List: The length of tenure for every FCS head coach

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 07, 2017


Earlier this week, CoachingSearch listed the tenure length of every FBS head coach, and several people asked for an FCS list as well.

The FCS level has several coaches with longer tenures than anyone in FBS. Kirk Ferentz at Iowa is the veteran in FBS, hired in 1999. In FCS, eight current coaches were hired before that. In FBS, nearly half of head coaching have been hired in the last three years. In FCS, it's about 40 percent since 2015, but about 60 percent since 2014.

Here is when every FCS head coach was hired:

1980
Jimmye Laycock (William & Mary)

1988
Mike Ayers (Wofford)

1992
Jim Parady (Marist)
Kevin Callahan (Monmouth)

1994
Tim Murphy (Harvard)

1997
John Stiegelmeier (South Dakota State)

1998
Phil Estes (Brown)
Jerome Souers (Northern Arizona)

1999
Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire)

2001
Mark Farley (Northern Iowa)

2002
Oliver Pough (South Carolina State)

2004
Tom Gilmore (Holy Cross)

2005
Jerry Schmitt (Duquesne)
Buddy Teevens (Dartmouth) (also 1987-91)

2006
Jeff Voris (Butler)
Andy Cohen (Lehigh)
Chuck Priore (Stony Brook)
Jason Simpson (UT Martin)

2008
Rick Chamberlin (Dayton)
Monte Coleman (Arkansas–Pine Bluff)

2009
Tim Walsh (Cal Poly)
Brock Spack (Illinois State)
Rob Ambrose (Towson)

2010
Joe Susan (Bucknell)
Bob Surace (Princeton)
Chris Villarrial? (Saint Francis)
Rod Reed (Tennessee State)

2011
Rod Broadway (North Carolina A&T)
Earnest Collins Jr. (Northern Colorado)
Roger Hughes (Stetson)
Bobby Lamb (Mercer)

2012
Larry Kennan (Incarnate Word)
Turner Gill (Liberty)
Mark Nofri (Sacred Heart)
Ron Roberts (Southeastern Louisiana)
Dawson Odums (Southern)
Vic Shealy (Houston Baptist)
Mark Speir (Western Carolina)
Tony Reno (Yale)

2013
Mike Minter (Campbell)
David Archer (Cornell)
Paul Nichols (Davidson)
Carl Torbush (East Tennessee State)
Carroll McCray (Gardner–Webb)
Brian Bohannon (Kennesaw State)
Rob Tenyer (Morehead State)
Jay Thomas (Northwestern State)
Dale Lindsey (San Diego)

2014
James Spady (Alabama A&M)
Greg Gattuso (Albany)
Steve Campbell (Central Arkansas)
Pete Rossomando (Central Connecticut)
Dan Hunt (Colgate)
Rick Fox (Drake)
Kim Dameron (Eastern Illinois)
Rob Sgarlata (Georgetown)
Broderick Fobbs (Grambling State)
Connell Maynor (Hampton)
John Grass (Jacksonville State)
Rick Comegy (Mississippi Valley State)
Jerry Mack (North Carolina Central)
Kyle Schweigert (North Dakota)
Chris Klieman (North Dakota State)
Jim Fleming (Rhode Island)
John Banaszak (Robert Morris)
Jody Sears (Sacramento State)
K.C. Keeler (Sam Houston State)
Tom Matukewicz (Southeast Missouri State)
Clint Conque (Stephen F. Austin)
Dave Cecchini (Valparaiso)
Jay Hill (Weber State)

2015
Brian Jenkins (Alabama State)
Terry Sims (Bethune-Cookman)
Al Bagnoli (Columbia)
Kenny Carter (Delaware State)
Alex Wood (Florida A&M)
Dave Steckel (Missouri State)
Bob Stitt (Montana)
Mitch Stewart (Murray State)
Tim Rebowe (Nicholls State)
Latrell Scott (Norfolk State)
Ray Priore (Penn)
Bruce Barnum (Portland State)
Willie Simmons (Prairie View A&M)
Chris Hatcher (Samford)
Scott Wachenheim (VMI)
Jason Houghtailing (Wagner)
Bo Pelini (Youngstown State)

2016
Fred McNair (Alcorn State)
Will Healy (Austin Peay)
Brent Thompson (The Citadel)
Mark Elder (Eastern Kentucky)
Andrew Breiner (Fordham)
Tony Hughes (Jackson State)
Ian Shields (Jacksonville)
Mike Houston (James Madison)
Joe Harasymiak (Maine)
Lance Guidry (McNeese State)
Jeff Choate (Montana State)
Fred Farrier (Morgan State)
Erik Raeburn (Savannah State)
Bob Nielson (South Dakota)
Nick Hill (Southern Illinois)
Demario Warren (Southern Utah)
Marcus Satterfield (Tennessee Tech)
Michael Haywood (Texas Southern)
Charlie Fisher (Western Illinois)

2017
Adam Dorrel (Abilene Christian)
James Perry (Bryant)
Mark Tucker (Charleston Southern)
Tom Arth (Chattanooga)
Danny Rocco (Delaware)
Aaron Best (Eastern Washington)
Curt Cignetti (Elon)
Clay Hendrix (Furman)
Mike London (Howard)
Rob Phenicle (Idaho State)
Curt Mallory (Indiana State)
John Garrett (Lafayette)
Mike Schultz (Lamar)
Tommy Spangler (Presbyterian)
Russ Huesman (Richmond)
Dan Hawkins (UC Davis)
Mark Ferrante (Villanova)

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 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 chris@coachingsearch.com.