List of Stanford Cardinal head football coaches
The Stanford Cardinal football program represents Stanford University in the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. The Cardinal competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The team has had 31 head coaches since its founding in 1892.
The Cardinal have played in 1,134 games of American football in 111 seasons.[A 1] In their first season, the team played 4 games with no head coach. From 1906 to 1917, Stanford replaced football with rugby. The school did not field teams in 1918 and from 1943 to 1945 due to World War I and World War II, respectively.
Conference championships have been won by Pop Warner, Claude E. Thornhill, Clark Shaughnessy, Chuck Taylor, John Ralston, Bill Walsh, Tyrone Willingham, and David Shaw. Warner is the all-time leader in games coached and most victories. James F. Lanagan is the leader in win percentage for coaches with more than one season of service.
Of the 31 Stanford head coaches, six—Walter Camp, Fielding H. Yost, Andrew Kerr, Warner, Shaughnessy, and Ralston—have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches. Four more—George H. Brooke (who played at Swarthmore), Marchmont Schwartz (who played at Notre Dame), Taylor (who played at Stanford) and Paul Wiggin (who also played at Stanford)—are in the Hall of Fame as players.
On November 18, 2017, David Shaw won his 72nd game to become Stanford's winningest coach with a 17-14 win over Cal in the 120th Big Game. He surpassed Pop Warner, who amassed 71 victories in the years 1924–1932.
|No.||Order of coaches[A 3]||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 4]||C%||Conference winning percentage|
|Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame||O%||Overall winning percentage[A 5]|
|1||Walter Camp||1892, 1894–1895||17||11||3||3||0.735||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2||C. D. "Pop" Bliss||1893||9||8||0||1||0.944||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Harry P. Cross||1896
|4||George H. Brooke||1897||5||4||1||0||0.800||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|6||Fielding H. Yost||1900||10||7||2||1||0.750||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|8||Carl L. Clemans||1902||7||6||1||0||0.857||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|9||James F. Lanagan [A 9]||1903–1905||29||23||2||4||0.862||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|11||Walter D. Powell||1920||7||4||3||0||0.571||2||1||0||0.667||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|12||Eugene Van Gent||1921||8||4||2||2||0.625||1||1||0||0.500||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|14||Pop Warner||1924–1932||96||71||17||8||0.781||31||9||5||0.744||1||1||1||—||3||1 – 1926||—|
|15||Claude E. Thornhill||1933–1939||67||35||25||7||0.575||25||18||4||0.574||1||2||0||—||3||0||—|
|16||Clark Shaughnessy||1940–1941||19||16||3||0||0.842||11||3||0||0.786||1||0||0||—||1||1 – 1940||AFCA Coach of the Year (1940)|
|18||Chuck Taylor||1951–1957||71||40||29||2||0.577||25||20||2||0.553||0||1||0||—||1||0||AFCA Coach of the Year (1951)|
|20||John Ralston||1963–1971||94||55||36||3||0.601||30||25||2||0.544||2||0||0||—||2||0||Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year (1970)|
|59||34||24||1||0.585||19||19||0||0.500||3||0||0||—||1||0||Pac-8 Coach of the Year (1977)|
|27||Tyrone Willingham||1995–2001||81||44||36||1||0.549||32||24||0||0.571||1||3||0||—||1||0||Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1999)|
|31||David Shaw||2011–present||108||82||26||—||0.759||55||17||—||0.764||5||3||—||4||3||0||Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017)|
- For 12 seasons from 1906 to 1917, Stanford replaced football with rugby. The school includes rugby matches as part of the overall football record.
- 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.
- 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.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
- When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
- Statistics correct as of the end of the 2016 college football season.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 2011 season. Since that time, Stanford has competed as a member of the Pac-12 North.
- Stanford was not a part of an athletic conference prior to 1919, when the school joined the Pacific Coast Conference. After the demise of that conference, the school joined the new Athletic Association of Western Universities in 1959, which became the Pacific-8 Conference in 1968, the Pacific-10 Conference in 1978, and the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
- Football record only; Stanford includes Lanagan's 26–8–1 record in three seasons as rugby coach in his overall record.
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- "Hall of Fame inductee detail: Clark Shaughnessy". National Football Foundation. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Hall of Fame inductee detail: John Ralston". National Football Foundation. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Hall of Fame inductee detail: George H. Brooke". National Football Foundation. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Hall of Fame inductee detail: Marchy Schwartz". National Football Foundation. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Hall of Fame inductee detail: Chuck Taylor". National Football Foundation. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Hall of Fame inductee detail: Paul Wiggin". National Football Foundation. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
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