List of Ohio State Buckeyes head football coaches
[[File:Ryan Day in 2017.jpg|right|200px|thumb|Ryan Day, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes from since 2019 The Ohio State Buckeyes college football team represents the Ohio State University in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes compete as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 24 coaches since it began play during the 1890 season. The Buckeyes have played over 1,200 games over 125 seasons. In those seasons, eight head coaches have led the Buckeyes to postseason bowl games: John Wilce, Wes Fesler, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell, and Urban Meyer. Twelve coaches have won conference championships with the Buckeyes: Albert Herrnstein, John Richards, Wilce, Francis Schmidt, Paul Brown, Carroll Widdoes, Fesler, Hayes, Bruce, Cooper, Tressel, and Meyer. Four coaches led Buckeyes to NCAA championship victory Brown, Hayes, Tressel, and Meyer.national championships Hayes is the all-time leader in games coached and years coached with the Buckeyes, while also leading all coaches in victories (205). Meyer currently holds the highest winning percentage of all Buckeye coaches (.901), with a current record of 73–8 in six seasons. David Edwards holds the lowest winning percentage of any Buckeye head coach (.167), going 1–7–1 in the only season that he coached. Of the 24 Buckeye head coaches, Howard Jones, Wilce, Schmidt, Fesler, Hayes, Bruce, Cooper, and Tressel have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The most recent head coach of the Buckeyes is Urban Meyer who was hired in November 2011 and then announced December 4, 2018, he would retire following the Rose Bowl. Ryan Day was slated to become the new coach of the Buckeyes. 
|2||Frederick Ryder||1892–1895, 1898||46||22||22||1||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|3||Charles Hickey[A 7]||1896||11||5||5||1||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|15||Paul Brown||1941–1943||27||18||8||1||.685||9||6||1||.594||—||—||1||—||1 – 1942||—|
|16||Carroll Widdoes||1944–1945||18||16||2||0||.889||11||2||0||.846||—||—||1||—||—||AFCA Coach of the Year (1944)|
|19||Woody Hayes†||1951–1978||276||205||61||10||.761||152||37||7||.793||5||6||13||—||5 – 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970||AFCA Coach of the Year (1957)|
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1957, 1968, 1975)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1968)
|20||Earle Bruce†||1979–1987||108||81||26||1||.755||57||17||0||.770||5||3||4||—||—||AFCA Coach of the Year (1979)|
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1979)
Woody Hayes Trophy (1979)
|22||Jim Tressel[A 8]†||2001–2010||128||94||22||—||.810||59||14||—||.808||5||4||6||—||1 – 2002||AFCA Coach of the Year (2002)|
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2002)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2002)
Woody Hayes Trophy (2002)
|Int||Luke Fickell[A 9]||2011||13||6||7||—||.462||3||5||—||.375||0||1||—||—||—||—|
|23||Urban Meyer||2012–2018||91||82||9||—||.901||54||4||—||.931||4||2||3||7||1 – 2014||Woody Hayes Trophy (2012)|
|24||Ryan Day[A 10]||2018, 2019–||3||3||0||—||1.000||1||0||—||1.000||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- A running total of the number of coaches of the Buckeyes. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is counted only once. Acting head coaches are not included in the count.
- The Big Ten began divisional play in 2011. From 2011–2013 they were in the Leaders division, from 2014 on they have been in the East.
- Ohio State did not join a conference until 1902.
- 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.
- The Big Ten Conference began a conference championship game during the 2011 season and the results are included in the calculation of postseason wins and losses.
- Charles Hickey was hired part-way through the 1896 season and student coached the team in several games.
- Ohio State finished the 2010 season with an overall record of 12–1 and a conference record of 7–1. Ohio State voluntarily vacated all victories during the season, as well as the conference championship and Sugar Bowl victory, as a result of NCAA infractions.
- Luke Fickell was named interim head coach in May 2011, following the resignation of Jim Tressel.
- Ryan Day was named acting head coach during the three-game suspension of Urban Meyer at the beginning of the 2018 season. His statistics include these three games.
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