List of North Carolina Tar Heels head football coaches
The North Carolina Tar Heels college football team represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Tar Heels compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 34 head coaches, and one interim head coach, since it began play during the 1888 season. Since January 2012, Larry Fedora has served as North Carolina's head coach.
Playing as the Tar Heels, the team has played more than 1,100 games over 122 seasons. In that time, 10 coaches have led the Tar Heels in postseason bowl games: Carl Snavely, Jim Hickey, Bill Dooley, Dick Crum, Mack Brown, Carl Torbush, John Bunting, Butch Davis, Everett Withers, and Larry Fedora. Four of those coaches also won conference championships: Snavely captured three as a member of the Southern Conference and Hickey, Dooley, and Crum won a combined five as a member of the ACC.
Crum is the leader in games won (72) during his 10 years with the program. Branch Bocock has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .812. Gene McEver has the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .067. Of the 33 different head coaches who have led the Tar Heels, Jim Tatum and Snavely have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.
|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||Cowan, HectorHector Cowan||1888||2||1||1||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|—||No Coach||1889, 1892–1893||15||9||6||0||.600||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Graves, William P.William P. Graves||1891||2||0||2||0||.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Irvine, Vernon K.Vernon K. Irvine||1894||9||6||3||0||.666||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|4||Trenchard, ThomasThomas Trenchard||1895, 1913–1915||37||26||9||2||.729||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||0||—|
|5||Johnston, GordonGordon Johnston||1896||8||3||4||1||.437||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|6||Reynolds, William A.William A. Reynolds||1897–1900||38||27||7||4||.763||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|7||Jenkins, Charles O.Charles O. Jenkins||1901||9||7||2||0||.777||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|8||Olcott, HermanHerman Olcott||1902–1903||18||11||4||3||.694||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|9||Brown, R. R.R. R. Brown||1904||9||5||2||2||.666||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|10||Warner, WilliamWilliam Warner||1905||8||4||3||1||.562||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|11||Kienholz, WillisWillis Kienholz||1906||7||1||4||2||.285||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|12||Lamson, OtisOtis Lamson||1907||9||4||4||1||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|13||Greene, Edward L.Edward L. Greene||1908||9||3||3||3||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|14||Brides, ArthurArthur Brides||1909–1910||16||8||8||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|15||Bocock, BranchBranch Bocock||1911||8||6||1||1||.812||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|16||Martin, C. W.C. W. Martin||1912||8||3||4||1||.437||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|17||Campbell, Thomas J.Thomas J. Campbell||1916–1919||17||9||7||1||.558||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|18||Fuller, MyronMyron Fuller||1920||8||2||6||0||.250||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Fetzer, BobBob Fetzer & Fetzer, BillBill Fetzer||1921–1925||46||30||12||4||.695||13||5||2||.700||0||0||0||—||1||0||—|
|20||Collins, ChuckChuck Collins||1926–1933||78||38||31||9||.544||24||22||8||.518||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|21||Snavely, CarlCarl Snavely||1934–1935, 1945–1952||99||59||35||5||.621||32||11||2||.733||0||3||0||—||3||0||—|
|22||Wolf, RaymondRaymond Wolf||1936–1941||58||38||17||3||.681||23||9||1||.712||0||0||0||—||1||0||—|
|23||Tatum, JimJim Tatum||1942, 1956–1958||39||19||17||3||.525||13||10||2||.560||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|24||Young, TomTom Young||1943||9||6||3||0||.666||2||2||0||.500||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|25||McEver, GeneGene McEver||1944||9||1||7||1||.166||0||3||1||.125||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|26||Barclay, George T.George T. Barclay||1953–1955||30||11||18||1||.383||9||8||0||.529||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|27||Hickey, JimJim Hickey||1959–1966||81||36||45||0||.444||28||25||0||.528||1||0||0||—||1||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1963)[A 8]|
|28||Dooley, BillBill Dooley||1967–1977||124||69||53||2||.560||38||22||2||.629||1||5||0||—||3||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1971)|
|29||Crum, DickDick Crum||1978–1987||116||72||41||3||.633||38||23||1||.620||4||2||0||—||1||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1980)|
|30||Brown, MackMack Brown||1988–1997||116||69||46||1||.599||40||35||1||.532||3||2||0||—||0||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1996)|
|31||Torbush, CarlCarl Torbush||1997–2000||35||17||18||—||.485||9||15||—||.375||2||0||—||—||0||0||—|
|32||Bunting, JohnJohn Bunting||2001–2006||72||27||45||—||.375||18||30||—||.375||1||1||—||0||0||0||—|
|33||Davis, ButchButch Davis
|Int||Withers, EverettEverett Withers[A 10]||2011||13||7||6||—||.538||3||5||—||.375||0||1||—||0||0||0||—|
|34||Fedora, LarryLarry Fedora||2012–present||65||40||25||—||.615||26||14||—||.650||1||3||—||2||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 2012 college football season.
- North Carolina did not field teams in 1890 after the faculty voted to discontinue the sport and in 1917 and 1918 due to World War I.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the ACC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 2005 season. Since that time, North Carolina has competed as a member of the Coastal division.
- The ACC Coach of the Year is voted by Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
- Davis' record at the conclusion of the 2008 season was eight wins and five losses (8–5, 4–4 ACC) and eight wins and five losses (8–5, 4–4 ACC) in 2009. In September 2011, North Carolina vacated their 16 victories due to sanctions stemming from academic misconduct and accepting illegal benefits discovered during the 2010 season for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. As the penalty to vacate victories does not result in a loss (or forfeiture) of the affected contests or award a victory to the opponent, the official NCAA record for these years are 0–5 and 0–5 respectively.
- Everett Withers was named interim head coach for the 2011 season, following the termination of Butch Davis as head coach.
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