Joe Moorhead

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Joe Moorhead
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamMississippi State
Biographical details
Born (1973-11-02) November 2, 1973 (age 45)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1996Munich Cowboys
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998–1999Pittsburgh (GA)
2000Georgetown (RB)
2001–2002Georgetown (QB)
2003Georgetown (OC/QB)
2004Akron (WR/RC)
2005Akron (AHC/PGC/WR/RC)
2006–2008Akron (OC/QB)
2009–2010Connecticut (OC/QB)
2011Connecticut (QB)
2016–2017Penn State (OC/QB)
2018–presentMississippi State
Head coaching record
Tournaments2–3 (NCAA D-I FCS playoffs)

Joe Moorhead (born November 2, 1973) is an American football coach who is currently the head coach at Mississippi State University.[1] Prior to entering coaching, Moorhead played quarterback at Fordham University from 1992 through 1995 and professionally for the Munich Cowboys of the German Football League in 1996.

Coaching career[edit]

After a short professional playing career, the Pittsburgh-born Moorhead began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh.[2] He was hired as running backs coach at Georgetown University in 2000, eventually being elevated to quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator by 2003. In 2004, Moorhead began a five-year stint at the University of Akron, including two years as the offensive coordinator. Moorhead joined the University of Connecticut staff in 2009 as offensive coordinator. The Huskies won a Big East Championship in 2010 and made an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl.

Moorhead was named the head football coach at Fordham University on December 16, 2011. He is believed to be the first former Patriot League player to return to the conference as a head coach. Inheriting a 1–10 team, the Rams had the second largest turnaround in FCS in 2012 (6–5). The Rams opened the 2013 season with ten consecutive wins, the best start in Fordham's history.

On December 12, 2015, Moorhead was named the offensive coordinator for the Penn State football team. During James Franklin's first two years as head coach (and prior to Moorhead's arrival), the Penn State offense averaged 335.3 yards per game in 2014 and 348.4 yards per game in 2015. While learning Moorhead's offensive system during 2016, offensive output at Penn State improved to 432.6 yards per game.[3][4][5]

On August 24, 2017, Moorhead was named the No. 1 rising assistant in college football by Sports Illustrated and Yahoo.[6]

On November 28, 2017, Moorhead was hired as the head coach at Mississippi State University, replacing Dan Mullen who had been with Mississippi State for nine seasons before being hired by the University of Florida.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Fordham Rams (Patriot League) (2012–2015)
2012 Fordham 6–5 0–0
2013 Fordham 12–2 0–0 L FCS Second Round
2014 Fordham 11–3 6–0 1st L FCS Second Round
2015 Fordham 9–3 5–1 2nd L FCS First Round
Fordham: 38–13 11–1
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2018–present)
2018 Mississippi State 8–5 4–4 4th (Western) L Outback 25
2019 Mississippi State 0–0 0–0 (Western)
Mississippi State: 8–5 4–4
Total: 46–18
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistants under Moorhead who later became NCAA head coaches


  1. ^ Kercheval, Ben (November 29, 2017). "Report: Penn State OC Joe Moorhead tabbed as Mississippi State's next coach". CBS Sports. CBS. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Feldman, Bruce (September 20, 2017). "The Oral History of How Joe Moorhead Created Penn State's Cutting-Edge Offense". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "2014 Penn State Football". Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "2015 Penn State Football". Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "2016 Penn State Football". Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Callahan, Andrew (August 24, 2017). "Moorhead named nation's top rising assistant by SI, Yahoo". Lions247. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  7. ^ Kercheval, Ben. "Penn State OC Joe Moorhead tabbed as Mississippi State's next coach". CBSSports.

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