Jeff Quinn

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Jeff Quinn
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1962-09-26) September 26, 1962 (age 52)
Playing career
1980–1983 Elmhurst
Position(s) Lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
DePauw (assistant)
Ohio Northern (OL)
Grand Valley State (OC/OL)
Central Michigan (OC/OL)
Central Michigan (interim HC)
Cincinnati (OC/OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 21–37
Bowls 1–2

Jeff Quinn (born September 26, 1962) is a former college football coach of the University at Buffalo football team.[1] He was the 24th head coach in University at Buffalo football history. He replaced Turner Gill who left for Kansas following the 2009 season.

Playing career[edit]

Quinn graduated from Elmhurst College in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in education. At Elmhurst, he played both offensive line in football and wrestled as a heavyweight. He was named NCAA Division III All-American third team following his senior season. He also won two College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships as a wrestler and was inducted into Elmhurst's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Quinn has been a college football coach for 26 years, 21 of which have been as an assistant to Brian Kelly at Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State. He had never been a head coach before except for the 2010 Sugar Bowl (which he coached for Cincinnati after Kelly left for Notre Dame) and the 2006 Motor City Bowl (which he coached for Central Michigan after Kelly left for the head coaching job at Cincinnati). Quinn followed Kelly to Cincinnati afterward, where he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.[3] Quinn was a finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award, an award given to college football's best assistant coach.[4] Quinn coached at DePauw University, where he earned a master's degree in educational leadership, and Ohio Northern University before moving on to Grand Valley State.

In December 2009 Quinn was tapped to replace Turner Gill for the University at Buffalo.[5] After coaching Cincinnati to a loss in the Sugar Bowl Quinn officially began his duties as a head coach. Quinn led the Bulls to their second bowl game in the teams history, they lost the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. After a mediocre start in the 2014 season Quinn was relived of his duties.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference) (2006)
2006 Central Michigan 1–0 W Motor City
Central Michigan: 1–0
Cincinnati Bearcats (Big East Conference) (2009)
2009 Cincinnati 0–1 L Sugar 9 8
Cincinnati: 0–1
Buffalo Bulls (Mid-American Conference) (2010–present)
2010 Buffalo 2–10 1–7 T–5th (East)
2011 Buffalo 3–9 2–6 6th (East)
2012 Buffalo 4–8 3–5 T–4th (East)
2013 Buffalo 8–5 6–2 2nd (East) L Famous Idaho Potato
2014 Buffalo 3–4 1–2 Fired
Buffalo: 20–36 13–22
Total: 21–37
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl, or College Football Playoff (CFP) game.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ "Cincinnati's Quinn is new UB football coach". Buffalo News. December 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Elmhurst College Athletics-Hall of Fame". Elmhurst College. December 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Quinn". University of Cincinnati. December 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  4. ^ "2009 Broyles Award Finalists Announced". December 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  5. ^ "All Hail Quinn". December 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 

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