8 coaches have made two moves this offseason
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Tuesday January 15, 2013
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 15, 2013
Eight assistant coaches have accepted not one but two new jobs this offseason. It's a far cry from the 19 who did the same thing last year, but it's still been a busy winter for these guys.
Chris Thomsen has officially held four jobs in the last two months. Thomsen finished the regular season as Texas Tech's offensive line coach. After Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati, Thomsen led the Red Raiders to a bowl win as interim head coach. He then accepted the job as Cal's offensive line coach before eventually landing at Arizona State, where he will coaching running backs. (Thomsen had a similar two-stop offseason in 2011-2012, when he accepted a job at Arizona State in December before going to Texas Tech in February.)
David Gibbs spent one year out of coaching after being released by the Houston Texans but quickly became a hot commodity, taking the defensive coordinator job at LA Tech under new coach Skip Holtz and then taking the same position at the University of Houston.
Kevin Peoples was only with Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky for a month before leaving to take the defensive line coaching position at UAB. Thomsen's move from Cal opened up a spot for Zach Yenser to coach offensive line there after he had left LA Tech for Troy. Andy Buh was set to follow Bret Bielema from Wisconsin to Arkansas until Cal stepped in and offered the defensive coordinator position. Nick Rolovich may have had the easiest two-job stop this offseason. He left Nevada to join Temple's staff before returning to Nevada.
Of the 19 who made similar moves last year, here are a couple who made a wise decision: PJ Fleck accepted a job at Northern Illinois before leaving to take a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which he turned into the head coaching job at Western Michigan. Grady Brown originally was retained at Southern Miss by Ellis Johnson before taking the defensive backs coaching job at South Carolina. Johnson was dismissed after one season at Southern Miss, while Brown had a great first year with the Gamecocks.
Here is a list of the six coaches who have made two moves this offseason (initial job - second job - current job)
George McDonald (Miami (FL) - Arkansas - Syracuse (unconfirmed))
David Gibbs (Did not coach - LA Tech - Houston)
Jeff Banks (UTEP - Virginia - Texas A&M)
Kevin Peoples (Arkansas - Western Kentucky - UAB)
Chris Thomsen (Texas Tech - Cal - Arizona State)
Zach Yenser (LA Tech - Troy - Cal)
Nick Rolovich (Nevada - Temple - Nevada)
Andy Buh (Wisconsin - Arkansas - Cal)
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org