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Mark Dantonio John L. Smith Morris Watts Bobby Williams Nick Saban George Perles Muddy Waters Darryl Rogers Denny Stolz Duffy Daugherty Biggie Munn Charles Bachman James Crowley Harry Kipke Ralph Young Albert Barron Potsy Clark Chester Brewer, coached 3 different times at MAC George Gauthier Frank Sommers John Macklin George Denman Charles Bemies Henry Keep

No. Coach Years
at MSU
Record
at MSU
* Win %
at MSU
26 Mark Dantonio
(data through 2013 season)
2007- 7 64-29 68.8%
25 John L. Smith 2003-2006 4 22-26 45.8%
24 Morris Watts 2002 <1 1-2 33.3%
23 Bobby Williams 2000-2002 3 16-17 48.5%
22 Nick Saban 1995-1999 5 34-24-1 58.5%
21 George Perles 1983-1994 12 68-67-4 50.4%
20 Frank "Muddy" Waters 1980-1982 3 10-23-0 30.3%
19 Darryl Rogers 1976-1979 4 24-18-2 56.8%
18 Dennis Stolz 1973-1975 3 19-13-1 59.1%
17 Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty
Longest serving MSU coach (19 years); winningest MSU coach by games (109)
Also see National Champions chart below.
1954-1972 19 109-69-5 60.9%
16 Clarence "Biggie" Munn
Also see National Champions chart below.
1947-1953 7 54-9-2 84.6%
15 Charles Bachman 1933-1946 14 70-34-10 65.8%
14 James Crowley 1929-1932 4 22-8-3 71.2%
13 Harry Kipke 1928 1 3-4-1 43.8%
12 Ralph Young 1923-1927 5 18-22-1 45.1%
11 Albert Barron 1921-1922 2 6-10-2 38.9%
10 George "Potsy" Clark 1920 1 4-6-0 40.0%
9 Chester Brewer
3rd time as MAC head coach (see #4 and #7)
1919 1 4-4-1 50.0%
(69.9% MAC career)
8 George Gauthier 1918 1 4-3-0 57.1%
7 Chester Brewer
2nd time as MAC head coach (see #4)
1917 1 0-9-0 0.0%
6 Frank Sommers 1916 1 4-2-1 64.3%
5 John Macklin
Winningest MSU coach by percentage (85.3%)
1911-1915 5 29-5-0 85.3%
4 Chester Brewer 1903-1910 8 54-10-6 81.4%
3 George Denman 1901-1902 2 7-9-1 44.1%
2 Charles Bemies 1899-1900 2 3-7-1 31.8%
1 Henry Keep 1897-1898 2 8-5-1 60.7%
  No formal coach 1896 1 1-2-1 37.5%
* Win Percentage = Number of Wins + Half of Number of Ties, divided by Total Number of Games Coached

MSU as National Champions
Year Coach Record As Selected By
1966 Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty 9-0-1 Helms, National Football Foundation, College Football Researchers Association
1965 Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty 10-1 Coaches' Poll, Football Writers Association, Helms, United Press
1957 Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty 8-1 Billingsley, National Championship Foundation
1955 Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty 9-1 Boand
1952 Clarence "Biggie" Munn 9-0 AP Poll, Coaches' Poll, Helms, National Championship Foundation, United Press
1951 Clarence "Biggie" Munn 9-0 Helms