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1988 Coaches

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National Champion: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Florida State ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

105 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
1 Lou Holtz Notre Dame Ind 12 0 0 1.000
2 Bobby Bowden Florida State Ind 11 1 0 .917
3 Jimmy Johnson Miami (FL) Ind 11 1 0 .917
4 Don Nehlen West Virginia Ind 11 1 0 .917
5 Tom Osborne Nebraska Big 8 11 2 0 .846
6 Paul Roach Wyoming WAC 11 2 0 .846
7 Terry Donahue UCLA Pac-10 10 2 0 .833
8 Pat Dye Auburn SEC 10 2 0 .833
9 Danny Ford Clemson ACC 10 2 0 .833
10 Curley Hallman Southern Mississippi Ind 10 2 0 .833
11 Ken Hatfield Arkansas SWC 10 2 0 .833
12 Pat Jones Oklahoma State Big 8 10 2 0 .833
13 Dick MacPherson Syracuse Ind 10 2 0 .833
14 Larry Smith Southern California Pac-10 10 2 0 .833
15 Jim Sweeney Fresno State Big West 10 2 0 .833
16 Bo Schembechler Michigan Big Ten 9 2 1 .792
17 Bob Stull Texas-El Paso WAC 10 3 0 .769
18 Bill Curry Alabama SEC 9 3 0 .750
19 Vince Dooley Georgia SEC 9 3 0 .750
20 Dennis Erickson Washington State Pac-10 9 3 0 .750
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
21 Al Molde Western Michigan MAC 9 3 0 .750
22 Jack Pardee Houston SWC 9 3 0 .750
23 Barry Switzer Oklahoma Big 8 9 3 0 .750
24 Bob Wagner Hawaii WAC 9 3 0 .750
25 Jim Young Army Ind 9 3 0 .750
26 Howard Schnellenberger Louisville Ind 8 3 0 .727
27 Paul Schudel Ball State MAC 8 3 0 .727
28 Bill Mallory Indiana Big Ten 8 3 1 .708
29 Dick Sheridan North Carolina State ACC 8 3 1 .708
30 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young WAC 9 4 0 .692
31 Steve Spurrier Duke ACC 7 3 1 .682
32 Mike Archer Louisiana State SEC 8 4 0 .667
33 Bill McCartney Colorado Big 8 8 4 0 .667
34 Joe Morrison South Carolina Ind 8 4 0 .667
35 Jim Harkema Eastern Michigan MAC 6 3 1 .650
36 Herb Deromedi Central Michigan MAC 7 4 0 .636
37 Jerry Pettibone Northern Illinois Ind 7 4 0 .636
38 Dick Tomey Arizona Pac-10 7 4 0 .636
39 George Welsh Virginia ACC 7 4 0 .636
40 Bill Dooley Wake Forest ACC 6 4 1 .591
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
41 Galen Hall Florida SEC 7 5 0 .583
42 Jackie Sherrill Texas A&M SWC 7 5 0 .583
43 Hayden Fry Iowa Big Ten 6 4 3 .577
44 Charlie Bailey Memphis Ind 6 5 0 .545
45 Jim Fassel Utah WAC 6 5 0 .545
46 Mike Gottfried Pittsburgh Ind 6 5 0 .545
47 Don James Washington Pac-10 6 5 0 .545
48 Larry Marmie Arizona State Pac-10 6 5 0 .545
49 Dan Simrell Toledo MAC 6 5 0 .545
50 Nelson Stokley Louisiana-Lafayette Ind 6 5 0 .545
51 Grant Teaff Baylor SWC 6 5 0 .545
52 John Mackovic Illinois Big Ten 6 5 1 .542
53 George Perles Michigan State Big Ten 6 5 1 .542
54 Rich Brooks Oregon Pac-10 6 6 0 .500
55 Bruce Snyder California Pac-10 5 5 1 .500
56 Dick Anderson Rutgers Ind 5 6 0 .455
57 Billy Brewer Mississippi SEC 5 6 0 .455
58 Jerry Claiborne Kentucky SEC 5 6 0 .455
59 Dick Crum Kent State MAC 5 6 0 .455
60 Greg Davis Tulane Ind 5 6 0 .455
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
61 Spike Dykes Texas Tech SWC 5 6 0 .455
62 Gerry Faust Akron Ind 5 6 0 .455
63 Joe Krivak Maryland ACC 5 6 0 .455
64 Johnny Majors Tennessee SEC 5 6 0 .455
65 Gene Murphy Cal State Fullerton Big West 5 6 0 .455
66 Joe Paterno Penn State Ind 5 6 0 .455
67 Jim Walden Iowa State Big 8 5 6 0 .455
68 Fisher DeBerry Air Force WAC 5 7 0 .417
69 Cleve Bryant Ohio MAC 4 6 1 .409
70 John Cooper Ohio State Big Ten 4 6 1 .409
71 Dave Kragthorpe Oregon State Pac-10 4 6 1 .409
72 Fred Akers Purdue Big Ten 4 7 0 .364
73 Bruce Arians Temple Ind 4 7 0 .364
74 David McWilliams Texas SWC 4 7 0 .364
75 Wayne Nunnely Nevada-Las Vegas Big West 4 7 0 .364
76 Joe Peace Louisiana Tech Ind 4 7 0 .364
77 David Rader Tulsa Ind 4 7 0 .364
78 Chuck Shelton Utah State Big West 4 7 0 .364
79 Jim Wacker Texas Christian SWC 4 7 0 .364
80 Jack Elway Stanford Pac-10 3 6 2 .364
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
81 Claude Gilbert San Jose State Big West 4 8 0 .333
82 Woody Widenhofer Missouri Big 8 3 7 1 .318
83 Art Baker East Carolina Ind 3 8 0 .273
84 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech Ind 3 8 0 .273
85 Jack Bicknell Boston College Ind 3 8 0 .273
86 Watson Brown Vanderbilt SEC 3 8 0 .273
87 Dave Currey Cincinnati Ind 3 8 0 .273
88 Bobby Ross Georgia Tech ACC 3 8 0 .273
89 Dennis Stolz San Diego State WAC 3 8 0 .273
90 Elliot Uzelac Navy Ind 3 8 0 .273
91 John Gutekunst Minnesota Big Ten 2 7 2 .273
92 Larry Reisbig Long Beach State Big West 3 9 0 .250
93 Moe Ankney Bowling Green State MAC 2 8 1 .227
94 Francis Peay Northwestern Big Ten 2 8 1 .227
95 Bob Cope Pacific Big West 2 9 0 .182
96 Mike Sheppard New Mexico WAC 2 10 0 .167
97 Mack Brown North Carolina ACC 1 10 0 .091
98 Rockey Felker Mississippi State SEC 1 10 0 .091
99 Leon Fuller Colorado State WAC 1 10 0 .091
100 Mike Knoll New Mexico State Big West 1 10 0 .091
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
101 Glen Mason Kansas Big 8 1 10 0 .091
102 Don Morton Wisconsin Big Ten 1 10 0 .091
103 Tim Rose Miami (OH) MAC 0 10 1 .045
104 Jerry Berndt Rice SWC 0 11 0 .000
105 Stan Parrish Kansas State Big 8 0 11 0 .000