The first coach of the Red Raiders, known then as the Matadors, was
Ewing Y. Freeland.
Texas Tech Red Raiders football program is a college football team that represents Texas Tech University in the South Division of the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 14 head coaches, and one interim head coach, since it began play during the 1925 season.
Texas Tech (then known as
Texas Technological College) was known as the " Matadors" from 1925 to 1936, a name suggested by the wife of Ewing Y. Freeland, the first football coach, to reflect the influence of the Spanish Renaissance architecture on campus. In 1932, Texas Tech joined the  Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The school's short-lived Matadors moniker was replaced officially in 1937 with "Red Raiders", the nickname the team has had ever since. The same year,  Pete Cawthon, Texas Tech's third head coach, led the team to their first conference championship and bowl game berth, a 7–6 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Sun Bowl. Texas Tech suffered four more bowl losses, under two head coaches, before their first postseason win in the 1952 Sun Bowl, under first-year head coach DeWitt Weaver. Before withdrawing from the Border Conference in 1956, the Red Raiders won eight conference championships and one co-championship,  the most held by a Border Conference member. Weaver and his predecessor Dell Morgan each won four conference championships, a record for a Texas Tech head coach.
In 1960, Texas Tech was admitted to the
Southwest Conference. The Red Raiders won conference co-championships in 1976 and 1994, under head coaches Steve Sloan and Spike Dykes respectively. Texas Tech became a charter member in the South Division of the Big 12 Conference in 1996 when the Southwest Conference disbanded. During his ninth season as head coach, Mike Leach led Texas Tech to the program's first division co-championship in 2008. After Leach was fired at the end of the 2009 season, Ruffin McNeill was named interim head coach for the Alamo Bowl. Tommy Tuberville coached the Red Raiders from 2010 to 2012, resigning after the conclusion of the regular season. The current head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, is a former quarterback with the team. He was hired on December 12, 2012.
Number of coaches
Statistics correct as of the end of the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season
↑ A running total of the number of head coaches, not including interim head coaches. Interim head coaches are represented with "Int".
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.
↑ 4.0 4.1 Texas Tech was not in an
athletic conference from 1925 through 1931 and 1957 through 1959.
↑ Texas Tech participated as a member of the South Division in the
Big 12 Conference from 1996 through 2010.
↑ 1.0 1.1
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