List: The tenure of every FBS head coach

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday July 11, 2015


Last week, CoachingSearch looked at the longest-tenured assistants in FBS. Now, here’s a look at the tenure of every FBS head coach. Illustrating the amount of turnover in the profession, 99 of the 129 FBS head coaches have been hired since 2010, and 64 have been hired in the past three years. That means basically half of all head coaches have been hired since 2013.

First, the longest tenured coach in each conference:

AAC: George O’Leary (UCF) - 2004
ACC: Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech) - 1987
Big 12: Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) - 1999
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: Mark Richt (Georgia) / Gary Pinkel (Missouri) - 2001
Sun Belt: Joey Jones (South Alabama) - 2009

And here’s the tenure for every FBS head coach:

1987:
Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech)

1999:
Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
Bob Stoops (Oklahoma)

2000:
Gary Patterson (TCU)

2001:
Mark Richt (Georgia)
Gary Pinkel (Missouri)

2004:
George O’Leary (UCF)

2005:
Bronco Mendenhall (BYU)
Les Miles (LSU)
Frank Solich (Ohio)
Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State)
Steve Spurrier (South Carolina)
Kyle Whittingham (Utah)

2006:
Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee State)
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)

2007:
Troy Calhoun (Air Force)
Nick Saban (Alabama)
Mark Dantonio (Michigan State)
Ken Niumatalolo (Navy)
David Bailiff (Rice)

2008:
Art Briles (Baylor)
Dabo Swinney (Clemson)
David Cutcliffe (Duke)
Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech)

2009:
Paul Rhoads (Iowa State)
Bill Snyder (Kansas State) (Also 1989-2005)
Dan Mullen (Mississippi State)
Bobby Wilder (Old Dominion)
Joey Jones (South Alabama)
Larry Coker (UTSA) 

2010:
Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina)
Jimbo Fisher (Florida State)
Todd Berry (Louisiana-Monroe)
Doc Holliday (Marshall)
Brian Kelly (Notre Dame)
Mike London (Virginia)

2011:
Pete Lembo (Ball State)
Brad Lambert (Charlotte)
Kevin Wilson (Indiana)
Mark Hudspeth (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Randy Edsall (Maryland)
Al Golden (Miami FL)
Jerry Kill (Minnesota)
Dan McCartney (North Texas)
Rocky Long (San Diego State)
David Shaw (Stanford)
Dennis Franchione (Texas State)
Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia)

2012:
Terry Bowden (Akron)
Rich Rodriguez (Arizona)
Todd Graham (Arizona State)
Tim DeRuyter (Fresno State)
Norm Chow (Hawaii)
Tim Beckman (Illinois)
Justin Fuente (Memphis)
Bob Davie (New Mexico)
Larry Fedora (North Carolina)
Urban Meyer (Ohio State)
Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss)
Kyle Flood (Rutgers)
Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)
Matt Campbell (Toledo)
Curtis Johnson (Tulane)
Jim Mora (UCLA)
Mike Leach (Washington State)

2013:
Scott Satterfield (Appalachian State)
Bret Bielema (Arkansas)
Gus Malzahn (Auburn)
Steve Addazio (Boston College)
Sonny Dykes (Cal)
Tommy Tuberville (Cincinnati)
Mike MacIntyre (Colorado)
Ron Turner (Florida International)
Trent Miles (Georgia State)
Paul Petrino (Idaho)
Paul Haynes (Kent State)
Mark Stoops (Kentucky)
Skip Holtz (Louisiana Tech)
Brian Polian (Nevada)
Dave Doeren (NC State)
Doug Martin (New Mexico State)
Rod Carey (Northern Illinois)
Mark Helfrich (Oregon)
Darrell Hazell (Purdue)
Ron Caragher (San Jose State)
Willie Taggart (South Florida)
Todd Monken (Southern Miss)
Scott Shafer (Syracuse)
Matt Rhule (Temple)
Butch Jones (Tennessee)
Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech)
Matt Wells (Utah State)
Sean Kugler (UTEP)
P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan)

2014:
Blake Anderson (Arkansas State)
Jeff Monken (Army)
Bryan Harsin (Boise State)
Dino Babers (Bowling Green)
Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan)
Charlie Partridge (Florida Atlantic)
Willie Fritz (Georgia Southern)
Bobby Petrino (Louisville)
Chuck Martin (Miami OH)
James Franklin (Penn State)
Charlie Strong (Texas)
Bill Clark (UAB)
Bob Diaco (UConn)
Mark Whipple (UMass) (Also 1998-2003)
Steve Sarkisian (USC)
Derek Mason (Vanderbilt)
Dave Clawson (Wake Forest)
Chris Petersen (Washington)
Jeff Brohm (Western Kentucky)
Craig Bohl (Wyoming)

2015:
Lance Leipold (Buffalo)
John Bonamego (Central Michigan)
Mike Bobo (Colorado State)
Jim McElwain (Florida)
Tom Herman (Houston)
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)

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.