College Football Coaches with the Most Wins: All Divisions

John Gagliardi, Winningest Coach in College Football History - And He's Still Active

John Gagliardi, Winningest Coach in College Football History - And He's Still Active (

College Football is in the air. The 2011 season is well underway, with the vast majority of schools having at least one game under their belts.

Yesterday No. 1 Oklahoma rolled over Tulsa and in the first upset of the early season, South Florida bested 16th-ranked Notre Dame, continuing the Fighting Irish’s multi-year woes.

A few weeks back, Sports List of the Day posted a list of the Winningest Coaches in College Football History (Major Schools).  Today is the follow up, requested by a reader.

Here are the Top 20 college football coaches with the most wins, regardless of Division.

Check out No. 1 John Gagliardi – still coaching after 62 years! And there’s ol’ Joe Pa, the leader of the major school coaches, but here he comes in third.

And of course Eddie Robinson, coach of the Grambling State Tigers, who when retired was the winningest coach ever.  Today, the Tigers play at Eddie Robinson Stadium.

Active coaches in italics.

1. John Gagliardi 62 478 Carroll (MT) (24), St. John’s (MN) (454)
2. Eddie Robinson 55 408 Grambling
3. Joe Paterno 45 401 Penn State
4. Bobby Bowden 44 377 Samford (31), West Virginia (42), Florida State (304)
5. Bear Bryant 38 333 North Carolina Pre-Flight (10), Maryland (6), Kentucky (60), Texas A&M (25), Alabama (232)
6. Glenn Scobey (Pop) Warner 44 319 Georgia (8), Cornell (36), Carlisle (113), Pittsburgh (60), Stanford (71), Temple (31)
7. Roy Kidd 39 314 Eastern Kentucky
7. Amos Alonzo Stagg 57 314 Springfield (5), Chicago (270), Pacific (CA) (39)
9. Frosty Westering 40 303 Parsons (14), Lea (27), Pacific Lutheran (262)
9. Larry Kehres 25 303 Mount Union
11. Tubby Raymond 36 300 Delaware
12. Ken Sparks 31 294 Carson–Newman
13. Ron Schipper 36 287 Central (IA)
14. Roger Harring 31 261 Wisconsin–La Crosse
15. Frank Girardi 36 257 Lycoming
15. LaVell Edwards 29 257 BYU
17. Tom Osborne 25 255 Nebraska
17. Jim Malosky 40 255 Minnesota–Duluth
19. Hank Biesiot 35 250 Dickinson State
20. Lou Holtz 33 249 William & Mary (13), North Carolina State (33), Arkansas (60), Minnesota (10), Notre Dame (100), South Carolina (33)

Posted on September 4, 2011, in NCAA Football and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Ken Sparks is on the list (12th), and deservedly so. At the time of the post, he had 294 wins. As you stated, he is the winningest coach in Division II history. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. What about Coach Ken Sparks at Carson-Newman College? He has a record of 299-79-2. He is trying today for his 300th win. He is number one for active coaches at a scholarship school (as of Wednesday night). Number one in Division II with most wins. Why is Coach Ken Sparks not on these lists. He has 5 National Championships and runner-up numerous times. All wins are at only one school.

  1. Pingback: Sports List of the Day Top Posts: November 2011 « SPORTS LIST OF THE DAY

  2. Pingback: College Football Coaches with the Best Winning Percentages « SPORTS LIST OF THE DAY

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: