List of Kansas State Wildcats head football coaches

The Kansas State Wildcats football program is a college football team that represents Kansas State University in the Big 12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 31 head coaches and one interim head coach since its first recorded football game in 1896. The current coach is Bill Snyder, who was originally hired in November 1988 and retired after the 2005 season, only to return for the 2009 season.[1][2]

The university adopted the nickname "Wildcats" in 1915 after being previously known as the "Aggies." Head coach Zora G. Clevenger changed the team's nickname to the "Farmers" from 1916 to 1919, but it was changed back to "Wildcats" permanently in 1920 by coach Charlie Bachman.[3]

Kansas State joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1913. The school split away from the MVIAA with five others to create the Big Six Conference in 1928. Through the years that conference added two teams and eventually became the Big Eight Conference.[4] The Wildcats became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996 when the Big Eight disbanded.[5]

The Wildcats have played in 1,142 games during the program's 116 seasons (through the 2012 season). In those seasons, three coaches led Kansas State to postseason bowl games: Jim Dickey, Bill Snyder and Ron Prince. Four coaches have won conference championships with the Wildcats: Mike Ahearn (1909, 1910); Guy Lowman (1912); Lynn Waldorf (1934); and Snyder (2003, 2012).[6][7]

Bill Snyder is the all-time leader in seasons coached at KSU with 21, more than double the next highest. Snyder is also the leader in games coached (256) and total wins (170) through the end of the 2012 season. Mike Ahearn has the highest overall winning percentage of any Wildcat coach, at .755 over his six seasons. Sam Francis is the worst coach in program history in terms of winning percentage, as he lost every one of the ten games he coached during his only season at Kansas State. Among coaches who served more than one season, Stan Parrish has the lowest winning percentage with .076 after completing three seasons with a record of 2–30–1. Charles Bachman and Pappy Waldorf have both been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches. Coaches Zora G. Clevenger, Alvin "Bo" McMillin and Sam Francis were inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame as players. Snyder is the only coach to have won post-season major national coach of the year honors while at Kansas State.

Key

Key to symbols in coaches list
General Overall Conference Postseason[A 1]
# 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]


Coaches

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012 season.
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL CCs National Awards
1 Pratt, IraIra Pratt 1896 2 0 1 1 .250
2 Ehrsam, A. W.A. W. Ehrsam 1897 4 1 2 1 .375
3 Williamson, W. P.W. P. Williamson 1898 4 1 1 2 .500
4 Hansen, AlbertAlbert Hansen 1899 5 2 3 0 .400
5 Moulton, FayFay Moulton 1900 6 2 4 0 .333
6 Moore, WadeWade Moore 1901 8 3 4 1 .438
7 Dietz, Cyrus E.Cyrus E. Dietz 1902 8 2 6 0 .250
8 Dietz, G. O.G. O. Dietz 1903 8 3 4 1 .438
9 Booth, Reuben F.Reuben F. Booth 1904 7 1 6 0 .143
10 Ahearn, MikeMike Ahearn 1905–1910 49 37 12 0 .755 2[A 5]
11 Lowman, GuyGuy Lowman 1911–1914 35 17 15 3 .529 0 5 0 .000 1[A 5]
12 Bender, John R.John R. Bender 1915 8 3 4 1 .438 0 2 1 .167
13 Clevenger, Z. G.Z. G. Clevenger 1916–1919 30 19 9 2 .667 3 6 2 .364
14 Bachman, CharlesCharles Bachman[11] 1920–1927 65 33 23 9 .577 17 21 6 .455
15 McMillin, A. N.A. N. McMillin 1928–1933 51 29 21 1 .578 15 15 0 .500
16 Waldorf, LynnLynn Waldorf[12] 1934 10 7 2 1 .750 5 0 0 1.000 1
17 Fry, WesWes Fry 1935–1939 45 18 21 6 .467 6 14 5 .340
18 Adams, HobbsHobbs Adams 1940–41, 1946 27 4 21 2 .185 2 12 1 .167
19 Haylett, WardWard Haylett 1942–1944 28 6 20 2 .250 3 12 0 .200
20 Fiser, LudLud Fiser 1945 8 1 7 0 .125 0 5 0 .000
21 Francis, SamSam Francis 1947 10 0 10 0 .000 0 5 0 .000
22 Graham, RalphRalph Graham 1948–1950 31 4 26 1 .145 1 17 0 .056
23 Meek, BillBill Meek 1951–1954 39 14 24 1 .372 7 17 0 .304
24 Mertes, BusBus Mertes 1955–1959 49 15 34 1 .310 10 20 0 .333
25 Weaver, DougDoug Weaver 1960–1966 69 8 60 1 .123 4 43 1 .094
26 Gibson, VinceVince Gibson 1967–1974 85 33 52 0 .388 16 40 0 .286
27 Rainsberger, EllisEllis Rainsberger 1975–1977 33 6 27 0 .182 0 21 0 .000
28 Dickey, JimJim Dickey 1978–1985[A 6] 80 24 54 2 .313 12 35 2 .265 0 1
Int Moon, LeeLee Moon 1985[A 6] 9 1 8 0 .111 1 6 0 .143
29 Parrish, StanStan Parrish 1986–1988 33 2 30 1 .076 1 19 1 .071
30 Snyder, BillBill Snyder 1989–2005, 2009–present 256 170 85 1 .666 97 65 1 .598 6 8 2

AP Coach of the Year (1998)[14]
Bear Bryant Award (1998)[15]
Bobby Dodd COY (1998, 2012)[16]
Walter Camp COY (1998)[17]
Woody Hayes Trophy (2011)
Sporting News COY (2011)

31 Prince, RonRon Prince 2006–2008 37 17 20 .459 9 15 .375 0 1

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