Sadly, the faculty soccer common season has come to an finish. Whereas the motion on the sphere could also be dwindling, the tip of the common season opens the floodgates for main exercise within the teaching market. Which head coaches have been fired? Who’s on the transfer to a different job? Here’s a operating checklist of the continuing motion within the faculty soccer teaching carousel. This can be up to date chronologically.
Hugh Freeze is headed to Auburn
After hanging out in its pursuit of Lane Kiffin, Auburn has formally employed Hugh Freeze as its subsequent head coach.
Freeze most not too long ago was the pinnacle coach at Liberty however he is most recognized for his rise and fall at Ole Miss. Freeze spent 5 seasons at Ole Miss and led the Rebels to 2 New Yr’s Six bowl video games, however issues got here crashing down in 2017 after it was revealed he made calls to escorts from his university-issued telephone. That was only one a part of an assortment of off-field points for Freeze, together with a laundry checklist of NCAA violations.
In 2019, he resurfaced at Liberty and amassed a 34-15 document over the past 4 seasons. Now he is getting one other likelihood to be an SEC head coach.
At Auburn, Freeze is ready to interchange Bryan Harsin, who was fired after going 9-12 in simply 21 video games on the job. He was fired eight video games into the 2022 season. Auburn was 3-5 at that time and ended up ending 5-7.
“After a considerate, thorough, and well-vetted search, we ended the place we began, with Hugh Freeze,” Auburn AD John Cohen mentioned. “Of all of the candidates we thought of, Hugh was one of the best match. Match has a number of meanings, however an important components have been student-athlete improvement, soccer technique, recruiting and SEC expertise.”
UNLV makes a change
UNLV is shifting on from Marcus Arroyo after solely three seasons.
Arroyo was fired Monday two days after the Rebels completed the 2022 season with a 5-7 document. UNLV went 0-6 in 2020 and 2-10 in 2021, however the three-win enchancment in 2022 wasn’t sufficient to avoid wasting Arroyo’s job.
UNLV began the 12 months 4-1 earlier than dropping six of seven down the stretch whereas coping with an array of accidents.
“With our elevated expectations at UNLV we felt a change was so as presently,” athletic director Erick Harper mentioned.
Tim Lester out at Western Michigan
Western Michigan introduced Monday morning that it fired head coach Tim Lester. The Broncos have been 5-7 in 2022.
“The upcoming faculty soccer playoff growth and the unimaginable basis for achievement we’ve got inside our soccer program supplies an thrilling nationwide alternative for Bronco Soccer. It’s crucial that we seize this chance by pursuing a brand new course inside our soccer program,” Western Michigan athletic director Dan Bartholomae mentioned in a press release.
Lester was 37-23 in six seasons as the pinnacle coach of his alma mater. Lester grew to become WMU’s head coach in 2017 after P.J. Fleck went to Minnesota and the 2022 season was the primary sub-.500 season of his tenure.
Whereas this was Lester’s first dropping season, WMU received eight video games as soon as in his time with the varsity. WMU misplaced six video games in every of his first three seasons and was 4-2 in 2020 earlier than going 8-5 with a Fast Lane Bowl win over Nevada in 2021.
Official: Wisconsin hires Luke Fickell
Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell is formally on the transfer to the Large Ten.
Wisconsin introduced Sunday night that it has employed Fickell to interchange Paul Chryst.
“I’m extremely excited to announce Luke Fickell as our new head soccer coach and to welcome his whole household to Madison,” Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh mentioned. “Luke is among the high soccer coaches within the nation. He’s a confirmed winner, recruiter and developer of gamers.”
Added Fickell: “My household and I are thrilled to hitch the Wisconsin household. It is a vacation spot job at a program that I’ve admired from afar for years. I’m in whole alignment with Chris McIntosh’s imaginative and prescient for this program. There’s a super basis right here that I am unable to wait to construct upon.”
Fickell is 57-18 in six years teaching the Bearcats and famously led UC to the Faculty Soccer Playoff in 2021. Earlier than going to Cincinnati, he was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 2002 to 2016 and had a stint as OSU’s interim head coach in 2011.
Georgia Tech, Willie Fritz nearing a deal?
Georgia Tech seems to be closing in on a rent.
In keeping with the Atlanta Journal Structure and The Athletic, the varsity has reached a deal to rent a brand new head coach. And that coach, from “all indications,” is Tulane’s Willie Fritz.
ESPN is reporting that Fritz interviewed for the GT job Sunday however no deal is in place.
Fritz, 62, has received wherever he has been — from junior faculty, Division II, FCS and the FBS. Now he’s getting a shot at a Energy 5 job.
Two days in the past, Fritz’s Tulane group beat Cincinnati on the street to clinch a spot within the American Athletic Convention title sport. Tulane is ready to host UCF in that sport on Saturday in New Orleans.
Fritz is in his seventh season at Tulane, a program that has historically struggled to win. Earlier than Fritz’s arrival, Tulane had only one profitable document in its earlier 13 seasons. Below Fritz, Tulane has had a profitable document 3 times and reached bowl eligibility 4 instances. Earlier than Fritz coached Tulane to a win within the Treatment Bowl in 2018, Tulane hadn’t received a bowl sport since 2002.
In 2021, Tulane endured a brutal 2-10 season, spending a lot of it displaced as a consequence of Hurricane Ida. This 12 months, the Inexperienced Wave bounced again in an enormous means and are 10-2 getting into the AAC title sport. Tulane’s final 10-win season got here in 1998.
Earlier than his time at Tulane, Fritz was the pinnacle coach at Blinn Junior Faculty for 4 seasons, Central Missouri for 13 seasons, Sam Houston State for 4 years and Georgia Southern for 2 seasons.
If the rent involves fruition, Fritz replaces Geoff Collins, who was fired after a 1-3 begin and a 10-28 general document with the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech completed the 12 months 5-7, going 4-4 underneath interim head coach Brent Key.
Tulsa components methods with Philip Montgomery
Tulsa has made a training change.
The college introduced Sunday that it fired head coach Philip Montgomery. Tulsa beat Houston on Saturday to complete the season 5-7.
Montgomery has been at Tulsa since 2015 after he was employed from the Baylor teaching employees and has a profession document of 43-53 on the faculty. Tulsa went to 4 bowl video games in his eight years and even received 10 video games in a 2016 marketing campaign that culminated in a Miami Seaside Bowl win.
Tulsa adopted that season with a 2-10 season in 2017 and hasn’t received greater than seven video games in a season since. The Golden Hurricane have been 7-6 in 2021 and 6-3 in 2020 after three straight dropping seasons.
Texas State fires Jake Spavital
After 4 seasons, Texas State is shifting on from Jake Spavital, who had a 13-35 document in his tenure. The Bobcats went 3-9 in his first season, 2-10 in his second season after which posted a 4-8 document in 2021 and 2022.
Spavital leaned closely on junior faculty transfers and including gamers from the switch portal to construct his rosters quite than recruit Texas excessive faculties. That method didn’t work out for Spavital.
Arizona State hires 32-year-old Kenny Dillingham
5 years in the past, Arizona State curiously employed 63-year-old Herm Edwards to guide its soccer program. ASU’s new head coach is half that age.
The Solar Devils introduced the rent of 32-year-old Kenny Dillingham on Sunday morning. Dillingham, an Arizona State alum, spent the 2022 season because the offensive coordinator at Oregon. Earlier than his season in Eugene, Dillingham had stints because the offensive coordinator at Memphis, Auburn and Florida State.
The Arizona native turns into the youngest FBS head coach and he’s inheriting a program that went 3-9.
David Shaw resigns after one other dropping season
David Shaw by no means received fewer than eight video games over his first eight seasons as Stanford’s head coach. Throughout that span, the Cardinal received three Pac-12 titles and two Rose Bowls. Since then, issues have taken a large downswing, resulting in Shaw’s resignation late Saturday night time.
Stanford went 3-9 in every of the previous two seasons with a 3-15 document in Pac-12 play. Shaw stepped down following a loss to BYU on Saturday night time.
“After many prayers and a number of discussions with my spouse, one phrase retains coming to me — it is time,” Shaw mentioned. “There should not adequate phrases to explain the love and gratitude I really feel for my household, all of my former and present gamers, my employees, this administration and the complete Stanford household. Thanks all.”
In 12 seasons, Shaw had a 96-54 document at his alma mater. He’s the winningest coach in program historical past.
FAU strikes on from Willie Taggart after 3 seasons
Willie Taggart’s tenure at Florida Atlantic is over after three seasons. Taggart went 15-18 in three seasons teaching the Owls and solely as soon as made a bowl.
FAU misplaced 32-31 Saturday to Western Kentucky in time beyond regulation to fall to 5-7 on the 12 months. Taggart was the pinnacle coach at Florida State, Oregon, South Florida and Western Kentucky.
Nebraska lands Matt Rhule
Nebraska and Matt Rhule have agreed to an eight-year contract for Rhule to be the Huskers’ new head coach.
Rhule most not too long ago had a tricky run as the pinnacle coach of the Carolina Panthers, however he executed main rebuilds at Temple and Baylor.
Below Rhule’s watch, Temple went from 2-10 in his first season to profitable a mixed 20 video games over his final two seasons with this system, together with a convention title. Rhule then went to Baylor within the fallout of the Artwork Briles scandal. The Bears went 1-11 in Rhule’s first season. By Yr 3, Baylor received 11 video games and performed for the Large 12 championship.
A equally tough rebuild can be in retailer for Rhule in Lincoln. Nebraska hasn’t had a profitable season since 2016. The Huskers completed the 2022 season 4-8 and have a mixed 23-45 document over the previous six seasons.