Historical Composite of Black Head Football Coaches Hired at NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Colleges and Universities

Current through the 2011 football season

Research Compiled by Dr. Fitzgerald Hill (fitzhill@hotmail.com)

1. Willie Jefferies Wichita State 1979-82 21-32-0
2. Dennis Green Northwestern 1981-85 10-45-0
3. Cleve Bryant Ohio University 1985-89 09-44-2
4. Wayne Nunnely Las Vegas 1986-89 19-25-0
5. Francis Peay Northwestern 1986-91 13-51-1
6. Dennis Green Stanford 1989-91 16-18-0 (26-63-0)#
7. Willie Brown Long Beach State 1991 02-08-2
8. James Caldwell Wake Forest 1992-00 26-63-0
9. Ron Cooper Eastern Michigan 1993-94 09-13-0
10. Ron Dickerson Temple 1993-97 08-47-0
11. Matt Simon Univ. of No. Texas 1994-97 17-26-1
12. Ron Cooper Louisville 1995-97 13-20-0 (22-33-0)#
13. Bob Simmons Oklahoma State 1995-00 29-37-1
14. Tyrone Willingham Stanford 1995-01 43-35-1
15. John Blake Oklahoma 1996-98 11-21-0
16. Tony Samuel New Mexico State 1997-04 27-52-0
17. Jerry Baldwin Louisiana Lafayette 1999-01 06-27-0
18. Bobby Williams Michigan State 1999-02 16-17-0
19. Fitzgerald Hill San Jose State 2001-04 14-33-0
20. Tyrone Willingham Notre Dame 2002-04 21-15-0
21. Karl Dorrell UCLA 2003-07 35-25-0
22. Sylvester Croom Mississippi State 2004-08 21-38-0
23. Tyrone Willingham Washington 2005-08 11-37-0 (95-97-1)#
24. Ron Prince Kansas State 2006-08 17-20-0
25. Turner Gill Buffalo 2006-09 20-30-0
26. Randy Shannon Miami 2007-10 28-22-0
27. Dewayne Walker+ UCLA 2007 00-01-0
28. Kevin Sumlin Univ. of Houston 2008-10 35-17-0
29. Mike Locksley New Mexico 2009-11 02-26-0
30. Ron English* Eastern Michigan 2009-10 08-28-0
31. Mike Haywood Miami (Ohio) 2009-10 10-15-0
32. DeWayne Walker* New Mexico State 2009-10 09-29-0 (09-30-0)#
33. Ruffin McNeill^ Texas Tech 2009 01-00-0
34. Willie Taggert * Western Kentucky 2010 09-15-0
35. Larry Porter Univ. of Memphis 2010 03-21-0
36. Mike London* Virginia 2010 12-13-0
37. Charlie Strong* Louisville 2010 14-12-0
38. Turner Gill Kansas 2010-11 05-19-00 (25-49-0)#
39. Ruffin McNeill* East Carolina 2010 11-14-0 (12-14-0)#
40. Joker Phillips* Kentucky 2010 11-14-0
41. Don Treadwell= Michigan State 2010 02-00-0
42. Darrell Hazell* Kent State 2011 05-07-00
43. Jon Embree* Colorado 2011 03-10-0
44. Mike Haywood< Pittsburgh XXXX XXXXXXX
45. Don Treadwell* Miami (Ohio) 2011 04-08-0 (06-08-0)#
46. James Franklin* Vanderbilt 2011 06-07-0
47. David Shaw* Stanford 2011 11-02-0
48. Everett Withers > North Carolina 2011 07-06-0
49. George Barlow > New Mexico 2011 01-07-0
50. David Gunn > Arkansas State 2011 00-01-0
51. Kevin Sumlin* Texas A&M 2012 First Season
52. Curtis Johnson* Tulane 2012 First Season
53. Garrick McGee* Alabama-Birmingham 2012 First Season

Note:
* Indicates that the coach is currently employed at the institution.
# Indicates the total head coaching record at multiple Division I-A institutions.
+ Served as interim head coach for Las Vegas Bowl after Karl Dorrell was relieved as head coach at the completion of the 2007 regular season.
^ Served as interim head coach for the 2010 Alamo Bowl after Mike Leach was terminated prior to the game
= Served as head coach for two games due to illness of head coach.
< Coach was hired as head coach but was terminated prior to coaching a game.
> Coach was named interim head coach replacing the head coach until new coach was hired.

Data analysis suggests that the overall winning percentages of black football coaches may suffer because the majority of black coaches are hired at programs requiring a rebuilding process. The low winning percentages of black coaches can negatively influence the perceptions of their coaching abilities. This is due to the fact that black coaches tend to be evaluated collectively in contrast to white coaches, who are always evaluated individually. As a result, for black coaches, head coaching opportunities at traditional football powers remain elusive. Therefore, African American candidates seeking an initial head coaching opportunity continue to take jobs that may not look promising on the surface. Past employment trends of African American collegiate football coaches indicate that once they are terminated from a head coaching assignment, a second opportunity is rare. Only once has this occurred in the history of major college football. Notre Dame fired Tyrone Willingham following the 2004 season; Willingham was hired by Washington, where he served as head coach from 2005 through the 2008 season.
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