List of Kentucky Wildcats head football coaches
The Kentucky Wildcats college football team represents the University of Kentucky in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Wildcats compete as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 37 head coaches since it began play during the 1881 season. On November 27, 2012, Mark Stoops was introduced as Kentucky's 37th head coach.
The team has played more than 1,150 games over 122 seasons of Kentucky football. Both the inaugural 1881 squad and the revived 1891 squad have unknown coaches according to university records in winning two games and losing three. Since 1892, eight coaches have led the Wildcats in postseason bowl games: Bear Bryant, Fran Curci, Jerry Claiborne, Bill Curry, Hal Mumme, Rich Brooks and Joker Phillips. and mark stoops. Two of those coaches also won conference championships: Bryant and Curci won a combined three as a member of the SEC.
Curci is the leader in seasons coached with nine. Bryant is the leader in games won, with 60 victories during his eight seasons with the program. Jack Wright has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .875. Bernie Shively has the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .200. Of the 36 different head coaches who have led the Wildcats, Bryant and Jerry Claiborne have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.
|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|
|Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame||O%||Overall winning percentage[A 4]|
|1||A. M. Miller||1892||7||2||4||1||0.357||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||W. P. Finney||1894||7||5||2||0||0.714||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|4||Charles B. Mason||1895||9||4||5||0||0.444||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|7||W. R. Bass||1898–1899||16||12||2||2||0.813||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|8||W. H. Kiler||1900–1901||19||6||12||1||0.342||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|9||E. W. McLeod||1902||9||3||5||1||0.389||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|12||J. White Guyn||1906–1908||25||17||7||1||0.700||1||4||1||0.250||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|16||John J. Tigert||1915–1916||15||10||2||3||0.767||3||2||3||0.563||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|17||Stanley A. Boles||1917||9||3||5||1||0.389||1||5||0||0.167||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|21||Fred J. Murphy||1924–1926||27||12||14||1||0.463||7||9||1||0.441||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|23||Chet A. Wynne||1934–1937||39||20||19||0||0.513||5||14||0||0.236||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|24||A. D. Kirwan||1938–1944||56||24||28||4||0.464||4||22||3||0.190||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|26||Bear Bryant||1946–1953||88||60||23||5||0.710||25||19||4||0.563||3||1||0||—||1||1||AP SEC Coach of the Year (1950)|
|27||Blanton Collier||1954–1961||80||41||36||3||0.531||21||34||3||0.388||0||0||0||—||0||0||SEC Coach of the Year (1954)|
|30||Fran Curci||1973–1981||100||47||51||2||0.480||25||30||0||0.455||1||0||0||—||2||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (1977)|
|31||Jerry Claiborne||1982–1989||90||41||46||3||0.472||13||37||0||0.260||1||1||0||—||0||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (1983)|
|37||Mark Stoops||2013–present||77||39||39||—||0.494||17||31||—||0.354||2||2||0||0||0||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (2018)|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012–13 college football season.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Kentucky has competed as a member of the East Division of the SEC.
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- "Jerry Claiborne". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
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- Kentucky Football Media Guide, p. 146