List of Saginaw Valley State Cardinals head football coaches

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The Saginaw Valley State Cardinals football program is a college football team that represents Saginaw Valley State University in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a part of NCAA Division II. The team has had six head coaches since its first recorded football game in 1975. The current coach is Jim Collins who first took the position for the 2008 season.[1]


Key to symbols in coaches list
General Overall Conference Postseason[A 1]
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
dagger Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame O% Overall winning percentage[A 4]


Statistics correct as of the end of the 2010 college football season.

No. Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL CCs Awards
1 Frank "Muddy" Waters 1975–1979 53 25 26 2 .491
2 Jim Larkin 1980–1982 31 9 22 0 .290
3 George Ihler 1983–1993 114 61 52 1 .539
4 Jerry Kill 1994–1998 52 38 14 0 .731
5 Randy Awrey 1999–2007 103 73 30 0 .709
6 Jim Collins 2008–2010 33 20 13 0 .606


  1. ^ 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.[2]
  2. ^ 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.
  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]


  1. ^ DeLassus, David. "Saginaw Valley State Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. McLean, Virginia. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. New York City. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009.