List: Coaches who have changed jobs in at least 4 straight years

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday March 17, 2017

Coaching turnover is higher than ever, and many coaches are moving their families across the country year after year.

Heading into 2017, 15 FBS coaches are on at least their fourth different stop in four years. Some of these moves were a voluntary step up, some were the result of a dismissal, and some were the result of a head coaching change.

First, the heaviest travelers. There are 5 FBS coaches on their fifth job in five years, but USF's Matt Mattox is on seven straight.

Matt Mattox - Butler OL coach (2011), Coffeyville OC (2012), Eastern Illinois OL coach (2013), Bowling Green OL coach (2014), Tulsa OL coach (2015), Texas OL coach (2016), South Florida OL coach (2017)

Gerald Alexander - Arkansas State GA (2013), Washington GA (2014), Indiana State DB coach (2015), Montana State DB coach (2016), Cal DB coach (2017)

Brad Davis - Portland State OL coach (2013), James Madison co-OC (2014), East Carolina OL (2015), North Texas OL coach (2016), Florida OL coach (2017)

Sterlin Gilbert - Eastern Illinois OC (2013), Bowling Green OC (2014), Tulsa OC (2015), Texas OC (2016), South Florida OC (2017)

Eric Kiesau - Washington OC (2013), Kansas WR coach (2014), Alabama analyst (2015), Fresno State OC (2016), Boise State WR coach (2017)

Drew Mehringer - Ohio State GA (2013), James Madison co-OC (2014), Houston WR coach (2015), Rutgers OC (2016), Texas WR coach (2017)

Here are the 9 coaches on their fourth job in four years:

Chris Collins - Catawba College DB coach / ST coordinator (2014), Appalachian State GA (2015), Western Carolina LB coach (2016), Georgia State safeties coach (2017)

Brett Elliott - Mississippi State quality control (2014), James Madison co-OC/QB coach (2015), Texas State OC/QB coach (2016), Mississippi State QB coach (2017)

Ross Els - Nebraska LB coach (2014), Lincoln Southwest High School assistant (2015), Purdue DC (2016), Colorado ILB coach (2017)

Derrick LeBlanc - Southern Miss DL coach (2014), Pearl River CC DC (2015), North Texas DL coach (2016), Kentucky DL coach (2017)

Jay Norvell - Oklahoma WR coach (2014), Texas WR coach (2015), Arizona State WR coach (2016), Nevada head coach (2017)

Marc Nudelberg - Cincinnati TE / ST coordinator (2014), Florida quality control (2015), Nevada RB / ST coordinator (2016), Lafayette ST coordinator (2017)

Donte Pimpleton - Kentucky Wesleyan OC (2014), Delaware State RB coach (2015), USF RB coach (2016), Oregon RB coach (2017)

Rob Sale - McNeese State OL coach (2014), Georgia OL coach (2015), UL-Monroe OL coach (2016), Arizona State OL coach (2017)

Joe Seumalo - Oregon State DL coach (2014), UNLV DL coach (2015), Arizona State DL coach (2016), San Jose State DL coach (2017)

In addition, there are more than 60 FBS coaches on their third job in three years. Here are those coaches and their 2017 job.

Jerry Azzinaro (Cal DL coach), Joe Bernardi (San Jose State OL coach), Bob Bicknell (Baylor WR coach), Bob Bostad (Wisconsin LB coach), Greg Brown (Auburn DB coach), Matt Canada (LSU OC), Mike Canales (Tennessee QB coach), Timmy Chang (Nevada inside WR coach), Maurice Crum (WKU LB coach), Jeff Copp (FIU DB coach), Tim Daoust (Western Michigan DC), George DeLeone (Baylor OL coach), Jimmie Dougherty (UCLA WR coach), Mike Ekeler (UNC LB coach), J.B. Grimes (UConn OL coach), Mike Hart (Indiana RB coach), Keith Heyward (Oregon DB coach), Darren Hiller (Indiana OL coach), Clay Jennings (Houston DB coach), Mickey Joseph (LSU WR coach), Jabbar Juluke (Texas Tech RB coach), Kevin Lempa (Michigan defensive analyst), Tim Lester (Western Michigan head coach), Chip Lindsey (Auburn OC), Jimmy Lindsey (WKU DL coach), Maurice Linguist (Minnesota DB coach), D.J. Looney (Mississippi State TE coach), Chip Long (Notre Dame OC), Ryan Mahaffey (WKU TE coach), Wes McGriff (Ole Miss DC), Luke Meadows (EMU OL coach), Bart Miller (Air Force TE coach), Allen Mogridge (FIU OL coach), Jeff Nixon (Baylor co-OC), Jay Nunez (EMU TE/STC), Kevin Patrick (NC State DL coach), Doug Phillips (Cincinnati STC), Joker Phillips (Cincinnati WR coach), Cory Robinson (Temple DB coach), Tommie Robinson (LSU RB coach), Peter Sirmon (Mississippi State DC), Tyler Santucci (Notre Dame analyst), JaMarcus Shephard (Purdue WR coach), DeAndre Smith (UNLV RB coach), Andrew Sowder (San Jose State OC), Jake Spavital (West Virginia OC), Steve Spurrier Jr. (WKU QB coach), Marques Tuiasosopo (Cal QB coach), Tony Tuioti (Cal OLB coach), James Vollono (FIU STC), Lorenzo Ward (Louisville DB coach), Cedric Williams (Georgia State OL coach), Charlie Williams (USF WR coach), Donte Williams (Nebraska CB coach), David Yost (Utah State QB coach)

Lastly, Taylor Stubblefield doesn’t make these lists, but he’s moved more than anyone, so I wanted to include him and his 9 jobs in 11 years:

Central Washington WR coach (2007), Eastern Michigan GA (2008), Illinois State WR coach (2009-10), Central Michigan WR coach (2011), New Mexico WR coach (2012), Wake Forest (WR coach), Utah WR coach (2014-15), Toronto Argonauts WR coach (2016), Air Force WR coach (2017). 

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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

Coaches who moved within the same conference

Full-time coaches who joined support staffs

FBS schools that replaced both coordinators

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