List of LSU Tigers head football coaches

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Current head coach - Les Miles

The LSU Tigers college football team represents Louisiana State University (LSU) in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tigers compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 31 head coaches since it began play during the 1893 season.[1] Since January 2005, Les Miles has served as LSU's head coach.[2]

The team has played more than 1,100 games over 118 seasons of LSU football.[1] Since 1893, ten coaches have led the Tigers in postseason bowl games: Bernie Moore, Gaynell Tinsley, Paul Dietzel, Charles McClendon, Jerry Stovall, Bill Arnsparger, Mike Archer, Gerry DiNardo, Nick Saban and Miles.[3] Five of those coaches also won conference championships: Moore, Dietzel, McClendon, Arnsparger, Archer, Saban and Miles won a combined eleven as a member of the SEC.[3] During their tenures, Wingard, Dietzel, Saban and Miles each won national championships with the Tigers.[3][4]

McClendon is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 137 victories during his 18 years with the program.[1] Allen Jeardeau has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .875.[1] John P. Gregg and John W. Mayhew have the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .333.[1] Bo Rein was hired in 1979 as head coach, but died in a plane crash on January 10, 1980, without ever coaching a game at LSU.[5][6] Of the 32 different head coaches who have led the Tigers, Dana X. Bible,[7] Mike Donahue,[8] Biff Jones,[9] Moore,[10] and Charlie McClendon[11] have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

Key[edit]

Key to symbols in coaches list
GeneralOverallConferencePostseason[A 1]
#Order of coaches[A 2]GCGames coachedCWConference winsPWPostseason wins
DCDivision championshipsOWOverall winsCLConference lossesPLPostseason losses
CCConference championshipsOLOverall lossesCTConference tiesPTPostseason ties
NCNational championshipsOTOverall ties[A 3]C%Conference winning percentage
daggerElected to the College Football Hall of FameO%Overall winning percentage[A 4]


Coaches[edit]

List of head football coaches showing season(s) coached, overall records, conference records, postseason records, championships and selected awards[A 5]
#NameTerm
[A 6]
GCOWOLOTO%CWCLCTC%PWPLPTDC
[A 7]
CCNCAwards
1Coates, Charles E.Charles E. Coates18931010.00000
2Simmons, AlbertAlbert Simmons1894–18952510.83300
3Jeardeau, AllenAllen Jeardeau1896–18978710.8753001.00000
4Chavanne, EdmondEdmond Chavanne1898, 19005320.600110.50000
5Gregg, John P.John P. Gregg18996240.333120.33300
6Boreland, W. S.W. S. Boreland1901–1903221570.682660.50000
7Killian, Dan A.Dan A. Killian1904–190616862.563331.50000
8Wingard, EdgarEdgar Wingard1907–1908201730.850410.80011 – 1908
9Pritchard, JoeJoe Pritchard19095440.800210.66700
10Mayhew, John W.John W. Mayhew1909–19109360.333130.25000
11Dwyer, JamesJames Dwyer1911–1913251672.680351.38900
12MacDonnell, E. T.E. T. MacDonnell1914–1916221471.659331.50000
13Pray, IrvingIrving Pray1916, 1919, 1922201190.550440.50000000
14Bible, Dana X.Dana X. Bibledagger19163102.667101.75000000
15Sutton, WayneWayne Sutton19178350.375130.25000000
16Bocock, BranchBranch Bocock1920–1921171142.706241.35700000
17Donahue, MikeMike Donahuedagger1923–19274523193.5445142.28600000
18Cohen, RussRuss Cohen1928–19313723131.6351191.54800000
19Jones, BiffBiff Jonesdagger1932–1934312056.7411122.80000000
20Moore, BernieBernie Mooredagger1935–194712883396.67243284.60013120
21Tinsley, GaynellGaynell Tinsley1948–19547535346.50717256.41701000SEC Coach of the Year (1949)[16]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1949)[16]
22Dietzel, PaulPaul Dietzel1955–19617346243.65126162.61421021 – 1958AFCA Coach of the Year (1958)[17]
SEC Coach of the Year (1958)[16]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1958)[16]
23McClendon, CharlesCharles McClendondagger1962–1979203137597.69260413.59176010AFCA Coach of the Year (1970)[18]
SEC Coach of the Year (1969, 1970)[16]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1969)[16]
UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1969, 1970)[16]
24Rein, BoBo Rein
[A 8]
1980
25Stovall, JerryJerry Stovall1980–19834522212.5119132.41701000Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1982)[19]
26Arnsparger, BillBill Arnsparger1984–1986362682.7501332.77803010SEC Coach of the Year (1984, 1986)[16]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1986)[16]
27Archer, MikeMike Archer1987–19904627181.59815120.55611010
28Hallman, CurleyCurley Hallman1991–19944416280.36410210.323000000
29DiNardo, GerryGerry DiNardo1995–19995833241.57818201.475300000
IntHunter, HalHal Hunter
[A 9]
19991101.000101.00000000
30Saban, NickNick Saban2000–2004644816.7502812.70032321 – 2003AP Coach of the Year (2003)[21]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2003)[22]
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2003)[23]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2003)[16]
31Miles, LesLes Miles2005–Present1199524.7985220.72263321 – 2007AP Coach of the Year (2011)[24]
SEC Coach of the Year (2011)[25]
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2011)[26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.[12]
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[13]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[14]
  5. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012 college football season.
  6. ^ LSU did not field a team for the 1918 season due to World War I.[3]
  7. ^ Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, LSU has competed as a member of the SEC West.[15]
  8. ^ Bo Rein was hired in November 1979, but was killed in a plane crash on January 10, 1980, without coaching an official game at LSU.[5][6]
  9. ^ Hal Hunter was named interim head coach for the final game of the 1999 season, following the termination of Gerry DiNardo as head coach.[20]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ a b c d e 2010 LSU Tigers Football Media Guide, p. 180
  2. ^ "Tigers introduce Saban's successor". ESPN.com. ESPN.com news services. January 4, 2005. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d 2010 LSU Tigers Football Media Guide, pp. 154–163
  4. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (2010). 2010 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA.org. pp. 68–77. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Rein gets 4-year contract to coach L.S.U. football". The New York Times (New York City). December 1, 1979. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Oller, Rob (January 5, 2008). "Promising start ended tragically". The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio: Dispatch.com). Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Famers: Dana Bible". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Famers: Michael "Iron Mike" Donahue". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hall of Famers: Lawrence "Biff" Jones". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hall of Famers: Bernie Moore". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Hall of Famers: Charlie "Cholly Mac" McClendon". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today (McLean, Virginia). Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  14. ^ Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times (New York City). Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  15. ^ Harwell, Hoyt (November 30, 1990). "SEC sets division lineups". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). p. 1C. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 2010 LSU Tigers Football Media Guide, p. 174
  17. ^ USA Today College Football Encyclopedia. New York City: Skyhorse Publishing. 2009. p. 106. ISBN 9781602396777. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  18. ^ USA Today College Football Encyclopedia. New York City: Skyhorse Publishing. 2009. p. 270. ISBN 9781602396777. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jerry Stovall: Walter Camp 1982 Coach of the Year". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  20. ^ "DiNardo out at LSU". CNN/Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. November 16, 1999. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Saban beats out USC's Carroll for award". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 12, 2003. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  22. ^ "All-time Eddie Robinson Award Winners". Football Writers Association of America. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Coach of the Year Award: List of past recipients". Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  24. ^ "LSU's Les Miles wins coach of year". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 21, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Les Miles named SEC coach of the year by his peers". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana: NOLA.com). December 11, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  26. ^ "LSU coach Les Miles receives a Coach of the Year award". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana: NOLA.com). December 7, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2012.