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BYU football coaches ranked by winning percentage

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 6:01 a.m. MST

Gary Crowton is announced as BYU? new football coach.  PHOTO BY STUART JOHNSON (Submission date: 12/01/2004) (Stuart Johnson, All) Gary Crowton is announced as BYU? new football coach. PHOTO BY STUART JOHNSON (Submission date: 12/01/2004) (Stuart Johnson, All)

13. Hal Mitchell .267 (8-22)

The former UCLA and New York Giants offensive lineman coached the Cougars for three seasons in the '60s (1961-63). His best season was 1962, where the Cougars finished the WAC tied for second place.

12. Chick Atkinson .279 (18-49-3)

Atkinson coached at BYU from 1949-55. He had one winless season and two one-win seasons. He did tie Utah in 1950 and he coached the last BYU team to beat Idaho State — until this season, of course. He has a lot of ties to the Gem State, playing for the Bengals in college. He also coached at three Idaho high schools. Atkinson died in 1962.

10. (tie) Floyd Millet .286 (2-5)

Floyd Millet was an assistant coach from 1937-41 before becoming the head coach for the 1942 season (the BYU program took off 1943-45 due to World War II). While that 1942 team went 2-5, the Cougars did beat Utah 12-7, the first-ever win over Utah. He was also BYU's athletic director from 1963-70. Inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976, Millet was also the head basketball coach from 1941-49. Millet passed away in June 2000.

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall runs onto the field during  the Cougar season opener with Ole Miss  in Oxford, Miss  Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall runs onto the field during the Cougar season opener with Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

10. (tie) Tally Stevens .286 (6-15)

Tally Stevens worked as the head coach from 1959-60. Prior to that he was an assistant coach at BYU and the head coach at East High School and Morgan High School. After he left BYU he owned Stevens and Brown Sporting Goods. Stevens died in August 1995.

9. Alvin Twitchell .289 (5-13-1)

The first coach of the Cougars, Twitchell coached from 1922-24. The Cougars were beaten by a combined score of 137-3 in their first three games against Utah State, Utah and Colorado Mines — a 47-0 homecoming shellacking. BYU did manage one win that season — a 7-0 victory over Wyoming. Twitchell's record at BYU was 5-13-1.

BYU coach Tom Hudspeth is lifted by his team after the Cougars won the WAC championship in 1965 ? the school's first conference title. (All) BYU coach Tom Hudspeth is lifted by his team after the Cougars won the WAC championship in 1965 ? the school's first conference title. (All)

8. C.J. Hart .350 (6-12-2)

Charles J. Hart, also known as C.J. Hart was the second head coach at BYU, leading the Cougars from 1925 to 1927. During that time BYU was in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Hart had an overall record of 6-12-2.

7. Tom Hudspeth .482 (39-42-1)

Hudspeth was BYU's head coach from 1964 to 1971. The highlight of his career at BYU was winning the WAC championship in 1965 — the school's first conference title. Prior to coaching at BYU he was an assistant coach at Oklahoma high schools and for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Upon leaving BYU he went on to become the head coach at UTEP and also for the Detroit Lions of the NFL and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Hudspeth also worked behind the scenes for the Detroit Lions in 1975.

Athletic director Eddie Kimball, left, and Floyd Millett look at plans to build an athletic building in 1941. (All) Athletic director Eddie Kimball, left, and Floyd Millett look at plans to build an athletic building in 1941. (All)

6. Hal Kopp .483 (13-14-3)

Kopp was the only head coach in BYU history that was not LDS. He was the head coach for the Cougars 1956-58. Prior to BYU he was the head coach at Rhode Island. He was also an assistant coach at Yale, Harvard, Connecticut, Brown and Northeastern. He did take a break from coaching to serve in World War II and the Korean War. Kopp went on to become the head coach at Bentley College. He died in 1998.

5. Eddie Kimball .514 (34-32-8)

Kimball served as BYU's head coach twice. The first time was from 1937 to 1941 and then again from 1946-48, taking time off to serve in the U.S. Army. Heavily involved with the Cougars athletic department, he was also the athletic director from 1937-63 and was also the BYU head basketball coach from 1935-36 and from 1938-41. He was named Mountain States Conference Coach of the Year in 1938 and 1941. Kimball was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975. He passed away in December 1990.

BYU coach Hal Kopp poses with two players. (All) BYU coach Hal Kopp poses with two players. (All)

4. Gary Crowton .531 (26-23)

The first head coach at BYU after the LaVell Edwards era, Crowton started his career at BYU on a 12-game winning streak. The Cougars lost the final two games of that season and they suffered three straight losing seasons after that. A former player at Snow College and Colorado State, he was the head coach at BYU from 2001 to 2004. He also was the head coach at Louisiana Tech. Prior to BYU, Crowton also was on the coaching staffs of the Chicago Bears, Georgia Tech, Boston College, New Hampshire, Western Illinois and Snow College. Since leaving BYU he has been the offensive coordinator at Oregon, LSU and Maryland.

3. G. Ott Romney .571 (42-31-5)

Romney was the third head football coach at BYU, coaching there from 1928-36. His brother was E.L. "Dick" Romney, who Utah State's football stadium is named for. They are both distant relatives of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. His record at BYU was 42-31-5, with his best season coming in 1932 with an 8-1 record. Montana State University named its first gymnasium on campus after him. Romney died in 1973 at the age of 80.

Tally Stevens & staff p290  Standing: Chris Apostol, ?, Hal Mitchell, Glenn Tuckett, ? Coach Floyd Tally Stevens & staff p290 Standing: Chris Apostol, ?, Hal Mitchell, Glenn Tuckett, ? Coach Floyd "Tally" Stevens and his staff Courtesy of L. Tom Perry Special Collections (All)

2. LaVell Edwards .717 (257-101-3)

Edwards' coaching career started in 1953 at Fort Mead, Md., where he played and coached. He then came to Salt Lake City and became the head coach at Granite High from 1954-61. From there it was all with the Cougars. He began his BYU coaching career in 1962 as a student assistant. Soon after that, he became an assistant coach under Tom Hudspeth. He served in that role until being promoted to head coach in 1972. For the next 29 seasons, Edwards racked up 257 wins, seven bowl victories, 19 conference titles and one national championship in 1984.

1. Bronco Mendenhall .727 (64-24)

Mendenhall became the head coach in 2005, but came to BYU as its defensive coordinator in 2003. Prior to arriving at BYU he had been on the coaching staff at New Mexico, Louisiana Tech, Oregon State, Northern Arizona, Snow College and Oregon State. At most of those schools he was defensive coordinator for some period. Mendenhall played football at Snow College and Oregon State.

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