List of Clemson Tigers head football coaches
The Clemson Tigers football program is a U.S. college football team that represents Clemson University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Tigers compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The team has had 25 head coaches since it began play in the 1896 season. Since October 2008, Dabo Swinney has served as Clemson's head coach.
The team has played in 1,050 games over 116 seasons. In that time, eight coaches have led Clemson to postseason bowl games: Jess Neely, Frank Howard, Charley Pell, Danny Ford, Ken Hatfield, Tommy West, Tommy Bowden, and Swinney. Five coaches have won conference championships with the Tigers: John Heisman won two as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Howard won two as a member of the Southern Conference; and Howard, Pell, Ford, Hatfield, and Swinney won a combined 14 as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 1981, Ford led the Tigers to the national championship.
Howard is the all-time leader in games coached (295), seasons coached (30), and total wins (165). Heisman has the highest winning percentage, with .833 in his three years at Clemson. Of coaches with more than one season, Hootie Ingram has the lowest winning percentage (.364 in 3 seasons). Of the 25 head coaches who have led the Tigers, Heisman, Jess Neely, and Howard have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches; Josh Cody was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player.
|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||Riggs, WalterWalter Riggs||1896, 1899||9||6||3||0||.667||3||2||0||.600||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|2||Williams, William M.William M. Williams||1897||4||2||2||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Penton, JohnJohn Penton||1898||4||3||1||0||.750||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|4||Heisman, JohnJohn Heisman||1900–1903||24||19||3||2||.833||16||0||2||.944||—||—||—||3||0||—|
|5||Shealy, ShackShack Shealy||1904||7||3||3||1||.500||3||3||1||.500||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|6||Cochems, EddieEddie Cochems||1905||6||3||2||1||.583||3||2||1||.583||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|7||Williams, BobBob Williams||1906, 1909, 1913–1915, 1926[A 6]||46||21||19||6||.522||10||10||5||.500||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|8||Shaughnessy, FrankFrank Shaughnessy||1907||8||4||4||0||.500||1||3||0||.250||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|9||Stone, John N.John N. Stone||1908||7||1||6||0||.143||0||4||0||.000||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|10||Dobson, FrankFrank Dobson||1910–1912||24||11||12||1||.479||7||12||1||.375||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|11||Hart, WayneWayne Hart||1916||9||3||6||0||.333||2||4||0||.333||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|12||Donahue, EdwardEdward Donahue||1917–1920||36||21||12||3||.625||13||10||2||.560||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|13||Stewart, E. J.E. J. Stewart||1921–1922||18||6||10||2||.389||2||9||2||.231||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|14||Saunders, BudBud Saunders||1923–1926||28||10||17||1||.375||2||9||1||.208||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|15||Cody, JoshJosh Cody[A 7]||1927–1930||41||29||11||1||.720||12||9||0||.571||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|16||Neely, JessJess Neely||1931–1939||85||43||35||7||.547||18||13||2||.576||1||0||—||0||0||—|
|17||Howard, FrankFrank Howard||1940–1969||295||165||118||12||.580||100||48||5||.670[A 8]||3||3||—||8||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1958)
ACC Coach of the Year (1966)
|18||Ingram, HootieHootie Ingram||1970–1972||33||12||21||0||.364||8||10||0||.444||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Parker, RedRed Parker||1973–1976||44||17||25||2||.409||10||11||1||.477||0||0||—||0||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1974)|
|20||Pell, CharleyCharley Pell||1977–1978||23||18||4||1||.804||10||1||1||.875||0||1||—||1||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1977)
ACC Coach of the Year (1978)
|21||Ford, DannyDanny Ford||1978–1989[A 9]||129||96||29||4||.760||56||16||1||.774||6||2||—||5||1 – 1981||ACC Coach of the Year (1981)
FWAA Coach of the Year (1981)
Woody Hayes Trophy (1981)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1981)
|22||Hatfield, KenKen Hatfield||1990–1993||46||32||13||1||.707||19||10||1||.650||1||1||—||1||0||—|
|23||West, TommyTommy West||1993–1998[A 10]||59||31||28||0||.525||21||19||0||.525||1||3||—||0||0||—|
|24||Bowden, TommyTommy Bowden||1999–2008||117||72||45||—||.615||43||32||—||.573||3||5||0||0||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1999)
ACC Coach of the Year (2003)
|25||Swinney, DaboDabo Swinney||2008–present[A 11]||114||87||28||—||.754||56||15||—||.789||7||5||3||2||1 - (2016)||Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (2011)
- 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 college football season.
- Williams replaced Saunders for the final 5 games of the 1926 season.
- Cody was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player at Vanderbilt.
- Howard had a record of 34–18–3 (.645) against Southern Conference opponents and 66–30–2 (.684) against ACC opponents.
- Ford replaced Pell for the final game of the 1978 season.
- West replaced Hatfield for the final game of the 1993 season.
- Swinney replaced Bowden for the final 7 games of the 2008 season.
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