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Career Leaders and Records for Wins

  • Note: this only includes games played by schools while they were considered major schools and will exclude notable coaches such as Eddie Robinson (408 wins) and John Gagliardi (489 wins).

Since 1869

Rank Coach W School w/ most W Notes
1.Joe Paterno 409 Penn State  
2.Bobby Bowden 357 Florida State W-L-T adjusted to 346-123-4 by NCAA.
3.Bear Bryant 323 Alabama  
4.Pop Warner 311 Carlisle  
5.Amos Alonzo Stagg 282 Chicago  
6.LaVell Edwards 257 Brigham Young  
7.Tom Osborne 255 Nebraska  
8.Lou Holtz 249 Notre Dame  
9.Frank Beamer 238 Virginia Tech  
 Mack Brown 238 Texas  
11.Bo Schembechler 234 Michigan  
12.Hayden Fry 230 Iowa W-L-T adjusted to 233-177-10 by NCAA.
13.Steve Spurrier 228 Florida  
14.Woody Hayes 205 Ohio State  
15.Don Nehlen 202 West Virginia  
16.Vince Dooley 201 Georgia  
17.Dan McGugin 197 Vanderbilt  
18.Nick Saban 196 Alabama W-L-T adjusted to 191-60-1 by NCAA.
19.Bill Snyder 193 Kansas State  
20.John Cooper 192 Ohio State  
21.Gary Pinkel 191 Missouri  
22.Dana Bible 190 Texas A&M  
 John Vaught 190 Mississippi  
24.George Welsh 189 Virginia  
25.Howard Jones 188 Southern California  
26.Jess Neely 187 Rice  
27.Johnny Majors 185 Tennessee  
28.Darrell Royal 184 Texas  
29.Dick Tomey 183 Arizona  
30.Jerry Claiborne 179 Maryland  
 Jackie Sherrill 179 Mississippi State W-L-T adjusted to 180-120-4 by NCAA.
 Bob Stoops 179 Oklahoma  
33.Frank Kush 176 Arizona State  
34.Don James 175 Washington W-L-T adjusted to 178-76-3 by NCAA.
 Ralph Jordan 175 Auburn W-L-T adjusted to 176-83-6 by NCAA.
36.Bob Neyland 173 Tennessee  
37.Dan Devine 172 Missouri W-L-T adjusted to 173-56-9 by NCAA.
 George Woodruff 172 Pennsylvania  
39.Wallace Wade 171 Duke  
40.Fisher DeBerry 169 Air Force  
 Jim Sweeney 169 Fresno State W-L-T adjusted to 170-133-4 by NCAA.
42.Ken Hatfield 168 Arkansas  
43.Bill Mallory 167 Indiana W-L-T adjusted to 168-129-4 by NCAA.
44.Red Blaik 166 Army  
45.Bobby Dodd 165 Georgia Tech  
 Frank Howard 165 Clemson  
 Fielding Yost 165 Michigan  
48.Bob Blackman 164 Dartmouth  
49.Bill Dooley 161 North Carolina W-L-T adjusted to 162-126-5 by NCAA.
50.Bill Yeoman 160 Houston  
51.Barry Switzer 157 Oklahoma  
 Pappy Waldorf 157 California  
53.Tommy Tuberville 155 Auburn  
54.Urban Meyer 154 Florida  
55.Pat Dye 153 Auburn  
 Ben Schwartzwalder 153 Syracuse  
57.Terry Donahue 151 UCLA W-L-T adjusted to 144-81-8 by NCAA.
 Phillip Fulmer 151 Tennessee W-L-T adjusted to 152-52 by NCAA.
59.Frank Broyles 149 Arkansas  
60.John Heisman 148 Georgia Tech  
61.Dennis Erickson 147 Miami (FL)  
 Warren Woodson 147 New Mexico State  
63.Mark Richt 145 Georgia  
 Bud Wilkinson 145 Oklahoma  
65.Bernie Bierman 144 Minnesota  
 Jock Sutherland 144 Pittsburgh  
67.Gary Patterson 143 Texas Christian  
 Larry Smith 143 Arizona  
69.Ray Morrison 142 Southern Methodist  
70.Ike Armstrong 141 Utah  
 Howard Schnellenberger 141 Louisville  
72.Wallace Butts 140 Georgia  
 Les Miles 140 Louisiana State  
 Edward Robinson 140 Brown  
 Henry Williams 140 Minnesota  
76.Earle Bruce 139 Ohio State  
77.Frank Solich 138 Ohio  
78.Bob Devaney 136 Nebraska  
 James Phelan 136 Washington  
80.Charles McClendon 135 Louisiana State W-L-T adjusted to 137-59-7 by NCAA.
 Francis Schmidt 135 Texas Christian  
82.William Alexander 134 Georgia Tech  
83.George O'Leary 133 Central Florida  
84.Rip Engle 132 Penn State  
 John Robinson 132 Southern California  
86.Lou Little 131 Columbia  
 Ara Parseghian 131 Notre Dame  
 Mike Price 131 Washington State  
 Robert Zuppke 131 Illinois  
90.Rich Brooks 130 Oregon W-L-T adjusted to 131-155-4 by NCAA.
91.Grant Teaff 128 Baylor  
92.Kirk Ferentz 127 Iowa  
 Dennis Franchione 127 New Mexico  
 John McKay 127 Southern California  
95.Joe Tiller 126 Purdue  
96.Edward Anderson 125 Holy Cross  
 Harry Hughes 125 Colorado State  
98.Bruce Snyder 124 Arizona State W-L-T adjusted to 125-106-6 by NCAA.
99.Glen Mason 123 Minnesota  
 R.C. Slocum 123 Texas A&M  
101.Lloyd Carr 122 Michigan  
 Mike Donahue 122 Auburn  
103.Danny Ford 121 Clemson W-L-T adjusted to 122-59-5 by NCAA.
104.Andrew Kerr 120 Colgate  
 Jim Young 120 Army  
106.Gus Dorais 119 Detroit Mercy  
107.Barry Alvarez 118 Wisconsin W-L-T adjusted to 119-74-4 by NCAA.
 Jeff Bower 118 Southern Mississippi W-L-T adjusted to 119-83-1 by NCAA.
109.Paul Pasqualoni 117 Syracuse  
110.Mike Bellotti 116 Oregon  
 Fritz Crisler 116 Michigan  
112.Gilmour Dobie 115 Cornell  
 Andy Gustafson 115 Miami (FL)  
 Tom O'Brien 115 Boston College  
 Frank Thomas 115 Alabama  
116.Carmen Cozza 114 Yale  
117.Dick Crum 113 North Carolina  
118.Pat Hill 112 Fresno State  
 June Jones 112 Hawaii  
120.Wayne Hardin 111 Temple  
 Frank Murray 111 Marquette  
 Homer Norton 111 Texas A&M  
 Jordan Olivar 111 Yale  
124.Herb Deromedi 110 Central Michigan  
 Jim Grobe 110 Wake Forest  
126.Duffy Daugherty 109 Michigan State  
 Paul Dietzel 109 Louisiana State  
 Don Faurot 109 Missouri W-L-T adjusted to 110-80-10 by NCAA.
 DeOrmond McLaughry 109 Brown  
 Dutch Meyer 109 Texas Christian  
 Darryl Rogers 109 Arizona State  
132.Fred Akers 108 Texas  
 Brian Kelly 108 Notre Dame  
 Rocky Long 108 New Mexico  
 Sonny Lubick 108 Colorado State W-L-T adjusted to 109-73 by NCAA.
 Rich Rodriguez 108 West Virginia  
 Clark Shaughnessy 108 Tulane  
138.Jim Carlen 107 South Carolina  
 Paul Johnson 107 Georgia Tech W-L-T adjusted to 106-73 by NCAA.
 Frank Leahy 107 Notre Dame  
 Chris Petersen 107 Boise State  
142.Carl Snavely 106 North Carolina  
 Jim Tressel 106 Ohio State W-L-T adjusted to 94-21 by NCAA.
144.Charlie Bachman 105 Michigan State  
 Hugo Bezdek 105 Penn State  
 Mark Dantonio 105 Michigan State  
 Mike Leach 105 Texas Tech  
 Knute Rockne 105 Notre Dame  
149.Len Casanova 104 Oregon  
 Doug Dickey 104 Florida  
 Tommy Prothro 104 Oregon State  
152.Madison Bell 103 Southern Methodist  
 Houston Nutt 103 Arkansas  
 Bobby Ross 103 Maryland  
155.Ben Martin 102 Air Force  
 Red Sanders 102 UCLA  
157.Joe Morrison 101 Chattanooga  
158.Bobby Petrino 100 Louisville  
 Jim Tatum 100 Maryland  
160.Art Briles 99 Baylor  
 Claude Gilbert 99 San Diego State W-L-T adjusted to 100-55-3 by NCAA.
 Bob Higgins 99 Penn State  
 Bronco Mendenhall 99 Brigham Young  
 Jim Owens 99 Washington  
 Mike Riley 99 Oregon State  
 Ossie Solem 99 Drake  
 Bowden Wyatt 99 Tennessee  
168.Harry Mehre 98 Georgia  
169.Pete Carroll 97 Southern California W-L-T adjusted to 83-19 by NCAA.
 Jack Curtice 97 Utah  
 Percy Haughton 97 Harvard  
 John Ralston 97 Stanford  
 Gene Stallings 97 Alabama W-L-T adjusted to 89-70-1 by NCAA.
 Murray Warmath 97 Minnesota  
175.Chris Ault 95 Nevada  
 John Mackovic 95 Texas  
 Randy Walker 95 Miami (OH) W-L-T adjusted to 96-81-5 by NCAA.
178.Mike Gundy 94 Oklahoma State  
 Kyle Whittingham 94 Utah  
180.O.E. Hollingbery 93 Washington State  
 Bill McCartney 93 Colorado  
 Bill Murray 93 Duke  
 Bennie Owen 93 Oklahoma  
184.David Cutcliffe 92 Duke  
 Randy Edsall 92 Connecticut  
 Bo McMillin 92 Indiana  
187.Aldo Donelli 91 Boston University  
 Dennis Stolz 91 Bowling Green State  
189.Tommy Bowden 90 Clemson  
190.Bobby Collins 89 Southern Mississippi W-L-T adjusted to 90-45-3 by NCAA.
191.Curley Byrd 88 Maryland  
 Ron McBride 88 Utah  
 Glenn Thistlethwaite 88 Richmond  
 Joseph Yukica 88 Boston College  
195.Biff Jones 87 Army  
 Frank Kimbrough 87 West Texas A&M  
 Rick Neuheisel 87 Washington  
198.Bret Bielema 86 Wisconsin  
 Larry Blakeney 86 Troy  
 Frank Cavanaugh 86 Dartmouth  
 Jimmy Crowley 86 Fordham  
 Arthur Guepe 86 Virginia  
 Andy Smith 86 California  
204.Emory Bellard 85 Texas A&M  
 Al Groh 85 Virginia  
206.Gary Barnett 84 Colorado W-L-T adjusted to 85-82-1 by NCAA.
 Jack Meagher 84 Auburn  
 Jack Mollenkopf 84 Purdue  
 Thomas Nugent 84 Maryland  
210.Bill Curry 83 Georgia Tech  
 Ray Eliot 83 Illinois  
 Todd Graham 83 Tulsa  
 Morley Jennings 83 Baylor  
 Bernie Moore 83 Louisiana State  
 John Smith 83 Louisville  
216.Larry Coker 82 Miami (FL)  
 Spike Dykes 82 Texas Tech  
 George Munger 82 Pennsylvania  
 Dick Sheridan 82 North Carolina State  
 Jeff Tedford 82 California  
221.Jimmy Johnson 81 Miami (FL)  
 Billy Murphy 81 Memphis  
 Mike White 81 Illinois W-L-T adjusted to 82-71-4 by NCAA.
224.Bill Hess 80 Ohio  
 Charley Moran 80 Centre  
 Tommy West 80 Memphis  
227.Butch Davis 79 Miami (FL) W-L-T adjusted to 63-43 by NCAA.
 Harvey Harman 79 Rutgers  
 Bob Pruett 79 Marshall  
230.Frank Burns 78 Rutgers  
 Brady Hoke 78 Ball State  
 Dan McCarney 78 Iowa State W-L-T adjusted to 79-116 by NCAA.
 Bill Meek 78 Utah W-L-T adjusted to 77-90-6 by NCAA.
 Harry Stuhldreher 78 Wisconsin  
 Bob Toledo 78 UCLA  
 John Wilce 78 Ohio State  
 John Yovicsin 78 Harvard  
238.Earle Edwards 77 North Carolina State  
 Hal Lahar 77 Colgate  
 D.C. Walker 77 Wake Forest  
241.Skip Holtz 76 East Carolina  
 Samuel Newton 76 Lafayette  
 Charlie Weatherbie 76 Louisiana-Monroe  
 Tyrone Willingham 76 Stanford  
245.Billy Brewer 75 Mississippi W-L-T adjusted to 77-67-4 by NCAA.
 Watson Brown 75 Alabama-Birmingham  
 Richard Colman 75 Princeton  
 Ralph Friedgen 75 Maryland  
 William Ingram 75 Navy  
 Jim Leavitt 75 South Florida  
 Dabo Swinney 75 Clemson