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The Vanderbilt Commodores college football team represents Vanderbilt University in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Commodores compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 27 head coaches since it began play during the 1890 season.[1] Since December 2010, James Franklin has served as Vanderbilt's head coach.[2]

The team has played more than 1,150 games over 121 seasons of Vanderbilt football.[1] In that time, five coaches have led the Commodores to postseason bowl games: Arthur Guepe, Steve Sloan, George MacIntyre, Bobby Johnson and Franklin.[3][4] Four other coaches won conference championships: R. G. Acton, Walter H. Watkins, James H. Henry and Dan McGugin. Between them, the coaches won eleven Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships; McGugin led the team to an additional two titles as a member of the Southern Conference.[5]

McGugin is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 198 victories during his 30 years at Vanderbilt.[1] E. H. Alley has the highest winning percentage with 1.000.[1] Robbie Caldwell has the lowest winning percentage with .167.[1] Of the 27 different head coaches who have led the Commodores, McGugin,[6] Ray Morrison,[7] Henry Russell Sanders,[8] and Bill Edwards[9] have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

Key Edit

Key to symbols in coaches list
General Overall Conference Postseason[11]
No. Order of coaches[12] 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[14] C% Conference winning percentage
dagger Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame O% Overall winning percentage[16]


Coaches Edit

List of head football coaches showing season(s) coached, overall records, conference records, postseason records, championships and selected awards[A 1]
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT DC
[A 2]
CC NC Awards
1 Jones, ElliottElliott Jones 1890–1892 &000000000000001300000013 &00000000000000080000008 &00000000000000050000005 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000615000.615 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
2 Keller, W. J.W. J. Keller 1893 &00000000000000070000007 &00000000000000060000006 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000857000.857 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
3 Thornton, Henry WorthHenry Worth Thornton 1894 &00000000000000080000008 &00000000000000070000007 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000875000.875 &00000000000000020000002 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000010000001.000 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
4 Upton, C. L.C. L. Upton 1895 &00000000000000090000009 &00000000000000050000005 &00000000000000030000003 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000611000.611 &00000000000000030000003 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000750000.750 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
5 Acton, R. G.R. G. Acton 1896–1898 &000000000000002000000020 &000000000000001000000010 &00000000000000070000007 &00000000000000030000003 &0000000000000000575000.575 &00000000000000050000005 &00000000000000020000002 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000714000.714 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
6 Crane, James L.James L. Crane 1899–1900 &000000000000001800000018 &000000000000001100000011 &00000000000000060000006 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000639000.639 &00000000000000060000006 &00000000000000030000003 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000650000.650 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
7 Watkins, Walter H.Walter H. Watkins 1901–1902 &000000000000001700000017 &000000000000001400000014 &00000000000000020000002 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000853000.853 &00000000000000080000008 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000850000.850 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
8 Henry, James H.James H. Henry 1903 &00000000000000080000008 &00000000000000060000006 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000813000.813 &00000000000000050000005 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000786000.786 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
9 McGugin, DanDan McGugindagger 1904–1917
1919–1934
&0000000000000272000000272 &0000000000000198000000198 &000000000000005500000055 &000000000000001900000019 &0000000000000000763000.763 &0000000000000104000000104 &000000000000003400000034 &000000000000001300000013 &0000000000000000732000.732 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &000000000000001000000010 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
10 Morrison, RayRay Morrisondagger 1918
1935–1939
&000000000000005300000053 &000000000000002900000029 &000000000000002200000022 &00000000000000020000002 &0000000000000000566000.566 &000000000000001800000018 &000000000000001500000015 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000544000.544 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 SEC Coach of the Year (1937)[18]
11 Sanders, Henry RussellHenry Russell Sandersdagger 1940–1942
1946–1948
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12 Alley, E. H.E. H. Alley 1943 &00000000000000050000005 &00000000000000050000005 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000010000001.000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000000000.000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
13 Bartling, DobyDoby Bartling 1944–1945 &000000000000001300000013 &00000000000000060000006 &00000000000000060000006 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000500000.500 &00000000000000020000002 &00000000000000040000004 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000333000.333 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
14 Edwards, BillBill Edwardsdagger 1949–1952 &000000000000004200000042 &000000000000002100000021 &000000000000001900000019 &00000000000000020000002 &0000000000000000524000.524 &000000000000001100000011 &000000000000001700000017 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000397000.397 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
15 Guepe, ArthurArthur Guepe 1953–1962 &0000000000000100000000100 &000000000000003900000039 &000000000000005400000054 &00000000000000070000007 &0000000000000000425000.425 &000000000000001900000019 &000000000000004300000043 &00000000000000060000006 &0000000000000000324000.324 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 SEC Coach of the Year (1955)[18]
16 Green, JohnJohn Green 1963–1966 &000000000000004000000040 &00000000000000070000007 &000000000000002900000029 &00000000000000040000004 &0000000000000000225000.225 &00000000000000020000002 &000000000000001900000019 &00000000000000030000003 &0000000000000000146000.146 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
17 Pace, BillBill Pace 1967–1972 &000000000000006300000063 &000000000000002200000022 &000000000000003800000038 &00000000000000030000003 &0000000000000000373000.373 &00000000000000050000005 &000000000000002700000027 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000167000.167 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
18 Sloan, SteveSteve Sloan 1973–1974 &000000000000002300000023 &000000000000001200000012 &00000000000000090000009 &00000000000000020000002 &0000000000000000565000.565 &00000000000000030000003 &00000000000000080000008 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000292000.292 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000010000001 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
19 Pancoast, FredFred Pancoast 1975–1978 &000000000000004400000044 &000000000000001300000013 &000000000000003100000031 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000295000.295 &00000000000000020000002 &000000000000002200000022 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000083000.083 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
20 MacIntyre, GeorgeGeorge MacIntyre 1979–1985 &000000000000007800000078 &000000000000002500000025 &000000000000005200000052 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000327000.327 &00000000000000080000008 &000000000000003300000033 &00000000000000010000001 &0000000000000000202000.202 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 UPI SEC Coach of the Year (1982)[18]
SEC Coach of the Year (1982)[18]
21 Brown, WatsonWatson Brown 1986–1990 &000000000000005500000055 &000000000000001000000010 &000000000000004500000045 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000182000.182 &00000000000000040000004 &000000000000002900000029 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000121000.121 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
22 DiNardo, GerryGerry DiNardo 1991–1994 &000000000000004400000044 &000000000000001900000019 &000000000000002500000025 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000432000.432 &00000000000000090000009 &000000000000002200000022 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000290000.290 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
23 Dowhower, RodRod Dowhower 1995–1996 &000000000000002200000022 &00000000000000040000004 &000000000000001800000018 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000182000.182 &00000000000000010000001 &000000000000001500000015 &00000000000000000000000 &0000000000000000063000.063 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
24 Widenhofer, WoodyWoody Widenhofer 1997–2001 &000000000000005500000055 &000000000000001500000015 &000000000000004000000040 &09999999999999998999999 &0000000000000000273000.273 &00000000000000040000004 &000000000000003600000036 &09999999999999998999999 &0000000000000000100000.100 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
25 Johnson, BobbyBobby Johnson 2002–2009 &000000000000009500000095 &000000000000002900000029 &000000000000006600000066 &09999999999999998999999 &0000000000000000305000.305 &000000000000001200000012 &000000000000005200000052 &09999999999999998999999 &0000000000000000188000.188 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 SEC Coach of the Year (2008)[18]
26 Caldwell, RobbieRobbie Caldwell 2010 &000000000000001200000012 &00000000000000020000002 &000000000000001000000010 &09999999999999998999999 &0000000000000000167000.167 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000070000007 &09999999999999998999999 &0000000000000000125000.125 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999
27 Franklin, JamesJames Franklin 2011–present &000000000000002600000026 &000000000000001500000015 &000000000000001100000011 &09999999999999998999999 &0000000000000000577000.577 &00000000000000070000007 &00000000000000090000009 &09999999999999998999999 &0000000000000000438000.438 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000010000001 &09999999999999998999999 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &09999999999999998999999

Notes Edit

  1. Statistics correct as of the end of the 2011–12 college football season.
  2. Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Vanderbilt has competed as a member of the East Division of the SEC.[17]

References Edit

General

Specific

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 2011 Football Fact Book, p. 109
  2. "James Franklin takes over at Vandy". Associated Press. ESPN.com. December 17, 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5929959. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  3. 2011 Football Fact Book, pp. 128–129
  4. "Kickoff return TD sparks Cincinnati past Vanderbilt in Liberty Bowl". Associated Press. ESPN.com. December 31, 2011. http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=313650238. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  5. 2011 Football Fact Book, pp. 110–117
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  10. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011) (PDF). Bowl/All-Star Game Records. Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Bowls.pdf. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  11. 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.[10]
  12. 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.
  13. Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today (McLean, Virginia). Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. https://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2006-08-24-overtime_x.htm. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  14. Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[13]
  15. Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times (New York City). Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. https://www.nytimes.com/1987/09/06/sports/college-football-big-plays-help-paterno-to-200th.html. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  16. When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[15]
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Division
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 2011 Football Fact Book, p. 129
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