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2020-21 NFL and College Head Coaching Changes

We're back with our annual listing of all the head coaching changes in NFL and college football. The college coaching carousel got off to a quick start in 2020 with Jay Hopson stepping down at Southern Miss, and an opening at Jackson State (FCS - MS) as well.

With the vast majority of the small college teams playing in the spring of 2021 instead of the fall of 2020, this will be an interesting page to follow.

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, 2015-162016-2017, 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 seasons.

There have been eight NFL head coaching changes so far this year, and all have been filled. There were five coaching changes last year, eight in 2018, seven changes following the 2017 season, and six changes after 2016.


2020 Coach

2021 Coach

LA Chargers

Anthony Lynn

Brandon Staley

Atlanta Falcons

 Dan Quinn

Arthur Smith

Detroit Lions

Matt Patricia

Dan Campbell

Jacksonville Jaguars

Doug Marrone

Urban Meyer

Philadelphia Eagles

Doug Pederson

Nick Sirianni

New York Jets

Adam Gase

Robert Saleh

Houston Texans

Bill O'Brien

David Culley 

There have been 17 FBS head coaching change so far this season. Number of changes over the past 11 seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012), 20 (2013), 15 (2014), 29 (2015), 21 (2016), 21 (2017), 28 (2018), and 24 (2019).

At the FCS level, there have been six head coaching changes, and the jobs have been filled. Sixteen jobs came open last coaching cycle, twenty-five FCS jobs came open in 2018, 24 in 2017, 15 in 2016.


2020 Coach

2021 Coach

Austin Peay (TN)

Marquase Lovings (I)

Scotty Walden

Jackson State (MS)

John Hendrick

Deion Sanders

Norfolk State (VA)

Latrell Scott

Dawson Odums

Montana State

Jeff Choate

Brent Vigen

Tennessee State

Rod Reed

Eddie George

Western Carolina

Mark Speir

Kerwin Bell

One team at the Division II level has made a head coaching change, and one is planning on a coaching change at the end of the fall season. 31 jobs opened last off season, and 21 jobs opened at the D-II level following the 2018 season.


2020 Coach

2021 Coach

Missouri Southern

Jeff Sims

Atiba Bradley

Winona State

Tom Sawyer (f)

There has been five Division III head coaching changes, and all are filled. Last year, 22 programs saw head coaching changes, and 21 head coaching changes happened in 2018.


2020 Coach

2021 Coach

Capital (OH)

Chad Rogosheske

Brian Foos

Finlandia (MI)

Travis Wiltzius

Mike DuFrane

Howard Payne (TX)

Braxton Harris

Jason Bachtel

Knox (IL)

Damon Tomeo

Aaron Willits

Maryville (TN)

Shaun Hayes

Ben Fox

There have been six NAIA head coaching changes. Last year there was seven NAIA head coaching changes, and in 2018 there were 15 coaching changes.


2020 Coach

2021 Coach

Benedictine (KS)

Larry Wilcox

Joel Osborn

Bethany (KS)

Curran White

Tyrone Carter

Briar Cliff (IA)

Dennis Wagner

Shane LaDage

Edward Waters (FL)

Greg Ruffin

Toriano Morgan

Hastings (NE)

Tony Harper

Matt Franzen

Mount Marty (SD)

Mike Woodley

John Michaletti

Webber International (FL)

Kelly Scott

Eric Potochney (i)

(I) denotes that the coach has, or will lead the team as an interim head coach
(*) denotes coach announced plans to retire before the end of the current season
(n) denotes a new program
(c) denotes co-head coaches
(h) denotes a coach stepping down citing health reasons
(x) denotes the program will not field a team in 2019
(f) denotes coach will lead team for one final season

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