Coach Rankings

This is a objective measure as we try to have almost everything here at Simplified Football.

There are 3 components that went in to these rankings:

1-Game Coaching.  Using our formula for rating the teams and arriving at Win probabilities we have a formula that says how those teams have done in relation to what they “should” have done based on their talent/experience.

2-Wins.  Both pure wins and Wins Above Replacement (taking the previous years before the coach showed up and after if he has left)

3-Recruiting.  Few aspects here.  Pure Recruiting rankings, recruiting rankings compared to others at school (before and after), and rankings compared to your geographical peers (Power 5 Southern, Power 5 West Coast, Group of 5 Southern, ec).

This is a ranking of what these coaches have done the last 5 years.

Top 25 coaches

  1. Nick Saban (Alabama)
  2. David Shaw (Stanford)
  3. Mark Dantonio (Michigan St)
  4. Urban Meyer (Ohio St)
  5. Dabo Swinney (Clemson)
  6. Chris Peterson (Washington)
  7. James Franklin (Penn St)
  8. Rocky Long (San Diego St)
  9. Dan Mullen (Florida)
  10. Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M)
  11. Gary Patterson (TCU)
  12. Doc Holliday (Marshall)
  13. Jeff Brohm (Purdue)
  14. Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech)
  15. David Cutcliffe (Duke)
  16. Bobby Petrino (Louisville)
  17. Gus Malzahn (Auburn)
  18. Mark Richt (Miami)
  19. Bryan Harsin (Boise St)
  20. Mike Leach (Texas Tech)
  21. Mike Gundy (Oklahoma St)
  22. Larry Fedora (UNC)
  23. Paul Chryst (Wisconsin)
  24. Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
  25. Brian Kelly (Notre Dame)

To Note: Coaches who have 1-3  years of HC experience are not included in the above list.  To us it takes at least 4 years to truly see the value of an HC.  However here are the coaches who have coached less than 4 years that would have cracked the top 25.

Mike Norvell (Memphis) – 5th

Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma) – 7th

Scott Frost (Nebraska) – 8th

Tom Herman (Texas) – 12th

Kirby Smart (Georgia) – 16th

Jim Harbaugh (Michigan) – 22nd *his rankings from Stanford are not included*

Butch Davis (FIU) – 23rd *his rankings from UNC/Miami are not included*

Jason Candle (Toledo) – 24th


Top 20 Recruiters:

  1. James Franklin
  2. Urban Meyer
  3. Brian Kelly
  4. Nick Saban
  5. Jimbo Fisher
  6. David Shaw
  7. Dabo Swinney
  8. Mark Dantonio
  9. Gus Malzahn
  10. Jim Harbaugh
  11. Mark Stoops
  12. Bryan Harsin
  13. Chris Peterson
  14. Mark Richt
  15. Willie Taggart
  16. Mike Norvell
  17. Tom Herman
  18. Bobby Petrino
  19. Matt Rhule
  20. Larry Fedora

Others who would be top 20:

Kirby Smart (3rd)

Clay Helton (4th)

Luke Fickell (6th)

DJ Durkin (7th)

Scott Frost (8th)

Lincoln Riley (10th)


Top 20 Game Coaches:

  1. Ken Niumatalolo
  2. Bill Snyder
  3. Matt Wells
  4. Kirk Ferentz
  5. Jeff Brohm
  6. Scott Satterfield
  7. Chris Peterson
  8. Gary Patterson
  9. Justin Fuente
  10. Mark Dantonio
  11. David Shaw
  12. Dan Mullen
  13. Mike Gundy
  14. Troy Calhoun
  15. Paul Johnson
  16. Paul Chryst
  17. Rod Carey
  18. Matt Rhule
  19. Willie Fritz
  20. Kyle Whittingham

Others who would be on this list:

Mike Norvell (1st)

Jason Candle (4th)

Tom Herman (5th)

Lincoln Riley (9th)

Tom Allen (9th)

Justin Wilcox (16th)

Jeff Tedford (16th)


This would not just be X’s and O’s, but also player development, etc. These guys get more out of their players than other coaches do.


Again these are objective measures, not my personal rankings.

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