List of Auburn Tigers head football coaches
The Auburn Tigers college football team represents Auburn University the most prolific team in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tigers compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 25 head coaches, and 1 interim head coach, since it began play during the 1892 season. Since December 2012, Gus Malzahn has served as Auburn's head football coach.
The team has played more than 1,150 games over 119 seasons. In that time, six coaches have led the Tigers in postseason bowl games: Jack Meagher, Ralph Jordan, Pat Dye, Terry Bowden, Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik. Seven coaches won conference championships: Walter H. Watkins and Mike Donahue won a combined three as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Chet A. Wynne won one as a member of the Southern Conference; and Jordan, Dye, Tuberville and Chizik won a combined seven as a member of the SEC. During their tenures, Jordan and Chizik each won a national championship with the Tigers.
Jordan is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 176 victories during his 25 years with the program. Chizik has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .815. M. S. Harvey and Johnny Floyd have the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .000. Of the 26 different head coaches who have led the Tigers, John Heisman, Donahue, Jordan and Dye 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||Petrie, GeorgeGeorge Petrie||1892||4||2||2||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Balliet, D. M.D. M. Balliet||1893||1||1||0||0||1.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Harvey, George RoyGeorge Roy Harvey||1893||4||2||0||2||.750||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|4||Hall, Forrest M.Forrest M. Hall||1894||4||1||3||0||.250||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|5||Heisman, JohnJohn Heisman||1895–1899||18||12||4||2||.722||8||4||2||.643||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|6||Watkins, Walter H.Walter H. Watkins||1900–1901||10||6||3||1||.650||5||2||1||.688||—||—||—||—||1||0||—|
|7||Kent, RobertRobert Kent||1902||5||2||2||1||.500||2||2||1||.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|8||Harvey, M. S.M. S. Harvey||1902||2||0||2||0||.000||0||2||0||.000||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|9||Bates, William PennWilliam Penn Bates||1903||7||4||3||0||.571||2||3||0||.400||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|10||Donahue, MikeMike Donahue||1904–1906
|11||Kienholz, WillisWillis Kienholz||1907||9||6||2||1||.722||3||2||1||.583||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|12||Pitts, BoozerBoozer Pitts||1923–1924
|13||Morey, DaveDave Morey||1925–1927||21||10||10||1||.500||6||7||1||.464||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|14||Bohler, GeorgeGeorge Bohler||1928–1929||14||3||11||0||.214||0||10||0||.000||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|15||Floyd, JohnnyJohnny Floyd||1929||4||0||4||0||.000||0||4||0||.000||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|16||Wynne, Chet A.Chet A. Wynne||1930–1933||39||22||15||2||.590||12||11||1||.521||0||0||0||—||1||0||—|
|17||Meagher, JackJack Meagher||1934–1942||95||48||37||10||.558||26||25||7||.509||1||0||1||—||0||0||SEC Coach of the Year (1935)|
|18||Voyles, Carl M.Carl M. Voyles||1944–1947||37||15||22||0||.405||4||17||0||.190||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Brown, EarlEarl Brown||1948–1950||29||3||22||4||.172||2||18||2||.136||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|20||Jordan, RalphRalph Jordan||1951–1975||265||176||83||6||.675||99||65||4||.601||5||7||0||—||1||19571 –||AP SEC Coach of the Year (1953, 1957, 1972)
UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1963, 1972)
SEC Coach of the Year (1953, 1963, 1972)
|21||Barfield, DougDoug Barfield||1976–1980||55||29||25||1||.536||15||14||1||.517||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|22||Dye, PatPat Dye||1981–1992||142||99||39||4||.711||48||27||3||.635||6||2||1||0||4||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (1987, 1988)
UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1983, 1988)
SEC Coach of the Year (1983, 1987, 1988)
|23||Bowden, TerryTerry Bowden
|1993–1998||65||47||17||1||.731||30||14||1||.678||2||1||0||1||0||0||FWAA Coach of the Year (1993)
George Munger Award (1993)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1993)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1993)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1993)
|Int||Oliver, BillBill Oliver
|24||Tuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville||1999–2008||125||85||40||—||.680||52||30||—||.634||5||3||—||5||1||0||AFCA Coach of the Year (2004)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2004)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2004)
AP Coach of the Year (2004)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2004)
|25||Chizik, GeneGene Chizik||2009–2012||52||33||19||—||.635||15||17||—||.469||3||0||—||1||1||20101 –||Home Depot Coach of the Year (2010)
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2010)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2010)
Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award (2010)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2010)
|26||Malzahn, GusGus Malzahn||2013–present||49||34||15||—||.694||18||12||—||.600||1||2||—||1||1||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 2010–11 college football season.
- Auburn did not field a team for the 1943 season due to World War II.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Auburn has competed as a member of the SEC West.
- Terry Bowden finished the 1998 season with a record of one win and five losses prior to his resignation as head coach on October 23, 1998. Bill Oliver served as interim head coach for the final five games of the season, finishing with two wins and three losses.
- 2010 Auburn Football Media Guide, p. 157
- "Gus Malzahn accepts Auburn job". ESPN.com. ESPN.com news services. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
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- "George Munger Award – Past recipients". Maxwell Football Club. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
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- "Tommy Tuberville named AP Coach of the Year". AuburnTigers.cstv.com. December 24, 2004. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
- "Campbell, Tuberville earn AP Player, Coach Awards; Tigers honored with 15 AP selections". AuburnTigers.cstv.com. December 7, 2004. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
- Low, Chris (December 8, 2010). "Chizik wins Home Depot coaching honor". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
- "Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year: 2010 Winner: Gene Chizik, Auburn University". Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
- Goldberg, Charles (January 24, 2011). "Auburn's Gene Chizik wins Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award". The Birmingham News. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
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