Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger has announced that Scot Loeffler has been named the 20th head coach of the Bowling Green football program. Loeffler comes to Bowling Green after serving as Deputy Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Boston College.
“I want to begin by thanking President Rodney K. Rogers, Athletics Director Bob Moosbrugger and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to be the head football coach at Bowling Green State University,” Loeffler said. “Bowling Green has a rich football tradition along with an incredible academic reputation. I’m honored to be a part of this great University. My family and I look forward to developing a program that will make all BG faculty members, students, former players, alumni and fans proud! My family and I are extremely excited to begin our mission!”
Loeffler’s coaching career, which spans back to his time as a student assistant at Michigan during the 1996 season, includes stops at Michigan, Central Michigan, Florida, Temple, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Boston College. He also spent a year coaching quarterbacks for the Detroit Lions.
“We are pleased to welcome Scot Loeffler as our next head football coach,” BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers said. “I would like to thank Athletics Director Bob Moosbrugger for his leadership during this search process. A native of Ohio and former collegiate quarterback, Scot is an experienced coach and proven leader in both the NCAA and NFL arenas. I am confident he shares our commitment to fostering a winning program that supports our student-athletes on and off the field the right way.”
Loeffler has coached seven quarterbacks who went on to play in the NFL – Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Brian Griese, Chad Henne, Drew Henson, John Navarre and Logan Thomas. He has also directed a potent rushing attack behind sophomore AJ Dillon, who is 12th nationally in rushing yards per game this year. Dillon was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2017 and the nation’s second-leading rusher among freshmen.
In 2018, Boston College scored 40+ points in four of its first five games, including an average of 52.7 points in consecutive wins over Massachusetts, Holy Cross and Wake Forest. The Eagles then defeated Temple 45-35 and Louisville 38-20. The team ended the regular season at 7-5 overall.
Including the 2018 season, Loeffler’s teams will have played in 15 bowl games in the past 16 seasons he has been a college coach.
“I am thrilled for Scot, Amie, Luke, Alexis and Mary Elizabeth to join the BGSU family,” Moosbrugger said. “Scot is a great match for BGSU. He is a veteran coach, an Ohio native, served under Hall of Fame coaches, and is regarded as one of the top offensive minds in college football. He is a great leader, teacher, and developer of young men in competition, in the classroom and in the community. I am excited to work together and support our vision for BGSU Football.”
In 2017, Loeffler’s offense posted 35+ points in three consecutive games for the first time in 15 years at Boston College. The team scored 40+ points in consecutive conference games for the first time in the program’s Big East and ACC history. The rushing offense climbed from 96th to 25th in the country and the Eagles were one of the faster teams in the nation, ranking 18th nationally in total plays.
In 2016, his first year on staff at Boston College, the Eagles won a bowl game for the first time in nine years.
Prior to his tenure at Boston College, Loeffler served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech from 2013-15. He mentored Logan Thomas, who finished his collegiate career by breaking career records for passing yards, attempts, touchdown passes and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. He oversaw a trio of wide receivers who became the first group in Virginia Tech history to each record 40 or more receptions in a season.
As the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn in 2012, Loeffler mentored Tre Mason, a 1000-yard rusher who became the first non-quarterback to lead Auburn in total offense since Bo Jackson in 1985.
Loeffler guided Temple to the seventh-best rushing average in the nation as offensive coordinator in 2011 and running back Bernard Pierce ranked sixth nationally, including 107 yards on the ground in Doyt L. Perry Stadium in a 13-10 BGSU victory. That team went on to win the program’s first bowl game since 1979.
Prior to his time at Temple, he was quarterbacks coach at Florida under former BGSU head coach Urban Meyer, helping the unit to the best pass efficiency in the nation in 2009. He guided Tebow in his final season in Gainesville as he passed for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns. Tebow graduated from Florida with five NCAA, 14 SEC and 28 school record.
In 2008, Loeffler worked with the Detroit Lions’ quarterbacks, following his tenure at Michigan. From 2002-07, he coached quarterbacks for the Wolverines. Chad Henne became the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a Big Ten title and start in a BCS game, while John Navarre became Michigan’s first All-Big Ten first team quarterback since 1997.
Along with his time at Temple, Loeffler has familiarity in the Mid-American Conference as he was Central Michigan’s quarterbacks coach from 2000-01. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant and student assistant at Michigan, working with Brady and Griese. He was part of the Wolverines’ undefeated national championship season in 1997.
A native of Barberton, Ohio and Barberton High School, Loeffler played quarterback at Michigan from 1993-96. A 1998 graduate of Michigan, Loeffler earned his undergraduate degree in history with a minor in political science.
Loeffler is married to Amie, who holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Bowling Green in 1999 and a graduate degree in chemistry in 2005. The couple has three children – Luke, Alexis and Mary Elizabeth.
1996-97: Michigan, Student Assistant
1998-99: Michigan, Graduate Assistant
2000-01: Central Michigan, Quarterbacks
2002-07: Michigan, Quarterbacks
2008: Detroit Lions, Quarterbacks
2009-10: Florida, Quarterbacks
2011: Temple, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2012: Auburn, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2013-15: Virginia Tech, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2016-17: Boston College, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2018: Boston College, Deputy Head Coach Offense/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
1997: Michigan, Rose (National Championship)
1998: Michigan, Citrus
1999: Michigan, Orange
2002: Michigan, Outback
2003: Michigan, Rose
2004: Michigan, Rose
2005: Michigan, Alamo
2006: Michigan, Rose
2007: Michigan, Capital One
2009: Florida, Sugar
2010: Florida, Outback
2011: Temple, New Mexico
2013: Virginia Tech, Sun
2014: Virginia Tech, Military
2015: Virginia Tech, Independence
2016: Boston College, Quick Lane
2017: Boston College, Pinstripe