Pittsburgh’s Greatest Coaches

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Dec 28, 2015; Annapolis, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers players huddle on the field prior to their game against the Navy Midshipmen at Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Dr. John B. “Jock” Sutherland 1924-38

Coaching Record at Pitt: 111-20-12

1-time Rose Bowl Champ, 5-time National Champ (1929, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937), College Football Hall of Fame

Despite coaching in a time before television, Jock Sutherland is without a doubt the greatest coach in Pitt football history.  From 1924-1938, he patrolled the Panther sidelines with a calm, cool demeanor, coaching  legendary Pitt players including Marshall Goldberg.  Sutherland led the Panthers to five claimed national titles, the most of any coach in school history.

To this day, Sutherland is still the all-time winningest coach in program history.   Not only was he a tremendous coach with the Panthers, but he was also an All-American under another legendary Pitt coach, “Pop” Warner.

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