He simply has the highest winning percentage of any coach in modern college football history. Here is Larry Kehres’ resume:
*His overall record: 289-22-3 over 24 years, 1986-2009 (.925%).
*His teams have won 10 NCAA Division III Championships.
*His teams have had a 54 game winning streak (1996-1999) and a 55 game winning streak (2000-2003).
*His teams have won 20 conference titles in 24 years.
*His teams won 100 consecutive conference games (1995-2005)
*His teams have a record of 139-5 over the last decade with six national championships.
Larry Kehres begins his 25th season this fall as head coach at Mount Union College in Alliance, OH. A former quarterback for the Purple Raiders, Kehres became an assistant at his alma mater in 1974 and became head coach in 1986. The rest, as they say, is history.
He believes a successful football program is built on organization and consistency. “Part of our success is because our coaching staff has remained intact and committed to our system,” said Kehres. “We feel our program is well-organized and the players know what is expected of them.”
Kehres believes in an attacking offense. “We like to attack the defense and make them cover the whole field. Defensively, we want to create big plays. As for the kicking game, I believe in being aggressive and winning the field position battle. Being consistent in all three phases and being well-conditioned puts you in a position to win games in the fourth quarter.”
Kehres was named the school’s athletic director in 1991 and has overseen and aided in the expansion of the school’s varsity sports. He also is an associate professor of physical education and, if that isn’t enough, Kehres is serving as the current president of the American Football Coaches Association.