List of Houston Cougars head football coaches
This List of Houston Cougars head football coaches includes those coaches who have led the Houston Cougars football team that represents the University of Houston in the sport of American football. The Houston Cougars currently compete in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and have been members of the American Athletic Conference since the 2013 season. Fifteen men have served as the Cougars' head coach, including two who served as interim head coaches, since the Cougars began play in the fall of 1946. The current coach, Tom Herman, made his debut at the beginning of the 2015 season.
The Cougars have fielded a team every season since 1946. During that time, ten coaches have led the Cougars in postseason bowl games: Clyde Lee, Bill Yeoman, Jack Pardee, Art Briles, Kim Helton, Chris Thurmond, Kevin Sumlin, Tony Levine, David Gibbs, and Tom Herman. The Cougars have won 11 conference championships under seven coaches.
|#||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||Wallace, JewellJewell Wallace||1946–1947||21||7||14||0||.333||—||—||—||—||0||0|
|2||Lee, ClydeClyde Lee||1948–1954||71||37||32||2||.535||1||0||0||—||1||0|
|3||Meek, BillBill Meek||1955–1956||20||13||6||1||.675||—||—||—||—||1||0|
|4||Lahar, HaroldHarold Lahar||1957–1961||49||24||23||2||.510||—||—||—||—||2||0|
|5||Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman||1962–1986||276||160||108||8||.594||6||4||1||—||4||0|
|6||Pardee, JackJack Pardee||1987–1989||34||22||11||1||.662||0||1||0||—||0||0|
|7||Jenkins, JohnJohn Jenkins||1990–1992||33||18||15||0||.545||—||—||—||—||0||0|
|8||Helton, KimKim Helton||1993–1999||78||24||53||1||.314||0||1||—||—||1||0|
|9||Dimel, DanaDana Dimel||2000–2002||34||8||26||—||.235||—||—||—||—||0||0|
|10||Briles, ArtArt Briles||2003–2007||62||34||28||—||.548||0||3||—||—||1||0|
|Int||Thurmond, ChrisChris Thurmond[A 7]||2007||1||0||1||—||.000||0||1||—||0||0||0|
|11||Sumlin, KevinKevin Sumlin||2008–2011||52||35||17||—||.673||1||1||—||2||0||0|
|12||Levine, TonyTony Levine[A 8]||2011–2014||38||21||17||—||.553||1||1||—||0||0||0|
|Int||Gibbs, DavidDavid Gibbs||2014||1||1||0||—||1.000||1||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 the end of the 2015 college football season.
- Conference USA reorganized itself into two divisions in 2005. Under the C-USA format, the two divisional champions advance to the Conference USA Championship Game to determine the conference champion.
- Chris Thurmond served as interim head coach for the 2007 Texas Bowl after Art Briles resigned his position to take the head coach position with the Baylor Bears.
- Tony Levine served as interim head coach for the 2012 TicketCity Bowl after Kevin Sumlin resigned his position to take the head coach position with the Texas A&M Aggies.
- 2008 Houston Cougars Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Houston Tx. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- "Houston Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
- Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. McLean, Virginia. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
- Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. New York City. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
- "Thurmond named interim coach after Briles bolts for Baylor". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 28, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
- Kahn, Sam Jr. (10 December 2011). "Sumlin leaves post as UH head coach". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- Houston Coaching Records – Win-loss records of Houston Cougars head coaches at College Football Data Warehouse