List of Oklahoma State Cowboys head football coaches

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Current head coach Mike Gundy

The Oklahoma State Cowboys football program is a college football team that represents Oklahoma State University–Stillwater as part of the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 22 head coaches since organized football began in 1901[1] with the nickname Aggies. The team played without a head coach until 1906. The university, then known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, was renamed Oklahoma State University in 1957 and its nickname was changed to Cowboys.[2][3] Oklahoma State was an original member of the Southwest Conference, joining in 1915. They later joined the Missouri Valley Conference in 1925 and the Big Eight Conference in 1960. The Cowboys became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996.[4] The Cowboys have played in more than 1,000 games during their 108 seasons. In those seasons, eight coaches have led the Cowboys to postseason bowl games: Jim Lookabaugh, Cliff Speegle, Jim Stanley, Jimmy Johnson, Pat Jones, Bob Simmons, Les Miles and Mike Gundy. Six coaches have won conference championships with the Cowboys: John Maulbetsch, Lynn Waldorf, Lookabaugh, J. B. Whitworth, Stanley, and Gundy.

Gundy is the all-time leader in games coached (138) and wins (94) with Jones as the all time leader in years coached (11), while Waldorf is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.735). Theodore Cox finished his career with a .250 winning percentage, the worst in team history. Of the 22 Cowboy coaches, Waldorf and Johnson have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. Three coaches are also graduates of the university: Lookabaugh, Floyd Gass, and Gundy.[5] The first coach was Boyd Hill in 1906, who left after his only season. The current coach, Mike Gundy, was hired in January 2005.[6]

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Les Miles, head coach of the Cowboys from 2001 to 2004

Coaches

Statistics correct as of November 16, 2015
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT CCs Awards
1 Hill, BoydBoyd Hill 1906 7 1 4 2 .286
2 Parry, EdEd Parry 1907–1908 12 5 6 1 .458
3 Davis, Paul J.Paul J. Davis 1909–1914 46 29 16 1 .641
4 Griffith, John G.John G. Griffith 1915–1916 18 8 9 1 .472 0 6 0 .000
5 Pritchard, Earl A.Earl A. Pritchard 1917–1918 15 8 7 0 .533 1 4 0 .200
6 Pixlee, JimJim Pixlee 1919–1920 16 3 10 3 .281 0 5 0 .000
7 Maulbetsch, JohnJohn Maulbetsch 1921–1928 71 28 37 6 .437 10 13 3 .442 1
8 Waldorf, PappyPappy Waldorf 1929–1933 51 34 10 7 .735 9 1 0 .900 3
9 Exendine, AlbertAlbert Exendine 1934–1935 20 7 12 1 .375 1 4 0 .200
10 Cox, TedTed Cox 1936–1938 30 7 23 0 .233 3 8 0 .273
11 Lookabaugh, JimJim Lookabaugh 1939–1949 105 58 41 6 .581 19 10 1 .650 2 1 0 3
12 Whitworth, J. B.J. B. Whitworth 1950–1954 51 22 27 2 .451 11 9 1 .548 1
13 Speegle, CliffCliff Speegle 1955–1962 81 36 42 3 .463 9 19 1 .328 1 0 0
14 Cutchin, PhilPhil Cutchin 1963–1968 59 19 38 2 .339 14 26 1 .354
15 Gass, FloydFloyd Gass 1969–1971 32 13 18 1 .422 7 14 0 .333 1969 Big 8 Coach of the Year
16 Smith, DaveDave Smith 1972 11 7 4 0 .636 4 3 0 .571
17 Stanley, JimJim Stanley 1973–1978 68 35 31 2 .529 19 21 2 .476 1 1 0 1
18 Johnson, JimmyJimmy Johnson 1979–1983 57 29 25 3 .535 18 15 2 .543 1 1 0
19 Jones, PatPat Jones 1984–1994 125 62 60 3 .508 30 44 3 .409 3 1 0
20 Simmons, BobBob Simmons 1995–2000 68 30 38 0 .441 16 31 0 .340 0 1 0 Big 12 Coach of the Year (1997)[7]
21 Miles, LesLes Miles 2001–2004 49 28 21 .571 16 16 .500 1 2
22 Gundy, MikeMike Gundy 2005–present 138 94 44 .681 56 35 .615 6 3 1 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year
2011 Paul (Bear) Bryant Award
2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

Key

Notes

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Cowboys
  2. ^ Oklahoma State did not join a conference until 1915.[8]
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[9]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[10]

References

General
  • "2009 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Oklahoma State University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  • "Oklahoma State Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
Specific
  1. ^ Rhoden, William (1989-08-06). "Fatal attraction: Oklahoma and football". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ "OSU History". Oklahoma State University–Stillwater. 2006-06-14. Archived from the original on 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Battle of backcourts in East Rutherford". NBC Sports. The Associated Press. 2004-03-27. Archived from the original on 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Oklahoma State Cowboys". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2010-01-03. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Mike Gundy - Profile". OKState.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19. Gundy is just the third Oklahoma State graduate to assume the head coaching duties in Stillwater. Jim Lookabaugh (1939-49) and Floyd Gass (1969-71) were the others. 
  6. ^ "Gundy to fill Miles' shoes at Oklahoma State". USA Today. The Associated Press. 2005-01-03. Archived from the original on 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2009-11-25. Oklahoma State promoted offensive coordinator Mike Gundy to head coach Monday... 
  7. ^ "Willingham shakes up staff at Washington". USA Today. The Associated Press. 2007-12-18. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  8. ^ "Southwest Athletic Conference: An Inventory of Its Records, 1914–1996 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library". Texas Archival Resources Online. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  9. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2006-08-25). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  10. ^ Finder, Chuck (1987-09-06). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 


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