By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Drake Bulldogs head coach Rick Fox stepped down on Monday. He had been the team’s head coach for the last five seasons.
This past season, the Bulldogs went 7-3. They also went 6-2 in the Pioneer Football League.
As a college football head coach, he went 33-21 in five seasons, all at Drake. The 7-3 record was his best record at the school.
“My wife, Julie, and I felt that this is the right time for us as a family and the right time for Drake football for me to step away from being the head coach at Drake University,” Fox said. “The 11 years here, including the last five as head coach, have been incredibly rewarding. To be a part of a football program and culture that builds Impact Men in the pursuit of football excellence is rare in college football. These impact men make a difference in their community on a daily basis. They also are difference makers on the field as everyone saw on the field in our most recent game at Iowa State.”
“Our family is eager to make a similar impact in new endeavors outside of Drake football. We know that Drake football will continue to produce tremendous young men of character who will make an impact while at Drake and for years afterward. We are grateful to the leadership of Brian Hardin and the Drake University administration for the trust and support in allowing a Division I program that creates Impact Men through football.”
Defensive Coordinator Todd Stepsis has been appointed Interim Head Coach until a replacement is found.
Prior to being named head coach, Fox was the team’s Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach from 2008 through 2013.
He was the Centre Colonels Offensive Coordinator from 1999 through 2007. He also was the Wheaton Thunder Offensive Line/Special Teams Coach from 1992 through 1999.
Fox also was the Aurora Spartans Offensive Line Coach from 1987 through 1992. He also was the Thunder’s Graduate Assistant in 1986.