Dan Mullen

Dan Mullen
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Florida
Conference SEC
Record 1–0
Annual salary $6 million
Biographical details
Born (1972-04-27) April 27, 1972
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Ursinus College BS Ed
Wagner College MS Ed
Playing career
1993 Ursinus
Position(s) Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1995 Wagner (WR)
1996–1997 Columbia (WR)
1998 Syracuse (GA)
1999–2000 Notre Dame (GA)
2001–2002 Bowling Green (QB)
2003–2004 Utah (QB)
2005–2008 Florida (OC/QB)
2009–2017 Mississippi State
2018–present Florida
Head coaching record
Overall 70–46
Bowls 6–2
Accomplishments and honors
SEC Coach of the Year (2014)
George Munger Award (2014)

Dan Mullen (born April 27, 1972) is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach at the University of Florida. Mullen previously was the head coach at Mississippi State University.[1]

High school career

Mullen attended Trinity High School of Manchester, New Hampshire, where he led the Pioneers to the state championship in 1988.

College career

Mullen attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where he lettered for two years playing tight end and was a first-team All-Centennial Conference selection his senior year. He graduated in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Education. He went on to Wagner College, where he coached wide receivers and earned a master's degree in Education in 1996.

Coaching career

Prior to his hiring at Mississippi State, Mullen served as a Quarterbacks Coach and Offensive Coordinator for The University of Florida and was also under Urban Meyer at the University of Utah, where he was quarterback coach of the Utes during their undefeated 2004 season. He developed quarterback Alex Smith into the number 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. After Meyer left to take the head coaching position at Florida, Mullen served as the interim offensive coordinator during Utah's Fiesta Bowl victory over Pitt. During his tenure at Utah, he also recruited and partially developed Brian Johnson, a quarterback who led Utah to 13–0 and a Sugar Bowl victory in 2009.[2] He also served as quarterback coach under Meyer at Bowling Green in 2001–02.

As a coach, Mullen has tutored several notable players, including quarterbacks Smith (Utah), Josh Harris (Bowling Green), Chris Leak (Florida), Heisman Trophy-winner Tim Tebow (Florida), and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State).

Mullen, along with former Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, and former Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, are part of the so-called "New Hampshire mafia" as they all have strong connections to New Hampshire.[3]

Mississippi State

On December 11, 2008, Mullen was hired as the head coach of Mississippi State by former Athletic Director Greg Byrne.

Mullen's first recruiting class at Mississippi State was ranked 19th in the nation by Scout.com.[4] and his 2012 recruiting class was ranked 18th in the nation.[5] In his first season as head coach at Mississippi State in 2009, his team went 5–7 against the toughest schedule in the nation.[6]

In 2010, his Bulldog team went 9–4 overall and 4–4 in the SEC including victories over Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Mississippi; the four losses came to teams ranked in the top 12. Mississippi State capped off the 2010 season by defeating traditional power Michigan in the 2011 Gator Bowl, 52–14, and achieved a number-15 ranking in the final AP poll.

In 2011, Mullen's Bulldogs entered the year ranked number 19 in the nation. A loss to Auburn in the first SEC game of the year hurt the Bulldogs, and they went into the game vs Ole Miss with a 5–6 record. They defeated the Rebels, 31–3, and defeated Wake Forest, 23–17, in the Music City Bowl to finish 7–6 on the year.

In 2012, Mississippi State opened with a win over Jackson State and a win over Auburn, the first time the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers since 2007. Mississippi State had a 7–0 record, and a number 13 ranking, entering a game vs number 1, undefeated Alabama. MSU lost, 38–7, and lost two more, to number 16 Texas A&M and number 9 LSU. MSU defeated Arkansas, and was looking for a fourth straight win over Ole Miss, who was 5–6 going into the game, similar to MSU the year before. The Bulldogs lost, 41–24, and then lost to Northwestern, 34–20, in the Gator Bowl to finish 8–5.

Mississippi State started the 2013 season against number 13 Oklahoma State, losing, 21–3. They defeated Alcorn State, but lost to Auburn, 24–20. They defeated Troy, Kentucky, and Bowling Green, and lost to LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Alabama, to drop to 4–6, traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas, to battle Arkansas. MSU won, 24–17, in overtime, and was 5–6 entering the Ole Miss game. MSU missed a game-winning field goal to send the game into overtime, and Dak Prescott got a 3-yard touchdown run on 4th and 2, giving Ole Miss the ball up 17–10. Bo Wallace fumbled in the end zone, giving MSU the 17–10 victory, and for the first time in school history, a fourth straight bowl berth. MSU defeated Rice, 44–7, in the Liberty Bowl to finish 7–6.

In 2014, Mullen led the Bulldogs to one of the greatest seasons in school history. He claimed his first Top 10 win at Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs knocked off #8 LSU, 34–29, at Death Valley, allowing them to enter the polls at #12. He followed that up by beating #6 Texas A&M, 48–31, in Starkville, vaulting them to third in the nation. A week later, they beat #2 Auburn, 38–23, which propelled them to the top spot in both major polls (as well as the inaugural College Football Playoff Top 25) —the highest ranking in Mississippi State's history, and the highest that any FBS team in Mississippi had been ranked at that late date in almost half a century. Losses to Alabama and Mississippi ended any hope of a national championship. The Bulldogs finished 10–2 – only the third 10-win season in school history. This netted them an appearance in the Orange Bowl, where they lost to Georgia Tech, 49–34, the third major bowl appearance in school history, after the 1937 Orange Bowl and the 1941 Orange Bowl.

On December 26, 2016, Mullen made SEC history when he became the first football coach in conference history to win a bowl game and still finish with a losing record on the season; Mississippi State finished the season with a 6–7 mark.[7]

On February 27, 2017, Mississippi State Athletic Director John Cohen announced a four-year extension for Mullen through February 2021.[8]

Primarily on the strength of his sterling 2014 season, Mullen was already the third-winningest coach in Mississippi State history, behind only Jackie Sherrill and Allyn McKeen. On October 14, the Bulldogs defeated Kentucky 45-7, giving Mullen his 66th win with the Bulldogs and vaulting him past McKeen to become the second-winningest coach in school history.

University of Florida

On November 26, 2017, Mullen signed a deal to become the new head coach of the Florida Gators football team.[9]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2009–2017)
2009 Mississippi State 5–73–5T–4th (Western)
2010 Mississippi State 9–44–45th (Western)W Gator1715
2011 Mississippi State 7–62–65th (Western)W Music City
2012 Mississippi State 8–54–44th (Western)L Gator
2013 Mississippi State 7–63–5T–5th (Western)W Liberty
2014 Mississippi State 10–36–22nd (Western)L Orange1211
2015 Mississippi State 9–44–4T–5th (Western)W Belk
2016 Mississippi State 6–73–5T–5th (Western)W St. Petersburg
2017 Mississippi State 8–44–4T–4th (Western)TaxSlayer*2324
Mississippi State: 69–4633–39* Mullen left for Florida before bowl game
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (2018–present)
2018 Florida 1–00–0(Eastern)
Florida: 1–00–0

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Dan Mullen who became NCAA head coaches:

Personal life

Dan Mullen married his wife, Megan Mullen, in 2005. Together, they have two children: Breelyn and Canon. Dan also has a son from a previous relationship, Rowan.


  1. Sallee, Barrett. "Florida hires Mississippi State's Dan Mullen as new head football coach". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  2. Thamel, Pete (November 5, 2008), "Apprentice Hopes to Return Utah to B.C.S. Glory", New York Times
  3. Dodd, Dennis (December 10, 2008), "This time, Mullen in head chair to lead program's turnaround", CBS Sports, archived from the original on December 12, 2008
  4. "Football Recruiting Rankings 2009", Scout.com
  5. "Football Recruiting Rankings 2012", Scout.com
  6. "Toughest Schedule. January 20, 2010. NCAA.org" (PDF). Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  7. Astleford, Andrew. "RECAP: Mississippi State overcomes sluggish start, needs blocked field goal to beat Miami (Ohio) 17-16 in St. Petersburg Bowl". SEC Country. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  8. "MSU announces 4-year coach extension". HailState.com. 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  9. "University of Florida Selects Dan Mullen as Head Football Coach". Florida Gators. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
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