The Greatest Ohio State Football Coaches Ever

Posted by Alfredo On August - 3 - 2012

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Ohio State University has a history of winning football matches. Most of the people residing in this state are supporters of the Ohio State University football team. They are proud to put on the Ohio state gear and watch the matches of their favorite team. As a result a large number of people flock the Ohio State Fan Shop to buy apparel, gear and gifts.

The top 5 coaches of Ohio State University football team and their achievements are listed below:

John Wilce

His full name was John Woodworth “Jack” Wilce. He was an American football player and coach apart from being a physician, and university professor. He served as the head coach at Ohio State University from 1913 to 1928. He was introduced into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954. In 1913, Ohio State began playing in the Western Conference and hired Wilce as its head football coach. His teams won a conference championship in 1916 and in 1917 when Ohio State played its first bowl game, losing the 1921 Rose Bowl to California. Wilce also coached the Ohio State Buckeyes football team for sixteen seasons.
 
Wes Fesler

His full name was Wesley Eugene “Wes” Fesler. He was multi-talented and was an American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach of football and basketball. Apart from this, he was three-sport athlete at Ohio State University. Fesler was the head football coach at Wesleyan University, the University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and the University of Minnesota. Fesler was included into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1954. In 1949, Fesler’s Ohio State team was the Big Ten Conference co-champion and beat California in the Rose Bowl. Fesler developed the Heisman Trophy winner Vic Janowicz at Ohio State and two-time Big Ten MVP Paul Giel at Minnesota.
 
Woody Hayes

Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes was an American football player and a top grade coach. He served as the head coach at Denison University, Miami University as well as Ohio State University. In his 28 seasons as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football program, Hayes’s teams won five national championships in 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968 and 1970. He also captured 13 Big Ten Conference titles.  But, though his great achievements, his coaching career ended ignominiously.  He was dismissed after striking an opposing player during the 1978 Gator Bowl. He was included into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1983.
 
Luke Fickell

Luke Fickell is an American football coach and ex-player. He is currently the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He remained an assistant at Ohio State for over ten seasons and served as the team’s interim head coach in the 2011 football season. Fickell’s stint as head coach, ended as Urban Meyer was hired in his position. He coached the Buckeyes one last time in the 2012 Gator Bowl against the Florida Gators and received round of applause from the crowd along with a minute-long standing ovation.
 
Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer is debatably the best coach with the highest profile hired by the Ohio State ever. His resume is more decorated than any other football coach Ohio State has ever hired. His football is certainly more exciting than anyone else. If he’s able to dominate Michigan and pick up a national title or two, there is a chance there will be a street named after him. No doubt that Hayes was the top coaches of Ohio, but a great career may make Meyer his equal.

Once you’re aware of the precious qualities of the Ohio football coaches, it becomes easier for you to understand the key to their success.

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