List of Kansas Jayhawks head football coaches
The Kansas Jayhawks football program is a college football team that represents the University of Kansas in the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Jayhawks head coach is Lance Leipold. The team has had 40 head coaches since it started playing organized football in 1890 with the nickname Jayhawks. The team played its first season without an official head coach, however, Will Coleman, starting center on the inaugural team, served as the team's head coach. Edwin Mortimer Hopkins was the Jayhawks first official head coach. He served as the head coach only for the 1891 team finishing the season 7–0–1. Kansas joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907. After several changes, the conference eventually became the Big Eight Conference. The Jayhawks became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996 when the Big Eight disbanded. Seven coaches have led Kansas to postseason bowl games: George Sauer, Jack Mitchell, Pepper Rodgers, Don Fambrough, Bud Moore, Glen Mason and Mark Mangino. Four coaches have won conference championships with the Jayhawks: A. R. Kennedy, Bill Hargiss, Sauer and Rodgers.
Mason is the all-time leader in games coached (102), and is tied with Mitchell for most years coached with nine. Kennedy is the all-time leader in total wins with 52. Fielding H. Yost has the highest winning percentage of any Jayhawk coach with a 10–0 record (1.000) his only year. Of coaches who served more than one season, Wylie G. Woodruff leads with a .833 winning percentage, barely edging out Kennedy's winning percentage of .831. David Beaty is, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coach the Jayhawks have had (.125). Of the 39 Kansas coaches, Yost is the only one that has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. Mangino won several coach of the year accolades after the 2007 season, the only Jayhawks coach to do so.
- Statistics correct as of the end of the 2019 season
|#||Name||Term||GC||W||L||T||%||CW||CL||CT||C%||BW||BL||CC||Awards and other notes|
|1||Edwin Mortimer Hopkins||1891||8||7||0||1||.938||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2||A. W. Shepard||1892–1893||15||9||6||0||.600||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|4||Wylie G. Woodruff||1897–1898||18||15||3||0||.833||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|5||Fielding H. Yost†||1899||10||10||0||0||1.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|7||John H. Outland†||1901||10||3||5||2||.400||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|8||Arthur Hale Curtis||1902||10||6||4||0||.600||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|9||Harrison Weeks||1903||9||6||3||0||.667||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Fired for having a sexual relationship with a KU freshman girl. He was 24 at the time.|
|10||A. R. Kennedy||1904–1910||65||52||9||4||.831||9||3||1||.731||—||—||1||Forced out by conference rule change requiring coaches to be full-time faculty members.|
|11||Ralph W. Sherwin||1911||8||4||2||2||.625||1||1||1||.500||—||—||0||—|
|13||H. M. Wheaton||1914||8||5||2||1||.688||2||2||0||.500||—||—||0||—|
|17||Phog Allen||1920||8||5||2||1||.688||3||2||0||.600||—||—||0||Best known for his tenure as men's basketball coach, member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach|
|21||Adrian Lindsey[A 4]||1932–1938||61||23||30||8||.443||11||18||5||.397||—||—||0||—|
|24||George Sauer||1946–1947||21||15||3||3||.786||8||1||1||.850||0||1||2||Accepted Navy job|
|25||Jules V. Sikes||1948–1953||60||35||25||0||.583||18||18||0||.500||—||—||0||—|
|28||Pepper Rodgers||1967–1970||42||20||22||0||.476||13||15||0||.464||0||1||1||Accepted UCLA job|
|29||Don Fambrough||1971–1974, 1979–1982||90||37||48||5||.439||20||33||3||.384||0||1||0||—|
|31||Mike Gottfried||1983–1985||34||15||18||1||.456||8||13||0||.381||—||—||0||Accepted Pittsburgh job|
|33||Glen Mason||1988–1996||102||47||54||1||.466||25||38||1||.398||2||0||0||Accepted Minnesota job|
|34||Terry Allen||1997–2001||53||20||33||0||.377||10||30||0||.250||—||—||0||Fired after eight games of 2001 season.|
|Int||Tom Hayes[A 5]||2001||3||1||2||0||.333||0||2||0||.000||—||—||0||—|
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2007)
Resigned following the launch of an investigation of his coaching practices.
|37||Charlie Weis||2012–2014||27||5||22||0||.185||1||18||0||.053||0||0||0||Fired four games into the 2014 season|
|Int||Clint Bowen||2014||8||1||7||0||.125||1||7||0||.125||0||0||0||Interim Head Coach after Charlie Weis was fired|
|38||David Beaty||2015–2018||48||6||42||0||.125||2||34||0||.056||0||0||0||Fired after the end of the 2018 season|
|39||Les Miles||2019–2020||21||3||18||0||.150||1||16||0||.063||0||0||0||Mutually agreed to part with Kansas after allegations of inappropriate conduct with female students while at LSU.|
Gallery of coachesEdit
- Kansas did not join a conference until 1907.
- Overtime was introduced in 1996, which eliminated ties.
- When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
- Adrian Lindsey took over for Bill Hargiss midway through the 1932 season.
- Tom Hayes was named the interim head coach after Terry Allen was fired in November 2001.
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- "The Big 12 Conference – Outstanding Success". Big12Sports.com. July 18, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
- Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big Plays Help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
- "Hector "Hec" Cowan". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
- "Fielding "Hurry Up" Yost". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
- "John Outland". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
- "The Day They Almost Abolished Football". kuhistory.com. Archived from the original on September 23, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- staff writers (April 16, 1910). "HAMMER FELL; Conference at Kansas City Yesterday Agreed to Retain Football But They Made Many Restraints". Lawrence Daily Journal.
- "Navy Football History Database". nationalchamps.net. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
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- "Pittsburg Football Database". nationalchamps.net. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- "Minnesota Football Database". nationalchamps.net. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Sinclair, Robert (November 5, 2001). "End of the road". Lawrence Journal-World. Lawrence, Kansas. p. 1C. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
- "Football Notes: November 28, 2007". The University Daily Kansan. November 28, 2007. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- "Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards". Walter Camp Football Foundation, Inc. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2009.
- Wood, Ryan (December 19, 2007). "Mangino named AP National Coach of the Year". Lawrence Journal-World. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- "Kansas' Mangino Wins 2007 Eddie Robinson Award" (Press release). Football Writers Association of America. January 4, 2008. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- Fusco, Asher (December 7, 2007). "Mangino earns coach of the year award". The University Daily Kansan. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- "Sporting News names McFadden its college player of the year". ESPN. The Associated Press. December 7, 2007. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- "Mangino Earns Coach Of The Year Honor From Peers". University of Kansas Athletic Department. January 10, 2008. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010.
- "George Munger Award". Maxwell Football Club. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- "AFCA Coach of the Year Award – Past Winners". American Football Coaches Association. January 19, 2010. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- "Mangino out at Kansas". ESPN. Retrieved July 4, 2013.