List of college football coaches with a .750 winning percentage

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Larry Kehres has the highest winning percentage for a college football coach.

This is a list of football coaches with a .750 or greater winning percentage.[1][2] College football coaches who have coached college teams for 10 or more seasons are included in the list. "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 the 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 also included.

Leading the list is Larry Kehres, who compiled a .929 winning percentage while coaching the Mount Union Purple Raiders from 1986 to 2012. The longest tenure among coaches on the list is that of John Gagliardi, who was a head coach from 1949 until retiring after the 2012 season. Gagliardi also leads all listed coaches in total games, wins, and losses. Former Vanderbilt head coach Dan McGugin has the most ties of anyone on the list. Currently, 15 active coaches are on the list.

Key[edit]

bold Active as head coach in 2015
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame

College football coaches with a .750 winning percentage[edit]

List may be incomplete; updated through end of 2016 season.
Name First Year Last Year Years Games Wins Losses Ties Win % Teams
Kehres, LarryLarry Kehres 1986 2012 27 359 332 24 3 .929 Mount Union (1986–2012)
Rockne, KnuteKnute Rockne 1918 1930 13 122 105 12 5 .881 Notre Dame (1918–1930)
Leahy, FrankFrank Leahy 1939 1953 13 129 107 13 9 .864 Boston College (1939–1940), Notre Dame (1941–1943, 1946–1953)
Reade, BobBob Reade 1979 1994 16 170 146 23 1 .862 Augustana (IL) (1979–1994)
Perry, DoytDoyt Perry 1955 1964 10 93 77 11 5 .855 Bowling Green (1955–1964)
Devanney, JeffJeff Devanney 2006 2016 11 88 75 13 0 .852 Trinity (CT) (2006–present)
Meyer, UrbanUrban Meyer 2001 2016 15 194 165 29 0 .851 Bowling Green (2001–2002), Utah (2003–2004), Florida (2005–2010), Ohio State (2012–present)
Farley, DickDick Farley 1987 2003 17 136 114 19 3 .849 Williams (1987–2003)
Woodruff, George WashingtonGeorge Washington Woodruff 1892 1905 12 169 142 25 2 .846 Penn (1892–1901), Illinois (1903), Carlisle Indians (1905)
Gaither, JakeJake Gaither 1945 1969 25 244 204 36 4 .844 Florida A&M (1945–1969)
Maurer, DaveDave Maurer 1969 1983 15 155 129 23 3 .842 Wittenberg (1969–1983)
Hoernemann, PaulPaul Hoernemann 1946 1959 14 124 102 18 4 .839 Heidelberg (1946–1959)
Smith, JosephJoseph Smith 2006 2016 11 123 103 20 0 .837 Linfield (2006–present)
Switzer, BarryBarry Switzer 1973 1988 16 190 157 29 4 .837 Oklahoma (1973–1988)
Osborne, TomTom Osborne 1973 1997 25 307 255 49 3 .836 Nebraska (1973–1997)
Leipold, LanceLance Leipold 2007 2016 10 139 116 23 0 .835 Wisconsin–Whitewater (2007–2014), Buffalo (2015–present)
Coryell, DonDon Coryell 1957 1972 15 154 127 24 3 .834 Whittier (1957–1959), San Diego State (1961–1972)
Fredenburg, PetePete Fredenburg 1998 2016 19 234 196 39 0 .834 Mary Hardin–Baylor (1998–present)
Haughton, PercyPercy Haughton 1899 1924 13 120 97 17 6 .833 Cornell (1899–1900), Harvard (1908–1916), Columbia (1923–1924)
Yost, Fielding H.Fielding H. Yost 1898 1926 28 245 198 35 12 .833 Ohio Wesleyan (1897), Nebraska (1898), Kansas (1899), Stanford (1900), San Jose State (1900), Michigan (1901–1923, 1925–1926)
Neyland, RobertRobert Neyland 1926 1952 21 216 173 31 12 .829 Tennessee (1926–1934, 1936–1940, 1946–1952)
Wilkinson, BudBud Wilkinson 1947 1963 17 178 145 29 4 .826 Oklahoma (1947–1963)
Van Diest, MikeMike Van Diest 1999 2016 18 236 194 42 0 .822 Carroll (MT) (1999–present)
Klausing, ChuckChuck Klausing 1964 1985 16 151 123 26 2 .821 Indiana (PA) (1964–1969), Carnegie Mellon (1976–1985)
Petersen, ChrisChris Petersen 2006 2016 11 145 119 26 0 .821 Boise State (2006–2013), Washington (2014–present)
Kean, HenryHenry Kean 1931 1954 23 209 167 33 9 .821 Kentucky State (1931–1942), Tennessee State (1944–1954)
Kelly, MikeMike Kelly 1981 2007 27 301 246 54 1 .819 Dayton (1981–2007)
MaccainVernon McCain 1948 1963 16 128 102 21 5 .816 Maryland State (1948–1963)
Fincham, JoeJoe Fincham 1996 2016 21 234 191 43 0 .816 Wittenberg (1996–present)
Fusco, JoeJoe Fusco 1972 1990 19 191 154 34 3 .814 Westminster (PA) (1972–1990)
Purtill, JimJim Purtill 1999 2013 15 160 130 30 0 .813 St. Norbert (1999–2013)
Richard, CharlieCharlie Richard 1980 1994 14 152 123 28 1 .813 Baker (1980–1990, 1992–1994)
Sutherland, JockJock Sutherland 1919 1938 20 186 144 28 14 .812 Lafayette (1919–1923), Pittsburgh (1924–1938)
Sirianni, MikeMike Sirianni 2003 2016 14 158 128 30 0 .810 Washington & Jefferson (2003–present)
Schipper, RonRon Schipper 1961 1996 36 357 287 67 3 .808 Central (IA) (1961–1996)
Devaney, BobBob Devaney 1957 1972 16 173 136 30 7 .806 Wyoming (1957–1961), Nebraska (1962–1972)
Broyles, ChuckChuck Broyles 1990 2009 20 247 198 47 2 .806 Pittsburg State (1990–2009)
Munn, ClarenceClarence Munn 1935 1953 10 90 71 16 3 .806 Albright (1935–1936), Syracuse (1946), Michigan State (1947–1953)
Gillman, SidSid Gillman 1944 1954 10 102 81 19 2 .804 Miami (OH) (1944–1947), Cincinnati (1949–1954)
Stoops, BobBob Stoops 1999 2016 18 238 190 48 0 .798 Oklahoma (1999–present)
Thorne, JohnJohn Thorne 2002 2014 13 148 118 30 0 .797 North Central (IL) (2002–2014)
Caruso, GlennGlenn Caruso 2006 2016 11 132 105 27 0 .795 St. Thomas (MN) (2006–present)
Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 1925 1946 19 183 141 33 9 .795 Chattanooga (1925–1928), Alabama (1931–1946)
Willis, RickRick Willis 1997 2016 20 195 155 40 0 .795 Wartburg (1997–present)
Burry, HaroldHarold Burry 1952 1971 20 163 127 31 5 .794 Westminster (PA) (1952–1971)
Swider, MikeMike Swider 1996 2016 21 228 181 47 0 .794 Wheaton (IL) (1996–present)
Kessinger, TedTed Kessinger 1976 2003 28 277 219 57 1 .792 Bethany (KS) (1976–2003)
Slater, Willie J.Willie J. Slater 2006 2016 11 128 101 27 0 .789 Tuskegee (2006–present)
Schmidt, PetePete Schmidt 1983 1996 14 135 105 27 3 .789 Albion (1983–1996)
Rutschman, AdAd Rutschman 1968 1991 24 234 183 48 3 .788 Linfield (1968–1991)
Drass, MikeMike Drass 1993 2016 24 279 219 59 1 .787 Wesley (DE) (1993–present)
Williams, Henry L.Henry L. Williams 1891 1921 23 187 141 34 12 .786 Army (1891), Minnesota (1900–1921)
Dobie, GilGil Dobie 1906 1938 33 242 182 45 15 .783 North Dakota Agricultural (1906–1907), Washington (1908–1916), Navy (1917–1919), Cornell (1920–1935), Boston College (1936–1938)
Cronin, BillBill Cronin 1997 2016 20 234 183 51 0 .782 Georgetown (KY) (1997–present)
Ryan, SteveSteve Ryan 2002 2016 15 181 142 39 0 .785 Morningside (2002–present)
Bryant, BearBear Bryant 1945 1982 38 425 323 85 17 .780 Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946–1953), Texas A&M (1954–1957), Alabama (1958–1982)
Sochor, JimJim Sochor 1970 1988 19 202 155 42 5 .780 UC Davis (1970–1988)
Tucker, JohnJohn Tucker 1933 1947 12 102 74 17 11 .779 Arkansas Tech (1933–1947)
Edwards, BillBill Edwards 1936 1968 23 221 168 45 8 .778 Western Reserve (1936–1940), Vanderbilt (1949–1952), Wittenberg (1955–1968)
Schembechler, BoBo Schembechler 1963 1989 27 307 234 65 8 .775 Miami (OH) (1963–1968), Michigan (1969–1989)
Gagliardi, JohnJohn Gagliardi 1949 2012 64 638 489 138 11 .775 Carroll (MT) (1949–1952), St. John's (MN) (1953–2012)
Folsom, FredFred Folsom 1895 1915 19 141 106 29 6 .773 Colorado (1895–1899, 1901–1902, 1908–1915), Dartmouth (1903–1906)
Sparks, KenKen Sparks 1980 2016 36 439 338 99 2 .772 Carson–Newman (1980–2016)
Harring, RogerRoger Harring 1969 1999 31 343 261 75 7 .771 Wisconsin–La Crosse (1969–1999)
Saban, NickNick Saban 1990 2016 21 266 205 61 1 .770[a 1] Toledo (1990), Michigan State (1995–1999), LSU (2000–2004), Alabama (2007–present)
Crisler, FritzFritz Crisler 1930 1947 18 157 116 32 9 .768 Minnesota (1930–1931), Princeton (1932–1937), Michigan (1938–1947)
Wade, WallaceWallace Wade 1923 1950 24 230 171 49 10 .765 Alabama (1923–1930), Duke (1931–1941, 1946–1950)
Keeling, JimmieJimmie Keeling 1990 2010 21 225 172 53 0 .764 Hardin–Simmons (1990–2010)
Kush, FrankFrank Kush 1958 1979 22 231 176 54 1 .764 Arizona State (1958–1979)
Kirkland, GordonGordon Kirkland 1934 1948 14 145 107 31 7 .762 Catawba (1934–1948)
MacguginDan McGugin 1904 1934 30 271 197 55 19 .762 Vanderbilt (1904–1917, 1919–1934)
Folwell, BobBob Folwell 1909 1924 16 149 109 31 9 .762 Lafayette (1909–1911), Washington & Jefferson (1912–1915), Penn (1916–1919), Navy (1920–1924)
Crowley, JimJim Crowley[n 1] 1929 1941 13 109 78 21 10 .761 Michigan State (1928–1932), Fordham (1933–1941)
Smith, AndyAndy Smith 1909 1925 17 161 116 32 13 .761 Penn (1909–1912), Purdue (1913–1915), California (1916–1925)
Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes 1946 1978 33 320 238 72 10 .759 Denison (1946–1948), Miami (OH) (1949–1950), Ohio State (1951–1978)
Blaik, EarlEarl Blaik 1934 1958 25 228 166 48 14 .759 Dartmouth (1934–1940), Army (1941–1958)
Merritt, JohnJohn Merritt 1952 1983 32 321 237 72 12 .757 Jackson State (1952–1962), Tennessee State (1963–1983)
Sherman, EdEd Sherman 1945 1966 22 191 141 43 7 .757 Muskingum (1945–1966)
Mills, E. J.E. J. Mills 1997 2016 20 160 121 39 0 .756 Amherst (1997–present)
Moran, CharleyCharley Moran 1909 1933 18 168 121 35 12 .756 Texas A&M (1909–1914), Centre (1919–1923), Bucknell (1924–1926), Catawba (1930–1933)
Luckhardt, JohnJohn Luckhardt 1982 2011 27 319 240 77 2 .755 Washington & Jefferson (1982–1998), California (PA) (2002–2011)
Westering, FrostyFrosty Westering 1962 2003 40 406 303 96 7 .755 Parsons (IA) (1962–1963), Lea (1966–1971), Pacific Lutheran (1972–2003)
Hale, DannyDanny Hale 1984 2012 25 283 213 69 1 .754 West Chester (1984–1988), Bloomsburg (1993–2012)
Carr, LloydLloyd Carr 1995 2007 13 162 122 40 0 .753 Michigan (1995–2007)
Banks, EarlEarl Banks 1960 1973 14 129 96 31 2 .752 Morgan State (1960–1973)
Hunt, Claude J.Claude J. Hunt 1911 1931 19 124 90 28 6 .750 Hillsdale (1911–1912), Carleton (1914–1916, 1920–1931), Washington (1917, 1919)
McKeen, AllynAllyn McKeen 1937 1948 11 106 78 25 3 .750 West Tennessee State (1937–1938), Mississippi State (1939–1948)
Raeburn, ErikErik Raeburn 2000 2016 17 184 138 46 0 .750 Coe (2000–2007), Wabash (2008–2015), Savannah State (2016–present)
  1. ^ Saban's on-field record is 210–61–1 (winning percentage .774). Due to NCAA violations that began during the tenure of Saban's predecessor at Alabama, Mike Shula, that were not discovered until Saban's first season at the school in 2007, five wins from that season were vacated.

Note: As of the end of the 2010 season, Jim Tressel, who served as the head football coach for Youngstown State (1986–2000) and Ohio State (2001–2010), had a career record of 241–79–2 for a winning percentage of .752. In July 2011, Ohio State vacated all 12 of its wins from the 2010 season, dropping Tressel's career record to 229–79–2 and his winning percentage to .742.

Active coaches near a .750 winning percentage[edit]

This list identifies active coaches who have:
  • a winning percentage of .735 or greater after at least 10 full seasons as a college football head coach, or
  • a winning percentage of .750 or greater after at least 7 full seasons, but fewer than 10, as a college football head coach.
Updated through end of 2016 season.
Head Coach First Year Last Year Years Games Wins Losses Ties Win % Teams
Fisher, JimboJimbo Fisher 2010 2016 7 95 78 17 0 .821 Florida State (2010–present)
Wristen, JohnJohn Wristen 2008 2016 9 109 88 21 0 .807 CSU–Pueblo (2008–present)
Swinney, DaboDabo Swinney 2008 2016 9 117 89 29 0 .761 Clemson (2008–present)
McMartin, JeffJeff McMartin 2004 2016 12 136 101 35 0 .743 Central (IA) (2004–present)
Richt, MarkMark Richt 2001 2016 16 209 154 55 0 .737 Georgia (2001–2015)

College football coaches with an .850 winning percentage[edit]

The main list set forth above is limited to coaches with 10 years of experience as a head coach. This list supplements the main list by identifying coaches who are omitted from the main list because they have not coached 10 years, but who have achieved a winning percentage of .850 or higher while coaching a minimum of five seasons or 50 games.

List may be incomplete; updated through end of 2016 season.
Name First Year Last Year Years Games Wins Losses Ties Win % Teams
DeBoer, KalenKalen DeBoer 2005 2009 5 70 67 3 0 .957 Sioux Falls (2005–2009)
Camp, WalterWalter Camp 1888 1895 7 89 81 5 3 .927 Yale (1888–1892), Stanford (1892, 1894–1895)
Dorrel, AdamAdam Dorrel 2011 2016 6 84 76 8 0 .905 Northwest Missouri State (2011–2016), Abilene Christian (2017–present)
Redman, Robert B.Robert B. Redman 1947 1951 5 42 38 4 0 .905 Bloomsburg (1947–1951)
Tambling, CharlesCharles Tambling 1902 1918 5 20 18 2 0 .900 Central Michigan (1902–1905, 1918)
Erhardt, RonRon Erhardt 1966 1972 7 69 61 7 1 .891 North Dakota State (1966–1972)
Booth, Walter C.Walter C. Booth 1900 1905 6 63 53 8 2 .857 Nebraska (1900–1905)
Macklin, JohnJohn Macklin 1911 1915 5 34 29 5 0 .853 Michigan State (1911–1915)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Crowley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966 as a player in recognition of his career as a halfback at Notre Dame from 1922 to 1924.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Coaching Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2008. pp. 189, 192. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 20, 2010.