Dirk Koetter

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
14 95-129-0 42.41% 2-2 50.00%

Coaching Tree


Jack Del Rio, Lovie Smith, Mike Smith


Career Summary

Dirk Koetter was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2007 to 2020, finishing his career as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. Over his fourteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 95-129-0. He was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2016 until the 2018 season, during which time the Buccaneers went 19-29-0. During his career he was a head coach for three seasons. He was fired from the Buccaneers on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Dirk Koetter Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Koetter served as an assistant coach for Jack Del Rio, Mike Smith, Lovie Smith, and Dan Quinn. Five of these years were spent on Del Rio's coaching staff.

Personal Information

Koetter was born on Thursday, February 5, 1959 in Pocatello, Idaho.

Table of Contents

Playing Career: Idaho State University

Dirk Koetter played college football at Idaho State University from 1978-1981. During his time with the university, he was awarded four letters and was named Big Sky Conference all-academic honors. In his final season, the Bengals won the Division 1-AA (now FCS) national championship.

Coaching Career

High School Coaching: Highland High School

After he completed graduate school, Koetter was named head coach at Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho, his alma mater. Koetter coached the school in 1983-1984, and the school won the state championship in 1984.

College Coaching

San Francisco State University

In 1985, Koetter was hired for his first college position at San Francisco State when he was named the offensive coordinator for the school.

University of Texas-El Paso

In 1986, Koetter was hired by Texas-El Paso as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under head coach Bob Stull. Koetter was with the Miners through the 1988 season. That year, the team finished 10-3 and made their first bowl game since 1967.

University of Missouri

In 1989, Koetter, Stull, and future NFL head coach Andy Reid all moved from UTEP to the University of Missouri when Stull accepted the head coaching position. Koetter continued in his capacity as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. However, the Tigers were not able to replicate the success that had been experienced at UTEP. From 1989 through 1993, the Tigers never had a winning record. In 1909, the team had their best season at 4-7.

Boston College

In 1994, Koetter was hired by head coach Dan Henning as the offensive coordinator for Boston College. In 1994, the Eagles won the Aloha Bowl to cap off a 7-4-1 season, but regressed the following season to 4-8. During Koetter's two seasons with Boston College, he would coach future NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

University of Oregon

After his two years in Boston, Koetter coached for two seasons at Oregon under head coach Mike Bellotti as the team's offensive coordinator, his fifth straight school in this position. In 1996 and 1997, the Ducks went 13-5 with one bowl appearance (1997). In 1997, his offense guided by Heisman-finalist and future NFL quarterback Joey Harrington set school records, including 32 touchdown passes (since broken). In addition to Harrington, he also coached A.J. Feeley and Akili Smith, two more future NFL quarterbacks.

Boise State University

In 1998, Koetter was hired for his first ever college head coaching position when he accepted the offer from Boise State. Boise State had had only been a Div. 1A program since the 1996 season and in Koetter's first season the Broncos had their first winning record in the new division (6-5). In Koetter's final two seasons, the Broncos won 10 games, a bowl game, and finished first in the Big West Conference both season. Koetter was also named Big West coach of the year twice.

Arizona State University

In 2001, Koetter accepted the head coaching position with Arizona State. During his six-year tenure, the Sun Devils went to four bowl games and posted one 9-win season (2004). While coaching the team, the offense broke several school records, notably quarterback Andrew Walter and wide receiver Derek Hagan. In addition, Walter broke many of future Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway's Pac-10 records (since broken). In 2005, Koetter's ability to coach quarterbacks was fully displayed as starting quarterback Sam Keller went down due to injury in the midst of one of the best seasons in school history. His replacement, redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter filled in the final five games of the season and set team records for freshmen. Carpenter was also named to the Freshmen All-American team despite only starting five games. Before the bowl game to finish the 2006 season, Koetter was fired by the school.

NFL Coaching

Jacksonville Jaguars

In 2007, Koetter accepted his first NFL coaching position with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the team's new offensive coordinator under head coach Jack Del Rio. Koetter coaching helped the Jaguars set franchise records in his first season (points, touchdowns, touchdown passes) in guiding quarterback David Garrard in his first season as a starter. The Jaguars also won their first playoff game since 1999 in Koetter's first season. However, the 2007 season ended up being the only winning season of Koetter's stint with the Jaguars. Despite the lack of team success, several offensive players shined individually, led by Maurice Jones-Drew and his three Prop Bowl appearances. This was a stark difference to the five seasons before Koetter's arrival in which zero offensive players made a Pro Bowl appearance.

Atlanta Falcons

After his five seasons with the Jaguars, he accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Atlanta Falcons under head coach Mike Smith in 2012. Koetter's success with quarterbacks continued as he helped quarterback Matt Ryan set franchise records in several statistics and as Ryan was selected for his second and third Pro Bowls under Koetter's tutelage. During his three seasons with the team, the team's passing game thrived behind Ryan, wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, and tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2015, he was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Lovie Smith as the team's offensive coordinator. Tasked with coaching the 2015 first overall draft pick, quarterback Jameis Winston, the offense performed better than expected. Winston threw for 4,042 yards, second most in franchise history. Winston also had stats that were comparable with the best rookies of all time: third-most total touchdowns (28) and fourth most passing touchdowns (22). 2015 was also the first time in franchise history the team had an offense ranked in the Top-5 in the league.

In 2016, Koetter was promoted to head coach after Smith was fired after a 6-10 season.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2020 Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator 4-12-0 0-0
2019 Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach 9-7-0 0-0
2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
2014 Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
2013 Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator 4-12-0 0-0
2012 Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator 13-3-0 1-1
2011 Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator 5-11-0 0-0
2010 Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
2009 Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
2008 Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator 5-11-0 0-0
2007 Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator 11-5-0 1-1

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 3
  • Years as a coordinator: 11
  • Fourth in winning percentage for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Past teams coached for: Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • College Attended: Idaho Vandals
  • Date of Birth: Thursday, February 5, 1959 (65 years old), Pocatello, Idaho