List of college football coaches with 200 wins
This is a list of college football coaches with 200 career wins. "College level" is defined as a four-year college or university program in either the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) or the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). If a team competed at a time before the official organization of either of the two groups but is generally accepted as a "college football program", it is included.
As of the end of the 2017 season, a total of 89 head football coaches have reached the milestone of 200 career coaching wins.
In the 100 years after the first college football game in 1869, only eight coaches reached the 200-win milestone. The only two who reached the mark before 1950 were Pop Warner, with 319 wins from 1895 to 1938 (mostly at Carlisle, Pittsburgh and Stanford), and Amos Alonzo Stagg, with 314 wins from 1890 to 1946 (mostly at the University of Chicago).
By 1970, another six coaches had reached the milestone: Ace Mumford, with 233 wins from 1924 to 1961 (mostly at Southern University); Fred T. Long, with 227 wins from 1921 to 1965 (mostly at Wiley College); Jess Neely, with 207 wins from 1924 to 1966 (mostly at Clemson and Rice); Cleveland Abbott, with 203 wins at Tuskegee University between 1923 and 1954; Jake Gaither, with 204 wins at Florida A&M University from 1945 to 1969; and Eddie Anderson, with 201 wins from 1922 to 1964 (mostly at Holy Cross).
Though only eight coaches reached the milestone from 1869 to 1970, 81 coaches have reached the mark in the 47 seasons since then.
Leaders by category
In overall career wins, the all-time leader is John Gagliardi with 489 wins, mostly at the Division III level. Gagliardi began his head coaching career at Carroll College in Helena, Montana in 1949, and moved from there in 1953 to Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he served until retiring after the 2012 season. Joe Paterno, the head coach at Pennsylvania State University from 1966 until his 2011 firing in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, is second with 409 wins. NCAA sanctions following the scandal had stripped him of all 111 Penn State wins between 1998 and 2011, but the NCAA restored those wins on January 16, 2015 as part of a settlement of a lawsuit by the state of Pennsylvania against the NCAA. Eddie Robinson, head coach at Grambling State University from 1941 to 1997 with a two-season hiatus during World War II in which Grambling did not field a team, is third with 408. Bobby Bowden is in fourth place and Larry Kehres is in fifth.
Considering wins in Division I FBS only—including wins with "major" programs before the 1978 split of Division I football, and wins in Division I-A/FBS after the split—the all-time leaders are Paterno (409), Bowden (377), Bryant (323), Warner (319), and Stagg (314).
Among the coaches with 200 career wins, the individual with the highest winning percentage is Kehres with a .929 winning percentage in 27 seasons (1986–2012) as the head football coach at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Five others finished their careers with 200 wins and a winning percentage of .800 or greater: Gaither (.844), Tom Osborne (.836), Mike Kelly (.819), Ron Schipper (.808) and Bo Schembechler (.804).
The coaches with the most wins at one college are Gagliardi (465 at St. John's), Paterno (409 at Penn State), Robinson (408 at Grambling), Kehres (332 at Mount Union), Ken Sparks (327 at Carson–Newman), Kidd (314 at Eastern Kentucky), Bowden (304 at Florida State) and Tubby Raymond (300 at Delaware).
|*||Active in the 2017 season.|
|†||Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach.|
|††||Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player.|
|†††||Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.|
|200 wins with a Division I program (or historic equivalent)[n 1]|
Coaches with 200 career wins
- Updated through end of 2017 season.
|1||John Gagliardi†||64||489||138||11||.775||Carroll (MT) (1949–1952), St. John's (MN) (1953–2012)|
|2||Joe Paterno†||46||409||136||3||.749||Penn State (1966–2011)|
|3||Eddie Robinson†[n 2]||55||408||165||15||.707||Grambling (1941–1942, 1945–1997)|
|4||Bobby Bowden†||44||377[n 3]||129||4||.743||Samford (1959–1962), West Virginia (1970–1975), Florida State (1976–2009)|
|5||Ken Sparks||37||338||99||2||.772||Carson–Newman (1980–2016)|
|6||Larry Kehres†||27||332||24||3||.929||Mount Union (1986–2012)|
|7||Bear Bryant†||38||323||85||17||.780||Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946–1953), Texas A&M (1954–1957), Alabama (1958–1982)|
|8||Pop Warner†||49||319||106||32||.730||Georgia (1895–1896), Iowa State (1895–1899), Cornell (1897–1898, 1904–1906), Carlisle (1899–1903, 1907–1914), Pittsburgh (1915–1923), Stanford (1924–1932), Temple (1933–1938)|
|9||Kevin Donley*||39||316||129||1||.710||Anderson (IN) (1978–1981), Georgetown (KY) (1982–1992), California (PA) (1993–1996), Saint Francis (IN) (1998–present)|
|10||Roy Kidd†||39||314||124||8||.713||Eastern Kentucky (1964–2002)|
|10||Amos Alonzo Stagg†††||57||314||199||35||.605||Springfield (1890–1891), Chicago (1892–1932), Pacific (CA) (1933–1946)|
|12||Frosty Westering†||40||305||96||7||.756||Parsons (1962–1963), Lea (1966–1971), Pacific Lutheran (1972–2003)|
|13||Tubby Raymond†[n 4]||36||300||119||3||.714||Delaware (1966–2001)|
|14||Ron Schipper†||36||287||67||3||.808||Central (IA) (1961–1996)|
|15||Frank Beamer†||35||280||144||4||.657||Murray State (1981–1986), Virginia Tech (1987–2015)|
|16||Larry Wilcox*||39||276||146||0||.654||Benedictine (KS) (1979–present)|
|17||Monte Cater*||37||275||117||2||.701||Lakeland (1981–1986), Shepherd (1987–2017)|
|18||Bob Ford[n 5]||45||265||191||1||.581||St. Lawrence (1965–1968), Albany (1973–2013)|
|19||Dennis Douds*||44||263||196||3||.573||East Stroudsburg (1974–2018)|
|20||Roger Harring†||31||261||75||7||.771||Wisconsin–La Crosse (1969–1999)|
|21||Hank Biesiot||38||258||121||1||.680||Dickinson State (1976–2013)|
|22||LaVell Edwards†||29||257||101||3||.716||BYU (1972–2000)|
|22||Frank Girardi†||36||257||97||5||.723||Lycoming (1972–2007)|
|22||Andy Talley||37||257||155||2||.623||St. Lawrence (1979–83), Villanova (1985–2016)|
|25||Tom Osborne†||25||255||49||3||.836||Nebraska (1973–1997)|
|25||Jim Malosky||40||255||125||13||.665||Minnesota–Duluth (1958–1997)|
|27||Lou Holtz†||33||249||132||7||.651||William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State (1972–1975), Arkansas (1977–1983), Minnesota (1984–1985), Notre Dame (1986–1996), South Carolina (1999–2004)|
|28||Al Bagnoli*||36||247||116||0||.680||Union (NY) (1982–1991), Penn (1992–2014), Columbia (2015–present)|
|29||Rob Ash||36||246||137||5||.640||Juniata (1980–1988), Drake (1989–2006), Montana State (2007–2015)|
|29||Mike Kelly†||27||246||54||1||.819||Dayton (1981–2007)|
|31||Billy Joe†[n 6]||34||245||127||4||.657||Cheyney (1972–1978), Central State (1981–1993), Florida A&M (1994–2004), Miles (2008–2010)|
|31||Jimmye Laycock*||38||245||189||2||.564||William & Mary (1980–present)|
|33||Mack Brown†||30||244||122||1||.666||Appalachian State (1983), Tulane (1985–1987), North Carolina (1988–1997), Texas (1998–2013)|
|34||Jerry Moore†||31||242||135||2||.641||North Texas (1979–1980), Texas Tech (1981–1985), Appalachian State (1989–2012)|
|34||Mel Tjeerdsma†||27||242||82||4||.744||Austin (1984–1993), Northwest Missouri State (1994–2010)|
|36||Rick Giancola*||35||239||121||2||.663||Montclair State (1983–present)|
|36||Brian Kelly*||28||239||91||2||.723||Grand Valley State (1991–2003), Central Michigan (2004–2006), Cincinnati (2006–2009), Notre Dame (2010–present)|
|38||Woody Hayes†||33||238||72||10||.759||Denison (1946–1948), Miami (OH) (1949–1950), Ohio State (1951–1978)|
|39||John Merritt†||32||235||70||12||.760||Jackson State (1952–1962), Tennessee State (1963–1983)|
|40||Bo Schembechler†||27||234||65||8||.775||Miami (OH) (1963–1968), Michigan (1969–1989)|
|40||Chris Ault†||28||234||108||1||.684||Nevada (1976–1992, 1994–1995, 2004–2012)|
|42||Ace Mumford†||36||233||85||23||.717||Jarvis Christian (1924–1926), Bishop (1927–1929), Texas College (1931–1935), Southern (1936–1942, 1944–1961)|
|42||Joe Taylor||30||233||96||4||.706||Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984–1991), Hampton (1992–2007), Florida A&M (2008–2012)|
|44||Hayden Fry†||37||232||178||10||.564||SMU (1962–1972), North Texas (1973–1978), Iowa (1979–1998)|
|45||Willard Bailey||37||230||150||7||.603||Virginia Union (1971–1983, (1995–2003), Norfolk State (1984–1992), Saint Paul's (VA) (2005–2010)|
|46||Mike Drass*||25||229||61||1||.789||Wesley (DE) (1993–2017)|
|46||Jim Tressel†||25||229||79||2||.742||Youngstown State (1986–2000), Ohio State (2001–2010)|
|48||Steve Spurrier†††||26||228||89||2||.718||Duke (1987–1989), Florida (1990–2001), South Carolina (2005–2015)|
|49||Fred T. Long||45||227||151||31||.593||Paul Quinn (1921–1922), Wiley (1923–1947, 1956–1965), Prairie View A&M (1948), Texas College (1949–1955)|
|50||John Luckhardt||27||225||70||2||.761||Washington & Jefferson (1982–1998), California (PA) (2002–2011)|
|51||Walt Hameline[n 7]||34||223||139||2||.615||Wagner (1981–2014)|
|52||K. C. Keeler*||24||220||85||1||.721||Rowan (1993–2001), Delaware (2002–2012), Sam Houston State (2014–present)|
|52||Gene Carpenter†||32||220||90||6||.706||Adams State (1968), Millersville (1970–2000)|
|54||Ron Harms†||31||219||112||4||.660||Concordia (NE) (1964–1969), Adams State (1970–1973), Texas A&M–Kingsville (1979–1999)|
|54||Ted Kessinger†||28||219||57||1||.792||Bethany (KS) (1976–2003)|
|56||Mike Ayers*||33||218||160||2||.577||East Tennessee State (1985–1987), Wofford (1988–present)|
|56||Ron Randleman||36||218||167||6||.565||William Penn (1969–1975), Pittsburg State (1976–1981), Sam Houston State (1982–2004)|
|56||Nick Saban*||22||218[n 8]||62||1||.778||Toledo (1990), Michigan State (1995–1999), LSU (2000–2004), Alabama (2007–present)|
|59||Jim Christopherson||32||217||102||7||.676||Concordia (Moorhead) (1969–2000)|
|59||Fred Martinelli†||35||217||119||12||.641||Ashland (1959–1993)|
|61||Danny Hale||25||213||69||1||.754||West Chester (1984–1988), Bloomsburg (1993–2012)|
|61||Dennis Franchione||30||213||135||2||.611||Southwestern (KS) (1981–1982), Pittsburg State (1985–1989), Texas State (1990–1991), New Mexico (1992–1997), TCU (1998–2000), Alabama (2001–2002), Texas A&M (2003–2007), Texas State (2011–2015)|
|63||Eric Hamilton||36||212||144||6||.594||TCNJ (1977–2012)|
|63||Bill Manlove†||32||212||111||1||.656||Widener (1969–1991), Delaware Valley (1992–1995), La Salle (1997–2001)|
|65||Pete Fredenburg||20||210||39||0||.843||Mary Hardin–Baylor (1998–present)|
|65||Rich Lackner*||32||210||114||2||.647||Carnegie Mellon (1986–present)|
|65||Bill Snyder†*||26||210||110||1||.656||Kansas State (1989–2005, 2009–present)|
|68||Jim Margraff*||28||209||87||3||.704||Johns Hopkins (1990–present)|
|68||Peter Mazzaferro||41||209||157||11||.569||Waynesburg (1959–1963), Curry (1963), Bridgewater State (1968–1986, 1988–2004)|
|70||Steve Johnson*||29||207||98||1||.678||Bethel (MN) (1989–present)|
|70||Jess Neely†||40||207||176||19||.539||Southwestern (TN) (1924–1927), Clemson (1931–1939), Rice (1940–1966)|
|72||Jim Butterfield†||27||206||71||1||.743||Ithaca (1967–1993)|
|73||Harold Elliott||37||205||179||9||.533||Southwestern (KS) (1964–1968), Washburn (1969–1970), Emporia State (1971–1973), Texas–Arlington (1974–1983), Northwest Missouri State (1988–1993), Eastern New Mexico (1994–2004)|
|73||Larry Kindbom*||35||205||144||1||.587||Kenyon (1983–1988), Washington (MO) (1989–present)|
|73||Carl Poelker||31||205||100||1||.672||Millikin (1982–1995), McKendree (1996–2012)|
|76||Jake Gaither†[n 9]||25||203||36||4||.844||Florida A&M (1945–1969)|
|76||Cleveland Abbott||31||203||96||28||.664||Tuskegee (1923–1954)|
|76||Warren B. Woodson†||31||203||95||14||.673||Arkansas State Teachers (1935–1940), Hardin–Simmons (1941–1942, 1946–1951), Arizona (1952–1956), New Mexico State (1958–1967), Trinity (TX) (1972–1973)|
|79||Don Nehlen†||30||202||128||8||.609||Bowling Green (1968–1976), West Virginia (1980–2000)|
|80||Eddie Anderson†||39||201||128||15||.606||Loras (1922–1924), DePaul (1925–1931), Holy Cross (1933–1938, 1950–1964) Iowa (1939–1942, 1946–1949)|
|80||Mike DeLong||34||201||139||2||.591||Maine Maritime (1979–1980), Springfield (MA) (1984–2015)|
|80||Vince Dooley†||25||201||77||10||.715||Georgia (1964–1988)|
|80||Joe Fincham*||22||201||44||0||.820||Wittenberg (1996–present)|
|80||Keith W. Piper||39||201||141||18||.583||Denison (1954–1992)|
|85||Norm Eash*||31||200||103||1||.660||Illinois Wesleyan (1987–present)|
|85||Joe Glenn||28||200||134||1||.599||Doane (1976–1979), Northern Colorado (1989–1999), Montana (2000–2002), Wyoming (2003–2008), South Dakota (2012–2015)|
|85||Darrell Mudra†||26||200||81||4||.709||Adams State (1959–1962), North Dakota State (1963–1965), Arizona (1967–1968), Western Illinois (1969–1973), Florida State (1974–1975), Eastern Illinois (1978–1982), Northern Iowa (1983–1987)|
|85||Tim Murphy||31||200||116||1||.632||Maine (1987–1988), Cincinnati (1989–1993), Harvard (1994–present)|
|85||Jim Sweeney||32||200||154||4||.564||Montana State (1963–1967), Washington State (1968–1975), Fresno State (1976–1977, 1980–1996)|
Active coaches nearing 200 career wins
- This list identifies active coaches with at least 185 career wins. Updated through end of 2017 season.
|*||Mike Van Diest||19||198||48||0||.805||Carroll (MT) (1999–2018)|
|*||Bob Nielson||25||198||92||1||.682||Ripon (1989–1990), Wartburg (1991–1995), Wisconsin–Eau Claire (1996–1998), Minnesota–Duluth (1999–2003, 2008–2012), Western Illinois (2013–2015), South Dakota (2016–present)|
|*||Bill Cronin||21||192||53||0||.784||Georgetown (KY) (1997–present)|
|*||Mike Maynard||30||189||87||1||.684||Redlands (1987–present)|
|*||Mike Swider||22||189||49||0||.794||Wheaton (IL) (1996–present)|
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- List of college football coaches with 150 NCAA Division I FCS wins, a list restricted to wins while serving as a head coach at the FCS level
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- The list includes coaches with 200 wins regardless of division. Coaches with 200 wins at a Division I school (or historic equivalents) are designated with the referenced peach shading. The referenced shading has also been used for coaches with historic programs that were among the elite programs of their era. For example, Amos Alonzo Stagg's wins with the University of Chicago are included.
- Although Robinson has 408 total wins at Grambling, he has only 154 NCAA Division I wins. Robinson's first two wins were before Grambling was an accredited college. When the NCAA first split into the University Division (predecessor to today's Division I) and College Division (predecessor to today's Divisions II and III) in 1956, Grambling became a member of the College Division, and remained at that level until the split of the College Division after the 1972 season. At that time, Grambling became a Division II school, and did not move to Division I until 1977. The following year, when Division I-AA was created, Grambling became a charter member of that group and has remained there to this day.
- Bobby Bowden had 388 wins on the field. A March 6, 2009 NCAA ruling, which was appealed and then upheld on January 5, 2010, required Florida State to vacate 12 wins from the 2006 and 2007 seasons in relation to an academic scandal which resulted in using ineligible players.
- Although Raymond has 300 total wins at Delaware, he has only 181 NCAA Division I wins. From 1966 to 1972, Delaware was in the College Division, and once the NCAA adopted its current three-division setup in 1973, Delaware became a Division II school. Delaware did not move to Division I-AA until 1980; they have remained at that level ever since.
- Although Ford has 265 total wins and 256 at Albany, he only has 98 NCAA Division I wins. Ford's first nine wins were at St. Lawrence, which was then in the College Division and is now in Division III. When Albany reinstated varsity football in 1973 with Ford as head coach, it did so as a Division III program; it joined Division II in 1995 and did not move to Division I-AA (now FCS) until 1999.
- Although Joe has 245 wins, only 86 came at Division I Florida A&M; all other victories were with lower division programs.
- Although Hameline has 223 total wins, all at Wagner, he has only 128 NCAA Division I wins. Wagner was a Division III school when he became head coach in 1981, and did not upgrade to the I-AA/FCS level until 1993.
- Nick Saban had five wins vacated from the 2007 season in relation to an academic scandal regarding textbooks. Four football players were found to have used their scholarships to obtain free textbooks for friends and/or girlfriends.
- Although Gaither has 204 wins at Florida A&M, FAMU did not move up to Division I until the creation of I-AA football in 1978, nine years after Gaither retired. All games coached by Gaither were designated as College Division games, either implicitly (games prior to 1956) or explicitly (1956 and later).
- "NCAA Career Statistics". NCAA. Retrieved June 21, 2010. (The NCAA Career Statistics database allows the viewer to obtain coaching records for all NCAA coaches by inputting the individual's name in the linked window.)
- "NCAA Coaching Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2013. (The linked document is a report published by the NCAA listing the winningest coaches based on data through the end of the 2012 season. Updated information on coaches active in subsequent seasons is available through the other sources listed in the "References" section.)
- "All-Time Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 20, 2010. (The referenced page reflects the updated information on the Top 10 winningest coaches. Records for other coaches are available in the database in alphabetical order through links from the referenced page.)
- "Penn State sanctions: $60M, bowl ban". ESPN. July 23, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
- "Joe Paterno is now winningest coach". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.