The Legendary Coaches

Phil Fulmer

Phillip Fulmer is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in SEC history and a 2012 inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame. Fulmer coached at the college level for 37 years (including 32 years in the SEC) and was the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers for 17 seasons from 1992-2008. He posted a career record of 152-52 and won at least eight games in 15 of his 17 seasons at the helm of the Volunteers.

Gene Stallings

Gene Stallings coached at the University of Alabama for seven seasons from 1990-1996 and led the Tide to an undefeated season and national championship in 1992. He amassed an impressive 70-16-1 record in Tuscaloosa and went 5-1 in six bowl games during that time. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010

Vince Dooley

Dooley is a coaching legend in Athens. He won six SEC titles and a national championship during his 25-year tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs. Five times he was named SEC Coach of the Year, and he won the Walter Camp Coach of the Year and Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year awards once.

RC Slocum

R. C. Slocum coached the Texas A&M football program for 14 seasons from 1989-2002, leading the Aggies to 123 wins and 11 bowl games in that time. He served as an assistant at A&M for nine seasons from 1972-1980, and after one year at USC he returned to College Station for seven more seasons as defensive coordinator from 1982-1988. Slocum took over as head coach in 1989, leading A&M to an 8-4 record and a loss in the Sun Bowl. His teams posted four straight 10-win seasons from 1991-1994 and won three straight conference titles during that run (from 1991-93). Those three conference championship teams were a perfect 22-0 against conference opponents.

Pat Dye

Pat Dye was a college head coach for 19 seasons, and is best known for his 12 seasons as coach of the Auburn Tigers from 1981-1992. He led Auburn to four SEC titles including three in a row from 1987-89 (the other came in 1983), and reeled off nine straight winning seasons from 1982-1990. Dye’s teams finished ranked in the top-20 in the final Associated Press poll eight times during his tenure at Auburn including five top-10 finishes. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a three-time SEC Coach of the Year in 1983, 1987 and 1988. Dye also served as Auburn’s athletic director from 1981-1991.

Jerry Stovall

Jerry was hired as an assistant coach to Paul Dietzel at the University of South Carolina before he returned to Baton Rouge to serve as an assistant coach to Charles McClendon. Stovall was promoted to head football coach at LSU in 1980, and during his three-year tenure he was named SEC Coach of the Year (1983) and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year (1983). He also led the Tigers to an Orange Bowl bid in 1983.

John Cooper

John Cooper is a former football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Tulsa (1977-1984), Arizona State University (1985-1987), and Ohio State University (1988-2000), compiling a career record of 192-84-6. Cooper was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2008.

Bill Curry

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Fisher DeBerry

Fisher DeBerry served as head coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy for a brilliant 23-year career. He led 17 of his 23 teams to winning records, with 12 capturing bowl bids. His career record of 169-109-1 is the best in school history, in terms of both games won and winning percentage. He coached the Falcons to three conference championships and is the winningest coach at any service academy, having compiled a remarkable 35-11 record against Army and Navy. He was named national coach of the year in 1985 after his team finished with a 12-1 record.

Howard Schnellenberger

Howard Schnellenberger learned his football tactics as a player for "Bear" Bryant and Blanton Collier at the University of Kentucky. He served as an assistant to Collier at Kentucky and Bryant at Alabama. Schnellenberger then moved on to pro ball as an assistant to George Allen (Rams) and Don Shula (Dolphins). He was head coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1973 to 74.

Johnny Majors

At Tennessee, Majors achieved success in the 1980s and early 1990s winning three SEC Championships (in 1985, 1989 and 1990), but falling short of a National Championship. In 1989, the Majors-led Vols followed a 5–6 season with a 11–1 season, the largest turnaround of the year.

Bobby Johnson

Bobby Johnson is a retired football coach and former player. He was most recently the head football coach at Vanderbilt University, a position he held from the 2002 season until his retirement in 2010. In December 2001, Johnson became the Commodores' head coach, after leading Furman University to the Division I-AA national championship game. He coached the Paladins between 1994-2001, leading the team to a 60-36 overall record during his eight years. Prior to his hiring at Furman, Johnson was also the defensive coordinator for the Clemson Tigers. In 2008, Johnson led Vanderbilt to its first winning season since 1982. His team went 7-6 with a 16-14 win over Boston College in the Music City Bowl, Vanderbilt's first bowl victory since 1955 and only their second in school history.