Dirk Koetter

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Dirk Koetter
Koetter in 2013
Koetter with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1959-02-05) February 5, 1959 (age 59)
Pocatello, Idaho
Career information
High school: Highland (Pocatello, Idaho)
College: Idaho State University
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:

NCAA: 66–44 (.600)

NFL: 16–18 (.471)
Postseason: NCAA bowls: 4–2 (.667)

NCAA: 70–46 (.603)

NFL: 16–18 (.471)
Coaching stats at PFR

Dirk Jeffrey Koetter (/ˈkʌtər/ KUT-ər;[1] born February 5, 1959) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head football coach at Boise State University from 1998 to 2000 and at Arizona State University from 2001 to 2006, compiling a career college football record of 66–44. Koetter was also the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Buccaneers.

Early years[edit]

Koetter grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of a football coach. A quarterback, he graduated from Highland High School in 1977 and stayed in town to play college football at Idaho State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1981 and a master's in athletic administration in 1982.

Coaching career[edit]

High school and College coaching[edit]

Koetter was the head coach at Highland High School for two seasons (1983–1984) before becoming a full-time college assistant coach. His college coaching career began in 1985 as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State University. After his time at San Francisco State, he coached at UTEP (1986–1988), Missouri (1989–1993), Boston College (1994–1995), and Oregon (1996–1997).

Koetter was the head coach for three seasons at Boise State from 1998 to 2000, then moved to Arizona State in 2001.[2] His record with the Broncos was 26–10 (.722), with two Big West Conference titles and two bowl victories and was named Big West Coach of the Year twice. At Arizona State, Koetter compiled a 40–34 (.541) record, and four Bowl appearances in six years. Under Koetter, who was also the offensive play caller, the Sun Devils became known for a vertical passing attack. On November 26, 2006, The Arizona Republic reported that Koetter was being terminated as Arizona State football coach.[3] His final game was the 2006 Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, a 41–24 loss.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

In 2007, Koetter accepted the position of offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). In his first year in the NFL, he had immediate success setting franchise records for total points scored and yards gained while helping the Jaguars to an 11–5 record. In his five seasons with the Jaguars, the team cumulatively ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards over that time span in addition to having the NFL's leading rusher in Maurice Jones-Drew in 2010.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On January 15, 2012, Koetter was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.[4] On January 2, 2013, the Falcons signed Koetter to a contract extension that ran through the 2014 season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Koetter was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become their offensive coordinator in 2015.[5] After the firing of Lovie Smith, Koetter was hired on January 15, 2016 as the head coach.[6] After posting a 9-7 record in 2016 and barely missing the playoffs, the Buccaneers had high expectations for the 2017 campaign. Koetter and the Buccaneers failed to meet those expectations, slipping to a 5-11 record. Despite regressing in his second year as the Buccaneers coach, on December 29, 2017, the Buccaneers announced they would retain Koetter for the 2018 season.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Boise State Broncos (Big West Conference) (1998–2000)
1998 Boise State 6–5 2–3 4th
1999 Boise State 10–3 5–1 1st W Humanitarian
2000 Boise State 10–2 5–0 1st W Humanitarian
Boise State: 26–10 12–4
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (2001–2006)
2001 Arizona State 4–7 1–7 9th
2002 Arizona State 8–6 5–3 3rd L Holiday
2003 Arizona State 5–7 2–6 T–8th
2004 Arizona State 9–3 5–3 T–3rd W Sun 20 19
2005 Arizona State 7–5 4–4 4th W Insight
2006 Arizona State 7–6 4–5 T–5th L Hawaii
Arizona State: 40–34 21–28
Total: 66–44


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TB 2016 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC South
TB 2017 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC South
TB 2018 2 0 0 1.000 TBD in NFC South
Total 16 18 0 .471 0 0

Coaching tree[edit]

Among Koetter's assistant coaches who have later become head coaches at the NCAA Division I level:


  1. ^ Stroud, Rick. "Emotional Dirk Koetter takes over as Bucs coach," Tampa Bay Times, Saturday, January 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Dirk Koetter Becomes 21st ASU Football Coach". Sun Devil Athletics. December 2, 2000. Archived from the original on February 13, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff (November 26, 2006). "Koetter out as ASU football coach". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC". ESPN. January 15, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Yasinskas, Pat (January 8, 2015). "Dirk Koetter to run Bucs offense". ESPN. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ Smith, Scott (January 15, 2016). "Dirk Koetter Named Buccaneers Head Coach". NFL.com. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 

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