List of South Carolina Gamecocks head football coaches
The South Carolina Gamecocks college football team represents the University of South Carolina in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gamecocks compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The school has had 32 head coaches since it began play during the 1892 season. From November 2004 to October 12, 2015, Steve Spurrier served as South Carolina's head coach.
The team has played more than 1,100 games over 118 seasons of South Carolina football. Seven coaches have led the Gamecocks to postseason bowl games: John D. McMillan, Paul Dietzel, Jim Carlen, Joe Morrison, Brad Scott, Lou Holtz and Spurrier. Paul Dietzel led South Carolina to the 1969 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship. Steve Spurrier is the leader in games won with 77 victories and counting during his 10 years with the Gamecocks. Of all coaches who coached more than one game, Douglas McKay has the highest winning percentage with 1.000, and W. P. Murphy has the lowest winning percentage with .000. Only Lou Holtz has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.
|#||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||Whaley, W. H.W. H. Whaley||1896||4||1||3||0||.250||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Murphy, W. P.W. P. Murphy||1897||3||0||3||0||.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Wertenbaker, BillBill Wertenbaker||1898||3||1||2||0||.333||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|4||Hunt, I. O.I. O. Hunt||1899–1900||12||6||6||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|5||Dickson, Byron W.Byron W. Dickson||1901||7||3||4||0||.429||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|6||Williams, C. R.C. R. Williams||1902–1903||17||14||3||0||.824||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|7||Benet, ChristieChristie Benet||1904–1905
|8||McKay, DouglasDouglas McKay||1907||3||3||0||0||1.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|9||Neff, JohnJohn Neff||1910–1911||15||5||8||2||.400||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|10||Edgerton, N. B.N. B. Edgerton||1912–1915||35||19||13||3||.586||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|11||Warren, RiceRice Warren||1916||9||2||7||0||.222||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|12||Foster, DixonDixon Foster||1917
|13||Dobson, FrankFrank Dobson||1918||4||2||1||1||.625||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|14||Metzger, SolSol Metzger||1920–1924||46||26||18||2||.587||3||8||0||.273||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|15||Bocock, BranchBranch Bocock||1925–1926||20||13||7||0||.650||6||4||0||.600||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|16||Lightsey, HarryHarry Lightsey||1927||9||4||5||0||.444||2||4||0||.333||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|17||Laval, BillyBilly Laval||1928–1934||72||39||26||7||.590||18||18||4||.500||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|18||McCallister, DonDon McCallister||1935–1937||34||13||20||1||.397||5||11||1||.324||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Enright, RexRex Enright||1938–1942
|20||Moran, James P.James P. Moran||1943||7||5||2||0||.714||2||1||0||.667||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|21||Newton, WilliamsWilliams Newton||1944||9||3||4||2||.444||1||3||0||.250||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|22||McMillan, John D.John D. McMillan||1945||9||2||4||3||.389||0||3||2||.200||0||1||0||—||0||0||—|
|23||Giese, WarrenWarren Giese||1956–1960||50||28||21||1||.570||19||15||0||.559||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|24||Bass, MarvinMarvin Bass||1961–1965||50||17||29||4||.380||13||18||2||.424||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|25||Dietzel, PaulPaul Dietzel||1966–1974||96||42||53||1||.443||18||10||1||.638||0||1||0||—||1||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1969)|
|26||Carlen, JimJim Carlen||1975–1981||82||45||36||1||.555||—||—||—||—||0||3||0||—||—||0||—|
|27||Bell, RichardRichard Bell||1982||11||4||7||0||.364||—||—||—||—||0||0||0||—||—||0||—|
|28||Morrison, JoeJoe Morrison||1983–1988||69||39||28||2||.580||—||—||—||—||0||3||0||—||—||0||Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1984)|
|29||Woods, SparkySparky Woods||1989–1993||55||25||27||3||.482||5||11||0||.313||0||0||0||0||0||0||—|
|30||Scott, BradBrad Scott||1994–1998||56||23||32||1||.420||13||26||1||.338||1||0||0||0||0||0||—|
|31||Holtz, LouLou Holtz||1999–2004||70||33||37||—||.471||19||29||—||.396||2||0||—||0||0||0||SEC Coach of the Year (2000)|
|32||Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier||2005–2015||135||86||49||—||.637||44||40||—||.524||4||4||—||1||0||0||SEC Coach of the Year (2005, 2010)
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2005)
|33||Elliott, ShawnShawn Elliott||2015–2015||6||1||5||—||.167||1||3||—||.250||0||0||—||0||0||0||—|
|34||Muschamp, WillWill Muschamp||2015–Current||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- 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 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season.
- South Carolina did not have a head coach for the 1892, 1894 or 1895 seasons.
- South Carolina did not field a team for the 1893 or 1906 seasons.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, South Carolina has competed as a member of the SEC East.
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