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.

Team 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 16 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
Arizona Kevin Sumlin Jedd Fisch
Arkansas State Blake Anderson Butch Jones
Auburn Gus Malzahn Bryan Harsin
Boise State Bryan Harsin Andy Avalos
Illinois Lovie Smith Bret Bielema
Kansas Les Miles
Louisiana-Monroe Matt Viator Terry Bowden
Marshall Doc Holliday Charles Huff
South Alabama Steve Campbell Kane Wommack
South Carolina Will Muschamp Shane Beamer
Southern Miss Jay Hopson Will Hall
Tennessee Jeremy Pruitt Josh Heupel
Texas Tom Herman Steve Sarkisian
UCF Josh Heupel Gus Malzahn
Utah State Gary Andersen Blake Anderson
Vanderbilt Derek Mason Clark Lea

 


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.

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach
Austin Peay (TN) Marquase Lovings (I) Scotty Walden
Jackson State (MS) John Hendrick Deion Sanders
Norfolk State (VA) Latrell Scott
Montana State Jeff Choate Brent Vigen
Tennessee State Rod Reed Eddie George
Western Carolina Mark Speir

One team at the Division II level has 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
Missouri Southern Jeff Sims Atiba Bradley

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.

Team 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.

Team 2020 Coach 2021 Coach
Benedictine (KS) Larry Wilcox
Bethany (KS) Curran White Tyrone Carter
Briar Cliff (IA) Dennis Wagner Shane LaDage
Edward Waters (FL) Greg Ruffin Toriano Morgan
Hastings (NE) Tony Harper
Webber International (FL) Kelly Scott

(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

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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