List of Vanderbilt Commodores head football coaches

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Dan McGugin has the most wins as Commodores' head coach with 198.

The Vanderbilt Commodores college football team represents Vanderbilt University in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Commodores compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 27 head coaches since it began play during the 1890 season.[1]

The team has played more than 1,150 games over 121 seasons of Vanderbilt football.[1] In that time, five coaches have led the Commodores to postseason bowl games: Arthur Guepe, Steve Sloan, George MacIntyre, Bobby Johnson and Franklin.[2][3] Four other coaches won conference championships: R. G. Acton, Walter H. Watkins, James H. Henry and Dan McGugin. Between them, the coaches won eleven Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships; McGugin led the team to an additional two titles as a member of the Southern Conference.[4]

McGugin is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 198 victories during his 30 years at Vanderbilt.[1] E. H. Alley has the highest winning percentage with 1.000.[1] Robbie Caldwell has the lowest winning percentage with .167.[1] Of the 27 different head coaches who have led the Commodores, McGugin,[5] Ray Morrison,[6] Henry Russell Sanders,[7] and Bill Edwards[8] have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

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 Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT DC
[A 6]
CC NC Awards
1 Jones, ElliottElliott Jones 1890–1892 13 8 5 0 .615 0 0
2 Keller, W. J.W. J. Keller 1893 7 6 1 0 .857 0 0
3 Thornton, Henry WorthHenry Worth Thornton 1894 8 7 1 0 .875 2 0 0 1.000 0 0
4 Upton, C. L.C. L. Upton 1895 9 5 3 1 .611 3 1 0 .750 0 0
5 Acton, R. G.R. G. Acton 1896–1898 20 10 7 3 .575 5 2 0 .714 1 0
6 Crane, James L.James L. Crane 1899–1900 18 11 6 1 .639 6 3 1 .650 0 0
7 Watkins, Walter H.Walter H. Watkins 1901–1902 17 14 2 1 .853 8 1 1 .850 1 0
8 Henry, James H.James H. Henry 1903 8 6 1 1 .813 5 1 1 .786 1 0
9 McGugin, DanDan McGugindagger 1904–1917
1919–1934
272 198 55 19 .763 104 34 13 .732 0 0 0 10 0
10 Morrison, RayRay Morrisondagger 1918
1935–1939
53 29 22 2 .566 18 15 1 .544 0 0 0 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (1937)[13]
11 Sanders, Henry RussellHenry Russell Sandersdagger 1940–1942
1946–1948
60 36 22 2 .617 15 20 2 .432 0 0 0 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (1941)[13]
12 Alley, E. H.E. H. Alley 1943 5 5 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0
13 Bartling, DobyDoby Bartling 1944–1945 13 6 6 1 .500 2 4 0 .333 0 0 0 0 0
14 Edwards, BillBill Edwardsdagger 1949–1952 42 21 19 2 .524 11 17 1 .397 0 0 0 0 0
15 Guepe, ArthurArthur Guepe 1953–1962 100 39 54 7 .425 19 43 6 .324 1 0 0 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (1955)[13]
16 Green, JohnJohn Green 1963–1966 40 7 29 4 .225 2 19 3 .146 0 0 0 0 0
17 Pace, BillBill Pace 1967–1972 63 22 38 3 .373 5 27 1 .167 0 0 0 0 0
18 Sloan, SteveSteve Sloan 1973–1974 23 12 9 2 .565 3 8 1 .292 0 0 1 0 0
19 Pancoast, FredFred Pancoast 1975–1978 44 13 31 0 .295 2 22 0 .083 0 0 0 0 0
20 MacIntyre, GeorgeGeorge MacIntyre 1979–1985 78 25 52 1 .327 8 33 1 .202 0 1 0 0 0 UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1982)[13]
SEC Coach of the Year (1982)[13]
21 Brown, WatsonWatson Brown 1986–1990 55 10 45 0 .182 4 29 0 .121 0 0 0 0 0
22 DiNardo, GerryGerry DiNardo 1991–1994 44 19 25 0 .432 9 22 0 .290 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Dowhower, RodRod Dowhower 1995–1996 22 4 18 0 .182 1 15 0 .063 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Widenhofer, WoodyWoody Widenhofer 1997–2001 55 15 40 .273 4 36 .100 0 0 0 0 0
25 Johnson, BobbyBobby Johnson 2002–2009 95 29 66 .305 12 52 .188 1 0 0 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (2008)[13]
26 Caldwell, RobbieRobbie Caldwell 2010 12 2 10 .167 1 7 .125 0 0 0 0 0
27 Franklin, JamesJames Franklin 2011–2013 39 24 15 .615 11 13 .458 2 1 0 0 0

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.[9]
  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.[10]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[11]
  5. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2011–12 college football season.
  6. ^ Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Vanderbilt has competed as a member of the East Division of the SEC.[12]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ a b c d e 2011 Football Fact Book, p. 109
  2. ^ 2011 Football Fact Book, pp. 128–129
  3. ^ "Kickoff return TD sparks Cincinnati past Vanderbilt in Liberty Bowl". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 31, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ 2011 Football Fact Book, pp. 110–117
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers: Dan McGugin". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers: Ray Morrison". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Famers: Red Sanders". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Famers: Bill Edwards". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Harwell, Hoyt (November 30, 1990). "SEC sets division lineups". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 1C. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f 2011 Football Fact Book, p. 129