Where every FBS head coach was 10 years ago

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday June 06, 2017


What’s the path to becoming a head coach? There’s no one way to go, and no set amount of time it takes.

CoachingSearch took a look at all 130 FBS head coaches and where they were 10 years ago. First, here's the data:


(UPDATE: New Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley was Texas Tech's wide receivers coach)

Of the 130 head coaches, 50 were head coaches 10 years ago. Of those…

- 13 are still in the same job: Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy, Gary Patterson, Kirk Ferentz, Mark Dantonio, Pat Fitzgerald, Kyle Whittingham, Nick Saban, Frank Solich, David Bailiff, Rick Stockstill, Bobby Wilder and Troy Calhoun. (Randy Edsall is back at UConn after stops in between)

- 4 were high school coaches: Chad Morris, Mike Jinks, Tony Sanchez, Bill Clark

- 3 were NFL head coaches: Bobby Petrino, Lane Kiffin, Lovie Smith

- 9 were non-FBS college head coaches: Dave Clawson, Willie Fritz, Lance Leipold, Chris Creighton, Chuck Martin, Craig Bohl, Mark Hudspeth, Joey Jones and Matt Viator

- 1 was an Arena League head coach: Mike Neu

But most in this group weren’t head coaches. In fact, two of today’s coaches were still players. Kliff Kingsbury was playing in the CFL, while Nick Rolovich was playing in the Arena Football League and also coaching in the offseason.

Four were out of coaching altogether. Terry Bowden and Bob Davie were TV analysts, Joe Moglia was the CEO of TD Ameritrade, and Bill Snyder was retired. Moglia was a coach from 1968-83. He stepped down at TD Ameritrade to become a coach again in 2009.

Two were in off-field roles: Barry Odom was Missouri’s DFO, and Geoff Collins was Alabama’s director of player personnel.

One coach was a graduate assistant: Mike Norvell.

Five were on the Stanford staff. It was Jim Harbaugh’s first season, and David Shaw, Willie Taggart, D.J. Durkin and Mike Sanford were on the staff.

Five were on the Florida staff one year removed from the national title: Urban Meyer, Steve Addazio, Dan Mullen, Charlie Strong and Doc Holliday.

Two coaches were at Wabash (IN): Chris Creighton was the head coach, and Tom Allen was an assistant.

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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.