Top ACC football coaches by win percentage in the modern era

2. Jackie Sherrill: 84.2% (1977-1981) — Pitt

Former Pittsburgh, and NFL Hall of fame running back Tony Dorsett, right, stands with former Pittsburgh coach Jackie Sherrill at a news conference for the retirement of the number 75 jersey for former Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jim Covert before an NCAA football game between the Pittsburgh and the Notre Dame, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Serving as defensive coordinator for the Pitt Panthers from 1973-1975, Jackie Sherrill made waves in recruiting and groomed the team for its championship season in 1976. He left to coach Washington State for the 1976 season, but then Sherrill returned to Pennsylvania at the helm of the program and posted a 50-9-1 record over the span of five seasons — his last three seasons all going 11-1. Sherrill was most notable for training quarterback Dan Marino, who became an all-time great in the NFL playing for the Miami Dolphins. Sherrill left Pitt after 1981 when he signed a massive $1.7 million deal with Texas A&M, and his successes at Pitt earned him a spot in the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame.

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