List of college football coaches with 200 wins

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This is a list of college football coaches with 200 career wins. "College level" is defined as a four-year college or university program in either the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or the National Collegiate Athletic Association. If the team competed at a time before the official organization of either of the two groups but is generally accepted as a "college football program" it would also be included.

Historical overview[edit]

As of the end of the 2013 season, a total of 73 head football coaches had reached the milestone of 200 career coaching wins.

In the 100 years after the first college football game in 1869, only eight coaches reached the 200-win milestone. The only two who reached the mark before 1950 were Glenn Scobey Warner, with 319 wins from 1895 to 1938 (mostly at Carlisle, Pitt and Stanford), and Amos Alonzo Stagg, with 314 wins from 1890 to 1946 (mostly at the University of Chicago).[1]

By 1970, another six coaches had reached the milestone: Ace Mumford, with 233 wins from 1924 to 1961 (mostly at Southern University); Fred T. Long, with 227 wins from 1921 to 1965 (mostly at Wiley College); Jess Neely, with 207 wins from 1924 to 1966 (mostly at Clemson and Rice); Cleveland L. Abbott, with 203 wins at Tuskegee University between 1923 and 1954; Jake Gaither, with 204 wins at Florida A&M University from 1945 to 1969; and Eddie Anderson, with 201 wins from 1922 to 1964 (mostly at Holy Cross).[1][2]

Though only eight coaches reached the milestone from 1869 to 1970, 65 coaches have reached the mark in the 43 seasons since then. The most recent coach to reach 200 wins is Dennis Franchione, the current head coach at Texas State University, who reached the mark in a game that began on September 28, 2013 but was not completed until early the following morning due to a delay for lightning.[3]

Leaders by category[edit]

In overall career wins, the all-time leader is John Gagliardi with 489 wins, mostly at the Division III level.[4] Gagliardi began his head coaching career at Carroll College in Helena, Montana in 1949, and moved from there in 1953 to Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he served until retiring after the 2012 season. Eddie Robinson, head coach at Grambling State University from 1941 to 1997 with a two-season hiatus during World War II in which Grambling did not field a team, is second with 408.[2][4] Bobby Bowden is in third place and Larry Kehres is in fourth.[4]

Among coaches with at least 10 seasons in NCAA Division I and its predecessors, the all-time leaders in wins are Robinson (408), Bowden (377), Bear Bryant (323), Warner (319), and Stagg (314). Joe Paterno had held the top spot with 409, but all 111 wins from the 1998 through 2011 seasons were vacated due to NCAA sanctions following the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[5]

Considering wins in Division I FBS only—including wins with "major" programs before the 1978 split of Division I football, and wins in Division I-A/FBS after the split—the all-time leaders are Bowden (377), Bryant (323), Warner (319), and Stagg (314).

The only coaches with 200 Division I FCS wins after the Division I split are Roy Kidd (223), Jimmye Laycock (215), and Jerry Moore (215).

Among NCAA Division I coaches expected to be active in 2014, the all-time leader in Division I wins is Beamer, currently in charge at Virginia Tech (266). Laycock (222) is second and Steve Spurrier (219) is third.

The all-time win leaders in NCAA Division II are Danny Hale (Bloomsburg and West Chester), Gaither and Chuck Broyles, and the all-time win leaders in NCAA Division III are Gagliardi and Kehres.

Among coaches expected to be active in 2014, the career win leaders are Ken Sparks (318), Kevin Donley (272), Beamer (266), Dennis Douds (244), and Larry Wilcox (237).[1][2]

Among the coaches with 200 career wins, the individual with the highest winning percentage is Kehres with a .929 winning percentage in 27 seasons (1986–2012) as the head football coach at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Five others finished their careers with 200 wins and a winning percentage of .800 or greater: Gaither (.844), Tom Osborne (.836), Mike Kelly (.819), Ron Schipper (.808) and Bo Schembechler (.804).[1][2]

The coaches with the most wins at one college are Gagliardi (465 at St. John's), Robinson (408 at Grambling), Kehres (332 at Mount Union), Sparks (318 at Carson–Newman), Kidd (314 at Eastern Kentucky), Bowden (304 at Florida State) and Tubby Raymond (300 at Delaware).

Key[edit]

* Expected to be active in the 2014 season
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
†† Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player, but not yet as a coach.
††† Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.
200 wins with a Division I program (or historic equivalent)[n 1]

Coaches with 200 career wins[edit]

Updated through the end of the 2013 season.
Rank Name Years Wins Losses Ties Pct. Teams
1 Gagliardi, JohnJohn Gagliardi 64 489 138 11 .775 Carroll (MT) (1949–1952), St. John's (MN) (1953–2012)
2 Robinson, EddieEddie Robinson[n 2] 55 408 165 15 .707 Grambling (1941–1942, 1945–1997)
3 Bowden, BobbyBobby Bowden 44 377[n 3] 129 4 .743 Samford (1959–1962), West Virginia (1970–1975), Florida State (1976–2009)
4 Kehres, LarryLarry Kehres 27 332 24 3 .929 Mount Union (1986–2012)
5 Bryant, BearBear Bryant 38 323 85 17 .780 Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946–1953), Texas A&M (1954–1957), Alabama (1958–1982)
6 Warner, Glenn ScobeyGlenn Scobey Warner 49 319[n 4] 106 32 .733 Georgia (1895–1896), Iowa State (1895-1899), Cornell (1897–1898, 1904–1906), Carlisle (1899–1903, 1907–1914), Pittsburgh (1915–1923), Stanford (1924–1932), Temple (1933–1938)
7 Sparks, KenKen Sparks* 34 318 86 2 .786 Carson–Newman (1980–present)
8 Kidd, RoyRoy Kidd 39 314 124 8 .713 Eastern Kentucky (1964–2002)
8 Stagg, Amos AlonzoAmos Alonzo Stagg††† 57 314 199 35 .605 Springfield (1890–1891), Chicago (1892–1932), Pacific (1933–1946)
10 Westering, FrostyFrosty Westering 40 305 96 7 .756 Parsons (1962–1963), Lea (1966–1971), Pacific Lutheran (1972–2003)
11 Raymond, TubbyTubby Raymond[n 5] 36 300 119 3 .714 Delaware (1966–2001)
12 Paterno, JoeJoe Paterno 46 298[n 6] 136 3 .685 Penn State (1966–2011)
13 Schipper, RonRon Schipper 36 287 67 3 .808 Central (IA) (1961–1996)
14 Donley, KevinKevin Donley* 35 272 122 1 .690 Anderson (IN) (1978–1981), Georgetown (KY) (1982–1992), California (PA) (1993–1996), Saint Francis (IN) (1998–present)
15 Beamer, FrankFrank Beamer* 33 266 132 4 .666 Murray State (1981–1986), Virginia Tech (1987–present)
15 Ford, BobBob Ford[n 7] 45 265 191 1 .581 St. Lawrence (1965–1968), Albany (1973–2013)
17 Harring, RogerRoger Harring 31 261 75 7 .771 Wisconsin–La Crosse (1969–1999)
18 Biesiot, HankHank Biesiot 38 258 121 1 .680 Dickinson State (1976–2013)
19 Girardi, FrankFrank Girardi 36 257 97 5 .723 Lycoming (1972–2007)
19 Edwards, LaVellLaVell Edwards 29 257 101 3 .716 BYU (1972–2000)
21 Osborne, TomTom Osborne 25 255 49 3 .836 Nebraska (1973–1997)
21 Malosky, James S.James S. Malosky 40 255 125 13 .665 Minnesota–Duluth (1958–1997)
23 Holtz, LouLou Holtz 33 249 132 7 .651 William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State (1972–1975), Arkansas (1977–1983), Minnesota (1984–1985), Notre Dame (1986–1996), South Carolina (1999–2004)
24 Kelly, MikeMike Kelly 27 246 54 1 .819 Dayton (1981–2007)
25 Joe, BillyBilly Joe[n 8] 34 245 127 4 .657 Cheyney (1972–1978), Central State (1981–1993), Florida A&M (1994–2004), Miles (2008-2010)
26 Brown, MackMack Brown 30 244 122 1 .666 Appalachian State (1983), Tulane (1985–1987), North Carolina (1988–1997), Texas (1998–2013)
26 Douds, DennisDennis Douds* 40 244 171 3 .587 East Stroudsburg (1974–present)
28 Moore, JerryJerry Moore 31 243 135 2 .642 North Texas (1979–1980), Texas Tech (1981–1985), Appalachian State (1989–2012)
29 Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma 27 242 82 4 .744 Austin (1984–1993), Northwest Missouri State (1994–2010)
30 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes 33 238 72 10 .759 Denison (1946–1948), Miami (OH) (1949–1950), Ohio State (1951–1978)
31 Wilcox, LarryLarry Wilcox* 35 237 129 0 .648 Benedictine (KS) (1979–present)
32 Merritt, JohnJohn Merritt 32 235 70 12 .760 Jackson State (1952–1962), Tennessee State (1963–1983)
33 Schembechler, BoBo Schembechler 27 234 65 8 .804 Miami (OH) (1963–1968), Michigan (1969–1989)
33 Ash, RobRob Ash* 34 234 126 5 .647 Juniata (1980–1988), Drake (1989–2006), Montana State (2007–present)
35 Mumford, AceAce Mumford 36 233 85 23 .717 Jarvis Christian (1924–1926), Bishop (1927–1929), Texas College (1931–1935), Southern (1936–1942, 1944–1961)
35 Taylor, JoeJoe Taylor 30 233 96 4 .706 Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984–1991), Hampton (1992–2007), Florida A&M (2008–2012)
35 Ault, ChrisChris Ault 28 233 109 1 .681 Nevada (1976–1992, 1994–1995, 2004–2012)
38 Bagnoli, AlAl Bagnoli* 32 232 91 0 .718 Union (NY) (1982–1991), Penn (1992–present)
38 Cater, MonteMonte Cater* 33 232 111 2 .675 Lakeland (1981–1986), Shepherd (1987–present)
38 Talley, AndyAndy Talley*[n 9] 34 232 144 2 .616 St. Lawrence (1979–83), Villanova (1985–present)
38 Fry, HaydenHayden Fry 37 232 178 10 .564 SMU (1962–1972), North Texas (1973–1978), Iowa (1979–1998)
42 Bailey, WillardWillard Bailey 37 230 150 7 .603 Virginia Union (1971–1983, (1995–2003), Norfolk State (1984–1992), Saint Paul's (VA) (2005–2010)
43 Tressel, JimJim Tressel 25 229 79 2 .742 Youngstown State (1986–2000), Ohio State (2001–2010)
44 Long, Fred T.Fred T. Long 45 227 151 31 .593 Paul Quinn (1921–1922), Wiley (1923–1947, 1956–1965), Prairie View A&M (1948), Texas College (1949–1955)
45 Luckhardt, JohnJohn Luckhardt* 27 225 70 2 .761 Washington & Jefferson (1982–1998), California (PA), (2002–2011)
46 Laycock, JimmyeJimmye Laycock* 34 222 165 2 .573 William & Mary (1980–present)
47 Carpenter, GeneGene Carpenter 32 220 90 6 .706 Adams State (1968), Millersville (1970–2000)
48 Kessinger, TedTed Kessinger 28 219 57 1 .792 Bethany (KS) (1976–2003)
48 Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier††* 24 219 79 2 .733 Duke (1987–1989), Florida (1990–2001), South Carolina (2005–present)
50 Harms, RonRon Harms 31 219 112 4 .660 Concordia (NE) (1964–1969), Adams State (1970–1973), Texas A&M–Kingsville (1979–1999)
51 Giancola, RickRick Giancola* 31 218 102 2 .680 Montclair State (1983–present)
51 Randleman, RonRon Randleman 36 218 167 6 .565 William Penn (1969–1975), Pittsburg State (1976–1981), Sam Houston State (1982–2004)
53 Christopherson, JimJim Christopherson 32 217 102 7 .676 Concordia (MN) (1969–2000)
53 Martinelli, FredFred Martinelli 35 217 119 12 .641 Ashland (1959–1993)
55 Hameline, WaltWalt Hameline* 33 216 135 2 .615 Wagner (1981–present)
56 Hale, DannyDanny Hale 25 213 69 1 .754 West Chester (1984–1988), Bloomsburg (1993–2012)
57 Manlove, BillBill Manlove 32 212 111 1 .656 Widener (1969–1991), Delaware Valley (1992–1995), La Salle (1997–2001)
58 Hamilton, EricEric Hamilton* 37 210 146 6 .588 New Jersey (1977–present)
59 Mazzaferro, PeterPeter Mazzaferro 41 209 157 11 .569 Waynesburg (1959–1962), Curry (1963), Bridgewater State (1968–1986, 1988–2004)
60 Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly* 23 208 72 2 .741 Grand Valley State (1991–2003), Central Michigan (2004–2006), Cincinnati (2006–2009), Notre Dame (2010–present)
60 Neely, JessJess Neely 40 207 176 19 .539 Southwestern (TN) (1924–1927), Clemson (1931–1939), Rice (1940–1966)
62 Butterfield, JimJim Butterfield 27 206 71 1 .743 Ithaca (1967–1993)
63 Elliott, HaroldHarold Elliott 37 205 179 9 .533 Southwestern (KS) (1964–1968), Washburn (1969–1970), Emporia State (1971–1973), Texas–Arlington (1974–1983), Northwest Missouri State (1988–1993), Eastern New Mexico (1994–2004)
64 Gaither, JakeJake Gaither[n 10] 25 204 36 4 .844 Florida A&M (1945–1969)
65 Abbott, Cleveland L.Cleveland L. Abbott 32 203 96 28 .664 Tuskegee (1923–1954)
65 Franchione, DennisDennis Franchione* 28 203 121 2 .626 Southwestern (KS) (1981–1982), Pittsburg State (1985–1989), Texas State (1990–1991), New Mexico (1992–1997), TCU (1998–2000), Alabama (2001–2002), Texas A&M (2003–2007), Texas State (2011–present)
67 Woodson, Warren B.Warren B. Woodson 31 202 94 14 .674 Arkansas State Teachers (1935–1940), Hardin–Simmons (1941–1942, 1946–1951), Arizona (1952–1956), New Mexico State (1958–1967), Trinity (TX) (1972–1973)
67 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen 30 202 128 8 .609 Bowling Green (1968–1976), West Virginia (1980–2000)
69 Dooley, VinceVince Dooley 25 201 77 10 .715 Georgia (1964–1988)
69 Anderson, EddieEddie Anderson 39 201 128 15 .606 Loras (1922–1924), DePaul (1925–1931), Holy Cross (1933–1938, 1950–1964) Iowa (1939–1942, 1946–1949)
69 Piper, Keith W.Keith W. Piper 39 201 141 18 .583 Denison (1954–1992)
69 Sweeney, JimJim Sweeney 32 201 153 5 .567 Montana State (1963–1967), Washington State (1968–1975), Fresno State (1976–1977, 1980–1996)
73 Mudra, DarrellDarrell Mudra 26 200 81 4 .709 Adams State (1959–1962), North Dakota State (1963–1965), Arizona (1967–1968), Western Illinois (1969–1973), Florida State (1974–1975), Eastern Illinois (1978–1982), Northern Iowa (1983–1987)

Active coaches nearing 200 career wins[edit]

This list identifies active coaches with at least 185 career wins, i.e. those who can reach the 200-win milestone within a season or two. Updated through the end of the 2013 season.
Rank Name Years Wins Losses Ties Pct. Teams
* Glenn, JoeJoe Glenn 26 193 118 1 .620 Doane (1976–1979), Northern Colorado (1989–1999), Montana (2000–2002), Wyoming (2003–2008), South Dakota (2012–present)
* Ayers, MikeMike Ayers 29 187 142 2 .568 East Tennessee State Buccaneers (1985–1987), Wofford (1988–present)
* Drass, MikeMike Drass 21 187 52 1 .781 Wesley (DE) (1993–present)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The list includes coaches with 200 wins regardless of division. Coaches with 200 wins at a Division I school (or historic equivalents) are designated with the referenced peach shading. The referenced shading has also been used for coaches with historic programs that were among the elite programs of their era. For example, Amos Alonzo Stagg's wins with the University of Chicago are included.
  2. ^ Although Robinson has 408 total wins at Grambling, he has only 154 NCAA Division I wins. Robinson's first two wins were before Grambling was an accredited college. When the NCAA first split into the University Division (predecessor to today's Division I) and College Division (predecessor to today's Divisions II and III) in 1956, Grambling became a member of the College Division, and remained at that level until the split of the College Division after the 1972 season. At that time, Grambling became a Division II school, and did not move to Division I until 1977. The following year, when Division I-AA was created, Grambling became a charter member of that group and have remained there to this day.
  3. ^ Bobby Bowden had 389 wins on the field. A March 6, 2009 NCAA ruling, which was appealed and then upheld on January 5, 2010, required Florida State to vacate 12 wins from the 2006 and 2007 seasons in relation to an academic scandal.
  4. ^ The NCAA credits Warner with an overall record of 319–106–32. The College Football Data Warehouse credits him with one fewer win with the Carlisle Indians in 1908, giving him a record of 318–106–32. Neither source counts his 18–8 record as co-coach of Iowa State, during a period when he served as sole coach at three other schools.
  5. ^ Although Raymond has 300 total wins at Delaware, he has only 181 NCAA Division I wins. From 1966 to 1972, Delaware was in the College Division, and once the NCAA adopted its current three-division setup in 1973, Delaware became a Division II school. Delaware did not move to Division I-AA until 1980; they have remained at that level ever since.
  6. ^ Joe Paterno had 409 wins on the field, but on July 23, 2012, NCAA rulings officially vacated 111 of his wins based on the findings of the Freeh report regarding his involvement in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
  7. ^ Although Ford has 265 total wins and 256 at Albany, he has only 98 NCAA Division I wins. Ford's first nine wins were at St. Lawrence, which was then in the College Division and is now in Division III. When Albany reinstated varsity football in 1973 with Ford as head coach, it did so as a Division III program; it joined Division II in 1995 and did not move to Division I-AA (now FCS) until 1999.
  8. ^ Although Joe has 245 wins, only 86 came at Division I Florida A&M; all other victories were with lower division programs.
  9. ^ Although Talley has 232 total wins, with 204 of them at Villanova, he has only 191 NCAA Division I wins. Talley's first 28 wins were at Division III St. Lawrence. When Villanova reinstated football in 1985 with Talley as head coach, it did so as a Division III program, and did not upgrade to the I-AA/FCS level until 1987.
  10. ^ Although Gaither has 204 wins at Florida A&M, FAMU did not move up to Division I until the creation of I-AA football in 1978, nine years after Gaither retired. All games coached by Gaither were designated as College Division games, either implicitly (games prior to 1956) or explicitly (1956 and later).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "NCAA Career Statistics". NCAA. Retrieved June 21, 2010.  (The NCAA Career Statistics database allows the viewer to obtain coaching records for all NCAA coaches by inputting the individual's name in the linked window.)
  2. ^ a b c d "NCAA Coaching Records". NCAA. 2013.  (The linked document is a report published by the NCAA listing the winningest coaches based on data through the end of the 2012 season. Updated information on coaches active in subsequent seasons is available through the other sources listed in the "References" section.)
  3. ^ Associated Press (September 29, 2013). "Lowe's 3 TDs propel Texas St. past Wyoming 42-21". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "All-Time Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 20, 2010.  (The referenced page reflects the updated information on the Top 10 winningest coaches. Records for other coaches are available in the database in alphabetical order through links from the referenced page.)
  5. ^ "Penn State sanctions: $60M, bowl ban". ESPN. July 23, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2013.