Dan Mullen

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Dan Mullen
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Mississippi State
Conference SEC
Record 57–37 (.606)
Annual salary $4.8 Million
Biographical details
Born (1972-04-27) April 27, 1972 (age 44)
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Ursinus College
Playing career
Position(s) Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1995 Wagner (WR)
1996–1997 Columbia (WR)
1998 Syracuse (GA)
1999–2000 Notre Dame (GA)
2001–2002 Bowling Green (QB)
2003–2004 Utah (QB)
2005–2008 Florida (OC/QB)
2009–present Mississippi State
Head coaching record
Overall 57–37
Bowls 4–2
Accomplishments and honors
AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year (2014)[1]
AP SEC Coach of the Year (2014)
Athlon SEC Coach of the Year (2014)
Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year (2014)

Dan Mullen (born April 27, 1972) is an American football coach currently serving as the head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.[2][3]

High school[edit]

Mullen attended Trinity High School of Manchester, New Hampshire, where he led the Pioneers to the state championship in 1988.

College career[edit]

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 Education. He went on to Wagner College, where he coached wide receivers and earned a master's degree in Education in 1996.

Coaching career[edit]

Prior to his hiring at Mississippi State, Mullen served as offensive coordinator at the University of Florida and was also under 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.[4] He also served as quarterback coach under Meyer at Bowling Green in 2001–02.

As a coach, Mullen has tutored several notable players, including quarterbacks Alex Smith (Utah), Josh Harris (Bowling Green), Chris Leak (Florida), Heisman Trophy-winner Tim Tebow (Florida), and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State).

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.[5]

Mississippi State[edit]

On December 11, 2008, Dan Mullen was hired as the head coach of Mississippi State by former AD, Greg Byrne.

Mullen's first recruiting class at Mississippi State was ranked #19 in the nation by Scout.com.[6] and his 2012 recruiting class was ranked #18 in the nation.[7] In his first season as head coach at Mississippi State in 2009, his team went 5–7 against the toughest schedule in the nation.[8]

In 2010, his Bulldog team went 9–4 overall and 4–4 in the SEC including victories over Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Mississippi; the four 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.

In 2011, Mullen's Bulldogs entered the year ranked number 19 in the nation, with high expectations. A loss to Auburn in the first SEC game of the year hurt the Bulldogs, and they stumbled into the game vs Ole Miss with a 5-6 record. They defeated the Rebels 31-3, and defeated Wake Forest 23-17 in the Music City Bowl to finish 7-6 on the year.

In 2012, Mississippi State opened with a win over Jackson State, and a win over Auburn, the first time the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers since 2007. Mississippi State had a 7-0 record, and a #13 ranking, entering a game vs #1, undefeated Alabama. MSU lost 38-7, and lost two more to #16 Texas A&M, and #9 LSU. MSU defeated Arkansas, and was looking for a 4th straight win over Ole Miss, who was 5-6 going into the game, similar to MSU the year before. The Bulldogs lost 41-24, and then lost to Northwestern 34-20 in the Gator Bowl to finish 8-5.

Mississippi State entered 2013 looking to quiet their critics. MSU started the year against #13 Oklahoma State, losing 21-3. They defeated Alcorn State, but lost to Auburn 24-20. They would defeat Troy, Kentucky, and Bowling Green, and lose to LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Alabama to drop to 4-6 traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas to battle Arkansas. MSU won 24-17 in overtime, and was 5-6 entering the Ole Miss game. MSU missed a game winning field goal to send the game into overtime, and Dak Prescott got a 3-yard touchdown run on 4th and 2, giving Ole Miss the ball up 17-10. Bo Wallace fumbled in the end zone, giving MSU the 17-10 victory, and for the first time in school history, a 4th straight bowl berth. MSU would defeat Rice 44-7 in the Liberty Bowl to finish 7-6.

In 2014, Mullen led the Bulldogs to one of the greatest seasons in school history. He claimed his first Top 10 win at Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs knocked of #8 LSU 34-29 at Death Valley. He followed that up by beating #6 Texas A&M 48-31 in Starkville. A week later, they knocked off #2 Auburn 38-23. This propelled them to the top spot in both major polls—the highest ranking in Mississippi State's history, and the highest that any FBS team in Mississippi had been ranked this late in the season in almost half a century. Losses to Alabama and Mississippi ended any hope of a national championship. Ultimately, the Bulldogs finished 10-2--only the second 10-win season in school history. This netted them an appearance in the Orange Bowl, where they lost to Georgia Tech 49-34, the third major bowl appearance in school history, after the 1937 Orange Bowl and the 1941 Orange Bowl.

Due in part to the Bulldogs' sterling 2014 season, Mullen is already third on Mississippi State's all-time wins list, behind Jackie Sherrill and Allyn McKeen.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2009–present)
2009 Mississippi State 5–7 3–5 T–4th (Western)
2010 Mississippi State 9–4 4–4 5th (Western) W Gator 17 15
2011 Mississippi State 7–6 2–6 5th (Western) W Music City
2012 Mississippi State 8–5 4–4 4th (Western) L Gator
2013 Mississippi State 7–6 3–5 T–5th (Western) W Liberty
2014 Mississippi State 10–3 6–2 2nd (Western) L Orange 12 11
2015 Mississippi State 9–4 4–4 5th (Western) W Belk
2016 Mississippi State 2–2 1–1 (Western)
Mississippi State: 57–37 (.606) 27–31 (.466)
Total: 57–37 (.606)
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ http://www.afca.com/article/article.php?id=2573
  2. ^ Wardlaw, Michael (December 10, 2008), "Bulldogs Get Their Guy", BullDawgJunction.com 
  3. ^ Pat Forde, Sources: Mississippi State hires Florida coordinator as coach, ESPN.com, December 10, 2008, Accessed December 10, 2008.
  4. ^ Thamel, Pete (November 5, 2008), "Apprentice Hopes to Return Utah to B.C.S. Glory", New York Times 
  5. ^ Dodd, Dennis (December 10, 2008), "This time, Mullen in head chair to lead program's turnaround", CBS Sports 
  6. ^ "Football Recruiting Rankings 2009", Scout.com 
  7. ^ "Football Recruiting Rankings 2012", Scout.com 
  8. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/2009/Internet/toughest%20schedule/fbs_9games_cumm.pdf

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