List of Oklahoma Sooners head football coaches

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Bob Stoops, current head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners football program is a college football team that represents the University of Oklahoma. The team has had 21 head coaches since organized football began in 1895. The Sooners have played in more than 1,200 games in its 120 seasons. In those seasons, eight coaches have led the Sooners to postseason bowl games: Tom Stidham, Jim Tatum, Bud Wilkinson, Gomer Jones, Chuck Fairbanks, Barry Switzer, Gary Gibbs, and Bob Stoops. Eight coaches have won conference championships with the Sooners: Bennie Owen, Stidham, Dewey Luster, Tatum, Wilkinson, Fairbanks, Switzer, and Stoops. Wilkinson, Switzer and Stoops have also won national championships with the Sooners. Stoops is the all-time leader in games coached and won, Owen is the all-time leader in years coached, while Switzer is the all-time leader in winning percentage. John Harts is, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coach the Sooners have had as he lost the only game he coached. John Blake has the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game with .353 in his 34 games.

Of the 21 Sooner coaches, Owen, Lawrence Jones, Tatum, Wilkinson, and Switzer have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Wilkinson, Switzer, and Stoops have each received National Coach of the Year honors from at least one organization. The current coach is Bob Stoops, who was hired in December 1998.[1]

Key[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT CCs NCs National awards
1 Harts, John A.John A. Harts 1895 1 0 1 0 .000
2 Parrington, VernonVernon Parrington 1897–1900 12 9 2 1 .792
3 Roberts, FredFred Roberts 1901 5 3 2 0 .600
4 McMahon, MarkMark McMahon 1902–1903 21 11 7 3 .595
5 Ewing, FredFred Ewing 1904 8 4 3 1 .593
6 Owen, BennieBennie Owen[5] 1905–1926 192 122 54 16 .677 28 20 7 .573 3
7 Lindsey, AdrianAdrian Lindsey 1927–1931 44 19 19 6 .500 11 12 2 .480
8 Hardage, LewieLewie Hardage 1932–1934 27 11 12 4 .481 8 6 1 .567
9 Jones, BiffBiff Jones[6] 1935–1936 18 9 6 3 .583 4 4 2 .500
10 Stidham, TomTom Stidham 1937–1940 38 27 8 3 .750 15 4 1 .775 0 1 0 1
11 Luster, DeweyDewey Luster 1941–1945 48 27 18 3 .594 19 4 2 .800 2
12 Tatum, JimJim Tatum[7] 1946 11 8 3 0 .727 4 1 0 .800 1 0 0 1
13 Wilkinson, BudBud Wilkinson[8] 1947–1963 178 145 29 4 .826 93 9 3 .900 6 2 0 14 3 – 1950, 1955, 1956

AFCA Coach of the Year (1949)[9]
AP Coach of the Year (1950)[10]

14 Jones, GomerGomer Jones 1964–1965 21 9 11 1 .452 8 5 1 .607 0 1 0
15 Mackenzie, JimJim Mackenzie 1966 10 6 4 0 .600 4 3 0 .571
16 Fairbanks, ChuckChuck Fairbanks 1967–1972 68 49 18 1 .728 34 8 0 .809 3 1 1 3
17 Switzer, BarryBarry Switzer[11] 1973–1988 190 157 29 4 .837 100 11 1 .897 8 5 0 12 3 – 1974, 1975, 1985

Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1974)[12]

18 Gibbs, GaryGary Gibbs 1989–1994 69 44 23 2 .652 26 14 2 .643 2 1 0
19 Schnellenberger, HowardHoward Schnellenberger 1995 11 5 5 1 .500 2 5 0 .286
20 Blake, JohnJohn Blake 1996–1998 34 12 22 .353 8 16 .333
21 Stoops, BobBob Stoops 1999–present 212 168 44 .792 104 28 .788 8 8 8 1 – 2000

Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2000, 2003)[12][13][14]
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2000)[13]
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2000)[13]
AP Coach of the Year (2000)[13][15]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2000)[13]
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2003)[16][17]
AFCA Coach of the Year (2000)[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Sooners. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is counted only once.
  2. ^ Oklahoma did not join a conference until 1915.[2]
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[3]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[4]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Canfield, Owen (1998-12-02). "Stoops Signs 5-Year Deal With Sooners". The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). The Associated Press. p. C1. Retrieved 2009-09-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ "2009 OU Football Guide". University of Oklahoma Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  3. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2006-08-25). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  4. ^ Finder, Chuck (1987-09-06). "Big Plays Help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers: Bennie Owen". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers: Lawrence "Biff" Jones". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Famers: Jim "Big Jim" Tatum". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Famers: Bud Wilkinson". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  9. ^ a b "AFCA Coach of the Year Award - Past Winners". American Football Coaches Association. 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  10. ^ Carter, Bob (2006-10-18). "Oklahoma makes turtle soup". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  11. ^ "Hall of Famers: Barry Switzer". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  12. ^ a b "Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards". Walter Camp Football Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Bob Stoops". SoonerSports.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  14. ^ "Stoops Named Walter Camp's 2003 Coach Of The Year". SoonerSports.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  15. ^ "Stoops Named AP National Coach Of The Year". SoonerSports.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  16. ^ "Stoops Presented With Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award". SoonerSports.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  17. ^ "Past Winners". Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-09-26.