In 141 seasons of college football, at all NCAA levels, only 40 head coaches have reached the 200-win mark, only 11 have achieved the 300-win mark and a mere three have reached 400 wins.
These are remarkable achievements that took entire careers to accomplish.
These careers began with the struggle to even become a head coach and consisted of years of turning programs around, retooling teams and constantly living under the pressure of producing winning squads while fanbases, university administrations and the media picked apart their performance and expected more.
The following slideshow lists the top 50 coaches in NCAA college football history by total wins and then attempts to pick one or two accomplishments from each coach’s multi-decade career that makes them truly legendary.
Some of the gridiron leaders are names we’re familiar with, some are still coaching today and others might be a complete mystery.
Regardless, each of these extraordinary individuals deserve mention and further study as they are greatest coaches in the history of the greatest game in team sport.