National Championship Coaches

The following table lists coaches who have already won a national championship by year. Championships recognized in this table are the AP Poll and Coaches Poll for the years prior to the College Football Playoff, and only the CFP champion starting at its inauguration in 2014. A coach’s name is added to the list only in the years after which they earn a national championship. For example, Jimbo Fisher won his first national championship in the 2013 season so his first appearance on this list is in 2014.

5 7 7 7
2016 2015 2014 2013
Nick Saban Nick Saban Nick Saban Nick Saban
Jimbo Fisher Jimbo Fisher Jimbo Fisher Les Miles
Les Miles Les Miles Les Miles Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer Urban Meyer Urban Meyer Bob Stoops
Bob Stoops Bob Stoops Bob Stoops Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier Steve Spurrier Mack Brown
Larry Coker Larry Coker Larry Coker
8 10 10 12
2012 2011 2010 2009
Nick Saban Nick Saban Nick Saban Nick Saban
Gene Chizik Dennis Erickson Dennis Erickson Dennis Erickson
Les Miles Gene Chizik Howard Schnellenberger Howard Schnellenberger
Urban Meyer Howard Schnellenberger Urban Meyer Urban Meyer
Bob Stoops Les Miles Les Miles Bobby Bowden
Steve Spurrier Bob Stoops Jim Tressel Les Miles
Mack Brown Joe Paterno Bob Stoops Jim Tressel
Larry Coker Steve Spurrier Joe Paterno Bob Stoops
Mack Brown Steve Spurrier Joe Paterno
Larry Coker Mack Brown Steve Spurrier
Mack Brown
Pete Carroll
13 13 12 10
2008 2007 2006 2005
Nick Saban Nick Saban Howard Schnellenberger Howard Schnellenberger
Dennis Erickson Dennis Erickson Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden
Howard Schnellenberger Howard Schnellenberger Dennis Erickson Larry Coker
Urban Meyer Urban Meyer Larry Coker Lloyd Carr
Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden Lloyd Carr Jim Tressel
Les Miles Lloyd Carr Jim Tressel Bob Stoops
Jim Tressel Jim Tressel Bob Stoops Joe Paterno
Bob Stoops Bob Stoops Joe Paterno Steve Spurrier
Joe Paterno Joe Paterno Steve Spurrier Phil Fulmer
Steve Spurrier Steve Spurrier Phil Fulmer Pete Carroll
Phil Fulmer Phil Fulmer Mack Brown
Mack Brown Mack Brown Pete Carroll
Pete Carroll Pete Carroll
11 9 9 9
2004 2003 2002 2001
Howard Schnellenberger Howard Schnellenberger Howard Schnellenberger Howard Schnellenberger
Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden Steve Spurrier
Nick Saban Larry Coker Larry Coker Bobby Bowden
Larry Coker Lloyd Carr Lloyd Carr Lloyd Carr
Lloyd Carr Jim Tressel Bob Stoops Bob Stoops
Jim Tressel Bob Stoops Dennis Erickson Dennis Erickson
Bob Stoops Joe Paterno Joe Paterno Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno Lou Holtz Lou Holtz Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz Phil Fulmer Phil Fulmer Phil Fulmer
Phil Fulmer
Pete Carroll
8 8 5 6 8
2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
LaVell Edwards LaVell Edwards LaVell Edwards Danny Ford Gene Stallings
Steve Spurrier Steve Spurrier Steve Spurrier LaVell Edwards Danny Ford
Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden Steve Spurrier LaVell Edwards
Lloyd Carr Lloyd Carr Lloyd Carr Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden
Dennis Erickson Dennis Erickson Joe Paterno Tom Osborne Tom Osborne
Joe Paterno Joe Paterno Joe Paterno Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz Lou Holtz Joe Paterno
Phil Fulmer Phil Fulmer Johnny Majors
9 10 9 8
1995 1994 1993 1992
Gene Stallings Gene Stallings Gene Stallings LaVell Edwards
Danny Ford Danny Ford Danny Ford Bill McCartney
LaVell Edwards LaVell Edwards LaVell Edwards Howard Schnellenberger
Bobby Bowden Bill McCartney Bill McCartney Dennis Erickson
Tom Osborne Bobby Bowden Howard Schnellenberger Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz Howard Schnellenberger Dennis Erickson Joe Paterno
Howard Schnellenberger Dennis Erickson Lou Holtz Johnny Majors
Joe Paterno Lou Holtz Joe Paterno Don James
Johnny Majors Joe Paterno Johnny Majors
Johnny Majors
7 6 6
1991 1990 1989
LaVell Edwards LaVell Edwards LaVell Edwards
Bill McCartney Howard Schnellenberger Danny Ford
Howard Schnellenberger Dennis Erickson Howard Schnellenberger
Dennis Erickson Lou Holtz Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz Joe Paterno Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno Johnny Majors Johnny Majors
Johnny Majors
8 7
1988 1987
LaVell Edwards LaVell Edwards
Danny Ford Danny Ford
Vince Dooley Vince Dooley
Howard Schnellenberger Howard Schnellenberger
Jimmy Johnson Barry Switzer
Barry Switzer Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno Johnny Majors
Johnny Majors

The 2007 and 2008 seasons saw the most active national championship coaches, with 13. That number has been declining in the years since for a few reasons. First, coaching careers are now much shorter than in previous decades. Gene Chizik was fired two year after adding his name to this list; that wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago. Next, only 1 team per year has been recognized as a champion in recent years whereas it used to be common to see a split champion in the two major polls. Finally, the best coaches tend to continue to win. Urban Meyer and Nick Saban have won 6 of the last 8 championships.

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