Joe Moorhead

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Joe Moorhead
Joe Moorhead Introduction.jpeg
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Mississippi State
Conference SEC
Biographical details
Born (1973-11-02) November 2, 1973 (age 44)
Alma mater Fordham University
Playing career
1992–1995 Fordham
1996 Munich Cowboys
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998–1999 Pittsburgh (GA)
2000 Georgetown (RB)
2001–2002 Georgetown (QB)
2003 Georgetown (OC/QB)
2004 Akron (WR/RC)
2005 Akron (AHC/PGC/WR/RC)
2006–2008 Akron (OC/QB)
2009–2010 Connecticut (OC/QB)
2011 Connecticut (QB)
2012–2015 Fordham
2016–2017 Penn State (OC/QB)
2018–present Mississippi State
Head coaching record
Overall 38–13
Tournaments 2–3 (NCAA D-I FCS playoffs)

Joe Moorhead (born November 2, 1973) is an American football coach and former player. Moorhead played football as a quarterback at Fordham University from 1992 through 1995. He is currently the head coach at Mississippi State University.[1]

Repetitive patterns of coaching success have followed Moorhead. Team success follows his arrival as head coach (as at Fordham) and can depart with him. Offensive output surges following his arrival as an offensive coordinator (as at Connecticut and Penn State), and almost as often, can depart with him (as at Connecticut).

During the 2016 season at Penn State, a confluence of factors made Moorhead’s arrival as Offensive Coordinator conspicuous. As much as the expiration of scholarship sanctions (following the Sandusky Scandal) and arrival of a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate (running back Saquon Barkley) may have aided Penn State’s first uncontested Big Ten championship, installation of Moorhead's offensive system produced a surge in production of yards and points as the season progressed and the team adjusted to his changes.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After a short professional playing career, Moorhead began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh.[3] 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, exceeding 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.[4][5][6]

On August 24, 2017, Moorhead was named the No. 1 rising assistant in college football by Sports Illustrated and Yahoo.[7]

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. Mullen was hired by the University of Florida. [8] This is Moorhead's first head coaching job since his tenure at Fordham.

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 0–0 0–0 (Western)
Mississippi State: 0–0 0–0
Total: 38–13
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching Tree[edit]

Assistants under Moorhead who later became NCAA head coaches

  • Andrew Breiner: Fordham (2016–2017)


  1. ^ Ben Kercheval (November 29, 2017). "Report: Penn State OC Joe Moorhead tabbed as Mississippi State's next coach". CBS Sports. CBS. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bruce Feldman. "The Oral History of How Joe Moorhead Created Penn State's Cutting-Edge Offense". Sports Illustrated. Time Warner. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bruce Feldman (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. 
  4. ^ "2014 Penn State Football". Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ "2015 Penn State Football". Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ "2016 Penn State Football". Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  7. ^ Andrew Callahan (August 24, 2017). "Moorhead named nation's top rising assistant by SI, Yahoo". Lions247. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  8. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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