Head Coach 1951-1978
Between 1951 and 1978, while Woody Hayes stalked the Ohio Stadium sidelines, the Buckeyes won five national titles (and narrowly missed out on four others), captured 13 Big Ten crowns and won 205 games, including 152 conference games. Twice the Buckeyes won a conference record 17-consecutive league games.
Under Hayes, the Buckeyes played in 11 bowl games, including eight Rose Bowls. Ohio State is the only Big Ten school to play in four-consecutive Rose Bowls, traveling to Pasadena following the 1972-73-74 and ’75 seasons.
Under Hayes’ guidance, 56 different Ohio State players garnered first-team All-America honors. Additionally, he coached three Heisman Trophy winners, three Outland Trophy recipients and two Lombardi Award honorees.
Four of Hayes’ teams notched unbeaten records and five others suffered just one loss. Between 1968 and 1970, the Buckeyes were 27-2 and won three Big Ten titles. From 1972 to 1977, OSU reeled off six-consecutive league championships and fashioned a combined record of 49-8.
The list of former Hayes assistants includes Bill Mallory, Glen Mason, Gary Moeller, Lou Holtz, Bo Schembechler, Earle Bruce and Joe Bugel, just to name a few.
Hayes recorded a lifetime record of 238-72-10. During his stay with the Buckeyes, Hayes twice won National Coach of the Year honors. And during the Hayes era, the Buckeyes led the nation in attendance 21 times and finished second in each of the other seven years.
Hayes, who grew up in Newcomerstown, Ohio, graduated from Denison in 1935. He spent his entire coaching career within the state of Ohio, coaching at Denison for three years and at Miami (Ohio) for two.
Hayes was a noted historian with a passion for military history. He held the rank of associate professor at Ohio State and took great pride in being able to teach during the offseason. He was as proud of his players’ high graduation rate as he was of their success on the football field.
Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Clifton, Ohio. He died March 12, 1987, but his influence lives through the many thousands of people he touched during his 28 years at Ohio State. Woody Hayes holds a special place in college football history.
All-Time NCAA I-A Victories
Source: NCAA Official Records Book
Woody Hayes at Ohio State
Hayes’ Ohio State record by year