List of Baylor Bears head football coaches

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Ralph Glaze, the ninth coach of the Bears

The Baylor Bears football program is a college football team that represents Baylor University in the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 25 head coaches since it started playing organized football in 1899. Baylor was a charter member of the Southwest Conference (SWC), joining in 1915.[1] They later became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996 when the SWC disbanded. After playing without a nickname for 15 years, the school chose Bears as the team nickname in 1914.[2] There were three seasons where Baylor did not field a team. In 1906, the university banned football due to the violent nature of the sport. However, student protests persuaded school officials to reinstate it the next year.[3] In 1943 and 1944, the school cancelled the football program due to World War II. The Bears have played in 1,099 games during their 108 seasons. In those seasons, seven coaches have led Baylor to postseason bowl games: Bob Woodruff, George Sauer, Sam Boyd, John D. Bridgers, Grant Teaff, Chuck Reedy, and Art Briles. Five coaches have won conference championships with the Bears: Charles P. Mosley, Frank Bridges, Teaff, Reedy and Briles.

Teaff is the all-time leader in years coached (21), games coached (239), and wins (128). R. H. Hamilton has the highest winning percentage of any Baylor coach, with a 5–1–1 record (.786) during his two-year tenure. Bill Beall is, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coach the Bears have had, winning only 3 of his 31 games (.097). Of the 25 Baylor coaches, 2 have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: Teaff and Morley Jennings. Teaff is also the only coach to have received any coach of the year accolades, winning two national coach of the year award in 1974 and the conference coach of the year award twice. The current coach is Art Briles, who was hired in November 2007.[4]



Statistics correct as of the end of the 2009–10 college football season.
1Hamilton, R. H.R. H. Hamilton1899–19007511.786
2Ritchie, W. J.W. J. Ritchie19018530.625
3Ewing, J. C.J. C. Ewing19029342.444
4Watts, R. N.R. N. Watts19038431.563
5Metzger, SolSol Metzger19048251.313
6Web, ArchieArchie Web19057160.143
7Burleson, LutherLuther Burleson19078431.563
8Mills, E. J.E. J. Mills1908–190916880.500
9Glaze, RalphRalph Glaze1910–19122512103.540
10Paine, NormanNorman Paine191310343.450
11Mosley, Charles P.Charles P. Mosley1914–19195230184.615871.5311
12Bridges, FrankFrank Bridges1920–19255935186.6441386.5932
13Jennings, MorleyMorley Jennings[7]1926–194014983606.57740507.448
14Kimbrough, FrankFrank Kimbrough1941–1942, 1945–1946[A 4]4115233.4026162.292
15Woodruff, BobBob Woodruff1947–19493119102.645891.47210
16Sauer, GeorgeGeorge Sauer1950–19556238213.63719143.56902
17Boyd, SamSam Boyd1956–19583115151.5005121.30610
18Bridgers, John D.John D. Bridgers1959–196810349531.48131371.45721
19Beall, BillBill Beall1969–1971313280.0971200.048
20Teaff, GrantGrant Teaff[9]1972–19922391281056.54883744.528442AFCA Coach of the Year (1974)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1974)
SWC Coach of the Year (1974, 1980)
21Reedy, ChuckChuck Reedy1993–19965523220.51113160.448011
22Roberts, DaveDave Roberts1997–199822418.182217.125
23Steele, KevinKevin Steele1999–200245836.200131.031
24Morriss, GuyGuy Morriss2003–2007581840.310733.175
25Briles, ArtArt Briles2008–present764432.5792526.49022


  1. ^ Baylor did not join a conference until 1915.
  2. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[5]
  3. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[6]
  4. ^ Baylor did not field a team in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II.[8]


  1. ^ "Southwest Athletic Conference: An Inventory of Its Records, 1914–1996 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library". Texas Archival Resources Online. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  2. ^ Wolff Jr., Henry (2002-09-13). "There is more to Baylor bears than football". Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas). p. 5A. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  3. ^ Rielly, Edward (2009). Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. University of Nebraska Press. p. 298. ISBN 9780803290129. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  4. ^ Davis, Brian (2007-11-29). "Briles the choice to bring Baylor football back". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  5. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2006-08-25). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2006-11-24. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  6. ^ Finder, Chuck (1987-09-06). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Famers: Morley "Jopsey" Jennings". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Baylor Planning Return to Football". The Milwaukee Journal. The Associated Press. 1945-04-05. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Hall of Famers: Grant Teaff". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-03-05.