These college football coaches have dominated the field, winning championships, breaking records and influencing the game in many ways. In honor of the 150th anniversary of college football, here are the greatest coaches in the history.
Bowden came along and give a national profile to Florida State. The program start to rise in 1987 when the Seminoles successfully won 14 consecutive AP top-five finishes, a 152-19-1 record and two national championships titles. It was a glorious time for FSU football, with talented players like Heisman Trophy winners Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke. Unfortunately, the momentum gradually lowed when Florida State lost the 2000 BCS championship title to Oklahoma. Despite all the hard rocks, Bowden didn’t stop coaching until he was 80 years old.
Amos Alonzo Stagg
Stagg was one of the most influential people in college football’s history brought about great innovation to the game. Stagg was the head football coach at the University of Chicago from 1892-1932 where he compiled many records and led the program to seven Big Ten titles. The man graduated from Yale and began his coaching career at YMCA in Massachusetts, which is now Springfield College where he organized the school’s first ever football team. Notably, the inventor of basketball, James Naismith was one of the members. Stagg is well-known for having his fingerprints all over college football, from tackling dummies to the onside kick to the Statue of Liberty, to simple tasks as uniform numbers.
8. Eddie Robinson
He was the head football coach at Grambling State in 55 seasons. Robinson mentored hundreds of players; of which, more than 200 players went onto play in the NFL. However, the most important work of him happened off the field when he helped bring racial awareness to a segregated southern Louisiana. Robinson made Grambling famous through building the school from a small all-black college to a predominantly black university with 5,000 students.