Scot Loeffler

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Scot Loeffler
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Team Virginia Tech
Conference ACC
Biographical details
Born (1974-11-01) November 1, 1974 (age 40)
Barberton, Ohio
Playing career
1993–1996 Michigan
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1999
2000–2001
2002–2007
2008
2009–2010
2011
2012
2013-present
Michigan (SA/GA/QB)
Central Michigan (QB)
Michigan (QB)
Detroit Lions (QB)
Florida (QB)
Temple (OC/QB)
Auburn (OC/QB)
Virginia Tech (OC/QB)

Scot Loeffler (born November 1, 1974) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech,[1] having previously held the same role at Auburn University under head coach Gene Chizik. Prior to joining Auburn, Loeffler served as offensive coordinator for Temple. He has spent over a decade coaching quarterbacks, primarily in the Big Ten and Southeastern conferences.

Career[edit]

Loeffler played quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines from 1993 to 1996. After suffering a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his playing career, Loeffler joined Lloyd Carr's coaching staff at his alma mater as a graduate assistant, and was a part of the Wolverine staff during the 1997 undefeated, national championship season. In 2000, Loeffler was named quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan University. After coaching the Chippewas for two years, Loeffler returned to coaching quarterbacks at Michigan for the next six years.

In 2008, the Detroit Lions of the National Football League hired Loeffler to be a part of their failing offensive staff. However,after only one season out of the college ranks, Loeffler was hired by Urban Meyer to join his staff at Florida.[2] Loeffler served as quarterbacks coach, where in his first season he was tasked with helping Tim Tebow become a more polished pro-style quarterback. Tebow finished the season ranked 1st in passer efficiency.[3]

When Steve Addazio was let go from Florida to eventually become the new head coach at Temple University, he brought Loeffler along as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Under his leadership, the Owls offense improved to the 7th leading rushing offense in the nation (257 yards per game)[4] and 33rd nationally in pass efficiency (142.8).[5] The team finished the season 9-4, ranked 2nd in the MAC East and defeated Wyoming 37–15 in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl (the school's first bowl win since the 1979 Garden State Bowl). Sophomore quarterback Chris Coyer was named the bowl's MVP and finished the season with a 177.4 passer rating.

Loeffler was linked to the vacant OC positions at the University of Alabama,[6] Louisiana State University[7] and the University of Wisconsin.[8]

On January 22, 2012, head coach Gene Chizik hired Loeffler to serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn.[9][10]

At the end of the 2012 season, Chizik was fired by Auburn. Former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was hired as head coach on December 4, 2012. Shortly after being hired, Malzahn announced that all assistant coaches were being released, thus ending Loeffler's career at Auburn University.[11] The offense finished the season dead last in the SEC in total yds/gm and pass yds/gm at 305 and 156.6, respectively. They also finished second to last with 18.7 pts/gm. [12]

On January 18, 2013, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced Loeffler's hiring as one of three new Hokies offensive assistants, along with offensive line coach Jeff Grimes (also formerly of Auburn) and wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead (formerly of Stanford University).[13]

Loeffler has experience coaching in 11 bowl games including the 1999 Citrus Bowl, 2000 Orange Bowl, 2003 Outback Bowl, 2004 Rose Bowl, 2005 Rose Bowl, 2005 Alamo Bowl, 2007 Rose Bowl, 2008 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Sugar Bowlj, 2011 New Mexico Bowl, and the 2013 Sun Bowl.

Players coached[edit]

Loeffler has served as position coach for a number of prominent players over his career. Loeffler was the college quarterbacks coach to future NFL Draft picks Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Brian Griese, Chad Henne, Drew Henson, John Navarre, and Logan Thomas. The players have started over 300 regular-season NFL games and garnered a combined four Super Bowl rings as pros.

Personal life[edit]

Loeffler received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1996 and a graduate degree in history and political science in 1998. He earned the Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement award during the 1997-98 academic year. Loeffler and his wife Amie have three children, son Luke and daughters Alexis and Mary Elizabeth. He was a college quarterback coach to Tom Brady and is reported to be one of his closest friends.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beamer announces football coaching staff changes". January 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Scot Loeffler Named UF's Quarterbacks Coach". University of Florida. 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  3. ^ "2009 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report - Passing Efficiency". NCAA. 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  4. ^ "2011 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Report - Rushing Offense". NCAA. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  5. ^ "2011 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report - Passing Efficiency". NCAA. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Gene Chizik's not the first championship coach to see something in Scot Loeffler". The Birmingham News. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  7. ^ "3 coaches in talks for offensive coordinator". WAFB. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  8. ^ "UW football: Ex-Florida assistant on Bielema's radar". Wisconsin State Journal. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  9. ^ http://twitter.com/FootballAU/statuses/161249500726435840
  10. ^ "Longtime Quarterback Guru Joins Chizik Staff". Auburn University. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  11. ^ http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/12/auburns_gus_malzahn_plans_to_h.html
  12. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/conferences/statistics/team/_/stat/total/sort/totalPointsPerGame/id/8/sec-conference
  13. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20130118aaa.html
  14. ^ "QB guru Scot Loeffler gives Owls hope vs. PSU". The Patriot-News. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  15. ^ "Patriots star Tom Brady proved himself at Michigan and has not stopped". The Detroit News. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 

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