List of Kansas State Wildcats head football coaches
The Kansas State Wildcats football program is a college football team that represents Kansas State University in the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 31 head coaches and one interim head coach since its first recorded football game in 1896. The current coach is Bill Snyder, who was originally hired in November 1988 and retired after the 2005 season, only to return for the 2009 season.
The university adopted the nickname "Wildcats" in 1915 after being previously known as the "Aggies." Head coach Zora G. Clevenger changed the team's nickname to the "Farmers" from 1916 to 1919, but it was changed back to "Wildcats" permanently in 1920 by coach Charlie Bachman.
Kansas State joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1913. The school split away from the MVIAA with five others to create the Big Six Conference in 1928. Through the years that conference added two teams and eventually became the Big Eight Conference. The Wildcats became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996 when the Big Eight disbanded.
The Wildcats have played in 1,168 games during the program's 118 seasons (through the 2014 season). In those seasons, three coaches led Kansas State to postseason bowl games: Jim Dickey, Bill Snyder and Ron Prince. Four coaches have won conference championships with the Wildcats: Mike Ahearn (1909, 1910); Guy Lowman (1912); Lynn Waldorf (1934); and Snyder (2003, 2012).
Bill Snyder is the all-time leader in seasons coached at KSU with 25, more than double the next highest. Snyder is also the leader in games coached (308) and total wins (202) through the end of the 2016 season. Mike Ahearn has the highest overall winning percentage of any Wildcat coach, at .755 over his six seasons. Sam Francis is the worst coach in program history in terms of winning percentage, as he lost every one of the ten games he coached during his only season at Kansas State. Among coaches who served more than one season, Stan Parrish has the lowest winning percentage with .076 after completing three seasons with a record of 2–30–1. Bill Snyder, Charles Bachman and Pappy Waldorf have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches. Coaches Zora G. Clevenger, Alvin "Bo" McMillin and Sam Francis were inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame as players. Snyder is the only coach to have won post-season major national coach of the year honors while at Kansas State.
|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]|
- Statistics correct as of end of 2016 season.
|1||Pratt, IraIra Pratt||1896||2||0||1||1||.250||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2||Ehrsam, A. W.A. W. Ehrsam||1897||4||1||2||1||.375||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|3||Williamson, Billy P.Billy P. Williamson||1898||4||1||1||2||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|4||Hansen, AlbertAlbert Hansen||1899||5||2||3||0||.400||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|5||Moulton, FayFay Moulton||1900||6||2||4||0||.333||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|6||Moore, WadeWade Moore||1901||8||3||4||1||.438||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|7||Dietz, Cyrus E.Cyrus E. Dietz||1902||8||2||6||0||.250||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|8||Dietz, G. O.G. O. Dietz||1903||8||3||4||1||.438||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|9||Booth, Reuben F.Reuben F. Booth||1904||7||1||6||0||.143||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|10||Ahearn, MikeMike Ahearn||1905–1910||49||37||12||0||.755||—||—||—||—||—||—||[A 5]2||—|
|11||Lowman, GuyGuy Lowman||1911–1914||35||17||15||3||.529||0||5||0||.000||—||—||[A 5]1||—|
|12||Bender, John R.John R. Bender||1915||8||3||4||1||.438||0||2||1||.167||—||—||—||—|
|13||Clevenger, Zora G.Zora G. Clevenger†||1916–1919||30||19||9||2||.667||3||6||2||.364||—||—||—||—|
|14||Bachman, CharlieCharlie Bachman†||1920–1927||65||33||23||9||.577||17||21||6||.455||—||—||—||—|
|15||McMillin, BoBo McMillin†||1928–1933||51||29||21||1||.578||15||15||0||.500||—||—||—||—|
|16||Waldorf, PappyPappy Waldorf†||1934||10||7||2||1||.750||5||0||0||1.000||—||—||1||—|
|17||Fry, WesleyWesley Fry||1935–1939||45||18||21||6||.467||6||14||5||.340||—||—||—||—|
|18||Adams, HobbsHobbs Adams||1940–41, 1946||27||4||21||2||.185||2||12||1||.167||—||—||—||—|
|19||Haylett, WardWard Haylett||1942–1944||28||6||20||2||.250||3||12||0||.200||—||—||—||—|
|20||Fiser, LudLud Fiser||1945||8||1||7||0||.125||0||5||0||.000||—||—||—||—|
|21||Francis, SamSam Francis†||1947||10||0||10||0||.000||0||5||0||.000||—||—||—||—|
|22||Graham, RalphRalph Graham||1948–1950||31||4||26||1||.145||1||17||0||.056||—||—||—||—|
|23||Meek, BillBill Meek||1951–1954||39||14||24||1||.372||7||17||0||.304||—||—||—||—|
|24||Mertes, BusBus Mertes||1955–1959||49||15||34||1||.310||10||20||0||.333||—||—||—||—|
|25||Weaver, DougDoug Weaver||1960–1966||69||8||60||1||.123||4||43||1||.094||—||—||—||—|
|26||Gibson, VinceVince Gibson||1967–1974||85||33||52||0||.388||16||40||0||.286||—||—||—||—|
|27||Rainsberger, EllisEllis Rainsberger||1975–1977||33||6||27||0||.182||0||21||0||.000||—||—||—||—|
|28||Dickey, JimJim Dickey||1978–1985[A 6]||80||24||54||2||.313||12||35||2||.265||0||1||—||—|
|Int||Moon, LeeLee Moon||1985[A 6]||9||1||8||0||.111||1||6||0||.143||—||—||—||—|
|29||Parrish, StanStan Parrish||1986–1988||33||2||30||1||.076||1||19||1||.071||—||—||—||—|
|30||Snyder, BillBill Snyder†||1989–2005, 2009–present||308||202||105||1||.657||118||80||1||.595||8||10||2|
|31||Prince, RonRon Prince||2006–2008||37||17||20||—||.459||9||15||—||.375||0||1||—||—|
- 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.
- Kansas State was a member of the Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Association prior to joining in the MVIAA in 1913.
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