College Football's 100 Greatest Coaches Ever
While some coaches come into a college football coaching position and fail to make their mark, there have been many who have left an impression on both a program and the college football landscape.
Through the years there have been thousands of head coaches who have started a new position looking to change the course of history. Here is a list of 100 coaches who not only got their chance, but took their programs to a new level to become one of the greats.
No. 100: Chris Petersen
Despite only being a head coach for five seasons, Chris Petersen has done a lot for the Boise State program and college football.
Year after year under Petersen, the Broncos are knocking on the BCS door, waiting for the time they can break in for a shot at the National Championship.
Petersen has a career record of 61-5 and has won two BCS bowl games. He has also led his teams to two perfect seasons and looks to do it again in 2011.
No. 99: Gary Patterson
Despite only being the head coach at TCU for 10 years, Gary Patterson is already putting together a great coaching career.
Patterson took over in 2001, and has already won 98 games while at TCU and led them to four conference championships.
Over the past two years, Patterson has led the Horned Frogs to back-to-back BCS bowl games and won the 2011 Rose Bowl, giving TCU a final ranking of No. 2 in the nation.
No. 98: "Biggie" Munn
During his 10-year coaching career, "Biggie" Munn left his imprint on the Michigan State football program.
After spending a couple years with Albright and a year with Syracuse, Munn took over at Michigan State in 1947. He built up the Spartan program for five years, and their hard work paid off with the 1952 National Championship.
Munn never had a losing season while at Michigan State and left coaching with a 71-16-3 record.
No. 97: "Dutch" Meyer
In 1934, "Dutch" Meyer took over at TCU and spent his entire coaching career with the program. During his 19 seasons, Meyer won three conference titles, led the program to 109 victories and two National Championships.
Meyer was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956.
No. 96: Phil King
Despite making the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1962, Phil King had a good coaching career in the early 1900's in the Big Ten.
During his career, King led Wisconsin to three conference titles and finished with a 73-14-1 career record. He never had a losing season as head coach.
No. 95: Howard Schnellenberger
Howard Schnellenberger has spent time with college programs and the NFL. He got his head coaching start in college with Miami, where he led the Hurricanes to the 1983 National Championship.
Schnellenberger would later move on to coach Louisville, Oklahoma and Florida Atlantic, where he is currently still the head coach.
Over his career, Schnellenberger has won 157 games and most recently led Florida Atlantic to a Sun Belt championship in 2007.
No. 94: Homer Norton
Homer Norton's coaching career took off after leaving Centenary to take over at Texas A&M. Norton had a great deal of success as coach of Texas A&M, going 82-53-9, leading them to three conference titles and a National Championship in 1939.
No. 93: Charles Daly
Inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1951, Charles Daly was the head coach of the Navy Midshipmen.
Daly spent eight years coaching Navy and was part of the 1914 National Championship team. He also led them to eight consecutive winning seasons, with a record of 58-13-3.
No. 92: Earle Bruce
While Earle Bruce did spend time as the head coach of Iowa State and Colorado State, his major successes were with Ohio State.
Bruce coached Ohio State for nine years and led them to four conference titles. He also led the Buckeyes to 81 wins.
In 2002, Bruce was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame after finishing 154-90-2 as a head coach.
No. 91: John Wilce
John Wilce would spend his entire head coaching career at Ohio State. After being hired in 1913, Wilce led the Buckeyes to three conference titles and 78 wins. He would remain their head coach until retiring in 1928.
Wilce was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
No. 90: George Welsh
After spending nine years as the head coach of Navy, George Welsh took over the Virginia football program in 1982.
While at Virginia, Welsh only had two losing seasons, won two conference titles and led them to 12 bowl games.
By winning 134 games at Virginia, Welsh ended his career with 189 victories and was placed into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
No. 89: "Rip" Engle
Before there was JoePa at Penn State, there was "Rip" Engle.
Engle coached at Brown for six seasons before he was offered the head coaching job at Penn State. He won more than 100 games with Penn State and never had a losing season as their head coach.
In 1973, Engle was named to the College Football Hall of Fame.
No. 88: Bill Juneau
Bill Juneau spent time at a few colleges during his career as head coach, holding positions at Marquette, Wisconsin, Texas and Kentucky.
While never winning a national title, Juneau did win two conference championships and only had one losing season during his coaching career.
Juneau would retire with a 86-39-12 record.
No. 87: Frank Cavanaugh
Frank Cavanaugh was a head coach in college football from 1898-1932. He took over at five different schools and at the end of his tenure, he left every program with an above-.500 record.
In 1954, Cavanaugh was honored by becoming a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
No. 86: Henry Sanders
After a long and successful coaching career, Henry Sanders was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
During his time at both Vanderbilt and UCLA, Sanders won three conference titles and led UCLA to a National Championship.
He also won 102 games as a head coach and only had one losing season, which was during his first year as a head coach.
No. 85: Jim Tatum
Jim Tatum had a solid career as a head coach, spending time at Oklahoma, Maryland and North Carolina.
Over the course of his career, Tatum won 100 games, four conference titles and a National Championship in 1953 with Maryland.
Tatum passed away young at the age of 46. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.
No. 84: Barry Alvarez
After getting his start at Notre Dame coaching linebackers and then defense, Barry Alvarez was hired by Wisconsin in 1990.
Alvarez was responsible for turning around a team that went 1-10 in 1990 to a 10-1-1 team that won the Big Ten in 1993. Later in his career, Alvarez would add two more Big Ten titles to his resume and back-to-back Rose Bowl victories.
His career ended in 2005 with a record of 118-73-4, and he was a part of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame class.
No. 83: "Wally" Butts
"Wally" Butts spent 21 years leading the Georgia Bulldogs onto the football field. Butts not only had the longevity as a coach, but he also had success; he won four conference titles and two National Championships.
Butts went 140-86-9 as a head coach and was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
No. 82: Hugh Daugherty
Hugh Daugherty led the Michigan State football program for 19 seasons. During his time with the Spartans, Daugherty won two conference titles and also two National Championships.
With a 109-69-5 record, Daugherty was welcomed into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.
No. 81: Fred Folsom
Fred Folsom started his coaching career in 1895 and coached until 1915. While he spent four years in the middle of his career coaching Dartmouth, Folsom spent the rest of his time at Colorado.
Folsom led his teams to 10 conference championships and won 106 games. He also led Colorado to four perfect seasons.
No. 80: Dennis Franchione
Dennis Franchione has made a few stops throughout the college football landscape, holding head coaching spots at New Mexico, TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M.
Franchione had the ability to help programs turn the corner and was able to lead TCU to two conference titles.
Since finishing at Texas A&M in 2007, Franchione will return to coaching to take over at Texas State.
No. 79: Mike Bellotti
In 1995, the Oregon program took a turn in its development when Mike Bellotti took over as head coach. Oregon was a program teetering on mediocrity, and Bellotti transformed them into a Pac-10 contender and put them into the national eye.
During his time at Oregon, Bellotti went 116-55 and led the Ducks to two Pac-10 titles. He also had teams in 2001 and 2007 that were close to heading to the National Championship. If not for being denied by the BCS system in 2001 and a Dennis Dixon knee injury in 2007, Bellotti would have had two shots at the school's first title.
No. 78: Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson is a coach who would go on to have great success in the NFL, but not before leaving his mark on college football.
Johnson first started at Oklahoma State, but it's his work at Miami people remember him for. He went 52-9 while at Miami and led them to a national title in 1987.
No. 77: William Roper
Although William Roper did win 112 games as a head coach, he did something that was even more impressive.
Roper was named the Princeton head coach three separate times, and each time, he was able to lead the program to a national title.
No. 76: Don Coryell
Don Coryell led San Diego State to success they have yet to see since. During his 12 years as head coach, he had three perfect seasons and compiled a record of 104-19-2.
No. 75: Tommy Tuberville
Tommy Tuberville has a career record of 118-65 and is currently the head coach at Texas Tech.
Tuberville spent his first four years as head coach at Ole Miss before moving on to Auburn to take over their head coaching position.
With Auburn, Tuberville won five SEC divisional titles and, in 2004, led them to an undefeated season many believe should have been a National Championship season.
No. 74: Les Miles
One of the most unpredictable coaches on the list is Les Miles.
Miles got his start as head coach at Oklahoma State and led the Cowboys to three bowl games in four seasons.
In 2005, Miles took over at LSU and is still there today. In six seasons with the Tigers, Miles has led them to four 10-win seasons, an SEC title and a National Championship in 2007.
Overall, Miles has 90 wins in his career and will likely reach 100 as his 2011 Tigers are prepared for a title run.
No. 73: R.C. Slocum
After retiring in 2002, R.C. Slocum left the Texas A&M program with the most wins in their history. During his time with the football program, Slocum won four conference championships and put together a 123-47-2 record in his 14 years as coach.
No. 72: Danny Ford
Danny Ford had all of his major successes while coaching Clemson in the ACC. Ford led Clemson to the 1981 National Championship and also won five ACC championships.
After 11 full seasons with Clemson, Ford finished his career with five seasons as head coach of Arkansas.
Once his career was over, Ford put together a 122-59-5 record.
No. 71: Mike Donahue
Mike Donahue was a coach at Auburn in the early 1900's. Donahue spent 18 seasons with Auburn and only had one losing season. He would lead them to two conference titles and also the 1913 National Championship.
Later in his career, Donahue would take over at LSU and spend five seasons with the Tigers. His career would finish with a 129-54-8.
No. 70: Pete Carroll
Much like Jim Tressel, Pete Carroll's overall performance as a head coach may end up being overshadowed by off-the-field issues.
Despite all the sanctions that have taken place since he left, Carroll had an impressive college career at USC. Carroll and the Trojans dominated the Pac-10 from 2002-2009 and made three National Championship game appearances.
No. 69: Bill McCartney
Bill McCartney spent his coaching career at one school and led Colorado to some great seasons. In 1990, McCartney won the National Championship, and his success didn't stop there.
McCartney also won three conference titles and led the Buffaloes to nine bowl games. He also received multiple Coach of the Year honors for his work in 1989.
No. 68: Johnny Majors
Johnny Majors' head coaching career began in 1968 and ran to 1996. Majors' career included stops at Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and then landing back at Pittsburgh.
Majors' big breakthrough came in 1976 when he led Pittsburgh to a National Championship. He also had success at Tennessee, winning three SEC titles.
While still coaching, Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
No. 67: Phillip Fulmer
Phillip Fulmer spent his entire head coaching career at Tennessee, coaching from 1992-2008.
During his career, Fulmer was known as a strong recruiter, and his efforts paid off on the field. Fulmer won 152 games, six SEC divisional titles, two SEC titles and a National Championship in 1998.
No. 66: Hugo Bezdek
While Hugo Bezdek spent time coaching Oregon and Arkansas, he spent most of his coaching career with Penn State.
After a disappointing first year at Penn State, Bezdek immediately turned the program around, leading them to 11 straight winning seasons.
Hugo Bezdek finished his career with a 127-58-16 record.
No. 65: Jim Tressel
Despite recent news, Jim Tressel is a terrific coach who had a 10-year career at Ohio State that was extremely successful.
After 15 years as head coach of Youngstown State, Tressel was brought to Ohio State to take over for John Cooper.
During his 10 years as head coach, Tressel had a 9-1 record against Michigan, won the 2002 National Championship over Miami and won seven Big Ten titles.
No. 64: Terry Donahue
After spending five seasons as an assistant coach for UCLA, Terry Donahue took over as their head coach in 1976 and coached until 1995.
Donahue led the Bruins to five conference championships and was twice named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
After finishing his career with a 151-74-8 record, Donahue was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
No. 63: Pat Dye
Pat Dye coached from 1974-1992, making stops at East Carolina, Wyoming and finishing his career at Auburn.
During his coaching career, Dye won four conference championships, amassed a record of 153-62-5 and was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
No. 62: Gus Henderson
Gus Henderson's coaching career started at USC, then saw him move on to Tulsa. While at USC, Henderson had a record of 45-7, which is still the best winning percentage in Trojans history.
After moving to Tulsa, Henderson would continue to have success, winning five conference titles.
No. 61: Allyn McKeen
Allyn McKeen was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991 after a short coaching career in the late 1930's and 1940's.
McKeen was the head coach of West Tennessee State for two years, then took over at Mississippi State for 10 seasons.
Over 12 seasons as a head coach, McKeen won two conference titles and led both of his teams to perfect seasons.
No. 60: Charlie McClendon
Charlie McClendon spent his entire head coaching career at LSU. He was hired in 1962 and coached until 1979.
McClendon only had one losing season as head coach of LSU and had a career record of 137-59-7. He also helped led the Tigers to a conference title in 1970.
After his career was over, Charlie McClendon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
No. 59: Dennis Erickson
Despite being on the hot seat at Arizona State, Dennis Erickson has had some amazing seasons as a head coach.
Over the course of his career, Erickson has coached at Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Miami, Oregon State and Arizona State. He saw his most success during his time at Miami where he won two National Championships.
Entering the 2011 season, he has a career record of 173-89-1.
No. 58: Don James
Don James' head coaching career began in 1971 when he took over at Kent State, but it truly took off when he accepted the head coaching position at Washington in 1975.
James led Washington to a national title in 1991, while also winning six conference championships.
Over his career, James only had two losing seasons and ended up with a 178-76-3 record.
No. 57: John Cooper
Before getting the chance to coach Ohio State, John Cooper was the head coach at both Tulsa and Arizona State.
Despite being able to record three Big 10 titles and 192 career victories, people in Columbus will always remember Cooper for his inability to win bowl games and an unacceptable record against Michigan of 2-10-1.
No. 56: Lloyd Carr
Michigan man Lloyd Carr spent his entire head coaching career with the Michigan Wolverines. He helped lead the team to a national title in 1997 and five Big Ten titles.
Carr coached from 1995-2007 and capped off his career with a victory over Florida in the Capital One Bowl for a 122-40 record.
No. 55: Francis Schmidt
Francis Schmidt had a long coaching career that spanned from 1919-1942. He took over at Tulsa, Arkansas, TCU, Ohio State and Idaho.
Throughout his coaching career, Schmidt won six conference titles and was known for running trick plays.
He ended his career with a 156-58-11 record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
No. 54: Frank Broyles
One of the biggest figures in Arkansas football history is Frank Broyles.
Broyles spent one year as head coach at Missouri before taking over at Arkansas in 1958. He ended up coaching until 1976, winning seven Southwest Conference titles and leading the Razorbacks to the 1964 national title.
Broyles is the current leader for victories in Arkansas football history with 144.
No. 53: Bill Snyder
Bill Snyder spent his entire head coaching career at Kansas State.
After spending years as an assistant and offensive coordinator at other programs, Snyder got his break in 1989. He coached from 1989 to 2005 and came back to the program in 2009 where he is still coaching today. So far in his career, he has won one conference championship and four division titles.
With the 2011 season approaching, Synder is a career 149-80-1 and will look to add to that total this year.
No. 52: Frank Kush
Frank Kush was the head coach of Arizona State from 1958-1979. During his time on campus, Kush led the Sun Devils to nine conference championships and two perfect seasons.
In 1995, Kush became a member of the College Football Hall of Fame with a career record of 176-54-1.
No. 51: Bob Devaney
Bob Devaney was no stranger to winning. During his career as head coach, Devaney coached 16 seasons and only failed to win a conference title four times.
While he did lead Wyoming to four straight conference titles, Devaney took over at Nebraska in 1962 and took his success even further, winning eight conference titles and two national titles.
Devaney would end his career with a 101-20-2 record.
No. 50: Ben Schwartzwalder
Ben Schwartzwalder was the head man at Syracuse and developed some great running backs. While coaching, Schwartzwalder coached Ernie Davis, Jim Brown and Jim Nance.
On top of developing some of the best backs to play college ball, Schwartzwalder had an outstanding coaching career. He led Syracuse to the 1959 National Championship and finished his career with a 178-96-3 record.
No. 49: Frank Thomas
After a few years as head coach at Chattanooga, Frank Thomas took over as head coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1931-1946.
As the head man in Alabama, Thomas won a national title in his fourth year and won four conference titles during his career.
Thomas finished with an outstanding 141-33-9 record.
No. 48: Bill Yeoman
Bill Yeoman was a coach who will be remembered for three things.
First, Yeoman spent his entire career coaching at Houston from 1962-1986. Second, Yeoman began using the veer on offense. Third, he was the first coach to offer a scholarship to an African-American athlete.
Yeoman would also add four Southwest Conference titles to his resume and finish his career with 160 wins.
No. 47: Ara Parseghian
Ara Parseghian spent his entire life around the game of football. After playing a few years of professional football in the NFL, Parseghian headed straight back to college to coach.
Parseghian's first stop was Miami of Ohio, where he started as an assistant coach and eventually took over. He also moved on to coach at Northwestern and finally Notre Dame.
While at Notre Dame, Parseghian won two National Championships and multiple Coach of the Year awards. He would end his career with a 170-58-6 record.
In 1980, Parseghian was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
No. 46: Ralph Jordan
After spending more than 15 years as an assistant coach, Ralph Jordan was named the new head coach at Auburn in 1951.
Jordan finished his time at Auburn with a solid coaching resume, amassing 176 victories, 12 bowl appearances, a conference title and a National Championship in 1957.
No. 45: Jackie Sherrill
After getting a shot with Washington State in 1976, Jackie Sherrill moved around to a few programs and had a successful career as a head coach. Sherrill took over at Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and ended his career at Mississippi State.
Upon retiring in 2003, Sherrill had been to 14 bowl games, won three conference championships and went 180-120-4 as a head coach.
No. 44: Dan McGugin
Dan McGugin went straight from the college playing field to the sideline.
After spending one year as an assistant coach, McGugin took over at Vanderbilt in 1904. McGugin coached there for 30 years and only failed to having a winning season once. He went on to win 197 games
No. 43: Carl Snavely
Another coach to come up just shy of 200 wins was Carl Snavely.
Snavely spent time as the head coach of North Carolina, Bucknell, Cornell and Washington in Missouri. Over the course of his career, he won two conference titles and finished with a 180-96-16 record.
No. 42: Warren Woodson
Warren Woodson is another coach who was able to get over the 200-win mark. While Woodson did spend time at smaller schools, he was also head coach at both Arizona and New Mexico State.
While at New Mexico State, Woodson led them to a conference title and 63 victories.
No. 41: Jock Sutherland
Jock Sutherland replaced another man on this list—"Pop" Warner—as head coach at Pittsburgh.
Sutherland didn't disappoint fans, leading Pittsburgh to 111 victories, which included four National Championships.
Sutherland would end his college coaching career in 1938 with a 144-28-14 record.
No. 40: Dan Devine
Dan Devine coached from 1955-1980. He coached at Arizona State, Missouri, spent some time with the Green Bay Packers and finished his career with Notre Dame.
Most known for being part of the movie Rudy, Devine had a great coaching career and led the Irish to the 1977 National Championship.
Devine was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985 with a career record of 173-57-9.
No. 39: Wallace Wade
Boy, wouldn't Duke love to have this guy back.
Wallace Wade not only won three National Championships with Alabama, but he also had tremendous success with Duke. In his time as the Blue Devils' head coach, Wallace won six conference titles and went 110-36-7 overall.
Wallace retired with a career record of 171-49-10 and the best coach Duke's football program has ever seen.
No. 38: Fritz Crisler
Another coach to leave his mark on the Michigan program was Fritz Crisler. Despite only spending 10 seasons with the Wolverines, Crisler was still able to win two conference titles and a National Championship.
Outside of Michigan he coached at Princeton, where he won two national titles, and Minnesota.
The Crisler name lives on in Ann Arbor, as the school named their basketball arena after him.
No. 37: Gil Dobie
Gil Dobie had one of the most impressive runs in college football history. In his career at Washington, Dobie went 58-0-3, something you will never see again.
Along with taking Washington on a tremendous run, Dobie coached at Navy, Cornell and Boston College, and ended up winning 182 games.
No. 36: Bob Stoops
Another great head coach to have the position at Oklahoma is Bob Stoops.
Stoops started his career off quickly, winning a National Championship in his second year with the Sooners. Over his career, he has spent all his time as a head coach with Oklahoma and has added seven conference titles to the 2000 National Championship.
Stoops has nine 10-win seasons and has amassed a 129-31 record.
No. 35: Urban Meyer
The chapter on Urban Meyer's coaching career has yet to be finished. Despite being retired, speculation runs wild that Meyer has not coached his last game.
In 10 years of coaching, Meyer led Bowling Green, Utah and Florida to great seasons. As head coach, he won two National Championships and four total conference championships.
Meyer is a career 104-23 and has never had a worse season then 8-5.
No. 34: Steve Spurrier
The first credential Steve Spurrier can list on his coaching resume is that in three seasons as head coach at Duke, Spurrier went 20-13-1, an impressive feat.
Since his time at Duke, Spurrier spent time at Florida and South Carolina. While he has had success with South Carolina, going to five bowl games in six years, he will always be remembered for his time at Florida.
While with the Gators, Spurrier won one national title and led them to six conference titles. He has accumulated 186 wins in his career and will likely reach 200 wins in two seasons.
No. 33: Jim Sweeney
After spending some time at Montana State and Washington State, Jim Sweeney spent some time coaching in the NFL.
In 1980, Sweeney took over at Fresno State and stayed there until 1996. While head coach, Sweeney secured his place in Fresno's history by winning 144 games. He also led them to seven bowl games, going 5-2.
For his career, Sweeney won 201 games.
No. 32: Dana Bible
When you look at Dana Bible's coaching resume you will see he was the head coach at some major programs—Bible was brought on to lead LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Texas.
During his career, Bible won eight Southwest Conference championships and six Big Six championships. He also finished with a 198-72-23 career record.
No. 31: Don Nehlen
The 17th-most winningest coach and member of the 2005 class for the College Football Hall of Fame is Don Nehlen.
Nehlen spent time as the head coach of Bowling Green and West Virginia. He collected Coach of the Year awards from multiple outlets and led West Virginia to a conference title in 1993.
Nehlen ended his coaching career in 2000 with a 202-128-8 record.
No. 30: Eddie Anderson
Eddie Anderson was a coach who found success at different places and broke the 200-win barrier with a 201-128-15 career record.
Anderson took over the Iowa head coaching job twice and was able to help set them on the right path in the conference.
He would later go on to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
No. 29: Walter Camp
Walter Camp is an icon in college football and is one of the sport's founding fathers. Camp did not have a long coaching career, but that didn't stop him from having success.
Camp coached at both Yale and Stanford, and was able to win three national titles, all at Yale. During his eight years as a head coach, Camp went 79-5-3.
No. 28: Vince Dooley
Vince Dooley had a great 25-year career at Georgia. While with the Bulldogs, Dooley won six SEC titles and led them to a National Championship in 1980.
Most impressive out of the 25 seasons was the fact that Dooley only had one losing season at 5-6. He ended his career with a record of 201-77-10.
No. 27: Frank Beamer
In 1987, Virginia Tech made their best hire when they brought in Frank Beamer to take over the football program.
Since taking over, Beamer has elevated the program to a national contender over the years. He has won seven conference titles and has led the Hokies to one national title appearance.
Beamer has secured more than 240 victories in his career and still has the Hokies in position to make another strong run in 2011.
No. 26: Mack Brown
During his career, Mack Brown spent time at Appalachian State, Tulane and North Carolina as head coach. While enjoying some success at those schools, things changed when he took over at Texas in 1998.
Brown has led the Longhorns to two conference titles, six Big 12 South division titles and the 2005 National Championship. He also has put together a record of 219-108-1.
No. 25: Chris Ault
Chris Ault has spent his entire career with the Nevada Wolfpack. He brought the Pistol offense to the school, and he has led them to 219 victories and counting.
Ault and Nevada had their best year in 2010, going 13-1 and winning the WAC.
No. 24: Nick Saban
One of the best active coaches and recruiters is Nick Saban. Saban has spent 16 years as a head coach, and 10 of them have spent coaching in the SEC.
Saban spent a year at Toledo, then five years at Michigan State, LSU and Alabama.
In one of the tougher conferences over the past decade, Saban has won three SEC titles and two national titles, one with LSU and one with Alabama.
So far Saban is 134-53-1, and that win total will continue to grow in 2011.
No. 23: Jess Neely
In all likelihood, Jess Neely will go down with the most wins as head coach in Rice's history. Neely did spend time at both Clemson and Southwestern as head coach also.
Along with winning 144 games at Rice, Neely led the program to four conference championships and had 207 wins total as a head coach.
No. 22: Hayden Fry
Hayden Fry spent time at SMU and North Texas State as their head coach, but left his mark on college football when he became Iowa's head man.
Fry looked for various ways to turn around this program and did things his way. He changed the program's uniform to resemble the Pittsburgh Steelers' and even went as far as painting the visiting team's locker room to try to get into the opponent's head.
Fry did win three Big 10 titles and broke the 200-win mark, going 232-178-10.
No. 21: LaVell Edwards
After taking over at BYU in 1972, LaVell Edwards coached through the 2000 season.
Edwards took the Cougars to a national level and helped them win the 1984 National Championship. He also led them to 18 WAC championships and one MWC championship.
After finishing his career, Edwards had a 257-101-3 coaching record.
No. 20: Frank Leahy
Frank Leahy coached from 1939-1953 and spent the majority of his time as the head coach at Notre Dame.
Leahy had great fun with the Irish, winning four National Championships and putting together a 107-13-9 record as their coach.
No. 19: Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz's coaching career begin in 1960 as an assistant coach at Iowa. He finally got his shot as a head coach in 1969 when he took over at William & Mary.
Holtz is most known for his time at Notre Dame, where he won his only national title.
In 2008, Holtz received his latest honor when he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
No. 18: Bo Schembechler
After being born in Ohio and spending time as an assistant at Ohio State, Bo Schembechler crossed over the Michigan/Ohio border to take the head coaching job at Michigan.
While Bo was an icon in college football, earning 234 total wins and 13 Big Ten titles, he did fail to win Michigan the big one—a national title.
Late in his life, Bo was prepared to see Michigan and Ohio State take each other on at the end of the 2006 season with national title implications for both teams, but passed away the day before kickoff.
No. 17: John Heisman
John Heisman held a coaching job at nine programs, and the one thing that was consistent was winning. During his time at all of the programs he coached, he never recorded a losing season.
Heisman led Georgia Tech to a national title in 1917 and won 186 games.
The Heisman Trophy is named after him and is given to the national top player.
No. 16: Barry Switzer
Before taking over as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Barry Switzer was the head coach at the University of Oklahoma.
Switzer got off to a fast start, winning two national titles in his first three years as the Sooners' coach. He ended his collegiate career with three national titles and 12 conference titles.
With a career record of 157-29-4, Switzer had an amazing career.
No. 15: John McKay
John McKay was a coach who almost had his first shot cut short at USC. After being hired to take over in 1960, McKay inherited a team that was still on probation.
After two losing seasons to start his career, McKay turned the program around in 1962 and led the Trojans to a national title.
McKay ended his career with four titles and nine conference titles. He would go on to spend time in the NFL as Tampa Bay's head coach.
No.14: Bernie Bierman
Bernie Bierman helped lead Minnesota during a nine-year span that saw them win a national title or conference title in eight of those seasons.
Bierman won five national titles, seven Big Ten titles and three Southern titles. He also put together a 153-65-12 record as a head coach.
No. 13: Darrell Royal
After holding coaching positions at six different programs, Darrell Royal found his stride as head coach of the Texas Longhorns.
While at Texas, Royal had quite the list of achievements. He won three national titles and 11 Southwest Conference titles. Royal also never had a losing season while at Texas.
No. 12: Robert Neyland
The long time head coach and now namesake of the Tennessee Vols home field, Robert Neyland had a terrific run as the Vols head coach.
As coach of Tenness, Neyland won seven conference titles and four national championships. During his career, he posted a 173-31-12 record.
Neyland was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956, six years before passing on.
No. 11: Fielding Yost
Despite holding other head coaching jobs, Fielding Yost took over the Michigan program and was successful in a hurry.
Yost won four straight National Championships his first four years and wasn't done there.
Yost would go on to add two more National Championships and six more conference crowns. He would also finish just shy of the 200-win mark, going 198-35-12.
Michigan would go on to name its home hockey arena after Yost.
No. 10: Howard Jones
Howard Jones had the distinct honor of leading two different programs to national titles.
After spending a year at Syracuse, Jones took over at Yale and helped them win the 1909 National Championship.
Jones would spend time at four other programs before finishing up at USC. While with the Trojans, Jones won four more National Championships and seven conference titles.
No. 9: Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner
Glen Scobey Warner is a coach who had success at almost every program he went to.
While he coached at other schools, most of Warner's success came at Pittsburgh, where he won three national titles, and at Stanford, where he won one national title.
His name lives on across the nation today in children's leagues known as Pop Warner football.
No. 8: Amos Alonzo Stagg
Amos Alonzo Stagg was ahead of his time and a leader in college football during the early 1900's.
Stagg coached Chicago for 40 years as part of the Big Ten, leading Chicago to two national titles and seven conference championships.
During his time in coaching, Stagg helped introduce ideas like the Statue of Liberty play, the quarterback sneak and putting a man in motion.
No. 7: Bud Wilkinson
After spending time at Minnesota and Syracuse, Bud Wilkinson eventually took over at the University of Oklahoma.
Wilkinson coached the Sooners from 1947-1963. During his time there, he won three national titles and 14 conference titles.
By the end of his college coaching career, Wilkinson went 145-29-4.
No. 6: Bobby Bowden
After holding various positions over 20 years, Bobby Bowden took over as Florida State's head coach in 1976 and coached until 2009.
Bowden earned 377 victories over his coaching career, two National Championships and 12 ACC titles.
Bowden also earned honors as the Walter Camp Coach of the Year in 1991.
No. 5: Woody Hayes
Woody Hayes had an amazing coaching career that was cut short by one play.
Hayes won three National Championships as head coach of Ohio State and 13 Big Ten championships. While Hayes had most of his success at Ohio State, he was also the head coach at Miami of Ohio and Denison.
His career came to an end when he lost control during the 1978 Gator Bowl. After a Clemson defender intercepted a pass and went out of bounds on the OSU sideline, Hayes punched the player.
No. 4: Knute Rockne
Knute Rockne's record says it all for him at 105-12-5.
Not only did Rockne rack up the wins in his 13 seasons as head coach for Notre Dame, but he also won five National Championships for the Fighting Irish.
No. 3: Joe Paterno
In 1966, Penn State handed over their head coaching position to Joe Paterno and have yet to look back.
Despite his age, Paterno has continued to coach at a high level and keep Penn State in contention. He has won 401 games, two national titles and three Big Ten crowns.
Fans need to continue to enjoy Paterno being around the game as long as they can because he is truly one of the greats.
No. 2: Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne spent 25 years as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. During his time at Nebraska, Osborne coached some of the most dominant teams to ever take the field.
He amassed 255 victories over his tenure, won three National Championships and 13 conference titles.
Most impressive about Osborne was after he ended his career, he finished with a .835 winning percentage.
No. 1: Bear Bryant
While holding a few different head coaching positions, Bear Bryant had the most success as head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Bryant won 323 games, six National Championships and 14 SEC titles, and left an everlasting mark on college football.
Bryant passed away in 1983 at the age of 69.