List of college football coaches with 200 wins
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 December 7, 2013, 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. 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. Bobby Bowden is in third place and Warner in fourth place.
Among NCAA Division I coaches, the all-time leaders in Division I wins are Robinson (408), Bowden (377), Bear Bryant (323), Joe Paterno (298), Frank Beamer (266), and LaVell Edwards (257). 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.
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), Warner (336), Bryant (323), and Stagg (314).
Among active coaches, the career win leaders are Ken Sparks (318), Kevin Donley (272), Beamer (266), Brown (244), and Dennis Douds (244). Two coaches active in 2013 retired at season's end with at least 244 wins—Bob Ford with 265, and Hank Biesiot with 258.
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), 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).
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|†||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
- Updated through games played on December 7, 2013.
|1||Gagliardi, JohnJohn Gagliardi†||64||489||138||11||.775||Carroll (MT) (1949–1952), St. John's (MN) (1953–2012)|
|2||Robinson, EddieEddie Robinson†||55||408||165||15||.707||Grambling (1941–1942, 1945–1997)|
|3||Bowden, BobbyBobby Bowden†||44||377[n 2]||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||106||32||.730||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†||36||300||119||3||.714||Delaware (1966–2001)|
|12||Paterno, JoeJoe Paterno†||46||298[n 3]||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||131||4||.668||Murray State (1981–1986), Virginia Tech (1987–present)|
|15||Ford, BobBob Ford*[n 4]||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†||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||121||1||.668||Appalachian State (1983), Tulane (1985–1987), North Carolina (1988–1997), Texas (1998–present)|
|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||Luckhardt, JohnJohn Luckhardt*||29||240||77||2||.755||Washington & Jefferson (1982–1998), California (PA), (2002–present)|
|31||Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes†||33||238||72||10||.759||Denison (1946–1948), Miami (OH) (1949–1950), Ohio State (1951–1978)|
|32||Wilcox, LarryLarry Wilcox*||35||237||129||0||.648||Benedictine (KS) (1979–present)|
|33||Merritt, JohnJohn Merritt†||32||235||70||12||.760||Jackson State (1952–1962), Tennessee State (1963–1983)|
|34||Schembechler, BoBo Schembechler†||27||234||65||8||.804||Miami (OH) (1963–1968), Michigan (1969–1989)|
|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)|
|35||Ash, RobRob Ash*||34||233||126||5||.647||Juniata (1980–1988), Drake (1989–2006), Montana State (2007–present)|
|39||Bagnoli, AlAl Bagnoli*||32||232||91||0||.718||Union (NY) (1982–1991), Penn (1992–present)|
|39||Cater, MonteMonte Cater*||33||232||111||2||.675||Lakeland (1981–1986), Shepherd (1987–present)|
|39||Talley, AndyAndy Talley*[n 5]||34||232||144||2||.616||St. Lawrence (1979–83), Villanova (1985–present)|
|39||Fry, HaydenHayden Fry†||37||232||178||10||.564||SMU (1962–1972), North Texas (1973–1978), Iowa (1979–1998)|
|43||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)|
|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||Hale, DannyDanny Hale*||25||223||71||1||.758||West Chester (1984–1988), Bloomsburg (1993–present)|
|47||Laycock, JimmyeJimmye Laycock*||34||222||165||2||.573||William & Mary (1980–present)|
|48||Carpenter, GeneGene Carpenter†||32||220||90||6||.706||Adams State (1968), Millersville (1970–2000)|
|49||Kessinger, TedTed Kessinger†||28||219||57||1||.792||Bethany (KS) (1976–2003)|
|49||Harms, RonRon Harms†||31||219||112||4||.660||Concordia (NE) (1964–1969), Adams State (1970–1973), Texas A&M–Kingsville (1979–1999)|
|51||Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier††*||24||218||79||2||.732||Duke (1987–1989), Florida (1990–2001), South Carolina (2005–present)|
|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)|
|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||Hameline, WaltWalt Hameline*||33||216||135||2||.615||Wagner (1981–present)|
|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||207||71||2||.743||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†||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
- 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 games played on December 7, 2013.
|*||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)|
|*||Keeling, JimmieJimmie Keeling||24||188||67||0||.737||Hardin–Simmons (1990–present)|
|*||Drass, MikeMike Drass||21||187||52||1||.781||Wesley (DE) (1993–present)|
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Although Ford had 265 total wins, and 256 at Albany, he won only 98 NCAA Division I games. His first school, St. Lawrence, was in the NCAA College Division, predecessor to today's Divisions II and III. Albany did not become a Division I member until 1999.
- 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 FCS level until 1987.
- "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.
- "Coach Ford Announces Retirement Plans At Media Day" (Press release). University at Albany Sports. August 15, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
- "Hank Biesiot resigns as Head Football Coach" (Press release). Dickinson State University Athletics. November 21, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.