Dirk Koetter

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Dirk Koetter
Koetter with the Falcons in 2013
Koetter in 2013
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator
TeamBoise State
ConferenceMountain West
Biographical details
Born (1959-02-05) February 5, 1959 (age 65)
Pocatello, Idaho, U.S.
Alma materIdaho State University
Playing career
1977–1981Idaho State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1984Highland (ID)
1985San Francisco State (OC)
1986–1988UTEP (OC)
1989–1993Missouri (OC)
1994–1995Boston College (OC)
1996–1997Oregon (OC)
1998–2000Boise State
2001–2006Arizona State
2007–2011Jacksonville Jaguars (OC)
2012–2014Atlanta Falcons (OC)
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OC)
2016–2018Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019–2020Atlanta Falcons (OC)
2022Boise State (Offensive analyst)
2022Boise State (Interim OC)
2024–presentBoise State (OC)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
As a player

Dirk Jeffrey Koetter (/ˈkʌtər/ KUT-ər;[1] born February 5, 1959) is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator at Boise State University. He was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2016 to 2018 and was the head coach at Boise State from 1998 to 2000 and at Arizona State University from 2001 to 2006, compiling a career college football record of 66–44 (.600). Koetter also served as the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Buccaneers.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, Koetter is the son of Jim Koetter, a German-American football coach. A quarterback, Koetter graduated from Highland High School in 1977 and stayed in town to play college football at Idaho State University under new head coach Bud Hake.[2][3]

As a fifth-year senior in 1981, Koetter backed up Mike Machurek at quarterback;[4][5] the Bengals went 12–1 and won the national championship in Division I-AA under second-year head coach Dave Kragthorpe. Koetter earned a bachelor's degree at ISU in 1981 and a master's in athletic administration in 1982.

Coaching career[edit]

High school and college coaching[edit]

Koetter was the head coach back at Highland High School for two seasons (1983, 1984), then became a full-time college assistant coach in 1985 as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State University. After his time at San Francisco State, Koetter coached at UTEP (1986–1988), Missouri (1989–93), Boston College (1994–95), and Oregon (1996–97).

Koetter was the head coach for three seasons at Boise State from 1998 through 2000, then moved to Arizona State in 2001.[6] His record with the Broncos was 26–10 (.722), with two Big West Conference titles and two bowl victories and was named Big West Coach of the Year twice. At Arizona State, Koetter compiled a 40–34 (.541) record, and four Bowl appearances in six years. Under Koetter, who was also the offensive play caller, the Sun Devils became known for a vertical passing attack. On November 26, 2006, The Arizona Republic reported that Koetter was being terminated as Arizona State football coach.[7] His final game was the 2006 Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, a 41–24 loss.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

In 2007, Koetter accepted the position of offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). In his first year in the NFL, Koetter had immediate success, setting Jaguars franchise records for total points scored and yards gained while helping the Jaguars to an 11–5 record.[8] In his five seasons with the Jaguars, the team cumulatively ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards over that time span in addition to having the NFL's leading rusher in Maurice Jones-Drew in 2010.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On January 15, 2012, Koetter was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.[9] On January 2, 2013, the team signed him to a contract extension that ran through the 2014 season after they finished the 2012 season with a league-best 13-3 record and the #1-seed in the NFC.[10][11] Koetter and the Falcons appeared in the NFC Championship Game at the end of the season but lost 24-28 to the San Francisco 49ers, who had made their first Super Bowl in 18 years.[12]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

In 2015, Koetter was hired by the Falcons' division rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to become their offensive coordinator.[13]

On January 15, 2016, Koetter was named head coach after the Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith.[14] After posting a 9–7 record in 2016 and barely missing the playoffs,[15] the team had high expectations for the 2017 campaign. However, Koetter and the Buccaneers failed to meet those expectations, slipping to a 5–11 record.[16] Despite regressing in his second year as the Buccaneers' coach, the team announced that they would retain Koetter for the 2018 season on December 29, 2017.[17][18] After another 5–11 season in 2018,[19] Koetter was fired on December 30, 2018.[20][21] He finished his tenure in Tampa Bay with a 19-29 (.396) record.

Atlanta Falcons (second stint)[edit]

On January 8, 2019, Koetter was re-hired as the offensive coordinator for the Falcons.[22] After not being retained under new head coach Arthur Smith following the 2020 season,[23] Koetter announced his retirement from coaching on January 22, 2021.[24][25]

Boise State University[edit]

On June 15, 2022, Koetter was hired to be an offensive analyst at Boise State University.[26] On September 24, 2022, head coach Andy Avalos fired offensive coordinator Tim Plough and named Koetter the interim offensive coordinator for the rest of the season.[27]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Boise State Broncos (Big West Conference) (1998–2000)
1998 Boise State 6–5 2–3 4th
1999 Boise State 10–3 5–1 1st W Humanitarian
2000 Boise State 10–2 5–0 1st W Humanitarian
Boise State: 26–10 12–4
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (2001–2006)
2001 Arizona State 4–7 1–7 9th
2002 Arizona State 8–6 5–3 3rd L Holiday
2003 Arizona State 5–7 2–6 T–8th
2004 Arizona State 9–3 5–3 T–3rd W Sun 20 19
2005 Arizona State 7–5 4–4 4th W Insight
2006 Arizona State 7–6 4–5 T–5th L Hawaii
Arizona State: 40–34 21–28
Total: 66–44


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TB 2016 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC South
TB 2017 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC South
TB 2018 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC South
Total 19 29 0 .396 0 0


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  2. ^ Emerson, Paul (October 7, 1979). "Vandals stop ISU for 3rd straight win". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1D.
  3. ^ "Broncos trample ISU". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 21, 1979. p. 6D.
  4. ^ "ISU's Machurek to miss today's game". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 17, 1981. p. 3C.
  5. ^ Emerson, Paul (October 29, 1981). "Kragthorpe's turned Bengals into title contenders in two years". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
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