List of UConn Huskies head football coaches
The Connecticut Huskies (UConn) football team has represented the University of Connecticut in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football since the team's founding in 1896. The program has had 30 head coaches, including one interim coach and an early period where the team had no head coach. As of the 2017 season[update] the current coach is Randy Edsall, the head coach from 1999 through the 2010 season who was re-hired following the 2016 season after an absence of six years.
The nickname "Huskies" was adopted following a student poll in The Connecticut Campus in 1934 after the school's name changed from Connecticut Agricultural College to Connecticut State College in 1933; before then, the teams were referred to as the Aggies. Although the school's abbreviated nickname "UConn" and the Canadian Yukon territory—where huskies are commonly used in dogsledding—are homophones, the "Huskies" nickname predates the school's 1939 name change to the University of Connecticut. The first recorded use of "UConn" (as "U-Conn", both separately and with "Huskies") was later in 1939.
The Huskies have played 1,083 games during the program's 118 seasons through 2016. UConn joined the fledgling Yankee Conference in 1947, which merged with and became the Atlantic 10 football conference in 1997. Seven coaches—J. Orlean Christian, Robert Ingalls, John Toner, Robert Casciola, Larry Naviaux, Walt Nadzak, and Tom Jackson—led Connecticut to conference championships prior to the team's transition from Division I-AA to Division I-A in 2000,[A 1] and one coach—Skip Holtz—led UConn to the Division I-AA playoffs in 1998. Following the transition, Edsall led the Huskies to Big East Conference[A 2] championships in 2007 and 2010.
Edsall is Connecticut's all-time leader in games coached (144), coaching wins (74), bowl game appearances (5), and bowl game wins (3).[General] Bob Diaco is the only other UConn head coach to lead the team to a bowl game, which was lost. Dave Warner, who led the then-Aggies to a 3–0 record in his only season coached in 1914, is the all-time leader in winning percentage (1.000); E. S. Mansfield and Leo Hafford, who both lost every game they coached in 1898 and 1911,[A 3] respectively, share the lowest-ever winning percentage (.000). Among coaches that led the team for longer than a single season, T. D. Knowles is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.712), while John F. Donahue has the all-time lowest winning percentage (.125).
|No.||Order of coaches[A 5]||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 6]||C%||Conference winning percentage|
|Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame||O%||Overall winning percentage[A 7]|
|1||E. S. Mansfield||1898||3||0||3||0||.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2||Thomas D. Knowles||1899–1901||26||18||7||1||.712||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|3||Edwin O. Smith||1902–05||28||14||13||1||.518||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|4||George H. Lamson||1906–07||13||4||9||0||.308||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|5||William F. Madden||1908||8||4||3||1||.563||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|6||S. Frank G. McLean||1909||8||3||5||0||.375||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|7||M. F. Claffey||1910||7||1||5||1||.214||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|8||Leo Hafford[A 3]||1911||5||0||5||0||.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|9||Abraham J. Sharadin||1912||6||3||3||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|10||P. T. Brady||1913||8||5||3||0||.625||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|12||John F. Donahue||1915–16||16||2||14||0||.125||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|X||No football played||1917–18[A 13]||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|13||Roy J. Guyer||1919||8||2||6||0||.250||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|15||J. Wilder Tasker||1921–22||17||5||8||4||.412||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|17||J. Orlean Christian||1934–49[A 14]||121||66||51||4||.562||5||3||0||.625||0||0||0||—||1||—|
|21||John Toner||1966–70||47||20||24||3||.457||17||6||2||.720||0||0||0||—||2||Husky of Honor (as athletic director)|
|25||Tom Jackson||1983–93||119||62||57||0||.521||42||35||0||.545||0||0||0||0||2||Yankee Conference Coach of the Year (1986)|
|144||74||70||—||.514||25||31||—||.446||3||2||—||0||2||Big East Coach of the Year (2010)|
|28||Paul Pasqualoni||2011–13[A 15]||28||10||18||—||.357||5||9||—||.357||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|Int.||T. J. Weist||2013[A 15]||8||3||5||—||.375||3||5||—||.375||0||0||—||—||0||—|
- In August 2006 the NCAA changed the name of Division I-A to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Division I-AA to Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). In this article the old names are used to refer to events that occurred prior to August 2006.
- The American Athletic Conference operated as the Big East Conference from 1979 through 2013. See 2010–13 Big East Conference realignment for more information. This article uses the name "Big East" to refer to the conference for the years 2013 and earlier.
- According to one source, Hafford died on October 1, 1911, one day after Connecticut's first game of the 1911 season. The official university record book credits him with four losses in games played after that date, however.[General]
- 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.
- The University of Connecticut does not record conference records until 1947, the first season of the Yankee Conference. UConn was not a member of a conference for football from 2000–03.[General]
- Connecticut participated in divisional play for seven seasons in the Division I-AA era, between the expansion of the Yankee Conference to twelve teams and two divisions in 1993 and the beginning of UConn's transition to Division I-A in 2000.[General] The American Athletic Conference began divisional play in 2015 following the addition of the Navy Midshipmen, which brought the total number of teams in the conference to twelve.
- Conference championships include both sole and shared championships for all years between 1947–99 and 2004–14, where UConn played in conferences with no championship game.[General]
- Selected awards include only those associated with the coach's time at the University of Connecticut.
- Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2016 college football season.
- No football games were played in 1917 nor 1918 due to World War I.[General]
- No football games were played in 1943 due to World War II.[General]
- Paul Pasqualoni was fired following the first four games of the 2013 season, which constituted the entire non-conference portion of that year's schedule. Interim coach T. J. Weist took over for the remaining eight games of the season, which constituted the entire conference portion of the schedule.[General]
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