Clemson Football: Ranking the top 10 coaches of all-time in Tiger history

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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 14:  (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
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4. John Heisman

Perhaps John Heisman shouldn’t be on the list ahead of Walter Riggs simply because it was Riggs who made the decision to hire him.

That being said, we think Riggs knew what he was doing.

John Heisman was hired to be the coach in 1900 following Riggs’ second season as the Tigers’ head coach. Heisman would go on to coach three seasons with an overall record of 19-3-2. Though it was a short time, Heisman does still have the greatest winning percentage in Clemson football history (.833). What may have been most impressive about Heisman’s tenure is that he also took Clemson to three-straight Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference titles.

As we all know, the ‘Heisman Trophy’ would go on to be named after him and, to this day, Heisman remains one of the most historically-great figures to ever be a part of the Clemson football program.