List of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens head football coaches
The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens college football team represents the University of Delaware in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The Fightin' Blue Hens compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The program has had 23 head coaches (and one interim head coach) since it began play during the 1889 season, and Danny Rocco is currently the head coach.
The team has played more than 1,159 games over 123 seasons. Harold "Tubby" Raymond is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 300 victories during his 36 years with the program. William D. Murray has the highest winning percentage, with .747. Ira L. Pierce has the lowest winning percentage, as his team lost all six of their games in 1896.
|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||Pierce, IraIra Pierce||1896||6||0||6||0||.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Rice, HerbertHerbert Rice||1897–1901||41||16||20||4||.450||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Short, Clarence A.Clarence A. Short||1902, 1906||16||8||6||2||.563||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|4||Mannakee, NathanNathan Mannakee||1903–1905||23||8||13||2||.392||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|5||King, E. PrattE. Pratt King||1907||6||0||5||1||.084||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|6||McAvoy, WilliamWilliam McAvoy||1908–1916, 1922–1924||98||42||43||13||.494||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|7||Baumgartner, StanStan Baumgartner||1917||7||2||5||0||.286||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|8||Aronowitz, MiltonMilton Aronowitz||1918||5||1||2||2||.400||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|9||Shipley, BurtonBurton Shipley||1919–1920||17||5||10||2||.353||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|10||Derby, SylvesterSylvester Derby||1921||9||5||4||0||.556||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|11||Forstburg, R. M.R. M. Forstburg||1925–1926||16||7||9||0||.437||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|12||Rothrock, Joseph J.Joseph J. Rothrock||1927–1928||16||4||11||1||.281||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|13||Ziegler, GusGus Ziegler||1929–1930||18||6||10||2||.389||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|14||Rogers, CharlesCharles Rogers||1931–1933||25||12||9||4||.560||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|15||Stahley, SkipSkip Stahley||1934||8||4||3||1||.563||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|16||Clark, LyalLyal Clark||1935–1937||24||5||18||1||.230||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|17||Grenda, StephenStephen Grenda||1938–1939||16||4||12||0||.250||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|18||Murray, William D.William D. Murray||1940–1950||67||49||16||2||.747||3||0||0||1.000||1||0||0||—||1||1||—|
|19||Nelson, David M.David M. Nelson||1951–1965||128||84||42||2||.664||26||15||0||.634||1||0||0||—||3||1||—|
|20||Raymond, TubbyTubby Raymond||1966–2001||422||300||119||3||.714||108||41||0||.725||21||15||0||1||9||3||AFCA College Division Coach of the Year (1971–1972)|
|21||Keeler, K. C.K. C. Keeler||2002–2012||138||86||52||—||.623||49||41||—||.544||11||3||—||1||3||1||AFCA Coach of the Year (2010)
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2010)
|22||Brock, DaveDave Brock||2013−2016||41||19||22||—||.463||11||16||—||.407||0||0||—||0||0||0||—|
|int||Dottin-Carter, DennisDennis Dottin-Carter||2016||5||2||3||—||.400||2||3||—||.400||0||0||—||0||0||0||—|
|23||Rocco, DannyDanny Rocco||2017–present||0||0||0||—||—||0||0||—||—||0||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 September 24, 2016
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