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 no NFL head coaching changes. There were five coaching changes last year, eight in 2018, seven changes following the 2017 season, and six changes after 2016.

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach Staff Tracker
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There has been one 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).

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach
Southern Miss Jay Hopson

 


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

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach
Jackson State (MS) John Hendrick Deion Sanders
Austin Peay (TN) Marquase Lovings (I) Scotty Walden

Zero teams at the Division II level have made a head coaching change. 31 jobs opened last off season, and 21 jobs opened at the D-II level following the 2018 season.

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach
N/A

There have been no head coaching changes at the Division II level. 31 programs announced a change after last season and twenty-one programs made changes in 2018.

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach
N/A

There have been no Division III head coaching changes. Last year, 22 programs saw head coaching changes, and 21 head coaching changes happened in 2018.

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach
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There has been one NAIA head coaching change. Last year there was seven NAIA head coaching changes, and in 2018 there were 15 coaching changes.

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach
Bethany (KS) Curran White Tyrone Carter

(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

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