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Dan Mullen

Title Head coach
College Mississippi State
Sport Football
Conference SEC
Team record 5–7
Born April 27, 1972 (1972-04-27) (age 37)
Place of birth Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Career highlights
Overall 5–7
Playing career
1992-1993 Ursinus
Position Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Wagner (WR)
Columbia (WR)
Syracuse (GA)
Notre Dame (GA)
Bowling Green (QB)
Utah (QB)
Florida (OC/QB)
Mississippi State

Dan Mullen (born April 27, 1972 in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach currently serving as head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.[1][2]


High school

He 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 Exercise and Sport Science. He went on to Wagner College, where he coached wide receivers as he earned a Master's Degree in Education, obtained in 1996.

Coaching career

Prior to his hiring at Mississippi State, Mullen served as offensive coordinator at the University of Florida and was also alongside Urban Meyer at 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 Urban 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, QB who led Utah to 13-0 and Sugar Bowl victory in 2009.[3] 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 Alex Smith (Utah), Josh Harris (Bowling Green), Chris Leak (Florida) and Heisman Trophy-winner Tim Tebow (Florida).

Mullen, along with LSU Offensive Coordinator Gary Crowton and University of Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly, are part of the so-called "New Hampshire mafia" as they all have strong connections to New Hampshire.[4]

His first recruiting class at Mississippi State was ranked #25 in the nation by[5] and #19 in the nation by[6]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2009–present)
2009 Mississippi State 5–7 3–5 T-4th
Mississippi State: 5–7 3–5
Total: 5–7
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

First Year Highlights

  • Won 2009 Egg Bowl in first season, beating Mississippi 41-27.
  • 5-7 with #1 Strength of Schedule in the NCAA
  • 3 players named to All-SEC Team
  • 4 players named to All-SEC Freshmen Team


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sylvester Croom
Mississippi State University Head Football Coach
Succeeded by


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