Bowling Green announced Wednesday afternoon that the program will hire Scot Loeffler as the program’s next head coach.
Loeffler served as the Boston College offensive coordinator each of the past three seasons, leading the Eagles’ offense to 32.0 points per game (42nd in FBS) and 404 yards per game (66th) in 2018. The former Michigan quarterback from 1993-96 has dabbled in a myriad of assistant coach positions since kicking off his career as a graduate assistant for the Wolverines in the late 1990s.
Loeffler has experience in the MAC, serving as Central Michigan’s quarterbacks coach from 2000-01. He’s coached quarterbacks at every program he’s been a part of and held offensive coordinator positions at Temple, Auburn, Virginia Tech, and Boston College this decade. Loeffler had a brief stint in the NFL, coaching the Detroit Lions quarterbacks in 2008. This will be his first gig as a head coach at any level of football.
He previously developed Tim Tebow at Florida and Tom Brady at Michigan. As head coach, the next quarterback he’ll work with will likely be Bowling Green’s junior gunslinger Jarret Doege.
The Falcons previously fired Mike Jinks in mid-October after compiling a 7-24 record in two-and-a-half seasons at the helm. Interim head coach and defensive coordinator Carl Pelini took over coaching duties midseason, leading the Falcons to two-consecutive wins in the latter weeks to conclude 2018 with a 3-9 record. It is not known at the time whether Pelini will remain on staff as the defensive coordinator, but according to Nicholas Piotrowicz of The Toledo Blade, it is evident that the Falcons’ players are really fond of their interim coach.
It was a quick coaching search, as the Falcons became the fourth team — after Kansas, Western Kentucky, and North Carolina — to hire a head coach after concluding their 2018 season.
Per Dave Briggs of The Toledo Blade, Bowling Green’s last coaching search involved googling which team had the best offense in 2015. Upon seeing it was Texas Tech, former athletic director Chris Kingston hired the top Red Raiders offensive assistant that he could afford, which was Jinks.
Loeffler’s first game as Bowling Green head coach will be at Doyt-Perry Stadium on August 29, 2019, as his Falcons battle Morgan State of the FCS.