List: The longest-tenured assistants in college football

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 03, 2015

The coaching profession is one with incredible turnover, but some coaches been able to stick around.

Whether by choice or not, most coaches and their families are moving around every few years. And the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

Only 31 of the 1,152 full-time assistants in FBS have been at their current school since 2005. That's 2.6 percent. Here are the assistants with the longest active continuos tenures:

Gary Campbell - Oregon running back coach (1983)

Campbell has been in Eugene for more than 30 years, spanning four head coaches. Over that time, he’s produced 11 NFL Draft picks.

Bud Foster - Virginia Tech defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach (1987)

Foster and Frank Beamer have been together since 1981, when Foster was a graduate assistant at Murray State. The two moved to Virginia Tech in 1987 and have remained together, with Foster serving as one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators since 2005.

Bryan Stinespring - Virginia Tech tight ends coach (1990)

Stinespring began as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech in 1990 and moved to director of sports program in 1992, before becoming a full-time assistant in 1993. He served as offensive coordinator from 2002-12.

Jerry Brown - Northwestern defensive backs / assistant head coach (1993)

Brown has seen a lot over 23 years at Northwestern, including three Big Ten championships.

Don Pellum - Oregon defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach (1993)

After 21 years as a position coach, Pellum was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2014. Pellum has worked with all levels of the Oregon defense and also coached at the school from 1985-86 and 1988-89.

Odell Haggins - Florida State defensive tackles / associate head coach (1994)

Haggins has spent his entire coaching career at his alma mater. He worked with tight ends and offensive line from 1994-95, before moving to the defensive line in 1996.

Mo Latimore - Kansas State interior defensive line coach (1994)

Latimore’s time at K-State dates back a decade before Bill Snyder, back to the 1970s as a player and coach, but he has been in his current role in with the Wildcats since 1994, developing four All-Americans.

Andy Hill - Missouri quarterbacks / associate head coach (1996)

Hill is the longest-tenured coach on the Missouri staff, before Gary Pinkel arrived in 2001. Hill worked with receivers from 1996-2012 before moving to quarterbacks.

Charley Wiles - Virginia Tech defensive line coach / run game coordinator (1996)

Wiles played under Beamer at Murray State and has coached the Hokie defensive line since 1996. He added the duties of run game coordinator in 2013. Wiles has developed five All-Americans in Blacksburg.

Dale Pehrson - Navy defensive line (1996)

On a staff full of veteran coaches, Pehrson is the longest. He has worked under head oaches Charlie Weatherbie, Paul Johnson, and Ken Niumatalolo since 1996.

Jarrett Anderson - TCU offensive line coach (1998)

Cale Gundy - Oklahoma inside receivers / assistant head coach (1999)

Phil Parker - Iowa defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach (1999)

Reese Morgan - Iowa defensive line coach (2000)

Steve Greatwood - Oregon offensive line / assistant head coach / run game coordinator (2000)

Bruce Walker - Missouri co-offensive line coach (2001)

Brian Jones - Missouri running backs (2001)

Cornell Ford - Missouri cornerbacks coach (2001)

Craig Kuligowski - Missouri defensive line coach (2001)

Steve Kaufusi - BYU defensive line coach (2002)

Luke Fickell - Ohio State co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach (2002)

Ivin Jasper - Navy offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach (2002)

Keith Jones - Navy defensive backs coach (2002)

Danny O’Rourke - Navy slot backs coach (2002)

Buddy Green - Navy defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach (2002)

Chris Culton - Navy offensive line coach (2003)

John Neal - Oregon defensive backs coach (2003)

Shayne Wasden - Troy tight ends / associate head coach / special teams coordinator (2004)

Steve Spurrier Jr. - South Carolina co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach (2005)

Brent Key - UCF offensive coordinator / running backs coach (2005)

Tim Albin - Ohio offensive coordinator / running backs / assistant head coach (2005)

Aaron Roderick - Utah co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach (2005)

(Note: These are the longest continuous tenures, so Miami (FL) offensive line coach Art Kehoe, who has coached the Canes from 1981-2005 and 2011-present, didn’t quality here).


Longest-tenured offensive line coaches

Longest-tenured running backs coaches

Longest-tenured wide receivers coaches

Longest-tenured defensive line coaches

Longest-tenured defensive backs coaches

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