List: College coaches who moved to the NFL this offseason

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday March 09, 2017

The NFL is the highest level of football, and a ton of college coaches have made the jump in recent months.

This offseason, 43 college coaches have moved to the NFL. That includes former head coaches, sitting Power 5 coordinators, graduate assistants, FCS assistants and more. The Jaguars and 49ers each added four college coaches. A year ago, there were 37 coaches who made the move, and there were 30 the year before that. 

Here are the college coaches who have moved to the NFL this year:

Zach Azzanni - Tennessee WR coach to Bears WR coach

Bobby Babich - FIU DB coach to Bills assistant DB coach

Bobby Blick - Army director of player personnel to Giants defensive assistant

Joe Brady - Penn State offensive GA to Saints offensive assistant

Dave Brock - Former Delaware head coach to Falcons offensive assistant

Tom Donatell - UCLA defensive GA to Seahawks defensive quality control

Josh Grizzard - Duke offensive quality control to Dolphins offensive quality control

Kyle Flood - Former Rutgers head coach (2015) to Falcons assistant offensive line coach

Charles Gordon - Northern Colorado DB coach to Broncos defensive quality control

Bush Hamdan - Washington WR coach to Falcons QB coach

Darrell Hazell - Former Purdue head coach to Vikings WR coach

Eric Henderson - UTSA DL coach to Chargers assistant DL coach

Marion Hobby - Clemson co-DC / DE coach to Jaguars DL coach

Mike Hodges - Eastern Illinois defensive coordinator to Saints defensive assistant

Charlie Jackson - NCAA administrator to Falcons defensive assistant

Frisman Jackson - Temple WR coach to Titans WR coach

Mike Kafka - Northwestern offensive GA to Chiefs offensive quality control

Chris Kragthorpe - LSU offensive assistant to Broncos offensive quality control

Nick Kray - NC State assistant director of football operations to 49ers administrative assistant to the head coach

Keenan McCardell - Former Maryland WR coach (2015) to Jaguars WR coach

TC McCartney - LSU offensive assistant to 49ers offensive assistant

Tim McGarigle - Illinois LB coach to Packers defensive quality control

Phil McGeoghan - East Carolina WR coach to Bills WR coach

Tyrone McKenzie - Stanford defensive assistant to Rams special teams assistant

Jesse Minter - Former Georgia State defensive coordinator to Ravens administrative assistant

Ryan Nielsen - NC State DL coach to Saints DL coach

Anthony Perkins - Ohio cornerbacks coach to Buccaneers assistant to the head coach

Kennedy Polamalu - Former UCLA offensive coordinator to Vikings RB coach

Eric Price - Former Tulane offensive coordinator (2015) to Jaguars offensive assistant - research

James Rowe - Valdosta State defensive coordinator to Redskins assistant DB coach

Jim Salgado - Princeton defensive coordinator to Bills defensive assistant

Steve Sarkisian - Alabama analyst to offensive coordinator to Falcons offensive coordinator

Rich Scangarello - Wagner offensive coordinator to 49ers QB coach

Jess Simpson - Buford High School head coach to Georgia State DL coach to Falcons assistant DL coach

Brandon Staley - John Carroll defensive coordinator to Chattanooga defensive coordinator to Bears OLB coach

Adam Stenavich - Former San Jose State OL coach to 49ers assistant OL coach

Chris Strausser - Washington OL coach to Broncos assistant OL coach

Lance Taylor - Stanford RB coach to Panthers WR coach

Zac Taylor - Former Cincinnati offensive coordinator to Rams assistant WR coach

Bill Teerlinck - Former Nevada DL coach to Bills assistant DL coach

Tyrone Wheatley - Michigan RB coach to Jaguars RB coach

Charlie Weis Jr. - Alabama analyst to FAU TE coach to Falcons offensive assistant

Eric Yarber - UCLA WR coach to Rams WR coach

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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