2023-24 FCS Coaching Changes

With the FCS regular season coming to a close, it’s the time of year when the coaching carousel is in full swing. There are many reasons why a coaching change happens and the table below will keep track of all changes that occur. The table below is sortable by any column, provides links to articles for any changes and hirings, and will be updated as more changes become known.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some teams did not participate in either the 2020 fall season or the 2021 spring season. We’ve listed the years each coach was in charge with the number of seasons in parentheses below. While West Georgia is currently a Division II program, in 2024 they will join the FCS and play in the United Athletic Conference with a new head coach.

TeamConferencePrevious CoachYears Coached
Depature DateNew CoachHire DateNotes
Alcorn StateSWACFred McNair2016 – 2023
(7 Seasons)
12/19/2023Cedric Thomas12/19/2023McNair’s Contract Not Renewed
Austin PeayUACScotty Walden2020 – 2023
(4 Seasons)
12/4/2023Jeff Faris12/9/2023Walden Left for UTEP
CampbellCAAMike Minter2013 – 2023
(11 Seasons)
12/18/2023Braxton Harris1/2/2024Minter Resigned
ColumbiaIvy LeagueAl Bagnoli2015 – 2022
(7 Seasons)
8/4/2023Jon Poppe12/2/2023Bagnoli Retired
CornellIvy LeagueDavid Archer2013 – 2023
(10 Seasons)
11/19/2023Dan Swanstrom12/7/2023Archer Fired
DartmouthIvy LeagueBuddy Teevens1987 – 1991
2005 – 2022
(22 Seasons)
9/19/2023Sammy McCorkle10/19/2023Teevens Passed Away
East Tennessee StateSoConGeorge Quarles2022 – 2023
(2 Seasons)
11/19/2023Tre Lamb11/27/2023Quarles Fired
Florida A&MSWACWillie Simmons2018 – 2023
(5 Seasons)
1/1/2024James Colzie III1/27/2024Simmons Left for Duke RBs Coaching Position
Gardner-WebbBig South-OVCTre Lamb2020 – 2023
(4 Seasons)
11/27/2023Cris Reisert12/12/2023Lamb Left for ETSU
GramblingSWACHue Jackson2022 – 2023
(2 Seasons)
11/28/2023Mickey Joseph12/18/2023Jackson Fired
HamptonCAARobert Prunty2018 – 2023
(5 Seasons)
4/30/2024Trent Boykin4/30/2024Prunty Fired
HarvardIvy LeagueTim Murphy1994 – 2023
(29 Seasons)
1/17/2024Andrew Aurich2/12/2024Murphy Retired
Holy CrossPatriot LeagueBob Chesney2018 – 2023
(6 Seasons)
12/7/2023Dan Curran12/15/2023Chesney Left for James Madison
Houston ChristianSouthlandBraxton Harris2023
(1 Season)
12/31/2023Jason Bachtel1/4/2024Harris Resigned
MaristPioneerJim Parady1992 – 2023
(31 Seasons)
11/29/2023Mike Willis12/19/2023Parady Retired
MercerSouthernDrew Cronic2020 – 2023
(4 Seasons)
1/9/2024Mike Jacobs1/18/2024Cronic Resigned to take Navy OC role
MerrimackNortheastDan Curran2013 – 2023
(11 Seasons)
12/15/2023Mike Gennetti12/18/2023Curran Left for Holy Cross
Morehead StatePioneerRob Tenyer2013 – 2023
(11 Seasons)
11/20/2023Jason Woodman12/19/2023Tenyer’s Contract Not Renewed
Murray StateMVFCDean Hood2020 – 2023
(4 Seasons)
1/1/2024Jody Wright1/10/2024Hood Retired
North Dakota StateMVFCMatt Entz2019 – 2023
(5 Seasons)
12/10/2023Tim Polasek12/17/2023Entz Leaving for USC Assistant Position
Northern ArizonaBig SkyChris Ball2019 – 2023
(5 Seasons)
11/20/2023Brian Wright12/3/2023Ball’s Contract Not Renewed
Northwestern StateSouthlandBrad Laird2018 – 2023
(6 Seasons)
10/26/2023Blaine McCorkle11/28/2023Laird Resigned
South Carolina StateMEACOliver “Buddy” Pough2002 – 2023
(22 Seasons)
8/24/2023Chennis Berry12/8/2023Pough Retired
SouthernSWACEric Dooley2022 – 2023
(2 Seasons)
11/14/2023Terrence Graves12/12/2023Dooley Fired
Stony BrookCAAChuck Priore2006 – 2023
(18 Seasons)
11/13/2023Billy Cosh12/13/2023Priore Fired
Tennessee TechBig South-OVCDewayne Alexander2018 – 2023
(6 Seasons)
11/21/2023Bobby Wilder12/3/2023Alexander Fired
Texas SouthernSWACClarence McKinney2019 – 2023
(5 Seasons)
11/20/2023Cris Dishman1/12/2024McKinney’s Contract Not Renewed
UC DavisBig SkyDan Hawkins2017 – 2023
(7 Seasons)
11/28/2023Tim Plough12/1/2023Hawkins Resigned
Utah TechUACPaul Peterson2019 – 2023
(5 Seasons)
11/20/2023Lance Anderson12/8/2023Moved to Different Athletic Department Position
West Georgia
(FCS in 2024)
UACDavid Dean2017 – 2023
(6 Seasons)
11/13/2023Joel Taylor12/2/2023Dean Resigned
Western IllinoisMVFC
(Big South-OVC in 2024)
Myers Hendrickson2022 – 2023
(2 Seasons)
11/19/2023Joe Davis12/10/2023Hendrickson Fired

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