Longest-Tenured College Football Coaches

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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy talks to the media during an NCAA college football spring practice, Monday, March 27, 2023, in Stillwater, Okla.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jul 12, 2023, 3:58 PM

College football is a sport that runs on haves and have-nots. Inequality is baked into the system. That’s why there’s always such a robust market for the coaching carousel and general college football hot seat discussion.

Because of this, it’s rare to find a coach that stays with one program for 15 or 20 years; in fact, it’s increasingly difficult to find coaches who last more than a mere five years at one job. 

Here’s a list of the longest-tenured college football coaches at the FBS level.

Longest-Tenured College Football Coaches

First SeasonHead CoachSchoolW/L Record At School (Win Percentage)
1999Kirk Ferentz Iowa186-115 (.618)
2005Mike GundyOklahoma State156-75 (.675)
2005Kyle WhittinghamUtah154-74 (.675)
2006Rick StockstillMiddle Tennessee109-103 (.514)
2007Troy CalhounAir Force121-78 (.608)
2007Nick SabanAlabama187-27 (.874)
2009Dabo SwinneyClemson143-38 (.790)
2013Dave DoerenNC State72-54 (.571)
2013Mark StoopsKentucky66-59 (.528)
2014Dave ClawsonWake Forest59-53 (.527)
2014James FranklinPenn State78-36 (.684)
2014K.C. KeelerSam Houston85-27 (.759)
2014Jeff MonkenArmy64-49 (.566)
2014Chris CreightonEastern Michigan46-61 (.430)
2014Chuck MartinMiami (OH)45-59 (.433)
2014Craig BohlWyoming 52-56 (.481)
2015Pat NarduzziPittsburgh62-41 (.602)
2015Jim HarbaughMichigan74-25 (.747)
2016Willie FritzTulane43-45 (.489)
2016Dino BabersSyracuse36-49 (.424)
2016Kalani SitakeBYU 56-34 (.622)
2016Matt CampbellIowa State46-40 (.535)
2016Mike NeuBall State33-48 (.407)
2016Jason CandleToledo54-32 (.628)
2016Kirby SmartGeorgia81-15 (.844)
2017Tom AllenIndiana30-40 (.429)
2017P.J. FleckMinnesota44-27 (.620)
2017Brent BrennanSan Jose State27-42 (.391)
2017Justin Wilcox Cal30-36 (.455)
2017Shawn Elliott Georgia State34-38 (.472)

Pat Fitzgerald Hazing News: Northwestern Football Coach Out After Decades in Evanston

One recent departure from this list is Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald. It’s been many years since Pat Fitzgerald started coaching at Northwestern, his alma mater – he got the head coaching gig in 2006 but had been an assistant with Northwestern for an additional five years before that.

Fitzgerald was dismissed on Monday, July 10, 2023, after an escalating hazing scandal described and confirmed by many current or former Northwestern student-athletes.

Given the history of college football, there’s a high probability that Fitzgerald lands another coaching gig somewhere at the FBS level. It’s unlikely he ever enjoys the long tenure he had at Northwestern, though.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.