List of Saint Mary Spires head football coaches

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The Saint Mary Spires football program is a college football team that represents University of Saint Mary in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, a part of the NAIA. The team has had 4 head coaches since the school restarted the program in 2000.[1] The current coach is Jay Osborne, who took the post as interim coach in 2014 after Lance Hinson left for McMurry University.[2]

Some records show occasional one and two-game seasons being played as far back as 1899 and then sporadically until 1968. No coach is listed for those seasons.[1] Another source mentions that former Green Bay Packers player Dukes Duford coached at Saint Mary[3] and in 1930 coached the team to a conference championship.[4]


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 2012 college football season.

No. Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL CCs NCs Awards
? Dukes Duford ??–?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
1 (modern era) Kevin Haslam 2000–2001 18 1 17 0 .056
2 Scott Frear 2002–2004 28 10 18 0 .357
3 Lance Hinson 2005–2013 92 36 56 0 .391 34 47 0 .420 Conference coach of the year: 2005, 2011
4 Jay Osborne 2014– 0 0 0 0


  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.[5]
  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.[6]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Shafer, Ian. "University of Saint Mary (All seasons results)". College Football Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "USM Names Osborne as Interim Football Coach". Victory Sports Network. May 19, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Former Coach Duford Named By St. Louis". The Milwaukee Journal. June 3, 1967. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dukes Duford Brings Title to Saint Marys". The Milwaukee Sentinel. November 23, 1930. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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.