List: The length of tenure for every FBS head coach

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 03, 2017

The odds of a player having the same head coach for his entire college career are not exactly high. Let’s take a look at the tenure of every FBS head coach.

Illustrating the amount of turnover in the profession, 107 of the 129 FBS head coaches have been hired since 2011, and 63 have been hired in the past three years. That means nearly half of all head coaches have been hired since 2015.

Some veteran coaches who left the list this offseason included Bob Stoops (1999) and Les Miles (2005). This year, Coastal Carolina will join FBS with head coach Joe Moglia, who has led the program since 2012. There are also multiple head coaches in their second stint at the same school.

First, the longest tenured coach in each conference:

AAC: Ken Niumatalolo (Navy) - 2007
ACC: David Cutcliffe (Duke) / Paul Johnson (Ga Tech) - 2008
Big 12: Gary Patterson (TCU) - 2000
Big Ten: Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) - 1999
Conference USA: Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee) - 2006
MAC: Frank Solich (Ohio) - 2005
Mountain West: Troy Calhoun (Air Force) - 2007
Pac-12: Kyle Whittingham (Utah) - 2005
SEC: Nick Saban (Alabama) - 2007
Sun Belt: Joey Jones (South Alabama) - 2009

Here is when every FBS head coach was hired:

Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)

Gary Patterson (TCU)

Frank Solich (Ohio)
Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State)
Kyle Whittingham (Utah)

Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee State)
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)

Troy Calhoun (Air Force)
Nick Saban (Alabama)
Mark Dantonio (Michigan State)
Ken Niumatalolo (Navy)
David Bailiff (Rice)

David Cutcliffe (Duke)
Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech)

Dabo Swinney (Clemson) (interim mid-2008) 
Bill Snyder (Kansas State) (Also 1989-2005)
Dan Mullen (Mississippi State)
Bobby Wilder (Old Dominion)
Joey Jones (South Alabama)

Jimbo Fisher (Florida State)
Doc Holliday (Marshall)
Brian Kelly (Notre Dame)

Brad Lambert (Charlotte)
Mark Hudspeth (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Rocky Long (San Diego State)
David Shaw (Stanford)
Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia)

Terry Bowden (Akron)
Rich Rodriguez (Arizona)
Todd Graham (Arizona State)
Joe Moglie (Coastal Carolina)
Bob Davie (New Mexico)
Larry Fedora (North Carolina)
Urban Meyer (Ohio State)
Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss)
Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)
Jim Mora (UCLA)
Mike Leach (Washington State)

Scott Satterfield (Appalachian State)
Bret Bielema (Arkansas)
Gus Malzahn (Auburn)
Steve Addazio (Boston College)
Mike MacIntyre (Colorado)
Paul Petrino (Idaho)
Paul Haynes (Kent State)
Mark Stoops (Kentucky)
Skip Holtz (Louisiana Tech)
Dave Doeren (NC State)
Doug Martin (New Mexico State)
Rod Carey (Northern Illinois)
Butch Jones (Tennessee)
Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech)
Matt Wells (Utah State)
Sean Kugler (UTEP)

Blake Anderson (Arkansas State)
Jeff Monken (Army)
Bryan Harsin (Boise State)
Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan)
Bobby Petrino (Louisville) (Also 2003-06)
Chuck Martin (Miami OH)
James Franklin (Penn State)
Bill Clark (UAB)
Mark Whipple (UMass) (Also 1998-2003)
Derek Mason (Vanderbilt)
Dave Clawson (Wake Forest)
Chris Petersen (Washington)
Craig Bohl (Wyoming)

Lance Leipold (Buffalo)
John Bonamego (Central Michigan)
Mike Bobo (Colorado State)
Jim McElwain (Florida)
David Beaty (Kansas)
Jim Harbaugh (Michigan)
Mike Riley (Nebraska)
Gary Andersen (Oregon State)
Pat Narduzzi (Pitt)
Chad Morris (SMU)
Neal Brown (Troy)
Philip Montgomery (Tulsa)
Tony Sanchez (UNLV)
Paul Chryst (Wisconsin)

Mike Neu (Ball State)
Mike Jinks (Bowling Green)
Kalani Sitake (BYU)
Scottie Montgomery (East Carolina)
Kirby Smart (Georgia)
Tyson Summers (Georgia Southern)
Nick Rolovich (Hawaii)
Lovie Smith (Illinois)
Matt Campbell (Iowa State)
Matt Viator (Louisiana-Monroe)
D.J. Durkin (Maryland)
Mike Norvell (Memphis)
Mark Richt (Miami FL)
Barry Odom (Missouri)
Seth Littrell (North Texas)
Chris Ash (Rutgers)
Will Muschamp (South Carolina)
Jay Hopson (Southern Miss)
Dino Babers (Syracuse)
Everett Withers (Texas State)
Jason Candle (Toledo)
Willie Fritz (Tulane)
Scott Frost (UCF)
Clay Helton (USC) (interim 2015)
Frank Wilson (UTSA)
Bronco Mendenhall (Virginia)
Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech)

Matt Rhule (Baylor)
Justin Wilcox (Cal)
Luke Fickell (Cincinnati)
Lane Kiffin (FAU)
Butch Davis (FIU)
Jeff Tedford (Fresno State)
Shawn Elliott (Georgia State)
Major Applewhite (Houston)
Tom Allen (Indiana)
Ed Orgeron (LSU)
P.J. Fleck (Minnesota)
Jay Norvell (Nevada)
Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma)
Willie Taggart (Oregon)
Jeff Brohm (Purdue)
Brent Brennan (San Jose State)
Charlie Strong (South Florida)
Geoff Collins (Temple)
Tom Herman (Texas)
Randy Edsall (UConn) (Also 1999-2010)
Mike Sanford (Western Kentucky)
Tim Lester (Western Michigan)

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