College Coaching Changes are Happening NOW!

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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 2012-132013-142014-15, 2015-16, and the 2016-2017 seasons.


There have been no coaching changes at the NFL level so far this season. Last year, six jobs came open. There were seven changes following the 2015 season.

 Hugh Freeze says he will be back in Coaching soon!

In FBS, 17 jobs have opened as of December 2 and six have been filled. Number of changes over the past seven seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012), 20 (2013), 15 (2014) and 29 (2015), 21 (2016).

Team 2017 Coach 2018 Coach
Arizona State Todd Graham
Arkansas Bret Bielema
Florida Jim McElwain Dan Mullen
Florida State Jimbo Fisher
Georgia Southern Tyson Summers Chad Lunsford
Kent State Paul Haynes
Mississippi State Dan Mullen Joe Moorhead
Nebraska Mike Riley Scott Frost
Ole Miss Matt Luke (I) Matt Luke
Oregon State Gary Andersen Jonathan Smith
Rice David Bailiff
South Alabama Joey Jones
Tennessee Butch Jones
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin
UCF Scott Frost
UCLA Jim Mora Chip Kelly
UTEP Sean Kugler

In FCS, 13 jobs have come open as of Nov. 28 and one has been filled. Fifteen jobs came open during the 2016 offseason, and a total of 19 schools changed coaches after the 2015 season.

Team 2017 Coach 2018 Coach
Alabama A&M James Spady
Alabama State Brian Jenkins
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monte Coleman
Davidson Paul Nichols
Delaware State Kenneth Carter
Florida A&M Alex Wood
Hampton Connell Maynor
Holy Cross  Tom Gilmore
Incarnate Word Larry Kennan
Mississippi Valley State Rick Comegy
Montana Bob Stitt Bobby Hauck
Northwestern State Jay Thomas Brad Laird
Robert Morris John Banaszak
Tennessee Tech Marcus Satterfield

Eight schools have made changes in Division II as of Nov. 30, and one has been filled. 26 jobs opened at the D-II level after last season.

Team 2017 Coach 2018 Coach
East Central (OK) Tom McCarty
Lenoir-Rhyne (NC) Mike Kellar
Lincoln (PA) Reginald Byarse Jr. (I)
Mary (ND) Josh Kotelnicki
Shorter (GA) Aaron Kelton
Simon Fraser (BC) Kelly Bates
Virginia Union Mark James
Southwestern Oklahoma State Dan Cocannouer*  Chet Pobolish

Twelve schools at the Division III level have announced a change as of Nov. 18, and three vacancies have been filled. In Division III, 25 schools hired new head coaches after last year.

Team 2017 Coach 2018 Coach
Anderson (IN) Joe Sala
Belhaven Hal Mumme
Colby College (ME) Jonathan Michaeles
Endicott (MA) Kevin DeWall
Finlandia (MI) Tim Driscoll Rob Boss
Gettysburg (PA) Barry Streeter
Muhlenberg (PA) Mike Donnelly# Nate Milne
Muskingum (OH) Al Logan
Pacific Lutheran (WA) Scott Westering
Rochester (NY) Scott Greene*
Thomas More (KY)  Regis Scafe* Trevor Stellman
Wilkes (PA) Trey Brown


There have been five NAIA coaching changes as of Nov. 20. Last off season, 13 NAIA coaching changes took place.

Team 2017 Coach 2018 Coach
Bethel (KS) Morris Lolar
Lyon (AR) Kyle Phelps
Montana State-Northern  Aaron Christensen
Sterling (OK) Chuck Lambert
Trinity International (IL) Kirk Wherritt

(I) denotes that the coach spent the 2017 season as the interim
(*) denotes coach announced retirement before the season
(#) denotes coach passed away
(n) denotes a new program

FOOTBALL By Division

Schools Offering Football
NCAA Division I-A 120
NCAA Division I-AA 118
NCAA Division II 157
NCAA Division III 239
NAIA 91
Junior College 69
Total 794
Athletic Scholarship Opportunities
Division I-A(per school) 85
Division I-AA(per school) 63
Division II(per school) 36
NAIA 24
NJCAA (*varies per school) 85
Student-Athlete Participation
NCAA Division I-A 14,146
NCAA Division I-AA 11,958
NCAA Division II 15,655
NCAA Division III 23,120
NAIA 5,556
Junior College 5,031
HS Student-Athletes 1,109,278

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