UTEP soccer teaching job professionals, cons and candidates after Dana DeMille’s firing
UTEP wants a brand new head coach. The college fired Dana DeMille on Sunday after the Miners accomplished a 3-9 season.
DeMille went 20-48 in six seasons with the Miners. He took over a winless program and reached a bowl sport in his fourth yr, ending 7-6. However this was his solely season.
So how good is UTEP’s job? What names may get into the combo? Listed here are some elements to contemplate.
It is a very tough activity traditionally, however it supplies persistence
UTEP has reached one bowl sport since 2015 and simply three since 2006. It has extra seasons with two or fewer wins in that span (4) than it has bowl seasons. He hasn’t received eight video games in a season since Mike Worth did it twice in 2004 and 2005.
However due to this (approximate) date, the coaches bought the time. DeMille bought six years. Sean Kugler earlier than him had greater than 4. Worth spent 9 years there.
He is in Texas, however not near the recruiting sizzling spots
A enjoyable reality about El Paso is that it’s virtually as near San Diego as it’s to Dallas. That is as far west in Texas because it will get. Additionally, recruiting in West Texas is inferior to it was. Expertise has dried up a bit in comparison with the previous.
UTEP nonetheless has 64 Texans on its present roster, but in addition has 27 Californians. Underneath Dimel, UTEP has constantly been at or close to the underside of Convention USA’s recruiting rankings.
Services are nonetheless behind
Solar Bowl Stadium underwent a current renovation to enhance the concourse and luxurious packing containers, however it stays an previous stadium. There is no such thing as a indoor coaching discipline, leaving the staff on the whims of the weather. There is no such thing as a soccer operations constructing both. All this in a state the place many excessive faculties have internships.
New Mexico State’s current success exhibits that it is not unattainable
This space is among the most desolate areas by way of FBS soccer presence. UTEP and NMSU are solely 40 minutes aside and now share the identical convention. NMSU hasn’t carried out a lot of something in many years, however now it is a nine-win staff headed to a second bowl sport because it has in so many seasons beneath Jerry Kill. That is motive for hope. Profitable right here is feasible.
So what names may get into the combo?
Listed here are some potential names to contemplate, primarily based on conversations with business sources.
Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes He’s a former miner – he performed there from 1987 to 1990 – and has coached all around the nation. He was a finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation’s greatest assistant coach as BYU’s offensive coordinator in 2020 and at Baylor in 2021, when the Bears went on to win the Huge 12. However issues have rapidly turned south in Waco, and adjustments are anticipated there. UTEP could be an affordable touchdown spot.
Kansas State assistant coach Van Malone He’s a Houston native who spent most of his profession in Texas or the Nice Plains. He joined Okay-State as cornerbacks coach in 2019 and added assistant coach/passing sport coordinator duties the next yr. The Wildcats received the Huge 12 final yr and have completed within the high 4 in yards per play allowed within the Huge 12 for every of the previous three years.
Texas State offensive coordinator Mac Leftwich He’s a former UTEP quarterback and scholar assistant from 2013 to 2016. He helped information the Incarnate Phrase offense that led the FCS in scoring final yr (50.1 factors per sport) and is a candidate for the Broyles Award this season. He is solely 29, however he is aware of UTEP and has been with some nice offensive coaches like Eric Morris and JJ Kane.
Idaho coach Jason Eck He turned the Vandals from a dropping staff right into a top-five FCS program, at present 8-3 and ranked No. 4 in Eck’s second season. Eck has spent most of his profession within the higher Midwest, however UTEP’s present athletic director, Jim Senter, is a former Idaho coach and administrator, in addition to a former Idaho State coach, in order that connection may put Eck on the radar.
Valdosta State coach Tremaine Jackson He’s a Houston native who has coached at a number of faculties in Texas and is 27-10 as a head coach. Jackson went 10-3 in two seasons at Colorado Mesa, and is 12-1 in his second season at Valdosta State, at present within the Division II playoffs. Jackson served as an assistant at Texas State, Abilene Christian, Texas Southern, Trinity Valley CC, and Texas A&M-Kingsville in-state.
Texas Permian Basin head coach Chris McCullough He is solely 28 years previous however is 19-5 as a head coach, at present teaching at West Texas and within the UT system on the D-II stage. McCullough took East Central (Oklahoma) to 9-3 after being promoted from offensive coordinator, this system’s greatest file since transferring to NCAA standing, and a 10-2 file at UTPB this yr with a Lone Star Convention championship was simply the most effective. season at school historical past. He has a top-five offense in D-II, and this might be a game-changing kind of transfer.
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He was Former TCU coach Gary Patterson Have an interest? He is wanting to get again, and he and Kel labored collectively towards the top of Patterson’s tenure at TCU. However are there sufficient sources right here to make it attention-grabbing sufficient? Patterson was a legend at TCU and has a statuesque following with a 181-79 file, together with seven top-10 finishes. He additionally often recruited the third-best class within the Huge 12 behind Texas and Oklahoma. However he posted a dropping file in two of his last three seasons and wasn’t very on the earth of the NIL and the switch portal. Are there sufficient sources at UTEP to entice him?
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Casey Dunn He has been at OK State since 2011 and has coached all around the West, together with stints at Baylor, TCU, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington State and Idaho. Regardless of dropping a number of key receivers to harm, this yr’s Cowboys staff ranks thirty sixth nationally in passing yards per sport, and OSU will face Texas within the Huge 12 Championship subsequent weekend.
Austin Peay head coach Scotty Walden He’s a Texas native and performed a few of his faculty soccer within the western a part of the state. He’s 26-14 at Austin Peay, together with a 9-3 file and an FCS playoff look this yr. The 34-year-old additionally went 7-3 as head coach of East Texas Baptist in 2016 and 1-3 as interim head coach of Southern Miss in 2020.
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Zach Kitley The 32-year-old is from Abilene and has spent most of his profession at Texas, the place he labored at Texas Tech, Houston Baptist and Western Kentucky. As WKU’s offensive coordinator in 2021, quarterback Billy Zappe broke NCAA data with 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns.
Oklahoma analyst Matt Wells He went 44-34 as Utah State’s head coach from 2013-18, successful a minimum of 9 video games thrice. He helped develop Jordan Love into an NFL quarterback and went 5-3 in his third season at Texas Tech earlier than being fired.
Texas Tech assistant coach Kenny Perry Beloved by Texas highschool coaches as a former head coach, he’s Joey McGuire’s right-hand man. Perry has additionally coached at SMU, Kansas and TCU over the previous decade.
Oklahoma vast receivers coach Emmitt Jones I virtually bought the Kansas job just a few years in the past. He’s additionally a former highschool coach in Texas, having spent 5 years at Texas Tech since 2015, working at Kansas in between.
Arizona State operating backs coach Rashad Einat He achieved a fast rise on the age of 28 years. One of many high recruiters in Texas, and the son of a legendary Texas highschool coach, Samples has coached at Houston, Texas and SMU and spent 2022 because the Los Angeles Rams operating backs coach.
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