Ranking the all-time winningest head coaches in Ohio State football history by number of win

The Ohio State football program is the bluest of blue bloods in the sport.

It is at, or near, the top in all-time wins, winning percentage, Heisman Trophies won, All-Americans produced, and players sent to the NFL.

To reach those ends, the Buckeye program has had to be led by some pretty talented coaches throughout history.

Whether it be Woody Hayes, Paul Brown, Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer, or today’s rising star Ryan Day, there’s been plenty of guys that did it their own way and continued the tradition on the banks of the Olentangy.

All told, there have been 24 head coaches at OSU.

But when you put the list of head coaches together at Ohio State, who leads in all-time wins and winning percentage?

What other coaches are up there, and how does a place that used to be known as the “graveyard of coaches” line up?

Here’s a look at Ohio State football coaching history and who leads the way in all-time wins.

We rank from the least amount of wins to the most with winning percentage also noted and used as a tie-breaker.

25. David Edwards (1897) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 1 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 1-7-1 (.167)

24. Alexander Lilly (1890-1891) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 3 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 3-5-0 (.375)

23. Paul Bixler (1946) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 4 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 4-3-2 (.556)

22. Charles Hickey (1896) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 5 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 5-5-1 (.500)

21. Harry Vaughn (1911) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 5 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 5-3-2 (.600)

20. Luke Fickell (2011) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 6 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 6-7 (.462)

19. John Richards (1912) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 6 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 6-3 (.667)

18. Howard Jones (1910) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 6 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 6-1-3 (.750)

17. Edwin Sweetland (1904-1905) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 14 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 14-7-2 (.652)

16. Perry Hale (1902-1903) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 14 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 14-5-2 (.714)

15. Carroll Widdoes (1944-1945) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 16 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 16-2 (.889)

14. Paul Brown (1941-1943) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 18 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 18-8-1 (.685)

13. Wes Fesler (1947-1950) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 21 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 21-13-3 (.608)

12. Frederick Ryder (1892-1895, 1898) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 22 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 22-22-1 (.500)

11. John Eckstorm (1899-1901) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 22 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 22-4-3 (.810)

10. Sam Willaman (1929-1933) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 26 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 26-10-5 (.695)

9. Albert Hernstein (1906-1909) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 28 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 28-10-1 (.731)

8. Francis Schmidt (1934-1940) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 39 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 39-16-1 (.705)

7. Ryan Day (2018, 2019-present) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 41 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 41-4 (.911)

6. John Wilce (1913-1928) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 78 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 78-33-9 (.688)

5. Earle Bruce (1979-1987) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 81 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 81-26-1 (.755)

4. Urban Meyer (2012-2018) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 82 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 82-9 (.901)

3. Jim Tressel (2001-2010) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 94 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 94-22 (.810)

2. John Cooper (1988-2000) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 111 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 111-43-4 (.715)

1. Woody Hayes (1951-1978) Total Number of Wins at Ohio State 205 Overall Record with the Buckeyes 205-61-10 (.761)

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