List of Arkansas Razorbacks head football coaches
The Arkansas Razorbacks college football team represents the University of Arkansas in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Razorbacks compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 30 head coaches, and 2 interim head coaches, since it began play during the 1894 season. Since December 2012, Bret Bielema has served as head coach of the Razorbacks.
The team has played more than 1,160 games over 117 seasons. In that time, eleven coaches have led the Razorbacks in postseason bowl games: Fred Thomsen, John Barnhill, Bowden Wyatt, Frank Broyles, Lou Holtz, Ken Hatfield, Jack Crowe, Danny Ford, Houston Nutt, Reggie Herring and Bobby Petrino. Five coaches won conference championships: Thomsen, Wyatt, Broyles, Holtz and Hatfield won a combined ten as a member of the Southwest Conference. Frank Broyles won the Razorbacks' lone national championship in 1964.
Broyles is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 144 victories during his 19 years with the program. Hatfield has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .760. John Tomlin has the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .222. Of the 31 different head coaches who have led the Razorbacks, Hugo Bezdek, Francis Schmidt, Wyatt, Broyles, and Holtz have been inducted as head coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.
|No.||Order of coaches[A 2]||GC||Games coached||CW||Conference wins||PW||Postseason wins|
|DC||Division championships||OW||Overall wins||CL||Conference losses||PL||Postseason losses|
|CC||Conference championships||OL||Overall losses||CT||Conference ties||PT||Postseason ties|
|NC||National championships||OT||Overall ties[A 3]||C%||Conference winning percentage|
|Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame||O%||Overall winning percentage[A 4]|
|1||Futrall, John C.John C. Futrall||1894–1896||7||5||2||0||.714||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Wilson, B. N.B. N. Wilson||1897–1898||6||4||1||1||.750||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Searles, ColbertColbert Searles||1899–1900||9||5||2||2||.667||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|4||Thomas, CharlesCharles Thomas||1901–1902||17||9||8||0||.529||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|5||McDaniel, D. A.D. A. McDaniel||1903||7||3||4||0||.429||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|6||Brown, A. D.A. D. Brown||1904–1905||17||6||11||0||.353||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|7||Longman, FrankFrank Longman||1906–1907||17||6||8||3||.441||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|8||Bezdek, HugoHugo Bezdek||1908–1912||43||29||13||1||.686||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|9||Pickering, E. T.E. T. Pickering||1913–1914||18||10||8||0||.556||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|10||McConnell, T. T.T. T. McConnell||1915–1916||15||8||6||1||.567||1||3||0||.250||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|11||Paine, Norman C.Norman C. Paine||1917–1918||12||8||3||1||.708||0||2||1||.167||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|12||Craig, James B.James B. Craig||1919||7||3||4||0||.429||1||2||0||.333||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|13||McLaren, GeorgeGeorge McLaren||1920–1921||16||8||5||3||.594||4||1||1||.750||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|14||Schmidt, FrancisFrancis Schmidt||1922–1928||65||41||21||3||.654||14||13||2||.518||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|15||Thomsen, FredFred Thomsen||1929–1941||127||56||61||10||.480||26||42||3||.387||0||0||1||—||2||0||—|
|16||Cole, GeorgeGeorge Cole||1942||10||3||7||0||.300||0||6||0||.000||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|17||Tomlin, JohnJohn Tomlin||1943||9||2||7||0||.222||1||4||0||.200||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|18||Rose, GlenGlen Rose||1944–1945||21||8||12||1||.405||3||7||1||.318||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Barnhill, JohnJohn Barnhill||1946–1949||42||22||17||3||.560||10||13||1||.438||1||0||1||—||1||0||—|
|20||Douglas, OtisOtis Douglas||1950–1952||30||9||21||0||.300||4||14||0||.222||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|21||Wyatt, BowdenBowden Wyatt||1953–1954||21||11||10||0||.524||7||5||0||.583||0||1||0||—||1||0||—|
|22||Mitchell, JackJack Mitchell||1955–1957||30||17||12||1||.583||8||9||1||.472||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|23||Broyles, FrankFrank Broyles||1958–1976||207||144||58||5||.708||91||36||5||.708||4||6||0||—||7||19641 –||AFCA Coach of the Year (1964)|
|24||Holtz, LouLou Holtz||1977–1983||83||60||21||2||.735||37||18||1||.670||3||2||1||—||1||0||College Football Coach of the Year (1977)
FWAA Coach of the Year (1977)
Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year (1977)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1977)
|25||Hatfield, KenKen Hatfield||1984–1989||73||55||17||1||.760||36||10||0||.783||1||5||0||—||2||0||—|
|26||Crowe, JackJack Crowe
|Int||Kines, JoeJoe Kines
|27||Ford, DannyDanny Ford||1993–1997||57||26||30||1||.465||16||23||1||.413||0||1||0||0||0||0||—|
|28||Nutt, HoustonHouston Nutt
|1998–2007||123||75||48||—||.610||42||38||—||.525||2||5||—||3||0||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (2001, 2006)
SEC Coach of the Year (2001, 2006)
|Int||Herring, ReggieReggie Herring
|29||Petrino, BobbyBobby Petrino||2008–2011||51||34||17||—||.667||17||15||—||.531||2||1||—||0||0||0||—|
|30||Smith, John L.John L. Smith||2012||12||4||8||—||.333||2||6||—||.250||0||0||—||0||0||0||—|
|31||Bielema, BretBret Bielema||2013–present||50||25||25||—||.400||10||22||—||.125||1||0||—||0||0||0|
- Although the first Rose Bowl Game was played in 1902, it has been continuously played since the 1916 game, and is recognized as the oldest bowl game by the NCAA. "—" indicates any season prior to 1916 when postseason games were not played.
- A running total of the number of head coaches, with coaches who served separate tenures being counted only once. Interim head coaches are represented with "Int" and are not counted in the running total. "—" indicates the team played but either without a coach or no coach is on record. "X" indicates an interim year without play.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
- When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
- Statistics correct as of the end of the 2011–12 college football season.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Arkansas has competed as a member of the SEC West.
- Jack Crowe resigned as head coach on September 6, 1992, following a 10–3 loss to The Citadel. Joe Kines served as interim head coach for the remainder of the season, finishing with three wins, six losses and one tie.
- Houston Nutt resigned as head coach on November 26, 2007. Reggie Herring served as interim head coach for the 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic loss against Missouri.
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