April 27, 1972 |
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Notre Dame (GA)
Bowling Green (QB)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
Mullen attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where he lettered for two years playing tight end and was a first-team All-Centennial Conference selection his senior year. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science. He went on to Wagner College, where he coached wide receivers as he earned a Master's Degree in Education, obtained in 1996.
Prior to his hiring at Mississippi State, Mullen served as offensive coordinator at the University of Florida and was also alongside Urban Meyer at Utah, where he was quarterback coach of the Utes during their undefeated 2004 season. He developed quarterback Alex Smith into the number 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. After Urban Meyer left to take the head coaching position at Florida, Mullen served as the interim offensive coordinator during Utah's Fiesta Bowl victory over Pitt. During his tenure at Utah, he also recruited and partially developed Brian Johnson, QB who led Utah to 13–0 and Sugar Bowl victory in 2009. He also served as quarterback coach under Meyer at Bowling Green in 2001–02.
Mullen, along with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, and former Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, are part of the so-called "New Hampshire mafia" as they all have strong connections to New Hampshire.
Mullen's first recruiting class at Mississippi State was ranked #19 in the nation by Scout.com. and his 2012 recruiting class was ranked #18 in the nation. In his first season as head coach at Mississippi State in 2009, his team went 5–7 against the toughest schedule in the nation . In 2010, his Bulldog team went 9–4 overall and 4–4 in the SEC including victories over Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Mississippi, and the 4 losses came only to teams ranked in the Top 12. Mississippi State capped off the 2010 season by defeating traditional power Michigan in the 2011 Gator Bowl 52–14, and achieved a #15 ranking in the final AP poll.
Head coaching record
|Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2009–present)|
|2009||Mississippi State||5–7||3–5||T–4th (West)|
|2010||Mississippi State||9–4||4–4||5th (West)||W Gator||17||15|
|2011||Mississippi State||7–6||2–6||5th (West)||W Music City|
|2012||Mississippi State||8–5||4–4||4th (West)||L Gator|
|2013||Mississippi State||6–6||3–5||T–5th (West)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- Wardlaw, Michael (December 10, 2008), "Bulldogs Get Their Guy", BullDawgJunction.com
- Pat Forde, Sources: Mississippi State hires Florida coordinator as coach, ESPN.com, December 10, 2008, Accessed December 10, 2008.
- Thamel, Pete (November 5, 2008), "Apprentice Hopes to Return Utah to B.C.S. Glory", New York Times
- Dodd, Dennis (December 10, 2008), "This time, Mullen in head chair to lead program's turnaround", CBS Sports
- "Football Recruiting Rankings 2009", Scout.com
- "Football Recruiting Rankings 2012", Scout.com