List: Coaches who changed jobs in the same conference this offseason

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 14, 2017

It’s always an interesting dynamic when a coach leaves for a job at another school within the same conference, and a number of coaches fall in that group this year.

There aren’t many secrets, but you have to be careful with signals and tendencies. Several have moved within the Pac-12 this year, like former Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick now at Washington and Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt going to Oregon.

This offseason, 22 FBS coaches moved to a job in their same conference, including some coaches let go at their previous job and others who made multiple moves. Last year, there were 25. Here’s this year’s list:

Kevin Beard - Georgia offensive quality control to FIU WR coach to Tennessee WR coach

Jamar Cain - North Dakota State DL coach to San Jose State DL coach to Fresno State DL coach

Jamie Christian - UNLV RB coach to Fresno State RB coach / special teams coordinator

Tim Daoust - Ball State defensive coordinator to Western Michigan defensive coordinator

Jimmie Dougherty - Michigan offensive analyst to Oregon WR coach to UCLA WR coach

Greg Frey - Indiana OL coach to Michigan tackles / TE coach

Keith Gaither - Army WR coach to Temple WR coach to East Carolina WR coach

Aubrey Hill - Carol City High School (FL) head coach to Marshall WR coach to FIU WR coach

Darren Hiller - Former South Florida co-OC / OL coach to Houston OL coach to Indiana OL coach

Jim Leavitt - Colorado DC / LB coach to Oregon DC / LB coach

D.J. Looney - Georgia graduate assistant to Mississippi State TE coach

Matt Lubick - Former Oregon OC to Ole Miss WR coach to Baylor co-OC / WR coach to Washington co-OC / WR coach

Wes McGriff - Auburn DB coach to Ole Miss defensive coordinator

Doug Meacham - TCU co-OC / inside WR coach to Kansas offensive coordinator

Charlie Ragle - Arizona TE coach / special teams coordinator to Cal TE coach / special teams coordinator

Freddie Roach  - Alabama director of player development to Ole Miss DL coach

Hank Poteat - Kent State CB coach to Toledo CB coach

Robert Prunty - Former Cincinnati co-DC / DL coach to East Carolina DL coach

Joe Salave’a - Washington State DL coach to Oregon DL coach

Tray Scott - North Carolina DL coach to Ole Miss DL coach to Georgia DL coach

Ed Warinner - Ohio State OC / TE coach to Minnesota OL coach

J.D. Williams - UNLV CB coach to Fresno State DB coach

(If someone is missing, e-mail me at


Graduate assistants hired to full-time FBS jobs

Support staffers hired to full-time FBS jobs

NFL coaches who moved to college football

College coaches who moved to the NFL

High school coaches hired to FBS jobs

Coaches who made two moves this offseason

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to