Dan Enos

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Dan Enos
2015 Auburn at Arkansas 009.jpg
Enos (center) celebrates with family after a win over Auburn
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive coordinator
Team Arkansas
Conference SEC
Biographical details
Born (1968-07-01) July 1, 1968 (age 49)
Dearborn, Michigan
Alma mater Michigan State University
Playing career
1987–1990 Michigan State
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1993 Michigan State (GA)
1994–1995 Lakeland (OC/QB/WR)
1996 Northern Michigan (OC/RB)
1997–1998 Southern Illinois (QB/WR)
1999 Missouri State (OC/QB)
2000–2002 Western Michigan (QB)
2003 North Dakota State (OC/QB)
2004–2005 Cincinnati (QB)
2006 Michigan State (QB)
2007–2009 Michigan State (RB)
2010–2014 Central Michigan
2015–present Arkansas (OC/QB)
Head coaching record
Overall 26–36
Bowls 1–1

Dan Enos (born July 1, 1968) is an American football coach and former player. He is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Arkansas. Enos served as head football coach at Central Michigan University from 2010 to 2014. He was also running backs coach for the Michigan State Spartans, where he played as a quarterback from 1987 to 1990.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Enos attended Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, Michigan. He played quarterback and earned all-state honors while passing for 46 touchdowns and compiling 5,743 yards of total offense. Enos played four years at Michigan State University (1987–1990), including two as starting quarterback (1989–1990). Under Enos and then coach George Perles Michigan State won the 1989 Aloha Bowl and 1990 John Hancock Bowl and took a share of the 1990 Big Ten championship. As of 2010 Enos has the third-best all-time pass completion percentage in Spartan history (.621) and eighth-best total yards (4,301). In 1991 Enos graduated from Michigan State with a degree in business administration.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After graduation Enos joined the Michigan State football coaching staff as a graduate assistant, staying there from 1991 to 1993.

In 1994 Enos joined the coaching staff at Lakeland College, a Division III school in Wisconsin. As offensive coordinator, Enos helped develop Mark Novara, Lakeland's most successful quarterback. After Novara entered the Lakeland Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008, he credited Enos for much of his success: "That was Coach Enos' first stint on a coaching staff. He was really young, but really good. We knew he'd be in the Big Ten some day."[3] After two years at Lakeland Enos moved on to Division II Northern Michigan University, where he spent a year as offensive coordinator.[2]

Central Michigan[edit]

On January 12, 2010, Enos was introduced as the head coach at Central Michigan University,[4] replacing Butch Jones, who left after three seasons to replace Brian Kelly at the University of Cincinnati.[5]

Enos's teams struggled in his first two seasons at CMU. Enos produced back-to-back 3-9 seasons in 2010 and 2011. Despite the 6-18 record over two seasons, Enos was rewarded with a one-year contract extension in February 2012, extending his deal through the 2015 season.[6]

Despite a 2–1 start in 2012 and an upset victory on the road over the University of Iowa,[7] CMU again struggled under Enos, suffering a four-game losing streak after the upset in Iowa City. CMU suffered a 42–31 loss to rival Western Michigan University which saw CMU get outscored 28-8 in the 4th quarter.[8] The loss was CMU's second straight to Western and CMU's record stood at 3-6. The following Wednesday, Central Michigan Life, published an editorial calling for Enos to be fired.[9]

After the Western loss, Enos led CMU to a four-game winning streak and a victory over Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, CMU's first bowl appearance and win since the 2010 GMAC Bowl. The 4-game winning streak gave CMU a record of 7–6, its first winning record since the 2009 season, the last season under Butch Jones and with Dan LeFevour as starting quarterback.

Enos was again rewarded with a one-year contract extension and pay raise in January 2013, extending his deal through the 2016 season.[10]

On January 22, 2015, he resigned to take the Offensive Coordinator position at Arkansas.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference) (2010–2014)
2010 Central Michigan 3–9 2–6 T–5th (West)
2011 Central Michigan 3–9 2–6 6th (West)
2012 Central Michigan 7–6 4–4 4th (West) W Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
2013 Central Michigan 6–6 5–3 T–3rd (West)
2014 Central Michigan 7–6 5–3 4th (West) L Bahamas
Central Michigan: 26–36 18–22
Total: 26–36


  1. ^ Ellis, Drew (January 12, 2010). "Enos to be named CMU coach today". Morning Sun. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Player Bio: Dan Enos". Michigan State. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Lakeland College Athletics News: 2008 Hall of Fame bio: Mark Novara". Lakeland College. September 29, 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Enos Introduced as CMU's Head Football Coach". CMUChippewas.com. January 12, 2010. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Butch Jones Named UC Head Football Coach – GoBEARCATS.com – The Official Athletics Website of the University of Cincinnati
  6. ^ "CMU gives football coach Dan Enos one-year contract extension". MLive.com. February 8, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Central Michigan edges Iowa on David Harman's late field goal". ESPN.com. September 22, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "W. Michigan 42, Cent. Michigan 31". ESPN.com. November 3, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "EDITORIAL: Leadership change needed with football program". Central Michigan Life. November 7, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Central Michigan and Dan Enos agree to terms on a new four-year contract". MLive.com. January 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.mlive.com/chippewas/index.ssf/2015/01/central_michigan_coach_dan_eno.html

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