After the 2004 season, BYU had 456 wins in 80 seasons of play. The Cougars now have 522 wins in 87 seasons.
Of course, the legendary LaVell Edwards has had the biggest impact on BYU’s average wins per year. When he took over, BYU was averaging 3.68 wins per year. When he retired 29 years later, BYU was averaging 5.66 wins. That is a 1.98 increase in wins per year.
The third coach in BYU history G. Ott Romney had a significant impact on the school’s average wins per season. When he took over in 1928, BYU football was still in its infancy and averaged just 1.83 wins per season. After Romney’s nine seasons, BYU was up to 3.53 wins per season—a jump of 1.7 wins per year.
Eddie Kimball and Tom Hudspeth are the only other coaches to bring an appreciable increase in BYU’s wins per season with a 0.25 and 0.24 increase, respectively.