With the coaching carousel once again underway, we’ve created the 2016-17 coaching changes page.

Consider this your one-stop shop for coaching changes at every level of football – NFL, NCAA and NAIA – throughout the fall and winter, so check back frequently. For your reference, here are the lists of changes for the 2012-13, 2013-142014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.


In the NFL, six jobs have come open and all six have been filled as of early February. There were seven changes following the 2015 season.

Team 2016 Coach 2017 Coach
Buffalo Bills Rex Ryan Sean McDermott
Denver Broncos Gary Kubiak  Vance Joseph
Los Angeles Rams Jeff Fisher Sean McVay
Jacksonville Jaguars Gus Bradley Doug Marrone
San Diego Chargers Mike McCoy Anthony Lynn
San Francisco 49ers Chip Kelly Kyle Shanahan

In FBS, 21 jobs have come open as of Jan. 14; 21 have been filled. Number of changes over the past seven seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012), 20 (2013), 15 (2014) and 29 (2015).

Team 2016 Coach 2017 Coach
Baylor Jim Grobe (I) Matt Rhule
Cal Sonny Dykes Justin Wilcox
Cincinnati Tommy Tuberville Luke Fickell
Connecticut Bob Diaco Randy Edsall
Florida Atlantic Charlie Partridge  Lane Kiffin
Florida International Ron Turner Butch Davis
Fresno State Tim DeRuyter Jeff Tedford
Georgia State Trent Miles Shawn Elliott
Houston Tom Herman Major Applewhite
Indiana Kevin Wilson Tom Allen
LSU Les Miles Ed Orgeron
Minnesota Tracy Claeys PJ Fleck
Nevada Brian Polian Jay Norvell
Oregon Mark Helfrich Willie Taggart
Purdue Darrell Hazell Jeff Brohm
San Jose State Ron Caragher Brent Brennan
South Florida Willie Taggart Charlie Strong
Temple Matt Rhule Geoff Collins
Texas Charlie Strong  Tom Herman
Western Kentucky Jeff Brohm Mike Sanford
Western Michigan PJ Fleck Tim Lester

In FCS, 15 jobs have come open as of March 30th, and all 15 have been filled. A total of 19 schools changed coaches after the 2015 season.

Team 2016 Coach 2017 Coach
Abilene Christian Ken Collums  Adam Dorrel
Bryant Marty Fine James Perry
Chattanooga Russ Huesman Tom Arth
Delaware Dave Brock Danny Rocco
Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin Aaron Best
Elon Rich Skrosky Curt Cignetti
Furman Bruce Fowler Clay Hendrix
Howard Gary Harrell Mike London
Idaho State Mike Kramer  Ron Phenicie
Indiana State Mike Sanford Curt Mallory
Lafayette Frank Tavani John Garrett
Lamar Ray Woodard Mike Schultz
Presbyterian Harold Nichols Tommy Spangler
Richmond Danny Rocco Russ Huesman
UC Davis Ron Gould Dan Hawkins

In Division II, 24 jobs have opened; 22 have been filled as of February 16th. Twenty-five schools changed coaches after the 2015 season.

Team 2016 Coach 2017 Coach
Alderson Broaddus (WV) Dennis Creehan Kirk Campbell
Carson-Newman (TN) Ken Sparks Mike Turner
Bemidji State (MN) Brent Bolte (I) Brent Bolte
Davenport (MI) Lou Esposito Sparky McEwen
Eastern New Mexico Josh Lynn  Kelley Lee
Edinboro (PA) Justin Lustig Wayne Bradford (I)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Curt Cignetti Paul Tortorella
Lake Erie (OH) Mark McNellie Gerald Hazzard*
Lincoln (MO) Mike Jones Steven Smith
Lindenwood (MO) Pat Ross Jed Stugart
Glenville State (WV) David Hutchison Eric Smith
Michigan Tech Tom Kearly Steve Olson
Minnesota-Crookston Mike Fritze Mark Dufner (I)
Minot State (ND) Tyler Hughes Mike Aldrich
Missouri Western Jerry Partridge Matt Williamson
Nebraska-Kearney Josh Lamberson Josh Lynn
North Alabama Bobby Wallace Chris Willis
Northern Michigan Chris Ostrowsky Kyle Nystrom
Northwest Missouri State Adam Dorrel Rich Wright
Sioux Falls (SD) Jed Stugart  Jon Anderson
Walsh (OH) Ted Karras Dan Pifer
West Texas A&M Mike Nesbitt Hunter Hughes
West Georgia Will Hall  David Dean
West Virginia State Jon Anderson John Pennington

*Hazzard, who previously served as the interim head coach, takes over for Jeff Horrocks, who led the program from December 29th – February 7th before being let go.

In Division III, 24 schools are looking for coaches as of March 6; 23 have been filled so far. There were 32 changes following the 2015 season.

Team 2016 Coach 2017 Coach
Alvernia (PA)^ N/A Ralph Clark
Anna Maria (MA) Vincent Signira Dan Mulrooney
Baldwin Wallace (OH) John Snell Jim Hilvert
Brevard (NC) Paul Hamilton Bill Khayat
Birmingham Southern (AL) Eddie Garfinkle Tony Joe White
Bridgewater State (MA) Joe Verria (I) Joe Verria
Buena Vista (IA) Jay Anderson Grant Mollring
Catholic (Washington, DC) Bill Bachman (I) Mike Gutelius
Christopher Newport (VA) Matt Kelchner  Art Link
Dickinson (PA) Darwin Breaux Brad Forsyth
East Texas Baptist Scotty Walden Scott Highsmith
Howard Payne (TX) Hunter Sims Braxton Harris
Ithaca College (NY)* Mike Welch Dan Swanstrom
John Carroll (OH) Tom Arth  Rick Finotti
LaGrange (GA) Matt Mumme Steve Pardue
Methodist (NC) Keven Williams (I) Keven Williams
Mount Union (OH) Rod Huber Tyler Hopperton (I)
Olivet (MI) Dan Pifer Dan Musielewicz
Pomona Pitzer (CA) Roger Caron John Walsh
Sewanee Tommy Laurendine  Travis Rundle
St. Olaf (MN) Craig Stern Jame Kilian
Texas Lutheran Danny Padron  Carl Gustafson
Waynesburg (PA) Rich Shepas
Wilmington (OH) Stacey Hairston Bryan Moore


In NAIA, thirteen coaching changes have taken place as of March 10. All have been filled. Thirteen jobs opened after the 2015 season.

Team 2016 Coach 2017 Coach
Bluefield College (VA) Ordell Walker Dewey Lusk
Briar Cliff (IA) Tom Rethman Dennis Wagner
Concordia (NE) Vance Winter Patrick Daberkow
Culver-Stockton (MO) Jeff Duvendeck  Tom Sallay
Friends (KS) Monty Lewis Dion Meneley
Kentucky Christian Steve Barrows Corey Fipps
Lawrence Tech (MI) N/A Jeff Duvendeck
Lindenwood-Belleville (IL) Dale Carlson Kevin Turco
Mayville State (ND) John Haines Sean Thom
Reinhardt (GA) Drew Cronic James Miller
Siena Heights (MI) Matt Kohn (I) Matt Kohn
Southern Oregon Craig Howard Charlie Hall
Texas College Greg Ruffin Charles Moss
Union (KY) Zak Willis Andre Linn

(I) denotes that the coach spent the 2016 season as the interim
(^) denotes that the school officially announced its football program on Oct. 5
(*) denotes coach announced retirement before the season
(n) denotes a new program

As always, if we missed anyone please let us know at 225.229.3429, [email protected], or via Twitter (DM if you’d like) @FootballScoop.


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