List of Texas A&M Aggies head football coaches
The Texas A&M Aggies football program is a college football team that represents Texas A&M University in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The team has had 27 head coaches since it started playing organized football in 1894. Texas A&M University was a charter member of the Southwest Conference, joining in 1915, while then known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas or Texas A.M.C. Texas A&M became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996 when the Southwest Conference disbanded. The Aggies subsequently left the Big 12 following the 2011 season and joined as the 13th member of the SEC effective for the 2012 season. The team nickname is the Aggies, a reference to the agricultural roots of the university. The Aggies have played in 1,244 games during their 122 completed seasons. In those seasons, twelve coaches have led Texas A&M to postseason bowl games: Dana X. Bible, Homer H. Norton, Robert Harry Stiteler, Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings, Emory Bellard, Tom Wilson, Jackie Sherrill, R. C. Slocum, Dennis Franchione, Mike Sherman, and Kevin Sumlin. Seven coaches have won conference championships with the Aggies: Bible, Norton, Bryant, Stallings, Bellard, Sherrill and Slocum. Bible and Norton are the only coaches to have won a national championship at Texas A&M.
Slocum is the all-time leader in games coached (172), total wins (123) and is tied with Norton for years coached (14). D. V. Graves has the highest winning percentage of any Aggies coach with a 6–1 record (.857) in his only year. Of coaches who served more than one season, Walter E. Bachman leads with a .813 winning percentage. Henry Foldberg is, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coach the Aggies have had (.217). Of the 27 Aggie coaches, six have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame: Bible, Madison Bell, Norton, Bryant, Stallings and Slocum. Slocum is the only coach to have received any coach of the year accolades, winning the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year award three years in a row.
|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|
|Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame||O%||Overall winning percentage[A 4]|
|1||F. Dudley Perkins||1894||2||1||1||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2||Andrew M. Soule & Horace W. South||1896||3||2||0||1||.833||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|3||C. W. Taylor||1897||3||1||2||0||.333||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|4||H. W. Williams||1898||6||4||2||0||.667||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|5||W. A. Murray||1899–1901||16||7||8||1||.469||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|6||J. E. Platt||1902–1904||26||18||5||3||.750||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|7||Walter E. Bachman||1905–1906||16||13||3||0||.813||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|8||L. L. Larson||1907||8||6||1||1||.813||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|12||Dana X. Bible||1917, 1919–1928||100||72||19||9||.765||26||15||7||.615||1||0||0||5||2 — 1919, 1927||—|
|13||D. V. Graves||1918||7||6||1||0||.857||1||1||0||.500||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|14||Madison A. Bell||1929–1933||48||24||21||3||.531||8||14||3||.380||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|15||Homer H. Norton||1934–1947||144||82||53||9||.601||40||35||7||.530||2||2||0||3||1 – 1939||—|
|18||Paul "Bear" Bryant||1954–1957||41||25||14||2||.634||14||9||1||.604||0||1||0||1||—||—|
|19||James A. Myers||1958–1961||40||12||24||4||.350||5||18||3||.250||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|22||Emory Bellard[A 7]||1972–1978||81||52||28||1||.648||29||18||0||.617||1||2||0||1||—||—|
|23||Tom Wilson[A 7]||1978–1981||34||17||17||0||.500||14||15||0||.483||2||0||0||—||—||—|
|25||R. C. Slocum||1989–2002||172||123||47||2||.721||78||28||2||.731||3||8||0||4||—||Southwest Conference Coach of the Year (1991, 1992, 1993)|
|28||Kevin Sumlin||2012–2017||65||44||21||—||.677||21||19||—||.525||3||2||—||—||—||SEC Coach of the Year (2012)|
- 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 2011 college football season.
- Texas A&M did not join a conference until 1915.
- Emory Ballard resigned in the middle of the 1978 season, after going 4–2 (1–2 in conference). Tom Wilson replaced him and finished the season 4–2 (3–2 in conference).
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