Bobby Bowden


Head Coach (retired)

Years Active

1976-2009 (36 years)




377-129 (.745)


Head Coach at Florida State
Darrell Mudra
Bobby Bowden
Surpassed By
Jimbo Fisher

Robert Cleckler "Bobby" Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired college football coach who holds the NCAA record for most career wins and bowl wins by a Division I FBS coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida State, Bowden led FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships since FSU joined the conference in 1991, and 27 win streak in bowls.

After a difficult 2009 season and amid questioning fans, Bowden announced his retirement from FSU on December 1, 2009, just weeks after his 80th birthday. His final coaching appearance was the 2010 Gator Bowl game on January 1, 2010, with a 33–21 victory over his former program, West Virginia.

Head Football Coaches at Florida State University
Bobby BowdenJimbo Fisher