Ranking Oldest College Football Coaches in 2024

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North Carolina head coach Mack Brown on the sidelines before an NCAA college football game against North Carolina State Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Feb 01, 2024, 5:14 PM

College football is a young man’s game, and modern football is often coached by young, 30 and 40-something geniuses who cut their teeth in a new era of offense-friendly rules. 

But don’t ignore the old hats, who are almost always at the top of the game. There’s usually a reason these guys have been around forever: They win. 

*All ages are as of Feb. 1, 2024.

Ranking Oldest College Football Coaches in 2024

CoachTeamAge (Birthday)
Mack BrownNorth Carolina72 (Aug. 27, 1951)
Kirk FerentzIowa69 (Aug. 1, 1955)
Don BrownUMass68 (July 31, 1955)
K.C. KeelerSam Houston64 (July 26, 1959)
Kyle WhittinghamUtah64 (Nov. 21, 1959)
Willie FritzHouston63 (Apr. 2, 1960)
Biff PoggiCharlotte63 (June 6, 1960)
Curt CignettiIndiana62 (June 2, 1961)
Kevin WilsonTulsa62 (Oct. 23, 1961)
Brian KellyLSU62 (Oct. 25, 1961)
Jeff TedfordFresno State62 (Nov. 2, 1961)
Jim MoraUConn62 (Nov. 19, 1961)
Sam PittmanArkansas62 (Nov. 28, 1961)
Jim McElwainCentral Michigan61 (March 1, 1962)
Jay NorvellColorado State60 (March 28, 1963)
Rich RodriguezJacksonville State60 (May 24, 1963)

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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.