South Carolina Football: Ranking the top Gamecock head coaches of all-time

A list of the greatest head coaches in the history of the South Carolina football program

Legendary coach Lou Holtz coached several stout defenses during his time in Columbia.Mandatory Credit: Photo by Paul Chapman-USA TODAY Sports(©) Copyright 2004 by Paul Chapman
Legendary coach Lou Holtz coached several stout defenses during his time in Columbia.Mandatory Credit: Photo by Paul Chapman-USA TODAY Sports(©) Copyright 2004 by Paul Chapman /
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South Carolina Football’s No. 6 Greatest Head Coach of All-Time:
Rex Enright

Rex Enright (1938-1942, 1946-1955) is the longest-tenured coach in South Carolina football history. 64-69-7 is not an awe-inspiring overall record, but it was pretty similar to the Gamecocks’ place in college football history up to that point. Military service (United States Navy) interrupted his tenure with South Carolina football, but he also coached some for Georgia’s Pre-Flight School while serving.

Enright is second in school history in total wins (64) and winning seasons (5) and served as the school’s Athletics Director during his post-war stint with the Gamecocks. He played both football and basketball while a student at Notre Dame and used his experience with both sports in his coaching career. Before coming to Carolina, Enright was the head basketball coach at Georgia, and he served in that capacity for one season with the Gamecocks, as well, going 11-6.

Enright was elected to the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame and was the program’s all-time winningest coach until Steve Spurrier overtook his win total in 2011. Today, he has several awards named after him within the South Carolina football program.