List of Canadian Football League head coaches by wins

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Wally Buono is the all-time winningest coach in the Canadian Football League.

This article contains a list of Canadian Football League head coaches by regular season wins. This list is current through the close of the 2021 regular season.

This list also includes coaches who coached in the CFL's predecessor leagues, the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (CFL East Division) and the Western Interprovincial Football Union (CFL West Division).

Wally Buono is the all-time leader in both wins and losses with 282 wins, 165 losses, and three ties. Ten coaches have more than 100 wins and only Buono and Don Matthews have more than 200.

As of the end of the 2022 CFL season, the active head coach with the most wins is Mike O'Shea, who has 82 wins and 58 losses.

Five head coaches share the record for Grey Cup championships at five: Wally Buono, Don Matthews, Frank Clair, Hugh Campbell, and Lew Hayman.[1]

Top 20 head coaches by regular season wins[edit]

Key
Elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes active head coach
Coaches ranked by regular-season wins, then winning percentage
Rank Coach Seasons Teams Team
Wins
Team
Losses
Team
Ties
Career
Wins
Career
Losses
Ties Pct Ref.
1 Wally Buono 1990–2002 Calgary Stampeders 153 79 2 282 165 3 .630 [2]
2003–11, 2016–18 BC Lions 129 86 1
2 Don Matthews 1983–1987 BC Lions 56 23 1 231 133 1 .634 [3]
1990, 1996–98, 2008 Toronto Argonauts 49 31 0
1991–93 Saskatchewan Roughriders 25 22 0
1994–95 Baltimore Stallions 27 9 0
1999–2000 Edmonton Eskimos 16 20 0
2002–06 Montreal Alouettes 58 28 0
3 Frank Clair 1950–54 Toronto Argonauts 31 31 2 147 106 7 .579 [4]
1956–69 Ottawa Rough Riders 116 75 5
4 Ron Lancaster 1979–80 Saskatchewan Roughriders 4 28 0 142 137 1 .509 [5]
1991–97 Edmonton Eskimos 83 43 0
1998–2003, 2006 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 55 66 1
5 Eagle Keys 1959–63 Edmonton Eskimos 38 40 2 131 107 8 .549 [6]
1965–70 Saskatchewan Roughriders 68 25 3
1971–75 BC Lions 25 42 3
6 Ray Jauch 1970–76 Edmonton Eskimos 65 43 4 127 94 4 .573 [7]
1978–82 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 45 35 0
1994–95 Saskatchewan Roughriders 17 19 0
7 Dave Ritchie 1993–95 BC Lions 31 22 1 108 76 3 .586 [8]
1997–98 Montreal Alouettes 25 10 1
1999–2004 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 52 44 1
8 Bob O'Billovich 1982–89, 1993–95 Toronto Argonauts 89 79 3 107 104 3 .507 [9]
1990–92 BC Lions 18 25 0
9 John Hufnagel 2008–15 Calgary Stampeders 102 41 1 102 41 1 .712 [10]
10 Bud Grant 1957–66 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 102 56 2 102 56 2 .644 [11]
11 Cal Murphy 1975–76 BC Lions 10 14 2 99 80 3 .552 [12]
1983–86, 1993–96 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 86 51 1
1999 Saskatchewan Roughriders 3 15 0
12 Tom Higgins 2001–04 Edmonton Eskimos 44 28 0 84 67 1 .552 [13]
2005–07 Calgary Stampeders 28 25 1
1999 Montreal Alouettes 12 14 0
13 Jack Gotta 1970–73 Ottawa Rough Riders 30 26 0 83 82 5 .503 [14]
1977–79, 1982–83 Calgary Stampeders 42 34 4
1985–86 Saskatchewan Roughriders 11 22 1
14 Mike O'Shea* 2014–present Winnipeg Blue Bombers 82 58 0 82 58 0 .586 [15]
15 George Brancato 1974–84 Ottawa Rough Riders 82 90 4 82 90 4 .477 [16]
16 Jim Trimble 1957–65 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 60 36 2 77 61 2 .557 [17]
1963–65 Montreal Alouettes 17 25 0
17 Dave Dickenson* 2016–present Calgary Stampeders 73 29 2 73 29 2 .712 [18]
18 Marc Trestman 2008–12 Montreal Alouettes 59 31 0 72 54 0 .571 [19]
2017–18 Toronto Argonauts 13 23 0
19 Jerry Williams 1965–68, 1981 Calgary Stampeders 41 26 1 71 55 2 .563 [20]
1972–75 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30 29 1
20 Hugh Campbell 1977–82 Edmonton Eskimos 70 21 5 70 21 5 .755 [21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFL Guide and Record Book, 2017 Edition" (PDF). Canadian Football League. p. 19. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Wally Buono coaching record". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Don Matthews coaching record". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Frank Clair search results". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ron Lancaster search results". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Eagle Keys search results". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ray Jauch coaching record". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  8. ^ "Dave Ritchie search results". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Bob O'Billovich search results". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "John Hufnagel search results". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "Bud Grant search results". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "Cal Murphy". statscrew.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  13. ^ "Tom Higgins". statscrew.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  14. ^ "Jack Gotta". statscrew.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  15. ^ "Mike O'Shea". statscrew.com. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  16. ^ "George Brancato". statscrew.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  17. ^ "Jim Trimble". statscrew.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  18. ^ "Dave Dickenson". statscrew.com. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  19. ^ "Marc Trestman". statscrew.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  20. ^ "Jerry Williams". statscrew.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  21. ^ "Hugh Campbell". statscrew.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.

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