List of Ole Miss Rebels head football coaches
The Ole Miss Rebels college football team represents the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Rebels compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 36 head coaches since it began play during the 1893 season. From December 2011 until his termination in July 2017, Hugh Freeze served as Ole Miss' head coach.
The team has played more than 1,130 games over 119 seasons. In that time, seven coaches have led the Rebels in postseason bowl games: Ed Walker, Johnny Vaught, Billy Brewer, Tommy Tuberville, David Cutcliffe, Houston Nutt and Freeze. Vaught won six conference championships as a member of the SEC and three national championships with the Rebels.
Vaught is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 190 victories during his 25 years with the program. C. D. Clark has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .857. Z. N. Estes and Frank Mason have the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .000. Of the 35 different head coaches who have led the Rebels, Vaught is the only one to have been inducted as a head coach 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||Bondurant, Alexander H.Alexander H. Bondurant||1893||5||4||1||0||.800||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Clark, C.D.C.D. Clark||1894||7||6||1||0||.857||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Fairbanks, H. L.H. L. Fairbanks||1895||3||2||1||0||.667||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|4||Hollister, John W.John W. Hollister||1896||3||1||2||0||.333||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|5||Scarbrough, T. G.T. G. Scarbrough||1898||2||1||1||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|6||Lyon, W. H.W. H. Lyon||1899||7||3||4||0||.429||2||4||0||.333||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|7||Estes, Z. N.Z. N. Estes||1900||3||0||3||0||.000||0||3||0||.000||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|8||Shibley, WilliamWilliam Shibley||1901||6||2||4||0||.333||0||4||0||.000||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|9||Martin, Daniel S.Daniel S. Martin||1902||7||4||3||0||.571||3||3||0||.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|10||Harvey, M. S.M. S. Harvey||1903–1904||11||6||4||1||.591||3||4||1||.438||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|11||Hammond, Thomas S.Thomas S. Hammond||1906||6||4||2||0||.667||3||2||0||.600||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|12||A. Mason, FrankFrank A. Mason||1907||6||0||6||0||.000||0||5||0||.000||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|13||Kyle, FrankFrank Kyle||1908||8||3||5||0||.375||1||4||0||.200||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|14||Stauffer, NathanNathan Stauffer||1909–1911||26||17||7||2||.692||7||7||1||.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|15||DeTray, LeoLeo DeTray||1912||8||5||3||0||.625||2||2||0||.500||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|16||Driver, William L.William L. Driver||1913–1914||20||11||7||2||.600||4||1||1||.750||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|17||Robbins, FredFred Robbins||1915–1916||17||5||12||0||.294||1||10||0||.091||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|18||Noble, DudyDudy Noble||1917–1918||10||2||7||1||.250||1||6||0||.143||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Sullivan, R. L.R. L. Sullivan||1919–1921||24||11||13||0||.458||2||10||0||.167||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|20||Cowell, RolandRoland Cowell||1922–1923||20||8||11||1||.425||2||7||0||.222||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|21||Barnard, Chester S.Chester S. Barnard||1924||9||4||5||0||.444||0||3||0||.000||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|22||Hazel, HomerHomer Hazel||1925–1929||46||21||22||3||.489||8||15||2||.360||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|23||Walker, EdEd Walker||1930–1937||84||38||38||8||.500||11||26||3||.313||0||1||0||—||0||0||—|
|24||Mehre, HarryHarry Mehre||1938–1942,
|25||Drew, HaroldHarold Drew||1946||9||2||7||0||.222||1||6||0||.143||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|26||Vaught, JohnnyJohnny Vaught
|263||190||61||12||.745||106||39||10||.716||11||7||0||6||1959, 1960, 1962-|
|27||Kinard, BillyBilly Kinard
|28||Cooper, KenKen Cooper||1974–1977||44||21||23||0||.477||12||14||0||.462||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|29||Sloan, SteveSteve Sloan||1978–1982||55||20||34||1||.373||8||23||1||.266||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|30||Brewer, BillyBilly Brewer||1983–1993||126||68||55||3||.552||33||41||0||.456||3||1||0||0||0||0||—|
|31||Dunn, Joe LeeJoe Lee Dunn||1994||11||4||7||0||.364||2||6||0||.250||0||0||0||0||0||0||—|
|32||Tuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville
|33||Cutcliffe, DavidDavid Cutcliffe
|34||Orgeron, EdEd Orgeron||2005–2007||35||10||25||—||.286||3||21||—||.125||0||0||—||0||0||0||—|
|35||Nutt, HoustonHouston Nutt||2008–2011||50||24||26||—||.480||10||22||—||.313||2||0||—||0||0||0|
|36||Freeze, HughHugh Freeze||2012–2016||54||35||19||—||.648||17||15||—||.531||3||1||—||0||0||0||—|
|37||Luke, MattMatt Luke
- 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.
- Ole Miss did not field teams for the 1897 season due to a yellow fever epidemic, and for the 1943 season due to World War II. Ole Miss did not have a head coach for the 1905 season.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Ole Miss has competed as a member of the SEC West.
- Johnny Vaught retired following the 1970 season due to a mild heart attack. He returned to coach the Rebels for the final eight games of the 1973 after the firing of Billy Kinard. Kinard finished the season with one win and two losses and Vaught finished with five wins and three losses.
- Tommy Tuberville resigned following the 1998 regular season to take the head coaching position at Auburn. David Cutcliffe was then hired and coached the Rebels to a victory in the 1998 Independence Bowl.
- Luke served as interim head coach during the 2017 season following the resignation of Hugh Freeze. The interim tag was removed following the 2017 season.
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