Sacramento State’s Jody Sears fired

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Sacramento State Hornets head football coach Jody Sears has been fired. He was the school’s head coach for the past five seasons.

The team was 2-8 this season. They also went 0-7 within the Big Sky Conference.


“Long day,” Orr told The Bee on Monday night. “Jody is a fantastic person, a good football coach, and I have the utmost respect for him. Ultimately, we needed a new direction, a new voice, new energy for the program for us to be able to go and compete on a national level and compete for Big Sky championships.”

As the Hornets head coach, he went 20-35. The team also was 13-26 within conference play during his tenure.

Sears only had two winning seasons in his five campaigns. The first was a 7-5 mark during the 2014 season. Then, in 2017, the team went 7-4.

Following the 2017 season, he was named the Big Sky Co-Coach of the Year.

In 2015 and 2016, Sears guided the team to a 2-9 mark. Outside of the winning seasons, he guided the team to a 6-24 record.

The Hornets won their first game of the season, as they won 55-7 over the St. Francis (Illinois) Fighting Saints. The team was then defeated 28-14 by the San Diego State Aztecs.

Sacramento State then defeated the Northern Colorado Bears on September 15th. They won 28-25 at Nottingham Field in Greeley, Colorado.

Following the win over Northern Colorado, the team lost seven straight games. The game with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on November 10th were cancelled due to poor air quality as a result of the Camp Fire in Northern California.

Prior to arriving at Sacramento State, he was the Weber State head coach. With the Wildcats, he went 4-19 in two seasons in 2012 and 2013.

Sears spent the 2012 seas as the interim head coach and defensive coordinator. He was then named the head coach in 2013.

He was the Washington State Cougars cornerbacks coach in 2011. He also was the Cougars co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach from 2008 through 2010.

In 2007, he was the Eastern Washington Eagles defensive coordinator and defensive end coach. He spent the 2004 through 2006 seasons as the Eagles defensive coordinator and safeties head coach.

He was the Eagles defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2003.

Sears spent the 2000 through 2002 seasons as the Army Black Knights cornerbacks coach. He also was the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees defensive coordinator in 1998 and 1999.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Iowa State Cyclones from 1994 through 1996.

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