmes 19001903 23 13 9 1 .587
8 Maddock, JoeJoe Maddock 19041909 38 28 9 1 .750
9 Bennion, FredFred Bennion 19101913 27 16 8 3 .648 10 6 1 .618
10 Norgren, NelsonNelson Norgren 19141917 24 13 11 0 .542 10 10 0 .500
11 Fitzpatrick, ThomasThomas Fitzpatrick 19191924 43 23 17 3 .570 17 10 3 .617 1
12 Armstrong, IkeIke Armstrong[3] 19251949 211 141 55 15 .704 108 24 8 .800 1 1

[A 5]

0 .500 13
13 Curtice, JackJack Curtice 19501957 81 45 32 4 .580 32 9 2 .767 4
14 Nagel, RayRay Nagel 19581965 82 42 39 1 .518 21 17 1 .551 1 0 0 1.000 1
15 Giddings, MikeMike Giddings 19661967 21 9 12 0 .429 5 5 0 .500
16 Meek, BillBill Meek 19681973 64 33 31 0 .516 23 14 0 .622
17 Lovat, TomTom Lovat 19741976 33 5 28 0 .152 5 12 0 .294
18 Howard, WayneWayne Howard 19771981 56 30 24 2 .554 17 13 2 .563
19 Stobart, ChuckChuck Stobart 19821984 34 16 17 1 .485 10 11 1 .477
20 Fassel, JimJim Fassel 19851989 58 25 33 0 .431 14 26 0 .350
21 McBride, RonRon McBride 19902002 151 88 63 0 .583 58 42 0 .580 3 3 0 .500 2
22 Meyer, UrbanUrban Meyer 20032004 24 22 2 0 .917 13 1 0 .929 2 0 0 1.000 2 The Sporting News National Coach of the Year (2003)[6]

Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2004)[7]

23 Whittingham, KyleKyle Whittingham 2005–present 91 66 25 0 .725 39 18 0 .684 7

[A 6]

1 0 .875 1 Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2008)[9]

AFCA National Coach of the Year Award (2008)[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Utes. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is counted only once.
  2. ^ Utah did not join a conference until 1910.
  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]
  5. ^ The Pineapple Bowl, which was Armstrong's only loss in a bowl game, was not an NCAA certified bowl game and counts a regular season loss in official NCAA records.[4][5]
  6. ^ Kyle Whittingham and Urban Meyer were listed as "Co-head Coaches" for the 2005 Fiesta Bowl; both coaches are credited with the win in official NCAA records.[8]

References[edit]

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Specific
  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 Fame Inductee Search: Ike Armstrong". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  4. ^ Joe Drape (2001-12-20). "ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Fish to FedEx: Bowl Name Game". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Utah Bowl Games". College Football Trivia. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  6. ^ "Utah's Meyer named coach of the year". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  7. ^ "Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award". Football Writers Association of America. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  8. ^ "All-Time Coaching Records: Urban Meyer & Kyle Whittingham Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Whittingham wins Bryant Award". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Whittingham earns AFCA award". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-08-14.