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1961 Coaches

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National Champions: Alabama (AP, NFF, UPI), Ohio State (FWAA)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Ernie Davis (Syracuse)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Darrell Royal (Texas)

AP Preseason #1: Iowa ▪ AP Final #1: Alabama

110 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
1 Bear Bryant Alabama SEC 11 0 0 1.000
2 John Bateman Rutgers Ind 9 0 0 1.000
3 Woody Hayes Ohio State Big Ten 8 0 1 .944
4 Paul Dietzel Louisiana State SEC 10 1 0 .909
5 Darrell Royal Texas SWC 10 1 0 .909
6 John Ralston Utah State Skyline 9 1 1 .864
7 Jim LaRue Arizona Ind 8 1 1 .850
8 Everett Grandelius Colorado Big 8 9 2 0 .818
9 John Vaught Mississippi SEC 9 2 0 .818
10 Alex Bell Villanova Ind 8 2 0 .800
11 Billy Murphy Memphis Ind 8 2 0 .800
12 Murray Warmath Minnesota Big Ten 8 2 0 .800
13 Duffy Daugherty Michigan State Big Ten 7 2 0 .778
14 Bob Devaney Wyoming Skyline 6 1 2 .778
15 Dan Devine Missouri Big 8 7 2 1 .750
16 Frank Broyles Arkansas SWC 8 3 0 .727
17 Rip Engle Penn State Ind 8 3 0 .727
18 Hank Foldberg Wichita State MVC 8 3 0 .727
19 Ben Schwartzwalder Syracuse Ind 8 3 0 .727
20 Edward Anderson Holy Cross Ind 7 3 0 .700
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
21 Wayne Hardin Navy Ind 7 3 0 .700
22 Robert King Furman Southern 7 3 0 .700
23 Frank Kush Arizona State BIAA 7 3 0 .700
24 Bill Murray Duke ACC 7 3 0 .700
25 Thomas Nugent Maryland ACC 7 3 0 .700
26 Eddie Teague Citadel Southern 7 3 0 .700
27 Jack Mitchell Kansas Big 8 7 3 1 .682
28 Bob Blackman Dartmouth Ivy 6 3 0 .667
29 Milt Bruhn Wisconsin Big Ten 6 3 0 .667
30 Aldo Donelli Columbia Ivy 6 3 0 .667
31 Bump Elliott Michigan Big Ten 6 3 0 .667
32 Jack Mollenkopf Purdue Big Ten 6 3 0 .667
33 John Yovicsin Harvard Ivy 6 3 0 .667
34 Bill Barnes UCLA AAWU 7 4 0 .636
35 Bobby Dodd Georgia Tech SEC 7 4 0 .636
36 Andy Gustafson Miami (FL) Ind 7 4 0 .636
37 Jess Neely Rice SWC 7 4 0 .636
38 Bill Weeks New Mexico Skyline 7 4 0 .636
39 Edward Doherty Xavier Ind 6 4 0 .600
40 Dale Hall Army Ind 6 4 0 .600
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
41 Ralph Jordan Auburn SEC 6 4 0 .600
42 Joe Kerbel West Texas A&M BIAA 6 4 0 .600
43 John McKenna Virginia Military Institute Southern 6 4 0 .600
44 Ray Nagel Utah Skyline 6 4 0 .600
45 Robert Titchenal San Jose State Ind 6 4 0 .600
46 Bowden Wyatt Tennessee SEC 6 4 0 .600
47 Jerry Burns Iowa Big Ten 5 4 0 .556
48 Richard Colman Princeton Ivy 5 4 0 .556
49 Alva Kelley Colgate Ind 5 4 0 .556
50 Jim Miller Detroit Mercy Ind 5 4 0 .556
51 John Rohde Pacific Ind 5 4 0 .556
52 Hal Lahar Houston Ind 5 4 1 .550
53 Odus Mitchell North Texas MVC 5 4 1 .550
54 Jim Owens Washington AAWU 5 4 1 .550
55 Warren Woodson New Mexico State BIAA 5 4 1 .550
56 John Bridgers Baylor SWC 6 5 0 .545
57 Blanton Collier Kentucky SEC 5 5 0 .500
58 James Hickey North Carolina ACC 5 5 0 .500
59 Frank Howard Clemson ACC 5 5 0 .500
60 Joe Kuharich Notre Dame Ind 5 5 0 .500
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
61 Edwin Merrick Richmond Southern 5 5 0 .500
62 Tommy Prothro Oregon State Ind 5 5 0 .500
63 Clay Stapleton Iowa State Big 8 5 5 0 .500
64 Wade Walker Mississippi State SEC 5 5 0 .500
65 Bud Wilkinson Oklahoma Big 8 5 5 0 .500
66 Ray Graves Florida SEC 4 5 1 .450
67 John McKay Southern California AAWU 4 5 1 .450
68 Jim Myers Texas A&M SWC 4 5 1 .450
69 Bill Peterson Florida State Ind 4 5 1 .450
70 Jerry Claiborne Virginia Tech Southern 4 5 0 .444
71 Jordan Olivar Yale Ivy 4 5 0 .444
72 Ara Parseghian Northwestern Big Ten 4 5 0 .444
73 Steve Sinko Boston University Ind 4 5 0 .444
74 Marvin Bass South Carolina ACC 4 6 0 .400
75 Len Casanova Oregon Ind 4 6 0 .400
76 Gene Corum West Virginia Southern 4 6 0 .400
77 Jack Curtice Stanford AAWU 4 6 0 .400
78 Earle Edwards North Carolina State ACC 4 6 0 .400
79 William Elias Virginia ACC 4 6 0 .400
80 Ernest Hefferle Boston College Ind 4 6 0 .400
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
81 Billy Hildebrand Wake Forest ACC 4 6 0 .400
82 J. King Texas Tech SWC 4 6 0 .400
83 Cliff Speegle Oklahoma State Big 8 4 6 0 .400
84 Abe Martin Texas Christian SWC 3 5 2 .400
85 William Jennings Nebraska Big 8 3 6 1 .350
86 Jim Camp George Washington Southern 3 6 0 .333
87 Tom Harp Cornell Ivy 3 6 0 .333
88 Ben Collins Texas-El Paso BIAA 3 7 0 .300
89 Johnny Griffith Georgia SEC 3 7 0 .300
90 Ben Martin Air Force Ind 3 7 0 .300
91 John Michelosen Pittsburgh Ind 3 7 0 .300
92 Charles Studley Cincinnati MVC 3 7 0 .300
93 Jim Sutherland Washington State Ind 3 7 0 .300
94 Ray Jenkins Montana Skyline 2 6 0 .250
95 Bill Meek Southern Methodist SWC 2 7 1 .250
96 Phil Dickens Indiana Big Ten 2 7 0 .222
97 Skip Stahley Idaho Ind 2 7 0 .222
98 John Stiegman Pennsylvania Ivy 2 7 0 .222
99 Glenn Dobbs Tulsa MVC 2 8 0 .200
100 Arthur Guepe Vanderbilt SEC 2 8 0 .200
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
101 Hal Mitchell Brigham Young Skyline 2 8 0 .200
102 Andy Pilney Tulane SEC 2 8 0 .200
103 Doug Weaver Kansas State Big 8 2 8 0 .200
104 Stan Zajdel Dayton Ind 2 8 0 .200
105 Marv Levy California AAWU 1 8 1 .150
106 Milt Drewer William & Mary Southern 1 9 0 .100
107 Pete Elliott Illinois Big Ten 0 9 0 .000
108 Howard McChesney Hardin-Simmons BIAA 0 10 0 .000
109 John McLaughry Brown Ivy 0 9 0 .000
110 Tuffy Mullison Colorado State Skyline 0 10 0 .000