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Coker Off To Best Start In College Football History

Coker Off To Best Start In College Football History

Oct. 13, 2003

University of Miami head football coach Larry Coker is 30-1 as a head coach after Saturday’s 22-14 victory at Florida State. His 30-1 record through 31 games is the best by an head football coach in the history of the sport through that span of games, edging out Oklahoma’s Barry Switzer and Walter Camp of Yale. Coker set a modern NCAA record for victories by a first-year head coach in 2001 with 12 wins. Coker’s 24-1 two-year start ranked as one of the finest by a head coach in the history of college football in terms of winning percentage. In terms of victories through two seasons as a head coach, Coker’s 24 victories ranked third all-time, the most in 109 years.

College Football’s Best Head Coaching Starts (through 31 games)

–By Percentage–

Coach, School Years W-L-T Pct.
1. Larry Coker, Miami 2001-03 30-1-0 .968
2. Barry Switzer, Oklahoma 1973-75 29-1-1 .952
3. Walter Camp, Yale 1889-91 29-2-0 .935
4. Frank Leahy, Boston College/Notre Dame 1939-41 28-2-1 .919
5. George Woodruff, Penn 1892-94 27-4 .871
6. Bill Battle, Tennessee 1970-72 26-5 .839
7. John Robinson, Southern Cal 1976-78 25-6 .806
8. Dutch Meyer, TCU 1934-36 23-7-1 .758

–By Victories–

Coach, School Years W-L-T Pct.
1. Larry Coker, Miami 2001-03 30-1-0 .968
2. Walter Camp, Yale 1889-91 29-2-0 .935
Barry Switzer, Oklahoma 1973-75 29-1-1 .952
4. Frank Leahy, Boston College/Notre Dame 1939-41 28-2-1 .919
5. George Woodruff, Penn 1892-94 27-4 .871
6. Bill Battle, Tennessee 1970-72 26-5 .839
7. John Robinson, Southern Cal 1976-78 25-6 .806
8. Dutch Meyer, TCU 1934-36 23-7-1 .758