Who will be your next head coach?

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday December 17, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 17, 2012

If your school is looking for a new head coach, there's a decent chance the hire will have previous experience at the school.

Of the 124 head coaches in college football this year, at least 30 head coaches previously served as an assistant coach at their respective university before landing the head coaching position.

The dean of Big Ten coaches, Kirk Ferentz, coached the offensive line at Iowa from 1981-1989 before returning as the head coach in 1999.

The list includes Bo Pelini (Nebraska), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Brady Hoke (Michigan), Lane Kiffin (USC), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Don Treadwell (Miami OH), Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina), Paul Rhoads (Iowa State), and Todd Berry (UL-Monroe), Terry Bowden (Akron), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Paul Petrino (Idaho), Matt Rhule (Temple) and Sean Kugler (UTEP).

Malzahn, Petrino, Rhule and Kugler are among the hires this offseason.

Thirteen of these coaches were promoted directly from assistant coach to head coach at their respective programs.

That list includes Chris Petersen (Boise State), Bronco Mendenhall (BYU), Dabo Swinney (Clemson), David Shaw (Stanford), Jimbo Fisher (FSU), Gary Patterson (TCU), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Kyle Whittingham (Utah), Ken Niumatalolo (Navy), Matt Campbell (Toledo), Kyle Flood (Rutgers) and Rod Carey (Northern Illinois).

Carey is the only internal promotion to head coach so far this offseason.

New Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn't have coaching experience in Lubbock, but was a player there.

Who is going to be your next head coach? Odds are good that it's a coach with previous experience at your university.







Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to chris@coachingsearch.com

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.

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