By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Dirk Koetter on Sunday. He was fired after three seasons as the team’s leader.
Koetter guided the team to a 5-11 record in 2018. In his final game as head coach with the team, the Atlanta Falcons won 34-32 over the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay blew a 17-point lead in Sunday’s loss.
The Buccaneers has back-to-back 5-11 seasons under Koetter. In his first season in 2016, he guided the team to a 9-7 record.
“We sincerely appreciate the hard work and commitment shown by Dirk over the past several years,” Buccaneers Owner/Co-Chairman Joel Glazer. “Working with Dirk has been a pleasure and we wish him and his family all the best in the future. Our search for a new head coach will begin immediately and will be conducted by General Manager Jason Licht.”
The 59-year-old Pocatello, Idaho native went 19-29 as the Buccaneers Head Coach. Before being named Buccaneers Head Coach, he served as the team’s Offensive Coordinator in 2015.
He was the Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator from 2012 through 2014. He also was the Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator from 2007 through 2011.
Before becoming the Jaguars Offensive Coordinator, he was the Arizona State Head Coach. He guided the Sun Devils to a 40-34 record over six seasons from 2001 through 2006.
He was the Boise State Broncos Head Coach from 1998 through 2000. As the Broncos leader, he went 26-10.
Koetter was the Oregon Ducks Offensive Coordinator in 1996 through 1997. He was the Boston College Eagles Offensive Coordinator in 1994 and 1995.
He served as the Missouri Tigers Offensive Coordinator from 1989 through 1993. He was the UTEP Miners Offensive Coordinator from 1986 through 1988.
He also was the San Francisco State Gators Offensive Coordinator in 1985. He began his coaching career as the Highland High School Rams Head Coach in 1983 and 1984 in Pocatello, Idaho.
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