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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 or the National Collegiate Athletic Association. 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 would also be included.

Historical overview

As of November 2, 2013, a total of 73 head football coaches had 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 Glenn Scobey Warner, with 319 wins from 1895 to 1938 (mostly at Carlisle, Pitt and Stanford), and Amos Alonzo Stagg, with 314 wins from 1890 to 1946 (mostly at the University of Chicago).[1]

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 L. 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).[1][2]

Though only eight coaches reached the milestone from 1869 to 1970, 65 coaches have reached the mark in the 43 seasons since then. The most recent coach to reach 200 wins is Dennis Franchione, the current head coach at Texas State University, who reached the mark in a game that began on September 28, 2013 but was not completed until early the following morning due to a delay for lightning.[3]

Leaders by category

In overall career wins, the all-time leader is John Gagliardi with 489 wins, mostly at the Division III level.[4] 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. 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 second with 408.[2][4] Bobby Bowden is in third place and Warner in fourth place.[4]

Among NCAA Division I coaches, the all-time leaders in Division I wins are Robinson (408), Bowden (377), Bear Bryant (323), Joe Paterno (298), Frank Beamer (264), and LaVell Edwards (257). Paterno held the top spot with 409, but all 111 wins from the 1998 through 2011 seasons were vacated due to NCAA sanctions following the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[5]

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 Bowden (377), Warner (336), Bryant (323), Stagg (314), and Paterno (298).

The only coaches with 200 Division I FCS wins after the Division I split are Roy Kidd (223), Jerry Moore (215), and Jimmye Laycock (214).

Among NCAA Division I coaches active in 2013, the all-time leader in Division I wins is Beamer, currently in charge at Virginia Tech (264). Mack Brown (242) is second and Laycock (221) is third. (Although current Albany head coach Bob Ford has 265 total wins, his first nine wins were with St. Lawrence, now a Division III school; in addition, Albany did not become a Division I member until 1999.)

The all-time win leaders in NCAA Division II are Danny Hale (Bloomsburg and West Chester), Gaither and Chuck Broyles, and the all-time win leaders in NCAA Division III are Gagliardi and Larry Kehres.

Among active coaches, the career win leaders are Ken Sparks (315), Kevin Donley (269), Ford (265), Beamer (264) and Hank Biesiot (258).[1][2]

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).[1][2]

The coaches with the most wins at one college are Gagliardi (465 at St. John's), Robinson (408 at Grambling), Kehres (332 at Mount Union), Sparks (315 at Carson–Newman), Kidd (314 at Eastern Kentucky), Bowden (304 at Florida State) and Tubby Raymond (300 at Delaware).

Key

* Active in the 2013 season
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
†† Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player, but not yet as a coach.
††† 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 games played on November 2, 2013.
Rank Name Years Wins Losses Ties Pct. Teams
1 Gagliardi, JohnJohn Gagliardi 64 489 138 11 .775 Carroll (MT) (1949–1952), St. John's (MN) (1953–2012)
2 Robinson, EddieEddie Robinson 55 408 165 15 .707 Grambling (1941–1942, 1945–1997)
3 Bowden, BobbyBobby Bowden 44 377[n 2] 129 4 .743 Samford (1959–1962), West Virginia (1970–1975), Florida State (1976–2009)
4 Warner, Glenn ScobeyGlenn Scobey 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)
5 Kehres, LarryLarry Kehres 27 332 24 3 .929 Mount Union (1986–2012)
6 Bryant, BearBear Bryant 38 323 85 17 .780 Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946–1953), Texas A&M (1954–1957), Alabama (1958–1982)
7 Sparks, KenKen Sparks* 34 315 85 2 .786 Carson–Newman (1980–present)
8 Kidd, RoyRoy Kidd 39 314 124 8 .713 Eastern Kentucky (1964–2002)
8 Stagg, Amos AlonzoAmos Alonzo Stagg††† 57 314 199 35 .605 Springfield (1890–1891), Chicago (1892–1932), Pacific (1933–1946)
10 Westering, FrostyFrosty Westering 40 305 96 7 .756 Parsons (1962–1963), Lea (1966–1971), Pacific Lutheran (1972–2003)
11 Raymond, TubbyTubby Raymond 36 300 119 3 .714 Delaware (1966–2001)
12 Paterno, JoeJoe Paterno 46 298[n 3] 136 3 .685 Penn State (1966–2011)
13 Schipper, RonRon Schipper 36 287 67 3 .808 Central (IA) (1961–1996)
14 Donley, KevinKevin Donley* 35 269 121 1 .689 Anderson (IN) (1978–1981), Georgetown (KY) (1982–1992), California (PA) (1993–1996), Saint Francis (IN) (1998–present)
15 Ford, BobBob Ford*[n 4] 45 265 188 1 .585 St. Lawrence (1965–1968), Albany (1973–present)
16 Beamer, FrankFrank Beamer* 33 264 130 4 .668 Murray State (1981–1986), Virginia Tech (1987–present)
17 Harring, RogerRoger Harring 31 261 75 7 .771 Wisconsin–La Crosse (1969–1999)
18 Biesiot, HankHank Biesiot* 38 258 120 1 .682 Dickinson State (1976–present)
19 Girardi, FrankFrank Girardi 36 257 97 5 .723 Lycoming (1972–2007)
19 Edwards, LaVellLaVell Edwards 29 257 101 3 .716 BYU (1972–2000)
21 Osborne, TomTom Osborne 25 255 49 3 .836 Nebraska (1973–1997)
21 Malosky, James S.James S. Malosky 40 255 125 13 .665 Minnesota–Duluth (1958–1997)
23 Holtz, LouLou 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)
24 Kelly, MikeMike Kelly 27 246 54 1 .819 Dayton (1981–2007)
25 Joe, BillyBilly Joe 34 245 127 4 .657 Cheyney (1972–1978), Central State (1981–1993), Florida A&M (1994–2004), Miles (2008-2010)
26 Moore, JerryJerry Moore 31 243 135 2 .642 North Texas (1979–1980), Texas Tech (1981–1985), Appalachian State (1989–2012)
26 Douds, DennisDennis Douds* 40 243 170 3 .588 East Stroudsburg (1974–present)
28 Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma 27 242 82 4 .744 Austin (1984–1993), Northwest Missouri State (1994–2010)
28 Brown, MackMack Brown* 30 242 119 1 .670 Appalachian State (1983), Tulane (1985–1987), North Carolina (1988–1997), Texas (1998–present)
30 Luckhardt, JohnJohn Luckhardt* 29 239 76 2 .757 Washington & Jefferson (1982–1998), California (PA), (2002–present)
31 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes 33 238 72 10 .759 Denison (1946–1948), Miami (OH) (1949–1950), Ohio State (1951–1978)
32 Wilcox, LarryLarry Wilcox* 35 236 127 0 .650 Benedictine (KS) (1979–present)
33 Merritt, JohnJohn Merritt 32 235 70 12 .760 Jackson State (1952–1962), Tennessee State (1963–1983)
34 Schembechler, BoBo Schembechler 27 234 65 8 .804 Miami (OH) (1963–1968), Michigan (1969–1989)
35 Mumford, AceAce Mumford 36 233 85 23 .717 Jarvis Christian (1924–1926), Bishop (1927–1929), Texas College (1931–1935), Southern (1936–1942, 1944–1961)
35 Taylor, JoeJoe Taylor 30 233 96 4 .706 Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984–1991), Hampton (1992–2007), Florida A&M (2008–2012)
35 Ault, ChrisChris Ault 28 233 109 1 .681 Nevada (1976–1992, 1994–1995, 2004–2012)
35 Ash, RobRob Ash* 34 233 123 5 .652 Juniata (1980–1988), Drake (1989–2006), Montana State (2007–present)
39 Bagnoli, AlAl Bagnoli* 32 232 88 0 .725 Union (NY) (1982–1991), Penn (1992–present)
39 Fry, HaydenHayden Fry 37 232 178 10 .564 SMU (1962–1972), North Texas (1973–1978), Iowa (1979–1998)
41 Talley, AndyAndy Talley*[n 5] 34 230 144 2 .614 St. Lawrence (1979–83), Villanova (1985–present)
41 Bailey, WillardWillard Bailey 37 230 150 7 .603 Virginia Union (1971–1983, (1995–2003), Norfolk State (1984–1992), Saint Paul's (VA) (2005–2010)
43 Tressel, JimJim Tressel 25 229 79 2 .742 Youngstown State (1986–2000), Ohio State (2001–2010)
43 Cater, MonteMonte Cater* 33 229 110 2 .674 Lakeland (1981–1986), Shepherd (1987–present)
45 Long, Fred T.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)
46 Hale, DannyDanny Hale* 25 221 70 1 .759 West Chester (1984–1988), Bloomsburg (1993–present)
46 Laycock, JimmyeJimmye Laycock* 34 221 163 2 .575 William & Mary (1980–present)
48 Carpenter, GeneGene Carpenter 32 220 90 6 .706 Adams State (1968), Millersville (1970–2000)
49 Kessinger, TedTed Kessinger 28 219 57 1 .792 Bethany (KS) (1976–2003)
49 Harms, RonRon Harms 31 219 112 4 .660 Concordia (NE) (1964–1969), Adams State (1970–1973), Texas A&M–Kingsville (1979–1999)
51 Randleman, RonRon Randleman 36 218 167 6 .565 William Penn (1969–1975), Pittsburg State (1976–1981), Sam Houston State (1982–2004)
52 Giancola, RickRick Giancola* 31 217 101 2 .681 Montclair State (1983–present)
52 Christopherson, JimJim Christopherson 32 217 102 7 .676 Concordia (Moorhead) (1969–2000)
52 Martinelli, FredFred Martinelli 35 217 119 12 .641 Ashland (1959–1993)
55 Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier††* 24 215 79 2 .730 Duke (1987–1989), Florida (1990–2001), South Carolina (2005–present)
55 Hameline, WaltWalt Hameline* 33 215 134 2 .615 Wagner (1981–present)
57 Manlove, BillBill Manlove 32 212 111 1 .656 Widener (1969–1991), Delaware Valley (1992–1995), La Salle (1997–2001)
58 Hamilton, EricEric Hamilton* 37 209 145 6 .589 New Jersey (1977–present)
58 Mazzaferro, PeterPeter Mazzaferro 41 209 157 11 .569 Waynesburg (1959–1962), Curry (1963), Bridgewater State (1968–1986, 1988–2004)
60 Neely, JessJess Neely 40 207 176 19 .539 Southwestern (TN) (1924–1927), Clemson (1931–1939), Rice (1940–1966)
61 Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly* 23 206 69 2 .747 Grand Valley State (1991–2003), Central Michigan (2004–2006), Cincinnati (2006–2009), Notre Dame (2010–present)
61 Butterfield, JimJim Butterfield 27 206 71 1 .743 Ithaca (1967–1993)
63 Elliott, HaroldHarold 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)
64 Gaither, JakeJake Gaither 25 204 36 4 .844 Florida A&M (1945–1969)
65 Abbott, Cleveland L.Cleveland L. Abbott 32 203 96 28 .664 Tuskegee (1923–1954)
65 Franchione, DennisDennis Franchione* 28 203 118 2 .632 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–present)
67 Woodson, Warren B.Warren B. Woodson 31 202 94 14 .674 Arkansas State Teachers (1935–1940), Hardin–Simmons (1941–1942, 1946–1951), Arizona (1952–1956), New Mexico State (1958–1967), Trinity (TX) (1972–1973)
67 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen 30 202 128 8 .609 Bowling Green (1968–1976), West Virginia (1980–2000)
69 Dooley, VinceVince Dooley 25 201 77 10 .715 Georgia (1964–1988)
69 Anderson, EddieEddie Anderson 39 201 128 15 .606 Loras (1922–1924), DePaul (1925–1931), Holy Cross (1933–1938, 1950–1964) Iowa (1939–1942, 1946–1949)
69 Piper, Keith W.Keith W. Piper 39 201 141 18 .583 Denison (1954–1992)
69 Sweeney, JimJim Sweeney 32 201 153 5 .567 Montana State (1963–1967), Washington State (1968–1975), Fresno State (1976–1977, 1980–1996)
73 Mudra, DarrellDarrell 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)

Active coaches nearing 200 career wins

This list identifies active coaches with at least 185 career wins, i.e. those who can reach the 200-win milestone within a season or two. Updated through games played on November 2, 2013.
Rank Name Years Wins Losses Ties Pct. Teams
* Glenn, JoeJoe Glenn 26 193 115 1 .626 Doane (1976–1979), Northern Colorado (1989–1999), Montana (2000–2002), Wyoming (2003–2008), South Dakota (2012–present)
* Keeling, JimmieJimmie Keeling 24 187 66 0 .739 Hardin–Simmons (1990–present)

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