List of William & Mary Tribe head football coaches

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Lou Holtz coached William & Mary to the 1970 Tangerine Bowl.

The William & Mary Tribe college football team has represented The College of William & Mary in intercollegiate college football competition since 1893. The team has competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I since its formation in 1973. From 1956 to 1972 William & Mary competed in the NCAA University Division. William & Mary fielded its first intercollegiate football team during the 1893 season.[1] Between 1896 and 1908 the team's nickname was "Orange and White," derived from the school's former colors (William & Mary now uses green and gold). Since white uniforms dirtied too quickly, they became known as the "Orange and Black" from 1910 through 1916. Between 1917 and 1977 they were known as the Indians, and throughout this period a man dressing up as a Native American would ride around on a pony along the sidelines during games. This practice was discontinued when the outcry of stereotyping Native Americans as well as the use of a live animal became controversial. Since the 1978 season William & Mary has adopted the nickname "Tribe."[2]

There have been 30 different head coaches in school history.[3] Among them, three have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: Bill Fincher (1974),[4] Bill Ingram (1973),[5] and Lou Holtz (2008).[6] Another coach—Marv Levy—was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.[7] The all-time winningest coach in terms of total wins is current head coach Jimmye Laycock.[3] Through the 2013 season he has amassed 222 wins, which is approximately five times more than the next closest head coach, Rube McCray, who had 45.[3] Laycock has been at the helm since the 1980 season, also making him the longest tenured coach in program history.[3] The coach with the highest win percentage is Carl M. Voyles: he amassed a 78.2 winning percentage between 1939 and 1942, going 29–7–3 overall.[8]

Despite having over 500 wins in its history, William & Mary football has never won a national championship. The Tribe have been to the FCS/I-AA playoffs nine times through 2013 but have never reached the national championship game; twice they have reached the semi-finals. William & Mary has won bowl games, however. They defeated Oklahoma A&M in the 1949 Delta Bowl, 20–0, and also won two Epson Ivy Bowls in the 1990s.[9][10][11] Seven different coaches have coached the Tribe to conference titles. Thomas Dowler, in his lone season at the helm, guided William & Mary to the Virginia Conference championship in 1935.[12] Not surprisingly, Jimmye Laycock has the most all-time titles with four, plus a divisional championship which was won in 1993.

Key[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012–13 college football season
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% PW PL PT CCs Awards
1 Wright, John W.John W. Wright 1894 1 0 1 0 .000
2 Armstrong, BillBill Armstrong 1896 2 0 2 0 .000
3 King, W. J.W. J. King 1897–98, 1900 6 2 4 0 .333
4 Burke, William H.William H. Burke 1899 5 2 3 0 .400
5 Davall, H. J.H. J. Davall 1903 4 1 3 0 .250
6 Blanchard, J. MerrillJ. Merrill Blanchard 1904–05, 1910 22 6 14 2 .318
7 Withers, H. W.H. W. Withers 1906 8 2 6 0 .250
8 Barry, James H.James H. Barry 1907 9 6 3 0 .667
9 O'Hearn, George E.George E. O'Hearn 1908–09 21 10 10 1 .500
10 Young, William J.William J. Young 1911–12 15 1 12 2 .133
11 Draper, Dexter W.Dexter W. Draper 1913–15 24 1 21 2 .083
12 Hubbard, Samuel H.Samuel H. Hubbard 1916 9 2 5 2 .333
13 Young, Herbert J.Herbert J. Young 1917 8 3 5 0 .375
14 Geddy, VernonVernon Geddy 1918 2 0 2 0 .000
15 Driver, James G.James G. Driver 1919–20 18 6 11 1 .361
16 Fincher, BillBill Fincher 1921 8 4 3 1 .563
17 Ingram, BillBill Ingram 1922 9 6 3 0 .667
18 Tasker, J. WilderJ. Wilder Tasker 1923–27 49 30 17 2 .633
19 Bocock, BranchBranch Bocock 1928–30, 1936–38 59 29 27 3 .517
20 Kellison, JohnJohn Kellison 1931–34 40 21 17 2 .550 2
21 Dowler, ThomasThomas Dowler 1935 10 3 4 3 .450 1
22 Voyles, Carl M.Carl M. Voyles 1939–42 39 29 7 3 .782 1
23 McCray, RubeRube McCray 1944–50 67 45 22 0 .672 1 1 0 1
24 Bass, MarvinMarvin Bass 1951 10 7 3 0 .700
25 Freeman, JackJack Freeman 1953–56 39 10 24 5 .321
26 Drewer, MiltMilt Drewer 1957–63 69 21 46 2 .319
27 Levy, MarvMarv Levy 1964–68 50 23 25 2 .480 1
28 Holtz, LouLou Holtz 1969–71 33 13 20 0 .394 0 1 0 1
29 Root, JimJim Root 1972–79 88 39 48 1 .449
30 Laycock, JimmyeJimmye Laycock 1980–present 389 222 165 2 .573 6[nb 5] 9 0 4 AFCA Region II Coach of the Year (1990)
AFCA Region I Coach of the Year (2010)

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. ^ For the conference affiliations on a year-by-year basis, please see the list of seasons article.
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[13][14]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
  5. ^ The Epson Ivy Bowl is not recognized by the NCAA as an official game and therefore does not count towards official win/loss records. Thus, the two Epson Ivy Bowl wins would have increased Jimmye Laycock's postseason win count by two, but instead they are discounted.

References[edit]

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Specific
  1. ^ "William & Mary 1850–1899". History. The College of William & Mary. 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "A History of W&M Mascots and Nicknames". wm.edu. The College of William & Mary. 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "William & Mary Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bill Fincher". College Football Hall of Fame. National Football Foundation. 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bill Ingram". College Football Hall of Fame. National Football Foundation. 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lou Holtz". College Football Hall of Fame. National Football Foundation. 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Famers – Marv Levy". Pro Football Hall of Fame. 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "Carl M. Voyles Coaching Record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "William & Mary Game by Game Results: 1945–1949". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "William & Mary Game by Game Results: 1990–1994". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "William & Mary Game by Game Results: 1995–1999". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "1935 Season Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ "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 June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012.