List of Iowa State Cyclones head football coaches

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Iowa State Cyclones football head coach, Matt Campbell
Head coach Matt Campbell

The Iowa State Cyclones football program is a college football team that represents Iowa State University in the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 32 head coaches since organized football at the school began in 1892, and was officially sanctioned in 1894. Originally, the Iowa Agricultural College teams were known as the Cardinals. The name was changed after September 29, 1895, when under coach Pop Warner,[1] the Cardinals defeated the Northwestern Wildcats, 36–0. Inspired by an extremely active tornado (then known as a "cyclone")[2] season, the next day, the Chicago Tribune headline read: "Struck by a Cyclone." The article went on to say, "Northwestern might as well have tried to play football with an Iowa cyclone as with the Iowa team it met yesterday."[3] Since then the Iowa State teams have been known as the Cyclones.[4]

Iowa State has played in 1,140 games during its 120 seasons. In those seasons, four coaches have led the Cyclones to postseason bowl games: Johnny Majors, Earle Bruce, Dan McCarney, and Paul Rhoads. One coach, Clyde Williams, has won a conference championship with the Cyclones. McCarney is the all-time leader in games coached (141), years coached (11) and wins (56), while Bert German is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.833). W. P. Finney is, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coach in the history of the Iowa State football program having never won a game.

Of the 32 coaches, Bruce is the only one that has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Majors, Bruce and McCarney have each received coach of the year honors from their respective conference. The current coach is Matt Campbell, who was hired November 29, 2015.[5]

Key[edit]

Coaches[edit]

# Name Term GC Ws Ls Ts W% CWs CLs CTs CW% PWs PLs PTs CCs Awards
1 Brownlie, Ira C.Ira C. Brownlie 1892 2 1 0 1 .750
2 Finney, W. P.W. P. Finney 1893 3 0 3 0 .000
3 German, BertBert German 1894 6 5 1 0 .833
4 Warner, PopPop Warner 1895–1899 26 18 8 0 .692
5 Meyers, JoeJoe Meyers 1899 9 4 4 1 .500
6 Woodruff, C. E.C. E. Woodruff 1900 8 2 5 1 .313
7 Clinton, Edgar N.Edgar N. Clinton 1901 10 2 6 2 .300
8 Ristine, A. W.A. W. Ristine 1902–1906 47 36 10 1 .777
9 Williams, ClydeClyde Williams 1907–1912 49 33 14 2 .694 8 5 2 .600 2; 1911, 1912
10 Hubbard, Homer C.Homer C. Hubbard 1913–1914 15 8 7 0 .533 4 3 1 .563
11 Mayser, CharlesCharles Mayser 1915–1919 34 21 11 2 .647 10 4 2 .688
12 Paine, Norman C.Norman C. Paine 1920 8 4 4 0 .500 3 2 0 .600
13 Kent, MauryMaury Kent 1921 8 4 4 0 .500 3 4 0 .429
14 Willaman, SamSam Willaman 1922–1925 32 14 15 3 .484 11 10 2 .522
15 Workman, C. NoelC. Noel Workman 1926–1930 41 11 27 3 .305 8 17 2 .333
16 Veenker, George F.George F. Veenker 1931–1936 51 21 22 8 .490 7 18 4 .310
17 Yeager, James J.James J. Yeager 1937–1940 36 16 19 1 .458 7 12 1 .375
18 Donels, RayRay Donels 1941–1942 12 3 8 1 .292 1 4 1 .250
19 Michalske, MikeMike Michalske 1942–1946 39 18 18 3 .500 8 9 2 .474
20 Stuber, AbeAbe Stuber 1947–1953 65 24 38 3 .392 12 28 1 .305
21 DiFrancesca, VinceVince DiFrancesca 1954–1956 28 6 21 1 .232 2 15 1 .139
22 Myers, JimJim Myers 1957 10 4 5 1 .450 2 4 0 .333
23 Stapleton, ClayClay Stapleton 1958–1967 99 42 53 4 .444 22 43 2 .343
24 Majors, JohnnyJohnny Majors 1968–1972 55 24 30 1 .445 9 25 1 .271 0 2 0 Big Eight Coach of the Year (1971)[9]
25 Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce[10] 1973–1978 68 36 32 0 .529 18 24 0 .429 0 2 0 Big Eight Coach of the Year (1976, 1977)[11]
26 Duncan, DonnieDonnie Duncan 1979–1982 44 18 24 2 .432 7 19 2 .286
27 Criner, JimJim Criner 1983–1986 42 16 24 2 .405 8 16 2 .346
28 Banker, ChuckChuck Banker 1986 2 1 1 0 .500 1 1 0 .500
29 Walden, JimJim Walden 1987–1994 88 28 57 3 .335 16 37 3 .313
30 McCarney, DanDan McCarney 1995–2006 141 56 85 0 .397 27 68 0 .284 2 3 0 Big 12 Coach of the Year (2004)[11]
31 Chizik, GeneGene Chizik 2007–2008 24 5 19 0 .208 2 14 0 .125
32 Rhoads, PaulPaul Rhoads 2009–2015 87 32 55 0 .368 16 45 0 .262 1 2 0
32 Campbell, MattMatt Campbell 2016–present 12 3 9 0 .250 2 7 0 .222

Iowa State football coaching records accurate as of November 27th, 2016.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Iowa State did not join a conference until 1908.[6]
  2. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[7]
  3. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[8]

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References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Glenn Pop Warner". Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on February 5, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Current Comments". The Miami News. December 3, 1927. p. D-5. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Struck by a Cyclone". The Chicago Daily Tribune. September 29, 1895. p. 6. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Doyel, Gregg (August 31, 2007). "Enjoying a moment in Ames while Ames enjoys me, kinda". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Matt Campbell leaves Toledo to take over program at Iowa State". 
  6. ^ Morey, Earl (November 1, 1962). "Strictly Personal". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  8. ^ Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Majors Selected As Coach of Year". Lawrence Journal-World. The Associated Press. November 30, 1971. p. 10. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Hall of Famers: Earle Bruce". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Mac Big 12 Coach of the Year". CycloneSportsReport.com. CN Staff. December 1, 2004. Archived from the original on February 10, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2010.