List of Washington & Jefferson Presidents head football coaches

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Greasy Neale coached the Presidents to the 1922 Rose Bowl.

The Washington & Jefferson Presidents football team has represented Washington & Jefferson College in intercollegiate college football competition since 1890. The team has competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III since its formation in 1973.[1] From 1956 to 1972 Washington & Jefferson competed in the NCAA College Division.[1] In 1958, the Presidents, who had previously been independent and not members of any conference, joined the Presidents' Athletic Conference.[1]

As of the end of the 2009 season, the Presidents have played in 1,057 games during their 119 seasons; during that time they have employed 30 head coaches. In 1894, E. Gard Edwards became the first paid head coach.[2] The hiring of professional coaches for the football team was controversial among large portions of the college community, including those who felt it was a poor use of college funds and faculty members who believed that the focus on athletics detracted from the ideal of a scholar-athlete.[3] Professor Edward Linton represented the college at the 1906 founding of the International Athletic Association of the United States, the forerunner of the NCAA, where the first national standards for edibility and amateurism were developed.[3] At that meeting, Linton expressed a desire for the student athlete to be "relieved of the incubus of the professional coach."[3] Three coaches have led Washington & Jefferson College to the NCAA Division III playoffs: John Luckhardt, John Banaszak, and Mike Sirianni. Those three coaches, plus Chuck Ream, coached teams that won the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship. Greasy Neale's 1921 team played in the 1922 Rose Bowl, the oldest bowl game, where they tied the heavily favored California Golden Bears.[4][5] Neale is the only coach to lead the Presidents to a bowl game appearance.

John Luckhardt is the all-time leader in seasons coached (17), games coached (176), and wins (137). Current coach Mike Sirianni has the highest winning percentage (.854) of any coach since the 1900s. During his two years as head coach, Charles Nelson has the worst winning percentage (.031). Four coaches, Greasy Neale, John Heisman, Andrew Kerr, and Pete Henry have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[6][7][8][9] Two of those coaches, Greasy Neale and Pete Henry have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[10][11] The current coach is Mike Sirianni, whose first season was in 2003.

Key[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2009–10 college football season
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% PW PL PT CCs Awards
1 Clark, J. J.J. J. Clark 1892 4 4 0 0 1.000
2 Hamilton, JosephJoseph Hamilton 1893 8 6 2 0 .750
3 Edwards, E. GardE. Gard Edwards 1894–95 16 11 3 2 .750
4 Woods, ClintonClinton Woods 1896–97 20 18 1 1 .925
5 Inglis, W. D.W. D. Inglis 1898 10 8 2 0 .800
6 Black, S. W.S. W. Black 1899 12 9 2 1 .792
7 Seaman, W. B.W. B. Seaman 1900–04 49 31 14 4 .673
8 Piekarski, FrankFrank Piekarski 1905–07 32 25 7 0 .781
9 Morrow, David C.David C. Morrow 1908–11, 1919–20, 1924–25 77 52 20 5 .708
10 Folwell, BobBob Folwell 1912–15 44 36 5 3 .852
11 Metzger, SolSol Metzger 1916–17 20 15 5 0 .750
12 Hutchinson, RalphRalph Hutchinson 1918 4 2 2 0 .500
13 Neale, GreasyGreasy Neale 1921–22 21 16 3 2 .810 0 0 1
14 Heisman, JohnJohn Heisman 1923 9 7 1 1 .833
15 Kerr, AndrewAndrew Kerr 1926–28 27 16 6 5 .685
16 Amos, BillBill Amos 1929–31 28 17 8 3 .661
17 Day, Leroy P.Leroy P. Day 1932–36 44 20 22 2 .477
18 Roark, GeorgeGeorge Roark 1937–40 32 16 14 2 .531
19 Holcomb, StuStu Holcomb 1941 7 5 1 1 .786
20 Henry, PetePete Henry 1942, 1945 13 4 9 0 .308
21 Luecht, HenryHenry Luecht 1946–49 33 17 16 0 .515
22 Ransom, AluredAlured Ransom 1950–51 14 2 12 0 .143
23 McMullen, JoeJoe McMullen 1952–53 14 9 5 0 .643
24 Nelson, CharlesCharles Nelson 1954–55 16 0 15 1 .031
25 Chupa, EdwardEdward Chupa 1956–59 31 5 23 3 .210
26 Ream, ChuckChuck Ream 1960–72 87 36 50 1 .420 1
27 Mondock, PatPat Mondock 1973–81 80 29 50 1 .369
28 Luckhardt, JohnJohn Luckhardt 1982–98 176 137 37 2 .784 13 11 13 AFCA Division III Coach of the Year (1992)[14]
29 Banaszak, JohnJohn Banaszak 1999–2002 47 38 9 .809 3 4 4
30 Sirianni, MikeMike Sirianni 2003–present 82 70 12 .854 4 6 3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of head coaches, thus, any coach who have two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  2. ^ Washington & Jefferson College joined the Presidents' Athletic Conference in 1958.[1]
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[12][13]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d "Presidents' Athletic Conference Recordbook" (PDF). Presidents' Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  2. ^ North, E. Lee (1991). Battling the Indians, Panthers, and Nittany Lions: The Story of Washington & Jefferson College's First Century of Football, 1890-1990. Daring Books. pp. 25–36. ISBN 978-1-878302-03-8. 
  3. ^ a b c Scarborough, David Knowles (1979). "Intercollegiate Athletics at Washington and Jefferson College: the Building of a Tradition". Ph.D Dissertation (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: University of Pittsburgh): 36–37. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Jim (August 2006). "The 1922 Rose Bowl: David v. Goliath". College Football Historical Society Newsletter. LA84 Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Tournament of Roses History". Tournament of Roses. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Greasy Neale". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  7. ^ "John Heisman". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  8. ^ "Wilbur "Fats" Henry". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  9. ^ "Andy Kerr". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  10. ^ "Earle (Greasy) Neale". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  11. ^ "Wilbur (Pete) Henry". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  12. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2006-08-25). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  13. ^ "2009-10 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretation" (PDF). Rule 3, Article 3: Extra Periods. National Collegiate Athletic Association. May 2009. pp. FR–64 to FR–65. Archived from the original on 07-02-2010. Retrieved 07-02-2010. 
  14. ^ "AFCA Coach of the Year Award - Past Winners". American Football Coaches Association. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28.