List of NYU Violets head football coaches

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John A. Hartwell was the first head coach at NYU and played on the 1891 national championship team at Yale. Josh Hartwell.jpg
John A. Hartwell was the first head coach at NYU and played on the 1891 national championship team at Yale.

The NYU Violets football program was a college football team that represented New York University. The team was independent of any conference but was a part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team had 24 head coaches during its time of operations and had its first recorded football game in 1894. The final coach was Hugh Devore who first took the position for the 1950 season and concluded with the end of the 1952 season. [1]



Key to symbols in coaches list
GeneralOverallConferencePostseason [A 1]
No.Order of coaches [A 2] GCGames coachedCWConference winsPWPostseason wins
DCDivision championshipsOWOverall winsCLConference lossesPLPostseason losses
CCConference championshipsOLOverall lossesCTConference tiesPTPostseason ties
NCNational championshipsOTOverall ties [A 3] C%Conference winning percentage
Dagger-14-plain.pngElected to the College Football Hall of Fame O%Overall winning percentage [A 4]


1 John A. Hartwell 18943030.000
2 Frank H. Cann 18984130.250
3 James Ogilvie 18998260.250
4 Nelson B. Hatch 190010361.350
5 W. H. Rorke 19011902191261.658
6 Robert P. Wilson 19037250.286
7 Dave Fultz 19049360.333
8 Marshall Mills 19057331.500
9 Douglas Church 19064040.000
10 Herman Olcott 190719124418197.489
11 Jake High 19138080.000
12 Thomas T. Reilley 1914191518972.556
13 Richard E. Eustis 19168431.563
14 Francis P. Wall 19177223.500
15 Appleton A. Mason 19184040.000
16 John B. Longwell 19198440.500
17 Frank Gargan 1920192116484.375
18 Tom Thorp 192219242614102.577
19 Chick Meehan 192519316849154.750
20 Howard Cann 1932193315771.500
21 Mal Stevens 193419416933342.493
22 John J. Weinheimer 194419462210120.455
23 Edward Mylin 19471949268171.327
24 Hugh Devore 19501952234172.217


  1. Although the first Rose Bowl Game was played in 1902, it has been continuously played since the 1916 game, and is recognized as the oldest bowl game by the NCAA. "—" indicates any season prior to 1916 when postseason games were not played. [2]
  2. A running total of the number of head coaches, with coaches who served separate tenures being counted only once. Interim head coaches are represented with "Int" and are not counted in the running total. "" indicates the team played but either without a coach or no coach is on record. "X" indicates an interim year without play.
  3. Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since. [3]
  4. When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss. [4]


  1. DeLassus, David. "New York Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  3. Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. McLean, Virginia. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  4. Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. New York City. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009.