Gene Chizik (left) and Gus Malzahn (right)
Gene Chizik (left) and Gus Malzahn (right)

The Auburn Tigers college football team represents Auburn University in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tigers compete as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 27 head coaches, and 2 interim head coaches, since it began play during the 1892 season.[1] Since December 22, 2020, Bryan Harsin has served as Head Coach.[2]

The team has played more than 1,150 games over 119 seasons.[1] In that time, seven coaches have led the Tigers in postseason bowl games: Jack Meagher, Ralph Jordan, Pat Dye, Terry Bowden, Tommy Tuberville, Gene Chizik, and Gus Malzahn. Seven coaches won conference championships: Walter H. Watkins and Mike Donahue won a combined three as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Chet A. Wynne won one as a member of the Southern Conference; and Jordan, Dye, Tuberville, and Chizik won a combined seven as a member of the SEC.[3] During their tenures, Jordan and Chizik each won a national championship with the Tigers.[3][4]

Jordan is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 176 victories during his 25 years with the program.[1] M. S. Harvey and Johnny Floyd have the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .000.[1] Of the 26 different head coaches who have led the Tigers, John Heisman,[5] Donahue,[6] Jordan[7] and Dye[8] have been inducted as head coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

Key

Key to symbols in coaches list
General Overall Conference Postseason[A 1]
No. Order of coaches[A 2] GC Games coached CW Conference wins PW Postseason wins
DC Division championships OW Overall wins CL Conference losses PL Postseason losses
CC Conference championships OL Overall losses CT Conference ties PT Postseason ties
NC National championships OT Overall ties[A 3] C% Conference winning percentage
dagger Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame O% Overall winning percentage[A 4]

Coaches

List of head football coaches showing various statistics and awards[A 5]
No. Name Season(s)
[A 6]
GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT DC
[A 7]
CC NC Awards
1 George Petrie 1892 4 2 2 0 0.500 0
2 D. M. Balliet 1893 1 1 0 0 1.000 0
3 George Roy Harvey 1893 4 2 0 2 0.750 0
4 Forrest M. Hall 1894 4 1 3 0 0.250 0
5 John Heismandagger 1895–1899 18 12 4 2 0.722 8 4 2 0.643 0 0
6 Walter H. Watkins 1900–1901 10 6 3 1 0.650 5 2 1 0.688 1 0
7 Ralph S. Kent 1902 5 2 2 1 0.500 2 2 1 0.500 0 0
8 M. S. Harvey 1902 2 0 2 0 .000 0 2 0 .000 0 0
9 William Penn Bates 1903 7 4 3 0 0.571 2 3 0 0.400 0 0
10 Mike Donahuedagger 1904–1906
1908–1922
146 106 35 5 0.743 65 26 3 0.707 0 0 0 2 0
11 Willis Kienholz 1907 9 6 2 1 0.722 3 2 1 0.583 0 0
12 Boozer Pitts 1923–1924
1927
24 7 11 6 0.417 2 9 5 0.281 0 0 0 0 0
13 Dave Morey 1925–1927 21 10 10 1 0.500 6 7 1 0.464 0 0 0 0 0
14 George Bohler 1928–1929 14 3 11 0 0.214 0 10 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0
15 Johnny Floyd 1929 4 0 4 0 .000 0 4 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0
16 Chet A. Wynne 1930–1933 39 22 15 2 0.590 12 11 1 0.521 0 0 0 1 0
17 Jack Meagher 1934–1942 95 48 37 10 0.558 26 25 7 0.509 1 0 1 0 0 SEC Coach of the Year (1935)[14]
18 Carl M. Voyles 1944–1947 37 15 22 0 0.405 4 17 0 0.190 0 0 0 0 0
19 Earl Brown 1948–1950 29 3 22 4 0.172 2 18 2 0.136 0 0 0 0 0
20 Ralph Jordandagger 1951–1975 265 176 83 6 0.675 99 65 4 0.601 5 7 0 1 1 – 1957 AP SEC Coach of the Year (1953, 1957, 1972)[14]
UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1963, 1972)[14]
SEC Coach of the Year (1953, 1963, 1972)[14]
21 Doug Barfield 1976–1980 55 29 25 1 0.536 15 14 1 0.517 0 0 0 0 0
22 Pat Dyedagger 1981–1992 142 99 39 4 0.711 48 27 3 0.635 6 2 1 0 4 0 AP SEC Coach of the Year (1987, 1988)[14]
UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1983, 1988)[14]
SEC Coach of the Year (1983, 1987, 1988)[14]
23 Terry Bowden[A 8] 1993–1998 65 47 17 1 0.731 30 14 1 0.678 2 1 0 1 0 0 FWAA Coach of the Year (1993)[17]
George Munger Award (1993)[18]
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1993)[19]
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1993)[20]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1993)[14]
Interim Bill Oliver[A 8] 1998 5 2 3 0.400 0 3 .000 0 0 0 0 0
24 Tommy Tuberville 1999–2008 125 85 40 0.680 52 30 0.634 5 3 5 1 0 AFCA Coach of the Year (2004)[21]
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2004)[19]
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2004)[20]
AP Coach of the Year (2004)[22]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2004)[23]
25 Gene Chizik 2009–2012 52 33 19 0.635 15 17 0.469 3 0 1 1 1 – 2010 Home Depot Coach of the Year (2010)[24]
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2010)[25]
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2010)[19]
Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award (2010)[26]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2010)[27]
26 Gus Malzahn 2013–2020 103 68 35 0.660 39 27 0.591 2 5 2 1 0  Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2013)[28]
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2013)[29]
Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year Award (2013)[30]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award (2013)[31]
Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year (2013)
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2013)[32]
SEC Coach of the Year (2013)[33]
Interim Kevin Steele 2020 1 0 1 .000 0 1 0 0 0 
27 Bryan Harsin 2021–present 13 6 7 0.461

Notes

  1. ^ Although the first Rose Bowl Game was played in 1902, it has been continuously played since the 1916 game, and is recognized as the oldest bowl game by the NCAA. "—" indicates any season prior to 1916 when postseason games were not played.[9]
  2. ^ A running total of the number of head coaches, with coaches who served separate tenures being counted only once. Interim head coaches are represented with "Int" and are not counted in the running total. "—" indicates the team played but either without a coach or no coach is on record. "X" indicates an interim year without play.
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[10]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[11]
  5. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2010–11 college football season.
  6. ^ Auburn did not field a team for the 1943 season due to World War II.[12]
  7. ^ Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Auburn has competed as a member of the SEC West.[13]
  8. ^ a b Terry Bowden finished the 1998 season with a record of one win and five losses prior to his resignation as head coach on October 23, 1998. Bill Oliver served as interim head coach for the final five games of the season, finishing with two wins and three losses.[15][16]

References

General

  • "Auburn Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  • 2010 Auburn Football Media Guide. Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved March 11, 2011.

Specific

  1. ^ a b c d 2010 Auburn Football Media Guide, p. 157
  2. ^ "Auburn hires Bryan Harsin from Boise State as next football coach, replacing Gus Malzahn". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  3. ^ a b 2010 Auburn Football Media Guide, pp. 184–193
  4. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (2010). 2010 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA.org. pp. 68–77. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  5. ^ John Heisman at the College Football Hall of Fame
  6. ^ Michael "Iron Mike" Donahue at the College Football Hall of Fame
  7. ^ Ralph "Shug" Jordan at the College Football Hall of Fame
  8. ^ Pat Dye at the College Football Hall of Fame
  9. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  10. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. McLean, Virginia. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  11. ^ Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. New York City. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  12. ^ 2010 Auburn Football Media Guide, pp. 136
  13. ^ Harwell, Hoyt (November 30, 1990). "SEC sets division lineups". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 1C. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h 2006 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2006. p. 178. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  15. ^ Hurt, Cecil (October 24, 1998). "Terry's record not only factor in resignation". The Tuscaloosa News. p. C1. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  16. ^ Halvatgis, Jenna (November 25, 1998). "Oliver backs out". The Gadsden Times. p. D1. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  17. ^ "All-time Eddie Robinson Award Winners". Football Writers Association of America. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  18. ^ "George Munger Award – Past recipients". Maxwell Football Club. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  19. ^ a b c "Coach of the Year Award: Bear Bryant Awards". BryantAwards.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  20. ^ a b "Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  21. ^ "Tuberville named 2004 AFCA Coach of the Year". AuburnTigers.com. January 11, 2005. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  22. ^ "Tommy Tuberville named AP Coach of the Year". AuburnTigers.cstv.com. December 24, 2004. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  23. ^ "Campbell, Tuberville earn AP Player, Coach Awards; Tigers honored with 15 AP selections". AuburnTigers.cstv.com. December 7, 2004. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  24. ^ Low, Chris (December 8, 2010). "Chizik wins Home Depot coaching honor". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  25. ^ "Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year: 2010 Winner: Gene Chizik, Auburn University". Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  26. ^ Goldberg, Charles (January 24, 2011). "Auburn's Gene Chizik wins Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award". The Birmingham News. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  27. ^ Goldberg, Charles (December 6, 2010). "Auburn's Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, Gene Chizik win top SEC awards from the AP". The Birmingham News. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  28. ^ "Liberty Mutual Insurance Awards 2013 Coach of the Year Honors to Nations Top Football Leaders Who Excel | LMG". www.libertymutualgroup.com. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  29. ^ "Paul". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  30. ^ "AP Coach of the Year Award Winners". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  31. ^ "FWAA > Awards > Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year | All-Time Winners". www.sportswriters.net. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  32. ^ "Home Depot Coach of the Year Award Winners". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  33. ^ "SEC Coach of the Year Winners". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-12-14.