List of Florida Gators head football coaches
This list of Florida Gators head football coaches includes those coaches who have led the Florida Gators football team that represents the University of Florida in the sport of American football. The Florida Gators currently compete in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Twenty-four men have served as the Gators' head coach, including three who served as interim head coach, since the Gators began play in the fall of 1906. In December 2014, Jim McElwain was hired as the Gators' latest head coach after his predecessor, Will Muschamp, coached the Gators in their final regular season game of 2014.
The Gators have fielded a team every season since 1906, with the exception of 1943, and have played more than 1,000 games during 105 seasons. During that time, twelve coaches have led the Gators in postseason bowl games: George E. Pyle, Bob Woodruff, Ray Graves, Doug Dickey, Charley Pell, Galen Hall, Gary Darnell, Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook, Charlie Strong, Urban Meyer, and Will Muschamp. Two Gators coaches have also won SEC championships: Spurrier won six, and Meyer won two. During their tenures, Spurrier won one and Meyer won two national championships with the Gators.
Spurrier is the leader in seasons coached, games won and winning percentage, with 122 victories and a winning percentage of .817 during his twelve years leading the program. Raymond Wolf has the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .359. Of the twenty-five head coaches who have led the Gators, Charlie Bachman, Graves and Dickey have been inducted as head coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.
|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||Forsythe, JackJack Forsythe||1906–1908||22||14||6||2||.682||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Pyle, George E.George E. Pyle||1909–1913||36||26||7||3||.764||3||5||0||.375||1||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|3||McCoy, C. J.C. J. McCoy||1914–1916||19||9||10||0||.474||4||9||0||.308||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|4||Buser, Alfred L.Alfred L. Buser||1917–1919||15||7||8||0||.467||3||7||0||.300||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|5||Kline, William G.William G. Kline||1920–1922||29||19||8||2||.690||7||4||2||.615||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|6||Van Fleet, JamesJames Van Fleet||1923–1924||19||12||3||4||.737||3||0||3||.750||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|7||Sebring, HaroldHarold Sebring||1925–1927||30||17||11||2||.600||9||7||1||.559||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|8||Bachman, CharlieCharlie Bachman||1928–1932||48||27||18||3||.594||19||14||3||.569||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|9||Stanley, Dennis K.Dennis K. Stanley||1933–1935||29||14||13||2||.517||5||11||1||.324||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|10||Cody, JoshJosh Cody||1936–1939||43||17||24||2||.419||6||14||2||.318||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|11||Lieb, TomTom Lieb||1940–1942
|12||Wolf, RaymondRaymond Wolf||1946–1949||39||13||24||2||.359||2||17||2||.143||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|13||Woodruff, BobBob Woodruff||1950–1959||101||53||42||6||.554||29||32||4||.477||1||1||0||—||0||0||—|
|14||Graves, RayRay Graves||1960–1969||105||70||31||4||.686||38||19||3||.658||4||1||0||—||0||0||SEC Coach of the Year (1960)|
|15||Dickey, DougDoug Dickey||1970–1978||103||58||43||2||.573||28||28||1||.500||0||4||0||—||0||0||—|
|16||Pell, CharleyCharley Pell||1979–1984||62||33||26||3||.556||14||16||1||.468||2||2||0||—||0||0||SEC Coach of the Year (1980)|
|17||Hall, GalenGalen Hall||1984–1989||59||40||18||1||.686||21||12||0||.636||1||1||0||—||0||0||SEC Coach of the Year (1984)|
|18||Darnell, GaryGary Darnell||1989||7||3||4||0||.429||2||2||0||.500||0||1||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier||1990–2001||150||122||27||1||.817||87||12||0||.879||6||5||0||7||6||19961 –||SEC Coach of the Year (1990, 1995, 1996)|
|20||Zook, RonRon Zook||2002–2004||37||23||14||—||.622||16||8||—||.667||0||2||—||1||0||0||—|
|21||Strong, CharlieCharlie Strong||2004||1||0||1||—||.000||0||0||—||.000||0||1||—||0||0||0||—|
|22||Meyer, UrbanUrban Meyer||2005–2010||80||65||15||—||.813||36||13||—||.735||5||1||—||3||2||2006, 20082 –||National Coach of the Decade (2009)|
|23||Muschamp, WillWill Muschamp||2011–2014||49||28||21||—||.571||17||15||—||.531||1||1||—||1||0||0||—|
|24||Durkin, D. J.D. J. Durkin||2014||1||1||0||—||1.000||0||0||—||0||0||—||0||0||0||—|
|25||McElwain, JimJim McElwain||2015–||13||10||3||—||.769||7||1||—||.875||0||0||—||0||0||0||—|
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- 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 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season.
- The SEC reorganized itself into two six-team divisions in 1992, following the admission of new members Arkansas and South Carolina to the conference. Since that time, Florida has competed as a member of the SEC Eastern Division, together with Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt; the SEC Western Division includes Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. Under the SEC's format, the two divisional champions advance to the SEC Championship Game to determine the conference champion. In the event two or more divisional teams finish with identical records, all such teams are recognized by the SEC as "divisional champions," but a series of tie-breakers, including head-to-head competition, determine which team will represent the division in the championship game.
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