Jeff Quinn

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Jeff Quinn
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Assistant strength and conditioning coach
Team Notre Dame
Conference Independent
Biographical details
Born (1962-09-26) September 26, 1962 (age 54)
Playing career
1980–1983 Elmhurst
Position(s) Lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1986 DePauw (assistant)
1986–1988 Ohio Northern (OL)
1989–2003 Grand Valley State (OC/OL)
2004–2006 Central Michigan (OC/OL)
2006 Central Michigan (interim HC)
2006–2009 Cincinnati (OC/OL)
2010–2014 Buffalo
2015 Notre Dame (offensive analyst)
2016–present Notre Dame (assistant S&C)
Head coaching record
Overall 21–37
Bowls 1–2

Jeff Quinn (born September 26, 1962) is an American football coach. He is an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame. Quinn served as the head football coch at the University at Buffalo from 2010 to 2014.[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. Quinn served as interim head coach at Central Michigan University in 2006 and at the University of Cincinnati in 2009, following the resignation of Brian Kelly in both instances.

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 Grand Valley State, Central Michigan and Cincinnati. 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. Quinn followed Kelly to Central Michigan, then followed him again to Cincinnati, 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] He served as an iterim head coach for the 2006 Motor City Bowl (which he coached for Central Michigan after Kelly left for the head coaching job at Cincinnati) and the 2010 Sugar Bowl (which he coached for Cincinnati after Kelly left for Notre Dame).

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 relieved of his duties. Hired by Brian Kelly in 2015, he is now an assistant coach for the Notre Dame football team.[6]

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


  1. ^ "Cincinnati's Quinn is new UB football coach". Buffalo News. December 20, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Elmhurst College Athletics-Hall of Fame". Elmhurst College. December 20, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Quinn". University of Cincinnati. December 20, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ "2009 Broyles Award Finalists Announced". December 21, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  5. ^ "All Hail Quinn". December 20, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Notre Dame Football". Retrieved September 30, 2016. 

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