List: FCS coaches hired to full-time FBS jobs this offseason

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday March 24, 2017

FBS is the top level in college football, and a large group of coaches moved up this offseason.

By my count, 50 FCS coaches were hired to full-time jobs in FBS this offseason. There were 44 last year. That includes two FCS head coaches, and multiple assistants from places like Eastern Washington and Fordham. In addition, many coaches from lower levels of college football were hired in FBS.

Here are the FCS coaches hired to full-time FBS jobs:

Ashton Aikens - Southern Illinois WR coach to Western Michigan WR coach

Gerald Alexander - Montana State DB coach to Cal DB coach

Henry Baker - Delaware DB coach to Rutgers DB coach

Beau Baldwin - Eastern Washington head coach to Cal offensive coordinator

Tyler Bowen - Fordham offensive coordinator to Maryland OL coach

Travis Burkett - Cornell DB coach to UNLV RB coach

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

Jamey Chadwell - Charleston Southern head coach to Coastal Carolina offensive coordinator

Jeff Copp - Northern Arizona special teams coordinator to FIU DB coach

Curome Cox - Coastal Carolina CB coach to UConn DB coach

Billy Crocker - Villanova defensive coordinator to UConn defensive coordinator

Maurice Crum - Indiana State CB coach to Western Kentucky LB coach

Chris Collins - Western Carolina LB coach to Georgia State safeties coach

Jami DeBerry - Indiana State DB coach to Western Kentucky safeties coach

Jake Dickert - South Dakota State safeties coach to Wyoming safeties coach

Dennis Dottin-Carter - Delaware co-defensive coordinator to UConn DL coach

Nicholas Edwards - Eastern Washington WR coach to Cal WR coach

Eric Evans - Dayton offensive coordinator to Western Michigan RB coach

Jayden Everett - Indiana State RB coach to Central Michigan RB coach

Nate Fuqua - Wofford defensive coordinator to Georgia State defensive coordinator

Ron Gould - Former UC Davis head coach to Stanford RB coach

Gary Harrell - Former Howard head coach to FAU WR coach

Lyle Hemphill - Stony Brook defensive coordinator to Wake Forest safeties coach

Phil Longo - Sam Houston State offensive coordinator to Ole Miss offensive coordinator

Jason Kaufusi - Weber State defensive coordinator to Nevada DL coach

Collin Klein - Northern Iowa QB coach to Kansas State QB coach

Marcus Knight - Former Northern Michigan WR coach to Central Michigan WR coach

Chuck Langston - Former Lamar offensive coordinator to North Texas OL coach

Tony Lucas - Delaware RB coach to Temple RB coach

Skylor Magee - Charleston Southern DL coach to Furman DL coach to Georgia State DL coach

Ryan Mahaffey - Northern Iowa co-offensive coordinator to Western Kentucky TE coach

Kiel McDonald - Eastern Washington RB coach to Utah RB coach

Trent McKnight - Former Samford TE coach (2015) to Georgia State WR coach

Eman Naghavi - McNeese State OL coach to UL Monroe OL coach

Jeff Nichols - Western Carolina RB coach to East Carolina RB coach

Jay Nunez - Southern Illinois TE coach / special teams coordinator to Eastern Michigan TE coach / special teams coordinator

Dave Patenaude - Coastal Carolina offensive coordinator to Temple offensive coordinator

Bryce Paup - Northern Iowa DL coach to Minnesota DL coach

Mike Sanford Sr. - Indiana State head coach to Western Kentucky RB coach / special teams coordinator

Sam Shade - Samford DB coach to Georgia State CB coach

Brad Sherrod - Sam Houston State defensive coordinator to Wake Forest LB coach

Rich Skrosky - Elon head coach to FIU offensive coordinator 

Aaron Smith - Albany WR coach to UConn WR coach

Troy Taylor - Eastern Washington QB coach to Utah offensive coordinator

Andrew Thacker - Kennesaw State LB coach to Temple LB coach

Bert Watts - Former UC Davis defensive coordinator to Fresno State LB coach

Jon Wholley - Fordham defensive coordinator to UConn LB coach

Rusty Wright - Chattanooga LB coach / special teams coordinator to Georgia State inside LB coach

Jacob Yoro - Cal Poly defensive coordinator to Hawaii safeties coach

Juston Wood - Cal Poly offensive coordinator to Georgia Southern WR coach


In addition, 14 coaches from non-D1 schools were hired to full-time FBs jobs.

Alonzo Carter - Contra Costa College head coach to San Jose State RB coach

Timmy Chang - Emory & Henry offensive coordinator to Nevada inside WR coach

Geoff Dartt - Mount Union OL coach to Western Kentucky OL coach

Lou Esposito - Davenport head coach to Western Michigan co-defensive coordinator

Mark Kirk - Long Beach CC defensive coordinator to Nevada safeties coach

Justin Lustig - Edinboro head coach to Syracuse RB coach / special teams coordinator

Mason Miller - Tarleton State offensive coordinator to Nevada DL coach

Matt Mumme - LaGrange head coach to Nevada offensive coordinator

Chris Ostrowsky - Former Northern Michigan head coach to Central Michigan offensive coordinator

Cory Sanders - West Florida defensive coordinator to Western Michigan DB coach

Scotty Walden - East Texas Baptist head coach to Southern Miss inside WR coach

Jim Zebrowski - Hamline offensive coordinator to Buffalo QB coach 

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