List of college football coaches with 200 wins
|Parts of this article (those related to January 2015) are outdated. (January 2015)|
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.
As of the end of the 2014 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).
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).
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.
Leaders by category
In overall career wins, the all-time leader is John Gagliardi with 489 wins, mostly at the Division III level. 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. Joe Paterno, head coach at Pennsylvania State University from 1966 until his 2011 firing in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, is second with 409 wins. NCAA sanctions following the scandal had stripped him of all 111 Penn State wins between 1998 and 2011, but the NCAA restored those wins on January 16, 2015 as part of a settlement of a lawsuit by the state of Pennsylvania against the NCAA. 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 third with 408. Bobby Bowden is in fourth place and Larry Kehres is in fifth.
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 Paterno (409), Bowden (377), Bryant (323), Warner (319), and Stagg (314).
Among NCAA Division I coaches expected to be active in 2015, the all-time leader in Division I wins is Frank Beamer, currently in charge at Virginia Tech (273). Laycock (229) is second and Steve Spurrier (226) is third.
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).
The coaches with the most wins at one college are Gagliardi (465 at St. John's), Paterno (409 at Penn State), Robinson (408 at Grambling), Kehres (332 at Mount Union), Sparks (325 at Carson–Newman), Kidd (314 at Eastern Kentucky), Bowden (304 at Florida State) and Tubby Raymond (300 at Delaware).
|*||Expected to be active in the 2015 season.|
|†||Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach.|
|††||Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player.|
|†††||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
- Updated through the end of the 2014 season.
|1||Gagliardi, JohnJohn Gagliardi†||63||489||138||11||.775||Carroll (MT) (1949–1952), St. John's (MN) (1953–2012)|
|2||Paterno, JoeJoe Paterno†||45||409||136||3||.749||Penn State (1966–2011)|
|3||Robinson, EddieEddie Robinson†[n 2]||55||408||165||15||.707||Grambling (1941–1942, 1945–1997)|
|4||Bowden, BobbyBobby Bowden†||44||377[n 3]||129||4||.743||Samford (1959–1962), West Virginia (1970–1975), Florida State (1976–2009)|
|5||Kehres, LarryLarry Kehres||27||332||24||3||.929||Mount Union (1986–2012)|
|6||Sparks, KenKen Sparks*||35||325||89||2||.784||Carson–Newman (1980–present)|
|6||Bryant, BearBear Bryant†||38||323||85||17||.780||Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946–1953), Texas A&M (1954–1957), Alabama (1958–1982)|
|8||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)|
|9||Kidd, RoyRoy Kidd†||39||314||124||8||.713||Eastern Kentucky (1964–2002)|
|9||Stagg, Amos AlonzoAmos Alonzo Stagg†††||57||314||199||35||.605||Springfield (1890–1891), Chicago (1892–1932), Pacific (CA) (1933–1946)|
|11||Westering, FrostyFrosty Westering†||40||305||96||7||.756||Parsons (1962–1963), Lea (1966–1971), Pacific Lutheran (1972–2003)|
|12||Raymond, TubbyTubby Raymond†[n 5]||36||300||119||3||.714||Delaware (1966–2001)|
|13||Schipper, RonRon Schipper†||36||287||67||3||.808||Central (IA) (1961–1996)|
|14||Donley, KevinKevin Donley*||36||278||127||1||.686||Anderson (IN) (1978–1981), Georgetown (KY) (1982–1992), California (PA) (1993–1996), Saint Francis (IN) (1998–present)|
|15||Beamer, FrankFrank Beamer*||34||273||138||4||.663||Murray State (1981–1986), Virginia Tech (1987–present)|
|16||Ford, BobBob Ford[n 6]||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||Wilcox, LarryLarry Wilcox*||36||253||136||0||.650||Benedictine (KS) (1979–present)|
|23||Douds, DennisDennis Douds*||41||250||176||3||.586||East Stroudsburg (1974–present)|
|25||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)|
|26||Kelly, MikeMike Kelly†||27||246||54||1||.819||Dayton (1981–2007)|
|27||Joe, BillyBilly Joe†[n 7]||34||245||127||4||.657||Cheyney (1972–1978), Central State (1981–1993), Florida A&M (1994–2004), Miles (2008–2010)|
|28||Brown, MackMack Brown||30||244||122||1||.666||Appalachian State (1983), Tulane (1985–1987), North Carolina (1988–1997), Texas (1998–2013)|
|29||Moore, JerryJerry Moore†||31||243||135||2||.642||North Texas (1979–1980), Texas Tech (1981–1985), Appalachian State (1989–2012)|
|29||Talley, AndyAndy Talley*||35||243||147||2||.622||St. Lawrence (1979–83), Villanova (1985–present)|
|31||Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma||27||242||82||4||.744||Austin (1984–1993), Northwest Missouri State (1994–2010)|
|31||Ash, RobRob Ash*||35||242||130||5||.649||Juniata (1980–1988), Drake (1989–2006), Montana State (2007–present)|
|33||Cater, MonteMonte Cater*||34||240||114||2||.677||Lakeland (1981–1986), Shepherd (1987–present)|
|34||Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes†||33||238||72||10||.759||Denison (1946–1948), Miami (OH) (1949–1950), Ohio State (1951–1978)|
|35||Merritt, JohnJohn Merritt†||32||235||70||12||.760||Jackson State (1952–1962), Tennessee State (1963–1983)|
|36||Schembechler, BoBo Schembechler†||27||234||65||8||.804||Miami (OH) (1963–1968), Michigan (1969–1989)|
|36||Bagnoli, AlAl Bagnoli||33||234||99||0||.703||Union (NY) (1982–1991), Penn (1992–2014)|
|38||Mumford, AceAce Mumford†||36||233||85||23||.717||Jarvis Christian (1924–1926), Bishop (1927–1929), Texas College (1931–1935), Southern (1936–1942, 1944–1961)|
|38||Taylor, JoeJoe Taylor||30||233||96||4||.706||Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984–1991), Hampton (1992–2007), Florida A&M (2008–2012)|
|38||Ault, ChrisChris Ault†||28||233||109||1||.681||Nevada (1976–1992, 1994–1995, 2004–2012)|
|41||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)|
|44||Tressel, JimJim Tressel†||25||229||79||2||.742||Youngstown State (1986–2000), Ohio State (2001–2010)|
|42||Laycock, JimmyeJimmye Laycock*||35||229||169||2||.575||William & Mary (1980–present)|
|45||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)|
|46||Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier††*||25||226||85||2||.725||Duke (1987–1989), Florida (1990–2001), South Carolina (2005–present)|
|46||Giancola, RickRick Giancola*||32||226||104||2||.684||Montclair State (1983–present)|
|48||Luckhardt, JohnJohn Luckhardt||27||225||70||2||.761||Washington & Jefferson (1982–1998), California (PA) (2002–2011)|
|49||Hameline, WaltWalt Hameline[n 8]||34||223||139||2||.615||Wagner (1981–2014)|
|50||Carpenter, GeneGene Carpenter†||32||220||90||6||.706||Adams State (1968), Millersville (1970–2000)|
|51||Kessinger, TedTed Kessinger†||28||219||57||1||.792||Bethany (KS) (1976–2003)|
|51||Harms, RonRon Harms†||31||219||112||4||.660||Concordia (NE) (1964–1969), Adams State (1970–1973), Texas A&M–Kingsville (1979–1999)|
|53||Randleman, RonRon Randleman||36||218||167||6||.565||William Penn (1969–1975), Pittsburg State (1976–1981), Sam Houston State (1982–2004)|
|54||Christopherson, JimJim Christopherson||32||217||102||7||.676||Concordia (Moorhead) (1969–2000)|
|54||Martinelli, FredFred Martinelli†||35||217||119||12||.641||Ashland (1959–1993)|
|56||Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly*||24||216||77||2||.736||Grand Valley State (1991–2003), Central Michigan (2004–2006), Cincinnati (2006–2009), Notre Dame (2010–present)|
|57||Hale, DannyDanny Hale||25||213||69||1||.754||West Chester (1984–1988), Bloomsburg (1993–2012)|
|58||Manlove, BillBill Manlove†||32||212||111||1||.656||Widener (1969–1991), Delaware Valley (1992–1995), La Salle (1997–2001)|
|58||Hamilton, EricEric Hamilton||36||212||144||6||.594||New Jersey (1977–2012)|
|59||Franchione, DennisDennis Franchione*||29||210||126||2||.624||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)|
|60||Mazzaferro, PeterPeter Mazzaferro||41||209||157||11||.569||Waynesburg (1959–1962), Curry (1963), Bridgewater State (1968–1986, 1988–2004)|
|62||Neely, JessJess Neely†||40||207||176||19||.539||Southwestern (TN) (1924–1927), Clemson (1931–1939), Rice (1940–1966)|
|63||Butterfield, JimJim Butterfield†||27||206||71||1||.743||Ithaca (1967–1993)|
|64||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)|
|65||Gaither, JakeJake Gaither†[n 9]||25||204||36||4||.844||Florida A&M (1945–1969)|
|66||Abbott, Cleveland L.Cleveland L. Abbott||32||203||96||28||.664||Tuskegee (1923–1954)|
|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
- 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 2014 season.
|*||Drass, MikeMike Drass||22||199||54||1||.785||Wesley (DE) (1993–present)|
|*||DeLong, MikeMike DeLong||33||197||133||2||.596||Maine Maritime (1979–1980), Springfield (MA) (1984–present)|
|*||Glenn, JoeJoe Glenn||27||195||128||1||.603||Doane (1976–1979), Northern Colorado (1989–1999), Montana (2000–2002), Wyoming (2003–2008), South Dakota (2012–present)|
|*||Ayers, MikeMike Ayers||30||193||147||2||.567||East Tennessee State (1985–1987), Wofford (1988–present)|
|*||Johnson, SteveSteve Johnson||26||192||82||1||.700||Bethel (MN) (1989–present)|
|*||Lackner, RichRich Lackner||29||188||83||2||.692||Carnegie Mellon (1986–present)|
|*||Snyder, BillBill Snyder†||23||187||94||1||.665||Kansas State (1989–2005, 2009–present)|
|*||Van Diest, MikeMike Van Diest||16||186||30||0||.861||Carroll (MT) (1999–present)|
|*||Pinkel, GaryGary Pinkel||24||186||103||3||.642||Toledo (1991–2000), Missouri (2001–present)|
|*||Keeler, K. C.K. C. Keeler||21||185||79||1||.700||Rowan (1993–2001), Delaware (2002–2012), Sam Houston State (2014–present)|
- List of college football coaches with 100 losses
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- List of college football coaches with 0 career wins
- List of college football coaches with 30 seasons
- List of college football coaches with a .750 winning percentage
- List of National Football League head coaches
- 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.
- 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 has remained there to this day.
- 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 which resulted in using ineligible players.
- 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.
- 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.
- Although Ford has 265 total wins and 256 at Albany, he only has 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.
- Although Joe has 245 wins, only 86 came at Division I Florida A&M; all other victories were with lower division programs.
- Although Hameline has 223 total wins, all at Wagner, he has only 128 NCAA Division I wins. Wagner was a Division III school when he became head coach in 1981, and did not upgrade to the I-AA/FCS level until 1993.
- 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).
- "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.)
- "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.)
- Associated Press (September 29, 2013). "Lowe's 3 TDs propel Texas St. past Wyoming 42-21". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- "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.)
- "Penn State sanctions: $60M, bowl ban". ESPN. July 23, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
- "Joe Paterno is now winningest coach". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.