Urban Meyer, the current head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Ohio State Buckeyes college football team represents the Ohio State University in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The programs has had 24 since it began play during the 1890 season. The Buckeyes have played over 1,100 games over 121 seasons. In those seasons, seven head coaches have led the Buckeyes to postseason bowl games: John Wilce, Wes Fesler, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel and Luke Fickell. Eleven coaches have won conference championships with the Buckeyes: Albert Herrnstein, John Richards, Wilce, Francis Schmidt, Paul Brown, Carroll Widdoes, Fesler, Hayes, Bruce, Cooper and Tressel. Brown, Hayes and Tressel have also won national championships with the Buckeyes.
Hayes is the all-time leader in games coached and years coached with the Buckeyes, while also leading all coaches in victories (205). Widdoes holds the highest winning percentage of all Buckeye coaches (.889) winning sixteen of the eighteen games he coached. David Edwards holds the lowest winning percentage of any Buckeye head coach (.167), going 1–7–1 in the only season that he coached. Of the 24 Buckeye head coaches, only Howard Jones, Wilce, Schmidt, Fesler, Hayes, Bruce and Cooper have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The current head coach of the Buckeyes is Urban Meyer who was hired in November 2011.
- ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Buckeyes. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is counted only once.
- ^ Ohio State did not join a conference until 1902.
- ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
- ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
- ^ Charles Hickey was hired part-way through the 1896 season and student coached the team in several games.
- ^ Ohio State finished the 2010 season with an overall record of 12–1 and a conference record of 7–1. Ohio State voluntarily vacated all victories during the season, as well as the conference championship and Sugar Bowl victory, as a result of NCAA infractions.
- ^ Luke Fickell was named interim head coach in May 2011, following the resignation of Jim Tressel.