List of Oregon Ducks head football coaches
The Oregon Ducks football program is a college football team representing the University of Oregon that is a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The team has had 32 head coaches since its founding in 1894. The Ducks have played in more than 1,100 games in 113 seasons. In those seasons, nine coaches have led Oregon to bowl games: Hugo Bezdek, Shy Huntington, Jim Aiken, Len Casanova, Rich Brooks, Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich, and Mario Cristobal. Conference championships have been won by Huntington, Prink Callison, Jim Aiken, Casanova, Brooks, Bellotti, Kelly, and Mark Helfrich. Brooks is the all-time leader in games coached; Mike Bellotti holds the record for most victories, while Chip Kelly is the leader in win percentage for coaches with more than one season of service.
Of the 32 Oregon head coaches, three, Bellotti, Bezdek, and Casanova, are in the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches. John McEwan and Clarence Spears are also in the Hall of Fame, but as players at Army and Dartmouth. Brooks and Kelly have each received National Coach of the Year honors from at least one organization. Mark Helfrich (2013-2016), was promoted to head coach in 2013 following Chip Kelly's departure to the Philadelphia Eagles.
After firing Head Coach Mark Helfrich (4 years, 37-16 record) on 29 November 2016, on 7 December Oregon hired Willie Taggart, former Western Kentucky and USF coach, the first head coach to be hired from outside of Oregon's assistant coaching ranks since the legendary Rich Brooks in 1976.
|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]|
|Cal Young & J.A. Church (Independent) (1894)|
|1894||Young & Church||1–2–1||—||—|
|Percy Benson (Independent) (1895)|
|J.F. Frick (Independent) (1896)|
|Joe Smith (Independent) (1897)|
|Frank W. Simpson (Independent) (1898–1899)|
|Frank W. Simpson:||6–3–1|
|Lawrence Kaarsberg (Independent) (1900)|
|Warren Smith (Independent) (1901)|
|Marion Dolph (Independent) (1902)|
|Warren Smith (Independent) (1903)|
|Richard Shore Smith (Independent) (1904)|
|Richard Shore Smith:||5–3|
|Bruce Shorts (Independent) (1905)|
|Hugo Bezdek (Independent) (1906)|
|Gordon Frost (Independent) (1907)|
|Robert Forbes (Independent) (1908–1909)|
|Bill Warner (Independent) (1910–1911)|
|Louis Pinkham (Independent) (1912)|
|Hugo Bezdek (Pacific Coast Conference) (1913–1917)|
|Charles A. Huntington (Pacific Coast Conference) (1918–1923)|
|Joe Maddock (Pacific Coast Conference) (1924)|
|Richard Shore Smith (Pacific Coast Conference) (1925)|
|Richard Shore Smith:||6–8–1||0–5|
|John McEwan (Pacific Coast Conference) (1926–1929)|
|Clarence Spears (Pacific Coast Conference) (1930–1931)|
|Prink Callison (Pacific Coast Conference) (1932–1937)|
|Tex Oliver (Pacific Coast Conference) (1938–1941)|
|John A. Warren (Pacific Coast Conference) (1942)|
|John A. Warren:||2–6||2–5|
|Oregon Ducks (Pacific Coast Conference) (1945–1946)|
|Jim Aiken (Pacific Coast Conference) (1947–1950)|
|Len Casanova (Athletic Association of Western Universities) (1951–1966)|
|Jerry Frei (Pacific-8 Conference) (1967–1971)|
|Dick Enright (Pacific-8 Conference) (1972–1973)|
|Don Read (Pacific-8 Conference) (1974–1976)|
|Rich Brooks (Pacific-10 Conference) (1977–1994)|
|Mike Bellotti (Pacific-10 Conference) (1995–2008)|
|1997||Bellotti||7–5||3–5||T–7th||W Las Vegas||—||—|
|2006||Bellotti||7–6||4–5||T–5th||L Las Vegas||—||—|
|Chip Kelly (Pac-12 Conference) (2009–2012)|
|2010||Kelly||12–1||9–0||1st||L BCS NCG||3||3|
|2011||Kelly||12–2||8–1||T–1st (North)||W Rose||4||4|
|2012||Kelly||12–1||8–1||T–1st (North)||W Fiesta||2||2|
|Mark Helfrich (Pac-12 Conference) (2013–2016)|
|2013||Helfrich||11–2||7–2||T-1st (North)||W Alamo||9||9|
|2014||Helfrich||13–2||8–1||1st (North)||W Rose Bowl†
L CFP NCG†
|2015||Helfrich||9–4||7–2||2nd (North)||L Alamo Bowl||20||19|
|Willie Taggart (Pac-12 Conference) (2017)|
|2017||Taggart||7–5||4–5||4th (North)||Las Vegas|
|Mario Cristobal (Pac-12 Conference) (2018–present)|
|2018||Cristobal||9-4||5-4||4th (North)||W Redbox|
|2019||Cristobal||12-2||8-1||1st (North)||W Rose Bowl||5||5|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
Note: No team from 1943 to 1944 due to World War II
- 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.
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