Rating the highest 100 faculty soccer head coaches of the previous 50 years


Nick Saban received his sixth nationwide title in 12 years at Alabama, and his seventh total, this previous January. He had already put collectively possibly the best run of sustained dominance the game has seen — solely Bobby Bowden’s 14 straight top-five finishes may compete — and it is jarring to comprehend that final 12 months’s staff was fairly probably his finest ever.

Saban introduced high-level success to Michigan State within the late Nineteen Nineties (and pulled one of many sport’s most memorable upsets with the Spartans’ 1998 defeat of No. 1 Ohio State), then instantly woke up a sleeping large at LSU and received his first nationwide title in 2003. After a brief dalliance within the execs, he was lured again to the faculty ranks, the place he constructed the up to date recruiting machine that so many others have tried to emulate. He fielded a number of the finest defenses of the twenty first century, and after realizing he wanted to replace his offensive assault, he fielded possibly the perfect offense of the century in 2020.

As a brand new season approaches, let’s take a second to match Saban’s accomplishments — and people of different energetic coaches — to the perfect of faculty soccer’s trendy instances. Let’s rank the highest 100 coaches of the previous 50 years.

Why 50 years? It is primarily as a result of the game approached full integration 50 years in the past, simply as offensive innovation was going down in a few other ways — the Wishbone took maintain in a serious means amongst highly effective colleges, whereas the ahead go was making modern and thrilling headway behind the scenes. It felt like a pure dividing line for outlining trendy faculty soccer.

(That, and I simply did not need to determine the best way to examine Walter Camp’s accomplishments to, say, City Meyer’s.)

One ultimate observe earlier than we get began: This listing is totally and completely about on-field accomplishments. You may see loads of coaches on this listing who bumped into hassle with the NCAA or probably had roles in much more devastating off-the-field scandals. It felt pithy to casually point out stated scandals briefly blurbs about achievements, so I made a decision to forego that and concentrate on solely on-field exploits.

I wrote about 50 males specifically, however I needed to take the time to say as many superior coaches as attainable. Listed here are No. 100-51:

Bounce to: Top 50 | Top 10

100. Bruce Snyder (Utah State 1976-82, Cal 1987-91, Arizona State 1992-2000)

99. Bronco Mendenhall (BYU 2005-15, Virginia 2016-present)

98. James Franklin (Vanderbilt 2011-13, Penn State 2014-present)

97. Wealthy Rodriguez (Salem 1988, Glenville State 1990-96, West Virginia 2001-07, Michigan 2008-10, Arizona 2012-17)

96. Bobby Wallace (North Alabama 1988-97, Temple 1998-2005, West Alabama 2006-10, North Alabama 2012-16)

95. Bobby Ross (The Citadel 1973-77, Maryland 1982-86, Georgia Tech 1987-91, Army 2004-06)

94. Kevin Donley (Anderson 1978-81, Georgetown-KY 1982-92, California-PA 1993-96, Saint Francis-IN 1998-present)

93. Charles McClendon (LSU 1962-79)

92. Kirby Sensible (Georgia 2016-present)

91. David Shaw (Stanford 2011-present)

90. Dan Mullen (Mississippi State 2009-17, Florida 2018-present)

89. Mel Tjeerdsma (Austin College 1984-93, NW Missouri State 1994-2010)

88. Larry Coker (Miami 2001-06, UTSA 2011-15)

87. Ken Sparks (Carson-Newman 1980-2016)

86. Mike Bellotti (Chico State 1984-88, Oregon 1995-2008)

85. Claude Gilbert (SDSU 1973-80, SJSU 1984-89)

84. Mike Van Diest (Carroll 1999-2018)

83. Gene Stallings (Texas A&M 1965-71, Alabama 1990-96)

82. Kyle Whittingham (Utah 2005-present)

81. Darryl Rogers (Cal State Hayward 1965, Fresno State 1966-72, SJSU 1973-75, Michigan State 1976-79, Arizona State 1980-84)

80. Wealthy Brooks (Oregon 1977-94, Kentucky 2003-09)

79. Dick MacPherson (UMass 1971-77, Syracuse 1981-90)

78. Erk Russell (Georgia Southern, 1982-89)

77. Frank Solich (Nebraska 1998-2003, Ohio 2005-20)

76. Bobby Petrino (Louisville 2003-06, Arkansas 2008-11, WKU 2013, Louisville 2014-18, Missouri State 2020-present)

75. Sonny Lubick (Montana State 1978-81, Colorado State 1993-2007)

74. Butch Davis (Miami 1995-2000, North Carolina 2007-10, FIU 2017-20)

73. Jerry Claiborne (Virginia Tech 1961-70, Maryland 1972-81, Kentucky 1982-89)

72. Jim Butterfield (Ithaca, 1967-1993)

71. Wayne Hardin (Navy 1959-64, Temple 1970-82)

70. Kirk Ferentz (Maine 1990-92, Iowa 1999-present)

69. Jeff Tedford (Cal 2002-12, Fresno State 2017-19)

68. Don Nehlen (Bowling Green 1968-76, West Virginia 1980-2000)

67. Joe Tiller (Wyoming 1991-96, Purdue 1997-2008)

66. Bob Reade (Augustana, 1979-94)

65. Fisher DeBerry (Air Force 1984-2006)

64. Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State 2005-present)

63. Gary Pinkel (Toledo 1991-2000, Missouri 2001-15)

62. George Welsh (Navy 1973-81, Virginia 1982-2000)

61. Craig Bohl (NDSU 2003-13, Wyoming 2014-present)

60. Hayden Fry (SMU 1962-72, North Texas 1973-78, Iowa 1979-98)

59. Earle Bruce (Tampa 1972, Iowa State 1973-78, Ohio State 1979-87, Northern Iowa 1988, Colorado State 1989-92)

58. Jerry Moore (North Texas 1979-80, Texas Tech 1981-85, Appalachian State 1989-2012)

57. Chip Kelly (Oregon 2009-12, UCLA 2018-present)

56. Invoice Yeoman (Houston 1962-86)

55. R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M 1989-2002)

54. Terry Donahue (UCLA 1976-95)

53. John Robinson (USC 1976-82 and 1993-97, UNLV 1999-2004)

52. Billy Joe (Cheyney 1972-78, Central State 1981-93, Florida A&M 1994-2004, Miles 2008-10)

51. John Cooper (Tulsa 1977-84, Arizona State 1985-87, Ohio State 1988-2000)

Now to the highest 50.

50. Chris Ault

Workforce: Nevada (1976-92, 1994-95, 2004-12)
File: 234-108-1
Convention titles: 1983, 1986 and 1990-91 Massive Sky; 1992-94 Massive West; 2005, 2010 WAC

You may make the case that Ault is the perfect and second-best coach in Nevada historical past. He retired on two events however received huge in each stint and made an enduring innovation: His pistol formation introduced downhill energy operating to the shotgun period.

49. Johnny Majors

Groups: Iowa State (1968-72), Pitt (1973-76), Tennessee (1977-92)
File: 185-137-10
Nationwide title: 1976
Convention titles: 1985 and 1989-90 SEC

Majors is among the finest coaches ever at three totally different colleges. He constructed one thing out of nothing at ISU, rode Tony Dorsett to a Pitt nationwide title and turned Tennessee right into a late-Nineteen Eighties SEC powerhouse. Down years sullied the win proportion, however the highs had been stratospheric.

48. Phil Fulmer

Workforce: Tennessee (1992-2008)
File: 151-52-1
Nationwide title: 1998
Convention titles: 1997-98 SEC

Fulmer acquired all of the arrows pointed in the best course in Knoxville, rode Peyton Manning to a few top-10 finishes, then received a nationwide title with out him. He completed with eight seasons of 10-plus wins, and Tennessee hasn’t received an SEC East title with out him.

47. Mark Dantonio

Groups: Cincinnati (2004-06), Michigan State (2007-19)
File: 132-74
Convention titles: 2010, 2013 and 2015 Massive Ten

Dantonio rode an old-school, flash-free system — run the ball, defend — to a 2013 Rose Bowl, a 2015 CFP bid and three straight top-10 finishes. And he did so at a college with two top-10 finishes within the 40 years earlier than his arrival.

46. Les Miles

Groups: Oklahoma State (2001-04), LSU (2005-16), Kansas (2019-20)
File: 145-73
Nationwide title: 2007
Convention titles: 2007, 2011 SEC

He made OSU fiery and aggressive once more after a decade within the wilderness, then he succeeded Nick Saban in Baton Rouge and rode protection, perspective and the occasional trick play to 5 top-10 finishes and a nationwide title.

45. Lance Leipold

Groups: Wisconsin-Whitewater (2007-14), Buffalo (2015-20), Kansas (2021-present)
File: 146-39
Nationwide titles: 2007, 2009-11 and 2013-14 Division III
Convention titles: 2007-11 and 2013-14 WIAC

The previous UWW QB completely wrecked store from the beginning, profitable an unimaginable 109 video games and 6 nationwide titles in eight years at his alma mater. In quest of a brand new problem, he constructed Buffalo right into a MAC heavyweight, and now he takes on the last word problem: the Jayhawks.

44. Shug Jordan

Workforce: Auburn (1951-75)
File: 175-83-7
Nationwide title: 1957 FBS
Convention titles: 1957 SEC

He led Auburn throughout most of Bear Bryant’s Bama tenure however nonetheless managed to steal seven top-10 finishes, seven seasons of 9-plus wins, a Heisman (by way of Pat Sullivan) and a nationwide title for himself. There is a motive why Cliff Hare Stadium turned Jordan-Hare in 1973.

43. Vince Dooley

Workforce: Georgia (1964-88)
File: 201-77-10
Nationwide title: 1980
Convention titles: 1966, 1968, 1976 and 1980-82 SEC

A former quarterback and assistant for rival Auburn, Dooley moved to Athens in 1964 and turned Georgia, serving as coach for twenty-four years and AD for 25. Oh yeah, and he went 43-4-1 from 1980 to ’83 thanks partly to a again named Herschel.

42. John Merritt

Groups: Jackson State (1952-62), Tennessee State (1963-83)
File: 235-70-12
Nationwide titles: 1965-66, 1970-1, 1973, 1979, 1982
Convention titles: 1957 Midwest Athletic, 1961-62 SWAC, 1963-66 Midwest

From Samuel Freedman’s “Breaking the Line”: “The place [Eddie] Robinson went recruiting Bible in hand, Merritt arrived in a luxurious sedan, sporting sun shades, a number of rings, and an El Producto cigar.” Merritt received huge for many years and produced 36 NFL draft picks within the Seventies alone.

41. Lloyd Carr

Workforce: Michigan (1995-2007)
File: 122-40
Nationwide title: 1997
Convention titles: 1997-98, 2000, 2003-04 Massive Ten

Carr’s Michigan tenure is outlined primarily by what the Wolverines have not accomplished since he left: end greater than tenth within the polls (he did it 5 instances), win a Massive Ten (he received 5), beat Ohio State greater than as soon as (he went 6-7).

40. Mike Leach

Groups: Texas Tech (2000-09), Washington State (2012-19), Mississippi State (2020-present)
File: 143-97

Recognized extra for his eccentricities and Air Raid affect, Leach has additionally received huge at colleges that do not normally achieve this. Tech completed ranked 5 instances however hasn’t accomplished so since he left. Wazzu’s solely ranked end in 17 years additionally got here below his watch.

39. Invoice McCartney

Workforce: Colorado (1982-94)
File: 93-55-5
Nationwide title: 1990
Convention titles: 1989-91 Massive 8

CU had completed within the AP prime 10 simply twice ever earlier than the previous Michigan assistant reworked the Buffaloes into an option-heavy powerhouse. He loved three 11-win seasons, first emanating rival Nebraska after which briefly surpassing the Huskers.

38. Danny Ford

Groups: Clemson (1978-89), Arkansas (1993-97)
File: 122-59-5
Nationwide title: 1981
Convention titles: 1981-82, 1986-88 ACC

The Nineteen Eighties’ most underrated coach, Ford took the Clemson reins at age 30, led the Tigers to their first nationwide title three years later, then labored by means of NCAA sanctions and received three straight ACC titles. He additionally received Arkansas its first SEC West title.

37. Dennis Erickson

Groups: Idaho (1982-85), Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88), Miami (1989-94), Oregon State (1999-02), Idaho once more (2006), Arizona State (2007-11)
File: 179-96-1
Nationwide titles: 1989, 1991
Convention titles: 1985 Massive Sky, 1991-92 and 1994 Massive East, 2000 and 2007 Pac-10

A journeyman, gamers’ coach and underrated offensive innovator, Erickson saved The U’s dominance chugging alongside for just a few years after Jimmy Johnson’s departure, received convention titles on each coasts and, maybe most impressively, introduced Oregon State its solely top-five end.

36. Frank Kush

Groups: Arizona State (1958-79)
File: 176-54-1
Convention titles: 1959 and 1961 Border Convention, 1969-73, 1975 and 1977 WAC

One of many sport’s extra bodily demanding coaches (to place it kindly), the dictatorial Kush willed Arizona State right into a power-conference program, engineering 4 AP top-10 finishes in six years, together with a No. 2 end in 1975. ASU moved as much as the Pac-10 in 1978.

35. Brian Kelly

Groups: Grand Valley State (1991-2003), Central Michigan (2004-06), Cincinnati (2007-09), Notre Dame (2010-present)
File: 273-96-2
Nationwide titles: 2002-03 Division II
Convention titles: 1992, 1997-98 Midwest Intercollegiate, 2001-02 GLIAC, 2006 MAC, 2008-09 Massive East

From Allendale, Michigan, to South Bend, Kelly is among the few coaches who has each gotten the chance to win huge, and accomplished so, in a number of divisions. He practically introduced Cincinnati to the BCS Championship and has introduced sustained, high-level success again to Notre Dame.

34. Mark Richt

Groups: Georgia (2001-15), Miami (2016-18)
File: 171-64
Convention titles: 2002 and 2005 SEC

Richt’s résumé featured the whole lot however a nationwide title. He received two SEC titles in his first 5 seasons at UGA, engineered seven top-10 finishes and got here inside a recreation, or a single bounce, of title photographs in 2002, 2007 and 2012.

33. Jimbo Fisher

Groups: Florida State (2010-17), Texas A&M (2018-present)
File: 109-33
Nationwide title: 2013
Convention titles: 2012-14 ACC

Fisher succeeded Bobby Bowden and shortly reestablished FSU’s powerhouse bona fides. His Noles received 59 video games in 5 years and had been barely challenged throughout a nationwide title romp in 2013. He acquired A&M again into the highest 5 inside three years, too.

32. Howard Schnellenberger

Groups: Miami (1979-83), Louisville (1985-94), Oklahoma (1995), FAU (2001-11)
File: 158-151-3
Nationwide title: 1983
Convention titles: 2007 Solar Belt

The endlessly assured and gravelly voiced Schnellenberger turned Miami — a program that had thought-about dropping soccer — right into a nationwide powerhouse and created a soccer believer in Louisville. Then he took a startup FAU program to the FBS degree and briefly thrived as properly.

31. Barry Alvarez

Groups: Wisconsin (1990-2005)
File: 120-73-4
Convention titles: 1993, 1998-99 Massive Ten

It is one factor to show a program round. It is one other to show it round completely. Alvarez introduced a bodily type to Madison that the Badgers have maintained ever since; Alvarez’s fingerprints are nonetheless all around the program, and in the absolute best means.

30. Pat Dye

Groups: East Carolina (1974-79), Wyoming (1980), Auburn (1981-92)
File: 153-62-5
Convention titles: 1976 Southern, 1983 and 1987-89 SEC

Like Richt, Dye’s profession had the whole lot however a nationwide title. His Tigers got here agonizingly shut in 1983 and got here inside seven factors of an unbeaten file in 1988. Regardless, AU was the scariest SEC staff of the late Nineteen Eighties and had the top-10 finishes to show it.

29. Frank Broyles

Groups: Missouri (1957), Arkansas (1958-76)
File: 149-62-6
Nationwide title: 1964
Convention titles: 1959-61, 1964-65, 1968 and 1975 SWC

Broyles noticed sufficient potential in Arkansas to go away his first head-coaching gig after only one 12 months; he proceeded to again up that call by main the Hogs to 9 top-10 finishes, shares of seven convention titles and a declare to the 1964 nationwide title.

28. Bo Schembechler

Groups: Miami (Ohio) (1963-68), Michigan (1969-89)
File: 234-65-8
Convention titles: 1965-66 MAC; 1969, 1971-74, 1976-78, 1980, 1982, 1986 and 1987-88 Massive Ten

A vaunted member of the Miami (Ohio) Cradle of Coaches lineage, Schembechler fought Woody Hayes to a draw within the Ten Yr Struggle, ripped off 16 top-10 finishes and 10 Rose Bowl journeys and completed with both one or zero losses six instances.

27. Gary Patterson

Workforce: TCU (2001-present)
File: 178-74
Convention titles: 2002 Convention USA, 2005, 2009-11 Mountain West, 2014 Massive 12

Within the 40 years earlier than Patterson took over, TCU had zero AP top-20 finishes. Patterson has eight in 20 years. He acquired the Horned Frogs promoted into the Massive 12 after a 36-3 run (and Rose Bowl title) from 2008-10 and has pulled off one other three top-10 finishes since. Good guitar player, too.

26. Bob Stoops

Workforce: Oklahoma (1999-2016)
File: 190-48
Nationwide title: 2000
Convention title: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006-08, 2010, 2012 and 2015-16 Massive 12

OU was at its lowest-ever ebb when Stoops took over in 1999 … and he received a nationwide title in his second 12 months. He could not replicate that feat, however he turned the Sooners again into each an offensive innovator and the Massive 12’s premier program.

25. Jimmy Johnson

Groups: Oklahoma State (1979-83), Miami (1984-88)
File: 81-34-3
Nationwide title: 1987

He would have completed greater if he hadn’t left to grow to be probably the greatest NFL coaches of the Nineteen Nineties, however in a single decade Johnson first turned Oklahoma State round, then firmly established The U’s burgeoning credentials as faculty soccer’s dominant program.

24. Dan Devine

Groups: Arizona State (1955-57), Missouri (1958-70), Notre Dame (1975-80)
File: 172-57-9
Nationwide title: 1977
Convention titles: 1957 Border, 1960 and 1969 Massive 8

He went 10-0 in his final 12 months at ASU, received Missouri its final two convention titles (amongst 4 top-10 finishes) and, after a short NFL dalliance, led Notre Dame to a few top-10 finishes and, behind Joe Montana, its second-to-last nationwide title.

23. John Gagliardi

Groups: Carroll (1949-52), Saint John’s (1953-2012)
File: 489-138-11
Nationwide titles: 1963 and 1965 NAIA, 1976 and 2003 Division III

Convention titles: 1950-52 Montana Collegiate, 1953, 1962-63, 1965, 1971, 1974-77, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993-96, 1998-99, 2001-03, 2005-06 and 2008-09 Minnesota Intercollegiate

Saint John” coached in components of eight a long time, received nationwide titles in each the Sixties and 2000s, restricted contact in observe and demanded nobody name him “Coach.” A genuinely one-of-a-kind determine in a area stuffed with pseudo-generals.

22. Don James

Groups: Kent State (1971-74), Washington (1975-92)
File: 175-79-3
Nationwide title: 1991
Convention titles: 1972 MAC, 1977, 1980-81 and 1990-92 Pac-10

He mentored Nick Saban and Gary Pinkel at Kent State, then turned Washington round twice — first bringing the Huskies to a few Rose Bowls after which, after a mid-Nineteen Eighties funk, turning UW right into a nationwide powerhouse. His 1991 Huskies is perhaps the perfect Pac-10 staff of all-time.

21. Mack Brown

Groups: Appalachian State (1983), Tulane (1985-87), North Carolina (1988-97), Texas (1998-2013), North Carolina once more (2019-present)
File: 259-132-1
Nationwide title: 2005
Convention titles: 2005 and 2009 Massive 12

Probably the most charismatic and famend recruiters in historical past, Brown turned packages round at Tulane and UNC, then led Texas to seven top-10 finishes in 9 years. Then he returned from retirement and introduced life again to the UNC program as soon as extra.

20. Chris Petersen

Groups: Boise State (2006-13), Washington (2014-19)
File: 147-38
Convention titles: 2006 and 2008-10 WAC, 2012 Mountain West, 2016 and 2018 Pac-12

Few mid-majors have reached the heights Petersen established in Boise. His Broncos went 13-0 and beat Oklahoma in 2006, then received 38 video games with three top-10 finishes from 2009 to ’11. He additionally introduced Washington a CFP bid and its first outright convention titles in practically 30 years.

19. Lou Holtz

Groups: William & Mary (1969-71), NC State (1972-75), Arkansas (1977-83), Minnesota (1984-85), Notre Dame (1986-96), South Carolina (1999-2004)
File: 249-132-7
Nationwide title: 1988
Convention titles: 1970 Southern, 1973 ACC, 1979 SWC

He received convention or nationwide titles at 4 colleges and took six to bowls. A journeyman for many years, he discovered his dwelling in South Bend, the place, with a title and 5 top-fives, he turned the best Notre Dame head coach of the previous 40 years.

18. Darrell Ok Royal

Groups: Mississippi State (1954-55), Washington (1956), Texas (1957-76)
File: 184-60-5
Nationwide titles: 1963, 1969-70
Convention titles: 1959, 1961-63, 1968-73 and 1975 SWC

A former Oklahoma QB, Royal turned Texas into Texas, profitable claims of three nationwide titles, shedding one or zero video games eight instances and overseeing Emory Bellard’s invention of the Wishbone, which turned each his and plenty of different heavyweight packages round within the Seventies.

17. Larry Kehres

Groups: Mount Union (1986-2012)
File: 332-24-3
Nationwide titles: 1993, 1996-98, 2000-02, 2005-06, 2008 and 2012 Division III
Convention titles: 1986, 1990 and 1992-2012 Ohio Athletic

Mount Union had made the Division III playoffs simply as soon as in its historical past when Kehres took over. Twenty-seven years later, the varsity had made the playoffs 23 extra instances, received 11 nationwide titles and reached the finals 5 extra instances. He crafted one of many sport’s surest issues.

16. Woody Hayes

Groups: Denison (1946-48), Miami (Ohio) (1949-50), Ohio State (1951-78)
File: 238-72-10
Nationwide titles: 1954, 1957, 1968
Convention titles: 1947 OAC, 1950 MAC, 1954-55, 1957, 1961, 1968-70 and 1972-77 Massive Ten

Probably the most conservative and military-obsessed coaches ever, Hayes approached soccer like floor warfare and received huge. After a mid-Sixties droop, he raised his recruiting and soared to eight top-10s and 6 Rose Bowls in 9 years. He misplaced one or zero video games 12 instances.

15. Jim Tressel

Groups: Youngstown State (1986-2000), Ohio State (2001-10)
File: 241-79-2
Nationwide titles: 1991, 1993-94 and 1997 FCS, 2002 FBS
Convention titles: 1987 Ohio Valley, 2002, 2005-10 Massive Ten

After turning YSU into FCS royalty (he is now college president), Tressel took a leap to Ohio State and, in his second 12 months, received the Buckeyes’ first nationwide title in 34 years. His decade in Columbus ended with eight top-10s and shares of seven convention titles.

14. Pete Carroll

Workforce: USC (2001-09)
File: 97-19
Nationwide titles: 2003-04
Convention titles: 2002-08 Pac-10

Like Jimmy Johnson, Carroll’s faculty run was lower brief by a Tremendous Bowl-winning transfer to the NFL. However he wanted barely a 12 months to awaken a sleeping large and lead it to almost unprecedented success: His Trojans earned seven straight top-fours and received two nationwide titles.

13. Steve Spurrier

Groups: Duke (1987-89), Florida (1990-2001), South Carolina (2005-15)
File: 228-89-2
Nationwide titles: 1996
Convention titles: 1989 ACC, 1991, 1993-96 and 2000 SEC

He received Duke’s solely convention title in six a long time. He led South Carolina to its solely three top-10s. He turned Florida right into a soccer heavyweight with 10 top-10 finishes and the varsity’s first six SEC titles in 11 years. A fairly good ol’ ball coach.

12. Eddie Robinson

Groups: Grambling (1941-97)
File: 408-165-15
Nationwide titles: 1955, 1967, 1972, 1974-75, 1977, 1980, 1983 and 1992 HBCU nationwide championships
Convention titles: 1960, 1965-68, 1971-75, 1977-80, 1983, 1985, 1989 and 1994 SWAC

Robinson recorded his first unbeaten season at age 23, received greater than 400 video games and 9 Black faculty soccer nationwide championships and noticed greater than 200 of his gamers play within the execs, and he is the one individual on this listing portrayed by Harry Belafonte in a film. Sufficient stated.

11. Joe Paterno

Workforce: Penn State (1966-2011)
File: 409-136-3
Nationwide titles: 1982, 1986
Convention titles: 1994, 2005 and 2008 Massive Ten

We’re actually testing the boundaries of the “don’t talk about scandals” coverage right here, however on the sector, Paterno’s acumen was undoubtable. He engineered top-10 finishes in 5 totally different a long time, and he received two nationwide titles — practically received 5 extra.

10. LaVell Edwards

Workforce: BYU (1972-2000)
File: 257-101-3
Nationwide title: 1984
Convention titles: 1974, 1976-85, 1989-93 and 1995-96 WAC, 1999 Mountain West

Probably the most influential and prolific offensive coaches in historical past, Edwards was additionally one in every of its finest. BYU hadn’t spent even per week ranked earlier than he led the Cougars to probably the most unlikely of nationwide titles, three top-10 finishes and shares of 19 convention titles.

9. Barry Switzer

Workforce: Oklahoma (1973-88)
File: 157-29-4
Nationwide titles: 1974-75, 1985
Convention titles: 1973-80 and 1984-87 Massive 8

Switzer rode the Wishbone and otherworldly recruiting to spectacular success within the Seventies, and after a short identification disaster within the early Nineteen Eighties, he returned to the Bone and went 33-3 from 1985 to ’87. Over half his seasons ended with the Sooners within the AP prime three.

8. Invoice Snyder

Workforce: Kansas State (1989-2005, 2009-18)
File: 215-117-1
Convention titles: 2003, 2012

By far the perfect coach to by no means win a nationwide title, Snyder took on a Ok-State job nearly actually nobody needed, constructed it into some of the elite packages of the late Nineteen Nineties, retired, then returned and received the Massive 12 for a second time. The last word program builder.

7. Dabo Swinney

Workforce: Clemson (2009-present)
File: 140-33
Nationwide titles: 2016, 2018
Convention titles: 2011 and 2015-20 ACC

The very best coach to have briefly retired to promote actual property, Swinney shocked many by touchdown the Clemson job, then shocked much more by constructing a Tiger warship. Up to now six seasons, Clemson has gone 79-7 and received its second and third nationwide titles. And he is solely 51.

6. John McKay

Workforce: USC (1960-75)
File: 127-40-8
Nationwide titles: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974
Convention titles: 1962, 1964, 1966-69 and 1972-74 Pac-8

USC had been terribly inconsistent post-war, however that modified in McKay’s third season. From 1962 to ’74, the Trojans received 4 nationwide titles with 9 top-10s and eight Rose Bowl bids. He turned USC into Operating Again U and set the desk for additional success with John Robinson.

5. City Meyer

Groups: Bowling Inexperienced (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10), Ohio State (2012-18)
File: 187-32
Nationwide titles: 2006, 2008, 2014
Convention titles: 2003-04 Mountain West, 2006 and 2008 SEC, 2014 and 2017-18 Massive Ten

He instantly turned BGSU round. He went 22-2 at Utah. He received two nationwide titles (and practically a 3rd) at Florida. He received one other at Ohio State whereas shedding simply 5 convention video games in seven years. No matter your college’s potential was, you realized it below Meyer.

4. Tom Osborne

Workforce: Nebraska (1973-97)
File: 255-49-3
Nationwide titles: 1994-95, 1997
Convention titles: 1975, 1978, 1981-84, 1988 and 1991-95 Massive 8, 1997 Massive 12

Subject an superior staff yearly, and finally you will get the breaks and win titles. It is the Osborne rule. His Huskers had been ridiculously constant within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties — just one staff completed exterior the highest 15 — and eventually broke by means of with three titles in his final 4 seasons.

3. Bobby Bowden

Groups: Samford (1959-62), West Virginia (1970-75), Florida State (1976-2009)
File: 377-129-4
Nationwide titles: 1993, 1999
Convention titles: 1992-2000, 2002-03 and 2005 ACC

You nearly actually cannot construct a winner like Bowden did at FSU anymore. His indie Noles took on all comers and acted like a nationwide energy till they turned one. Solely Swinney has a shot at his 14 straight top-five finishes, and Bowden’s 26 top-15 finishes are jarring, too.

2. Bear Bryant

Groups: Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946-53), Texas A&M (1954-57), Alabama (1958-1982)
File: 323-85-17
Nationwide titles: 1961, 1964-65, 1978-79
Convention titles: 1956 SWC, 1950, 1961, 1964-66, 1971-75, 1977-79 and 1981 SEC

He practically received nationwide titles at Kentucky and A&M, and when “Mama known as,” he got here dwelling to his alma mater, received three nationwide titles in 5 years, then responded to a late-Sixties funk by integrating his roster, adopting the Wishbone and ripping off seven top-fives in eight years.

1. Nick Saban

Groups: Toledo (1990), Michigan State (1995-99), LSU (2000-04), Alabama (2007-present)
File: 256-65-1
Nationwide titles: 2003, 2009, 2011-12, 2015, 2017 and 2020
Convention titles: 1990 MAC, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2012, 2014-16, 2018 and 2020 SEC

Was there any doubt? Saban had already accomplished sufficient to earn a spot on this listing when he left for the NFL in 2005. Since coming to Tuscaloosa in 2007, he has put collectively merely the greatest-ever run of dominance: six nationwide titles (with two extra title recreation appearances), seven SEC titles and 13 straight top-10 finishes. He hasn’t fairly matched Bowden’s 14 straight top-fives, however the rings greater than make up for that. And if final 12 months is any indication, this run is way from over.

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