Dirk Koetter
Koetter in 2013
Koetter with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013
Personal information
Born: (1959-02-05) February 5, 1959 (age 63)
Pocatello, Idaho
Career information
High school:Highland
(Pocatello, Idaho)
College:Idaho State
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:NCAA: 66–44 (.600) NFL: 19–29 (.396)
Postseason:NCAA bowls: 4–2 (.667)
Career:NCAA: 70–46 (.603) NFL: 19–29 (.396)
Coaching stats at PFR

Dirk Jeffrey Koetter (/ˈkʌtər/ KUT-ər;[1] born February 5, 1959) is an American football coach who is currently serving as the interim offensive coordinator at Boise State University. He was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2016 to 2018. Koetter was also the head coach at Boise State University from 1998 to 2000 and at Arizona State University from 2001 to 2006, compiling a career college football record of 66–44 (.600). Koetter was the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, and Buccaneers.

Early years

Koetter grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of Jim Koetter, a German American football coach. A quarterback, he graduated from Highland High School in 1977 and stayed in town to play college football at Idaho State University,[2][3] receiving a bachelor's degree in 1981 and a master's in athletic administration in 1982.

Coaching career

High school and college coaching

Koetter was the head coach at Highland High School for two seasons (1983, 1984), then became a full-time college assistant coach in 1985 as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State University. After his time at San Francisco State, he coached at UTEP (1986–1988), Missouri (1989–1993), Boston College (1994–1995), and Oregon (1996–1997).

Koetter was the head coach for three seasons at Boise State from 1998 to 2000, then moved to Arizona State in 2001.[4] His record with the Broncos was 26–10 (.722), with two Big West Conference titles and two bowl victories and was named Big West Coach of the Year twice. At Arizona State, Koetter compiled a 40–34 (.541) record, and four Bowl appearances in six years. Under Koetter, who was also the offensive play caller, the Sun Devils became known for a vertical passing attack. On November 26, 2006, The Arizona Republic reported that Koetter was being terminated as Arizona State football coach.[5] His final game was the 2006 Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, a 41–24 loss.

On June 15, 2022, it was announced that Koetter will return to Boise State as an offensive analyst.

Jacksonville Jaguars

In 2007, Koetter accepted the position of offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). In his first year in the NFL, he had immediate success setting franchise records for total points scored and yards gained while helping the Jaguars to an 11–5 record. In his five seasons with the Jaguars, the team cumulatively ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards over that time span in addition to having the NFL's leading rusher in Maurice Jones-Drew in 2010.

Atlanta Falcons

On January 15, 2012, Koetter was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.[6] On January 2, 2013, the Falcons signed Koetter to a contract extension that ran through the 2014 season. Koetter and the Falcons appeared in the NFC Championship Game in 2013 but lost 24-28 to the San Francisco 49ers, who had made their first Super Bowl in 18 years.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Koetter was hired by the Falcons' division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become their offensive coordinator in 2015.[7] After the firing of Lovie Smith, Koetter was hired on January 15, 2016 as the head coach.[8] After posting a 9–7 record in 2016 and barely missing the playoffs, the Buccaneers had high expectations for the 2017 campaign. However, Koetter and the Buccaneers failed to meet those expectations, slipping to a 5–11 record. Despite regressing in his second year as the Buccaneers coach, the Buccaneers announced they would retain Koetter for the 2018 season on December 29, 2017.[9] After another 5–11 season, the Buccaneers fired Koetter on December 30, 2018.[10]

Atlanta Falcons (second stint)

On January 8, 2019, Koetter was re-hired as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.[11] He announced his retirement from coaching following the 2020 NFL season on January 22, 2021.[12][13]

Boise State University

On June 15, 2022, Koetter was hired to be an offensive analyst at Boise State University.[14]On September 24, 2022, head coach Andy Avalos fired offensive coordinator Tim Plough and named Koetter the interim offensive coordinator for the rest of the 2022 season. [15]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Boise State Broncos (Big West Conference) (1998–2000)
1998 Boise State 6–5 2–3 4th
1999 Boise State 10–3 5–1 1st W Humanitarian
2000 Boise State 10–2 5–0 1st W Humanitarian
Boise State: 26–10 12–4
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (2001–2006)
2001 Arizona State 4–7 1–7 9th
2002 Arizona State 8–6 5–3 3rd L Holiday
2003 Arizona State 5–7 2–6 T–8th
2004 Arizona State 9–3 5–3 T–3rd W Sun 20 19
2005 Arizona State 7–5 4–4 4th W Insight
2006 Arizona State 7–6 4–5 T–5th L Hawaii
Arizona State: 40–34 21–28
Total: 66–44


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TB 2016 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC South
TB 2017 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC South
TB 2018 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC South
Total 19 29 0 .396 0 0


  1. ^ Stroud, Rick. "Emotional Dirk Koetter takes over as Bucs coach," Tampa Bay Times, Saturday, January 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Emerson, Paul (October 7, 1979). "Vandals stop ISU for 3rd straight win". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1D.
  3. ^ "Broncos trample ISU". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 21, 1979. p. 6D.
  4. ^ "Dirk Koetter Becomes 21st ASU Football Coach". Sun Devil Athletics. December 2, 2000. Archived from the original on February 13, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
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  6. ^ "Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC". ESPN. January 15, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Yasinskas, Pat (January 8, 2015). "Dirk Koetter to run Bucs offense". ESPN. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Smith, Scott (January 15, 2016). "Dirk Koetter Named Buccaneers Head Coach". NFL.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Wagner-McGough, Sean (December 29, 2017). "Buccaneers will shockingly retain coach Dirk Koetter, ending Jon Gruden rumors". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Laine, Jenna (December 30, 2018). "Dirk Koetter out as Bucs coach after going 5-11 in 3rd season". espn.com. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Falcons hire former Bucs coach Dirk Koetter as new OC". NFL.com. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Smith, Michael David (January 22, 2021). "Dirk Koetter retires after 39 years in coaching". NBCSports.com. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  13. ^ Patra, Kevin (January 22, 2021). "Former Buccaneers HC, Falcons OC Dirk Koetter retires from coaching". NFL.com. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  14. ^ Laine, Jenna (June 15, 2022). "Boise State football adds former coaches Dirk Koetter, Ron Collins as senior analysts". bronconationnews.com. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  15. ^ "Andy Avalos Announces Staff Change - Boise State University Athletics". Boise State University Athletics. Retrieved September 24, 2022.