Mike Sirianni Continues Rise Among NCAA Football Coaching Greats
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College Head Football Coach Mike Sirianni enters the 2013 season ranked among the top coaching names in NCAA history.
Sirianni owns a 93-21 record for an .816 winning percentage, the best among all current NCAA Division III coaches with at least 10 years of experience. Wittenberg’s Joe Fincham (154-35, .815), Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Pete Fredenburg (146-34, .811), Wartburg’s Rick Willis (119-31, .793) and North Central’s John Thorne (97-27, .782) are the top four active coaches behind Sirianni.
Among active coaches in all divisions, only Ohio State’s Urban Meyer (116-23, .835) has won more consistently than W&J’s Sirianni (minimum 10 years of experience).
In the history of college football, Sirianni ranks 21st among NCAA coaches who spent at least 10 years on the sidelines. Recently retired Larry Kehres of Mount Union (332-24-3, .929) is the career win percentage leader, while Knute Rockne (105-12-5, .881) and Frank Leahy (107-13-0, .864) are second and third, respectively.
Bob Folwell, who coached at W&J from 1912-15 between stints at Pennsylvania, Lafayette and Navy, is 49th on the all-divisions career list with a .767 percentage (106-29-9).
Under Sirianni’s guidance, W&J has won four Presidents’ Athletic Conference titles and made eight NCAA playoff appearances. The 2004 and 2012 South Region Coach of the Year led Washington & Jefferson to the national quarterfinals in 2004 and 2008. The 2004 season was highlighted by a school-record 12 victories.
W&J opens its 11th season with Sirianni as head coach on September 7th at Wooster (7:00 pm).