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Wrapping up the 2013-14 FCS coaching carousel

It was an unusually busy year on the FCS coaching carousel, up from 17 in 2012-13 to 26 in 2013-14. Call it a market reaction to the abnormally light year one level above. Three coaches retired, five took FBS head coaching jobs and another two took head coaching jobs within the FCS; it was an especially volatile year in the MEAC and SWAC, where seven of the combined 21 schools switched head coaches. While only 18 schools actually dismissed their head coaches, in the end, more than 20 percent of the FCS will have a new head coach in 2014. 

Either way, the hiring season came to a close (barring the completely unforeseen) on Thursday morning with Sam Houston State's hiring of former Delaware coach K.C. Keeler. Twenty-six jobs have come open, and all 26 have now been filled. 

Much like we did yesterday with FBS, let's break it down by outgoing and incoming coaches.

Of the outgoing coaches...

FIVE took FBS head coaching jobs (Dino Babers, Craig Bohl, Bill Clark, Chris Creighton and Willie Fritz)

THREE coaches retired (Dick Biddle, Robert Ford and Joe Walton)

TWO coaches took head coaching jobs within FCS (Rick Comegy and Clint Conque)

TWO found work as a coordinator within the FCS (Jody Sears and Joe Trainer)

ONE landed a position as an FBS assistant (Kevin Higgins), and

THIRTEEN are presently out of coaching (Dale Carlson, Henry Frazier III, J.C. Harper, Donald Hill-Eley, Anthony Jones, Mickey Matthews, Jeff McInerney, Karl Morgan, Chris Mussman, Donovan Rose, Tony Samuel, Jason Swepson and Doug Williams - although the Washington Post reports Williams is close to joining the Redskins' front office). This number will surely go down as the dust settles with hirings across the nation - as it should. 

Of the 26 incoming coaches...

FIVE were hired away from FBS coordinator jobs (Kim Dameron, Jim Fleming, Tom Matukewicz, Rich Skrosky and Everett Withers)

FIVE were FBS position coaches (Jay Hill, Lee Hull, Greg Gattuso, Jerry Mack and James Spady) 

FOUR were promoted from within (John Banaszak, Rick Fox, John Grass and Chris Klieman) 

THREE ascended from FCS coordinator positions (Dave Cecchini, Dan Hunt and Bubba Schweigert)

THREE landed from Division II head coaching jobs (Mike Houston, Connell Maynor and Pete Rossomando)

TWO were out of coaching in 2013 (Harold Jackson and K.C. Keeler)

TWO were hired away from other FCS head coaching jobs (Comegy and Conque)

ONE was an FCS position coach (Broderick Fobbs), and

ONE was elevated from a junior college head coaching gig (Steve Campbell)


2013 Coach

2014 Coach

Alabama A&M

Anthony Jones

James Spady


Robert Ford

Greg Gattuso

Central Arkansas

Clint Conque

Steve Campbell

Central Connecticut

Jeff McInerney

Pete Rossomando

The Citadel

Kevin Higgins

Mike Houston


Dick Biddle

Dan Hunt


Chris Creighton

Rick Fox

Eastern Illinois

Dino Babers

Kim Dameron


Jason Swepson

Rich Skrosky


Doug Williams

Broderick Fobbs


Donovan Rose

Connell Maynor

Jackson State

Rick Comegy

Harold Jackson

Jacksonville State

Bill Clark

John Grass

James Madison

Mickey Matthews

Everett Withers

Mississippi Valley State 

Karl Morgan

Rick Comegy

Morgan State

Donald Hill-Eley

Lee Hull

North Carolina Central 

Henry Frazier III

Jerry Mack

North Dakota

Chris Mussman

Bubba Schweigert

North Dakota State

Craig Bohl

Chris Klieman

Robert Morris

Joe Walton

John Banaszak

Rhode Island

Joe Trainer

Jim Fleming

Sam Houston State

Willie Fritz

K.C. Keeler

Southeast Missouri

Tony Samuel

Tom Matukewicz

Stephen F. Austin

J.C. Harper

Clint Conque


Dale Carlson

Dave Cecchini

Weber State

Jody Sears

Jay Hill