List of Texas Tech Red Raiders head football coaches

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The first coach of the Red Raiders, known then as the Matadors, was Ewing Y. Freeland.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders football program is a college football team that represents Texas Tech University in the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 15 head coaches, and two 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[2] Before withdrawing from the Border Conference in 1956, the Red Raiders won nine conference championships, 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 two conference 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 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.[3]

Key

Key to symbols in coaches list
General Overall Conference Postseason[A 1]
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
dagger Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame O% Overall winning percentage[A 4]


Coaches

List of head football coaches showing season(s) coached, overall records, conference records, postseason records, championships and selected awards[A 5]
No. Name Season(s) GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL PT CCs DCs[A 6] Notable awards
1 Freeland, Ewing Y.Ewing Y. Freeland 1925–1928 37 21 10 6 .649
2 Higginbotham, GradyGrady Higginbotham 1929 10 1 7 2 .200
3 Cawthon, PetePete Cawthon 1930–1940 114 76 32 6 .693 10 1 1 .875 0 2 0 1
4 Morgan, DellDell Morgan 1941–1950 107 55 49 3 .528 23 3 1 .870 0 3 0 4 Border Conference Coach of the Year (1949)[7]
5 Weaver, DeWittDeWitt Weaver 1951–1960 105 49 51 5 .490 20 6 3 .741 2 1 0 4 Border Conference Coach of the Year (1951, 1953)[8]
6 King, J. T.J. T. King 1961–1969 92 44 45 3 .495 27 35 1 .437 0 2 0 0 SWC Coach of the Year (1965)[9]
7 Carlen, JimJim Carlen 1970–1974 59 37 20 2 .644 20 15 0 .571 1 2 1 0 SWC Coach of the Year (1970, 1973)[10]
8 Sloan, SteveSteve Sloan 1975–1977 35 23 12 0 .657 15 8 0 .652 0 2 0 1 SWC Coach of the Year (1976)[11]
9 Dockery, RexRex Dockery 1977–1980 33 15 16 2 .485 10 13 1 .438 0 0 0 0 SWC Coach of the Year (1978)[12]
10 Moore, JerryJerry Moore[13] 1981–1985 55 16 37 2 .309 9 29 2 .250 0 0 0 0
11 McWilliams, DavidDavid McWilliams 1986 11 7 4 0 .636 5 3 0 .625 0 0 0 0 SWC Coach of the Year (1986)[14]
12 Dykes, SpikeSpike Dykes 1986–1999 150 82 67 1 .550 57 40 1 .587 2 5 0 1 0 SWC Coach of the Year (1989, 1993, 1994)[15]
Big 12 Coach of the Year (1996)[16]
13 Leach, MikeMike Leach 2000–2009 127 84 43 .661 47 33 .588 5 4 0 1 Big 12 Coach of the Year (2008)
George Munger Award (2008)
Woody Hayes Award (2008)
Int McNeill, RuffinRuffin McNeill 2009 1 1 0 1.000 1 0
14 Tuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville 2010–2012 37 20 17 .541 9 17 .294 1 0 0 0
Int Thomsen, ChrisChris Thomsen 2012 1 1 0 1.000 1 0
15 Kingsbury, KliffKliff Kingsbury 2013–present 59 28 31 .475 14 29 .325 1 1 0 0

Notes

  1. ^ 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.[4]
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[5]
  4. ^ When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.[6]
  5. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2016 college football season.
  6. ^ Texas Tech participated as a member of the South Division in the Big 12 Conference from 1996 through 2010.

References

General

  • Texas Tech University Athletics Communications (Summer 2015). "2015 Texas Tech Football Media Supplement". 2015 Texas Tech Football (Sixth ed.). Texas Tech University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  • Staff (2014). "Texas Tech Coaching Records". Texas Tech History. College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 

Specific

  1. ^ a b Clark, Kyle; Siegrist, Nikki (2003-03-13). "Making Matadors: Spanish style architecture inspires Tech's first mascot". The Daily Toreador. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Texas Tech Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Kliff Kingsbury coming home to Texas Tech to be Red Raiders head coach". Yahoo! Sports. 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  4. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. McLean, Virginia. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ 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. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  7. ^ Rushing, Jane Gilmore; Kline A. Nall (1975). Evolution of a University: Texas Tech's first fifty years. Austin, Texas: Madrona Press. p. 128. ISBN 0-89052-017-8. 
  8. ^ Andrews, Ruth Horn (1956). The First Thirty Years: a History of Texas Technological College. Lubbock, Texas: The Texas Tech Press. p. 307. 
  9. ^ "Texas Tech 2010–11 Athletics Record Book". Texas Tech University. p. 10. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  10. ^ Zuvanich, Adam (2008-07-09). "Hall to enter Hall: Former QB among seven Tech honorees". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  11. ^ Traughbe, Bill (2006-09-20). "Steve Sloan Talks About His Career" (PDF). Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  12. ^ Gulick, Joe (2008-09-17). "Dirk West: Coach hit it big". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  13. ^ Staff (2016). "Member Biography: Jerry Moore". National Football Foundation. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  14. ^ Freeman, Denne H. (1987-10-31). "'Horns Concern Tech Players Not Departure of McWilliams". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. p. 3B. Retrieved 2010-12-19. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Dallas - Texas Tech's bid for its first Cotton Bowl Victory". San Antonio Express-News. Hearst Corporation. Associated Press. 1994-12-04. Texas Tech's bid for its first Cotton Bowl victory on Jan. 2 will be led by none other than The Associated Press Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. Spike Dykes, 56, received the award for the second consecutive year. 
  16. ^ "Spike Dykes Endowment Kickoff Luncheon". Texas Tech University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
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