Sean Kugler has stepped down as UTEP’s head coach, the program announced Sunday.

Kugler is a former Miners player and assistant who returned to his alma mater in 2013 after serving as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach. He went 18-36 in five seasons leading the program, peaking with a trip to the New Mexico Bowl to close the 2014 campaign. UTEP is off to an 0-5 start this season after falling 35-21 at Army on Saturday.

Kugler’s resignation actually clarifies the situation inside the UTEP athletics department. The school is actively looking for a new athletics director after Bob Stull announced his retirement on Aug. 31. This move clears the way for Stull’s replacement to hire the new football coach as the new AD’s first major order of business.

UTEP is the first FBS program to make a coaching change in the 2017 season. The Miners dismissed offensive coordinator Brent Pease earlier this season.

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