List of LSU Tigers head football coaches
The LSU Tigers college football team represents Louisiana State University (LSU) in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tigers compete as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 32 head coaches since it began play during the 1893 season. Since September 2016, Ed Orgeron has served as LSU's head coach.
The team has played more than 1,200 games over 123 seasons of LSU football. Eleven coaches have led the Tigers in postseason bowl games: Bernie Moore, Gus Tinsley, Paul Dietzel, Charlie McClendon, Jerry Stovall, Bill Arnsparger, Mike Archer, Gerry DiNardo, Nick Saban, Les Miles and Ed Orgeron. In addition, an Edgar Wingard-coached team accepted an invitation to participate in the first Bacardi Bowl. Five of those coaches also won conference championships after LSU left the Southern Conference to join the SEC: Moore, Dietzel, McClendon, Arnsparger, Archer, Saban and Miles won a combined eleven as a member of the SEC. During their tenures, Dietzel, Saban, and Miles each won national championships awarded by major selectors while with the Tigers.
McClendon is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 137 victories during his 18 years with the program. Allen Jeardeau has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .875. John P. Gregg and John W. Mayhew have the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .333. Bo Rein was hired in 1979 as head coach, but died in a plane crash on January 10, 1980, without ever coaching a game at LSU. Of the 32 different head coaches who have led the Tigers, Dana X. Bible, Mike Donahue, Biff Jones, Moore, and Charlie McClendon have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
|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||Charles E. Coates||1893||1||0||1||0||.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|4||Edmond Chavanne||1898, 1900||5||3||2||0||0.600||1||1||0||0.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|5||John P. Gregg||1899||6||2||4||0||0.333||1||2||0||0.333||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|6||W. S. Borland||1901–1903||22||15||7||0||0.682||6||6||0||0.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|7||Dan A. Killian||1904–1906||16||8||6||2||0.563||3||3||1||0.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|10||John W. Mayhew||1909–1910||9||3||6||0||0.333||1||3||0||0.250||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|12||E. T. MacDonnell||1914–1916||22||14||7||1||0.659||3||3||1||0.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|13||Irving Pray||1916, 1919, 1922||20||11||9||0||0.550||4||4||0||0.500||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|14||Dana X. Bible||1916||3||1||0||2||0.667||1||0||1||0.750||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|21||Gaynell Tinsley||1948–1954||75||35||34||6||0.507||17||25||6||0.417||0||1||0||—||0||0||SEC Coach of the Year (1949)|
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1949)
|22||Paul Dietzel||1955–1961||73||46||24||3||0.651||26||16||2||0.614||2||1||0||—||2||1 – 1958||AFCA Coach of the Year (1958)|
SEC Coach of the Year (1958)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1958)
|23||Charles McClendon||1962–1979||203||137||59||7||0.692||60||41||3||0.591||7||6||0||—||1||0||AFCA Coach of the Year (1970)|
SEC Coach of the Year (1969, 1970)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1969)
UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1969, 1970)
|25||Jerry Stovall||1980–1983||45||22||21||2||0.511||9||13||2||0.417||0||1||0||—||0||0||Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1982)|
|26||Bill Arnsparger||1984–1986||36||26||8||2||0.750||13||3||2||0.778||0||3||0||—||1||0||SEC Coach of the Year (1984, 1986)|
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1986)
|30||Nick Saban||2000–2004||64||48||16||—||0.750||28||12||—||0.700||3||2||—||3||2||1 – 2003||AP Coach of the Year (2003)|
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2003)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2003)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2003)
|31||Les Miles||2005–2016||148||114||34||—||0.770||62||28||—||0.689||7||4||—||3||2||1 – 2007||AP Coach of the Year (2011)|
SEC Coach of the Year (2011)
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2011)
- 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 college football season.
- LSU did not field a team for the 1918 season due to World War I.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, LSU has competed as a member of the SEC West.
- Bo Rein was hired in November 1979, but was killed in a plane crash on January 10, 1980, without coaching an official game at LSU.
- Hal Hunter was named interim head coach for the final game of the 1999 season, following the termination of Gerry DiNardo as head coach.
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