List of Missouri Tigers head football coaches
The Missouri Tigers football program is a college football team that represents the University of Missouri in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The team has had 31 head coaches since it started playing organized football in 1890 with the nickname Tigers. Missouri joined the Western Interstate University Football Association in December 1891, later winning the conference championship three years in a row. The conference disbanded after the 1897 season and Missouri remained independent until joining the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907. After several changes, the conference eventually became the Big Eight Conference. The Tigers became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996 when the Big Eight disbanded. Missouri subsequently left the Big 12 following the 2011 season and joined as the 14th member of the SEC effective for the 2012 season. The Tigers have played 1,180 games during their 119 seasons. In those seasons, seven coaches have led Missouri to postseason bowl games: Don Faurot, Chauncey Simpson, Dan Devine, Al Onofrio, Warren Powers, Larry Smith, and Gary Pinkel. Nine coaches have also won conference championships with the Tigers: Harry Orman Robinson, C. D. Bliss, Bill Roper, Chester Brewer, John F. Miller, Gwinn Henry, Faurot, Simpson and Devine.
Faurot is the all-time leader in games coached (190), years coached (19) and total wins (101). Roper has the highest winning percentage of any coach, with a percentage of .938 during his one year. Of coaches who served more than one season, James Phelan leads with a .813 winning percentage. Frank Carideo is, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coach the Tigers have had (.111). Onofrio and Smith have both been awarded coach of the year honors in their conference by the Associated Press. Of the 31 Tigers coaches, five have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: Roper, Phelan, Faurot, Frank Broyles and Devine. The current head coach is Barry Odom, who was hired in December 2015.
|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||A. L. McRae||1890||3||2||1||0||.667||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|3||E. H. Jones||1892||3||1||2||0||.333||1||2||0||0.333||—||—||—||—|
|4||Harry Orman Robinson||1893–1894||14||8||6||0||.571||4||2||0||0.667||—||—||2||—|
|5||C. D. Bliss||1895||8||7||1||0||.875||2||1||0||0.667||—||—||1||—|
|9||Fred W. Murphy||1900–1901||18||6||10||2||.389||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|12||W. J. Monilaw||1906–1908||25||18||6||1||.740||4||4||0||0.500||—||—||—||—|
|17||John F. Miller||1919||8||5||1||2||.750||4||0||1||0.900||—||—||1||—|
|22||Don Faurot||1935–1942, 1946–1956||190||101||79||10||.558||61||34||9||0.630||0||4||3||—|
|26||Al Onofrio||1971–1977||79||38||41||0||.481||21||28||0||0.429||1||1||—||Big Eight AP Coach of the Year (1972)|
|30||Larry Smith||1994–2000||80||33||46||1||.419||19||25||0||0.432||1||1||—||Big 12 AP Coach of the Year (1997)|
- 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 2011 college football season.
- Missouri was not in an athletic conference from 1890 through 1891 and 1898 through 1907.
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Onofrio, the Associated Press Big Eight coach of the year in 1972...
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In 1997, after 13 consecutive losing seasons at Missouri, Smith guided the Tigers to a 7–5 record and the Holiday Bowl, and was honored as Big 12 coach of the year by The Associated Press.