List: Full-time coaches who accepted support staff jobs in FBS

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday March 15, 2017

The rapid expansion of support staffs has led to more landing spots for coaches looking for jobs.

With job turnover as high as ever, the decision to sit out a year is one many coaches don’t want to risk. Now, many of those coaches take a low-paying off-field job. The pay’s not good, but it’s work, and it’s a learning opportunity.

This offseason, 32 recent or current full-time coaches took support staff jobs in FBS, including 20 who were looking for work.

Here were the coaches out-of-work who took FBS off-field jobs:

Dameyune Craig - Former LSU WR coach to Florida State quality control

Don Dunn - Former Western Kentucky DT coach to Purdue director of player personnel

Sonny Dykes - Former Cal head coach to TCU analyst

Bryan Ellis - Former Western Kentucky WR coach to USC offensive administrative assistant

Phil Galiano - Former Rutgers TE coach (2015) to Penn State consultant

Paul Hamilton - Former Brevard head coach to Georgia Tech associate director of player personnel

Trey Haverty - Former Lamar defensive coordinator to Texas quality control

Kenny Ingram - Former Cincinnati DT coach to Auburn life skills director

Jay Johnson - Former Minnesota offensive coordinator to Georgia analyst

Larry Knight - Former Georgia State OLB coach to Temple quality control

Eric Lewis - Former Georgia State DB coach to Tennessee quality control

Greg McMahon - Former New Orleans Saints special teams coordinator to LSU analyst

Tyrone Nix - Former Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator to Texas A&M analyst

James Patton - Former Indiana TE / FB coach to Pitt quality control

Kevin Patullo - Former NY Jets QB coach to Texas A&M analyst

A.J. Ricker - Former Missouri OL coach (2015) to Oklahoma State analyst

Adam Scheier - Former Wake Forest TE coach / special teams coordinator to Ohio State special teams quality control

Ryan Slowik - Former Cleveland Browns OLB coach to Tennessee analyst

Tony Sorrentino - Former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant WR coach to Tennessee quality control

Scott Turner - Former Minnesota Vikings QB coach to Michigan analyst

Brian VanGorder - Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator to Oklahoma State analyst

Chris Weinke - Former LA Rams QB coach to Alabama analyst

Dan Werner - Former Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator to Alabama analyst

This group included some high-profile coaches, like Sonny Dykes, who went to TCU after his surprising dismissal in January that included a heavy buyout. There were also several coordinators, like Jay Johnson, Brian VanGorder and Dan Werner, as well as several NFL coaches. Dameyune Craig’s change at LSU came after signing day, but he landed at Florida State where he has previously worked.

Two sitting FBS coaches also left their jobs for off-field roles at bigger programs:

Kevin Lempa - Hawaii defensive coordinator to Michigan senior defensive analyst

Tyler Santucci - Texas State OLB coach to Notre Dame analyst

In addition, several full-time coaches at lower levels moved up to FBS in off-field roles.

Tim Conner - Huntingdon WR coach to Temple analyst

Tom Cooper - Butler defensive coordinator to Pitt quality control

Ryan Dougherty - Lehigh special teams coordinator to Oklahoma quality control

Sean Fisher - Davidson CB coach to Indiana quality control

Brian Miller - Georgetown OL coach to Missouri analyst

Vai Taua - East LA College special teams coordinator to Nevada analyst

Billy Vandemerkt - West Florida RB coach to Western Michigan quality control

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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