Eric Studesville

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Eric Studesville
Current position
Title Running Backs coach
Team Denver Broncos
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-05-29) May 29, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Madison, Wisconsin
Career information
College University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1991 University of Arizona
(Graduate Assistant)
1992–1993 University of North Carolina
(Secondary Coach)
1994 Wingate University
(Defensive Coordinator)
1995–1996 Kent State University
(Defensive Coordinator)
1997–2000 Chicago Bears
(Running Backs Coach)
2001–2003 New York Giants
(Running Backs Coach)
2004–2008 Buffalo Bills
(Offensive Coordinator)
2009 Buffalo Bills
(Running Backs Couch)
2010-present Denver Broncos
(Running Backs Coach)

Eric Studesville (born May 29, 1967) is the current running backs coach for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Studesville is best known as the former offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and head coach of the Denver Broncos, a position he held on an interim basis in December 2010. He replaced Josh McDaniels after 12 games in the 2010 NFL Season. He was the first African American head coach in Broncos history, although only on an interim basis.[1]

College career[edit]

Studesville played defensive back at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Studesville began his coaching career in 1991 being an coaching assistant for the University of Arizona. In 1992 Studesville became the secondary coach for the University of North Carolina where he would remain the secondary coach until the end of the 1993 season. in 1994 Studesville became the defensive coordinator for Wingate University where his defense would allow only 15.7 points a game and help the bulldogs have a 8-2 record in the regular season and make it to the third round of the playoffs. in 1995 Studesville became the defensive coordinator for Kent State University where he would remain the defensive coordinator until the end of the 1996 season. in 1997 Studesville became an NFL coach for the Chicago Bears coaching the running backs he would remain the running backs coach until the end of the 2000 season.


In 2001, Studesville was hired as the New York Giants running backs coach. There, he guided running back Tiki Barber to three consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons and paved the way for Barber to become one of the best offensive weapons for the Giants in the coming years. In 2002, Barber recorded 1,554 rushing yards which was not only a career high for the running back, but the second-most total in Giants franchise history.


He left the Giants in 2004 and joined the Buffalo Bills coaching staff as the new offensive coordinator. In 2004, Studesville and his offense would have a rough start to the season, starting 0-4 and averaging only 12.75 points a game, but would make a turnaround, helping head coach Mike Mularkey and the Bills finish the season 9-7. The offense averaged 28.9 points a game, en route to the Bills' first playoff game in four years. In 2005, Studesville's offense would average 19.7 points a game, as the Bills finished 5-11. In 2006, hMularkey was fired and Dick Jauron was brought on to replace him; Jauron would keep Studesville as the team's offensive coordinator. In 2006 Studesville's offense averaged 21.6 points a game, and the Bills finished 8-8. In 2007, the Bills averaged a poor 19.0 points per game.

In 2008 Studesville would be relieved as the offensive coordinator but was rehired as the running backs coach.[3]


In January 2009, Studesville was hired by the Broncos as the specialist coordinator and running backs coach.[4]

On December 6, 2010, then-Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was fired by owner Pat Bowlen and Studesville was promoted to interim head coach in his place.[5] However, the choice of Studesville to replace McDaniels was viewed by some as a surprise. Studevilles held the interim head coaching position for the final four games of the 2010 season, during which the team went 1-3, and Studesville started rookie Tim Tebow in weeks 15-17. Studesville recorded his first win as a head coach on December 26, 2010, when the Broncos defeated the Houston Texans 24-23. On January 13, 2011, the Broncos announced the hiring of John Fox as the new head coach. Fox would replace Studesville as the team's specialist coordinator, though Studesville retained his position as running back coach.

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Tied Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DEN 2010 1 3 0 .250 4th in AFC West - - - -
DEN Total 1 3 0 .250 - - - -


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bobby Turner
Denver Broncos Running Backs Coach
Succeeded by