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Dirk Koetter
Head Coach

Biography

Dirk Koetter was named the 11th head coach in franchise history on January 15, 2016, after serving as offensive coordinator in 2015.

In his first season as an NFL head coach, Koetter led Tampa Bay to a 9-7 record, the team’s most wins since 2010 and the second-most wins by any coach in their first season with the Buccaneers (Jon Gruden – 12).

Over the past two seasons, Koetter has helped guide the Buccaneers to one of the NFL’s top offenses, ranking ninth in yards per game (361.1), having the sixth-highest third-down conversion rate (42.8 pct.) and totaling the sixth-most first downs (676) during that timeframe. The Buccaneers set a franchise record for third-down conversion rate in 2016 at 43.9 pct. Tampa Bay has posted consecutive seasons with at least 5,500 yards of offense for the first time in franchise history. The team has scored at least 340 points in each of the past two seasons, the first time they have reached that mark in back-to-back years. After scoring 342 points (sixth-most in team history) and 37 touchdowns (ninth-most) in 2015, the Buccaneers increased those numbers in 2016, scoring 354 points (fourth-most) and 41 touchdowns (third-most).

In 2016, Koetter continued to help with the development of quarterback Jameis Winston, who set single-season franchise records for passing yards (4,090) and passing touchdowns (28). Winston became the youngest player to throw for 50 touchdowns in NFL history and the first player in league history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Winston has the second-most passing yards by any player through their first two seasons and the fifth-most passing touchdowns.

Much of Winston’s success came from throwing to wide receiver Mike Evans, who earned his first career Pro Bowl nod after recording 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdown receptions tied Evans’ own franchise record and tied for the second-most in the NFL in 2016, while his 1,321 receiving yards were the third-most in a season in team history and the fourth-most in the league last year. Evans’ 96 receptions are the second-most ever by a Buccaneer and ranked sixth in the NFL last season.

The 2016 season also saw a breakout performance from tight end Cameron Brate, who tied for the NFL lead in touchdown catches by a tight end, with eight, which matched the highest mark ever by a Buccaneers tight end (Jimmie Giles, 1985). Brate was second on the team in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (660), both of which ranked in the top 10 in Buccaneers history for tight ends.

Koetter’s first season also saw a defensive improvement, with the Buccaneer recording 29 takeaways, the third-highest mark in the NFL and an improvement from 23 the previous season. After allowing 26.1 points per game in 2015 (26th in the league), the 2016 team allowed only 23.1 points per game (15th in the league). Tampa Bay punter Bryan Anger also had the best punting season in team history in 2016, setting franchise records for punts inside the 20 (37 – tied for the third-most in the NFL) and net punting average (42.7, the fourth-best mark in the NFL). 

In his first season with Tampa Bay (2015), Koetter helped pilot one of the most successful offenses in the NFL and one of the best in team history. The team set the franchise records for total yards (6,014 – 357.0 per game), while posting the second-most rushing yards (2,162 – 135.1 per game), the then-second-most passing yards (3,852 – 240.8 per game), along with the then-fifth-most total points (342 – 21.4 per game). Tampa Bay ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per game (375.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (135.1) and second in the league in rush average (4.75). It marked the first time in franchise history that the Buccaneers have finished in the top five in total offense.

Much of Tampa Bay’s offensive success in 2015 came at the hands of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who accounted for 28 total touchdowns (22 passing, six rushing). Koetter also helped guide Winston to 4,042 passing yards, which were the second-most in a single season in team history and the third-most by a rookie in NFL history. Winston’s 22 passing touchdowns were tied for the fourth-most in a single season in team history and the fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history. His six rushing touchdowns and 28 combined touchdowns were the most in a single season by a Buccaneers quarterback, while his 28 total touchdowns were tied for the third-most by a rookie in NFL history.

Prior to Koetter’s arrival, the Buccaneers ranked 29th in rushing and tied for 29th in sacks allowed in 2014. In 2015, under Koetter’s guidance, the unit completed an impressive turnaround. Despite starting two rookies on the offensive line, Tampa Bay still managed to block for the NFL’s second-leading rusher (Doug Martin – 1,402 yards) and tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in the league. While Martin was a large part of the team’s success running the ball, he was aided by running back Charles Sims, who totaled 1,090 scrimmage yards (107 rushes for 529 yards, 51 catches for 561 yards). Sims averaged 6.9 yards per touch, the most by any player in the NFL with at least 150 touches since 2011 (Darren Sproles in 2011, 7.6 avg.). Martin and Sims’ combined 2,566 yards from scrimmage were the most by a running back duo in the NFL in 2015 and set a franchise record for backfield teammates.

Koetter also played a key role in revamping the Buccaneers’ passing game. Part of the team’s success passing the ball came from targeting top wide receiver Mike Evans, who caught 74 passes for 1,206 yards. His 1,206 yards are the seventh-most in a single season in team history and stood as the 11th-most in the league in 2015. Sims’ 561 receiving yards were the fourth-most by a running back in the NFL in 2015, while his four receiving touchdowns set a franchise record and tied for the second-most in the league by a running back.

Koetter joined the Buccaneers after three seasons working as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2012-14). During his three seasons with Atlanta, the team cumulatively ranked second in the NFL in completion percentage (67.4), third in third-down conversion percentage (44.1), fourth in passing yards (277.2 per game), ninth in passing touchdowns (86), ninth in passer rating (93.9), 10th in points (24.0 per game) and 10th in total yardage (363.5 per game), while posting the second-fewest penalties (243) and penalty yards (2,043), seventh-fewest turnovers (69) and the ninth-lowest interception percentage (2.4) in the league. Koetter was part of the Falcons staff that went 13-3 in 2012 and played in the NFC Championship Game.

Under Koetter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan posted three of the four highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history to that point, as well as three of the five highest completion percentage seasons. In 2012, Ryan set then-franchise records and personal bests in passing yards (4,719), completion percentage (68.6) and passing touchdowns (32), while recording the second-highest passer rating mark in Falcons history (99.1). Atlanta wide receivers also flourished under Koetter, with Julio Jones setting a then-franchise record and ranking third in the NFL in receiving yards in 2014 with 1,593 yards. In those three seasons, the Falcons had a different player lead the team in receiving yards each season (Roddy White, 2012; Harry Douglas, 2013; Jones, 2014).

While Koetter was in charge of the Falcons’ offense, he coached three players to Pro Bowl appearances (Julio Jones, 2012, 2014; Tony Gonzalez, 2012-13; Matt Ryan, 2012), with Gonzalez earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2012. In his first season with Koetter in 2012, Gonzalez set a franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end, recording 93 catches for 930 yards – the most he had recorded in either category since 2008. That same season, Jones and White combined for 2,549 receiving yards, the most by a duo in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Koetter spent five seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-11). In his five years with the Jaguars, the team cumulatively ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards (132.0 per game) and sixth in rushing average (4.41). Koetter’s Jacksonville offenses also showed a penchant for taking care of the football, tallying the seventh-fewest turnovers in the league during that time.

Koetter had immediate success in Jacksonville, with his 2007 team setting franchise records in points (25.7 per game, sixth in the NFL) and total offense (357 yards per game, seventh in the NFL). In his first season as the starter, quarterback David Garrard ranked third in the NFL and set a franchise record in passer rating (102.2), throwing a league-low three interceptions, while leading the team to a Wild Card playoff berth and a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2008, Garrard threw for a career-best 3,620 yards and in 2010 he tossed 23 touchdowns, a career high and a franchise record.

While with the Jaguars, Koetter coached four different players to six Pro Bowl selections, including running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and led the NFL in rushing in 2010 en route to earning an All-Pro selection. Koetter also helped tight end Marcedes Lewis earn a Pro Bowl berth following the 2010 season, when Lewis caught 10 touchdown passes, then tied for the most in a season in Jaguars history.

Before joining the Jaguars, Koetter spent 22 years at the collegiate level, the final six as the head coach at Arizona State (2001-06). In his six seasons with the Sun Devils, Koetter led the team to four bowl games, posting a 40-34 record. Working as both the head coach and offensive coordinator, he helped Arizona State average nearly 30 points per game over six seasons, while ranking in the top 20 in the nation in passing offense in five of his six years. In addition, five of the six Sun Devil teams during Koetter’s tenure produced a 1,000-yard receiver and quarterbacks that threw for 20 or more touchdowns in five of six seasons.

Koetter’s first head coaching opportunity came at Boise State, where he spent three seasons (1998-2000), finishing with a 26-10 record and two consecutive bowl wins. He was a two-time Big West Coach of the Year and two-time conference champion.

A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Koetter played collegiately at Idaho State (1978-81), helping his team to a Division I-AA national championship as a senior. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned a master’s in athletic administration a year later. After getting his master’s, he became the head coach at Highland (Idaho) High School, where he worked from 1983-84, going 19-4 and winning the 1984 state championship.

In 1985, Koetter worked as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State and from 1986-88 was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Texas El-Paso. He then served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri from 1989-93 and offensive coordinator at Boston College (1994-95) and Oregon (1996-97).

Koetter, 58, and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Kaylee and Kendra, and two sons, Derek and Davis.

KOETTER AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1978-81

Idaho State, Player

1983-84

Highland High School, Head Coach

1985

San Francisco State, Offensive Coordinator

1986

Texas-El Paso, Quarterbacks Coach

1987-88

Texas-El Paso, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach

1989-93

Missouri, Offensive Coordinator

1994-95

Boston College, Offensive Coordinator

1996-97

Oregon, Offensive Coordinator

1998-2000

Boise State, Head Coach

2001-06

Arizona State, Head Coach

2007-11

Jacksonville Jaguars, Offensive Coordinator

2012-14

Atlanta Falcons, Offensive Coordinator

2015

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Coordinator

2016-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Head Coach

Dirk Koetter was named the 11th head coach in franchise history on January 15, 2016, after serving as offensive coordinator in 2015.

In his first season as an NFL head coach, Koetter led Tampa Bay to a 9-7 record, the team’s most wins since 2010 and the second-most wins by any coach in their first season with the Buccaneers (Jon Gruden – 12).

Over the past two seasons, Koetter has helped guide the Buccaneers to one of the NFL’s top offenses, ranking ninth in yards per game (361.1), having the sixth-highest third-down conversion rate (42.8 pct.) and totaling the sixth-most first downs (676) during that timeframe. The Buccaneers set a franchise record for third-down conversion rate in 2016 at 43.9 pct. Tampa Bay has posted consecutive seasons with at least 5,500 yards of offense for the first time in franchise history. The team has scored at least 340 points in each of the past two seasons, the first time they have reached that mark in back-to-back years. After scoring 342 points (sixth-most in team history) and 37 touchdowns (ninth-most) in 2015, the Buccaneers increased those numbers in 2016, scoring 354 points (fourth-most) and 41 touchdowns (third-most).

In 2016, Koetter continued to help with the development of quarterback Jameis Winston, who set single-season franchise records for passing yards (4,090) and passing touchdowns (28). Winston became the youngest player to throw for 50 touchdowns in NFL history and the first player in league history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Winston has the second-most passing yards by any player through their first two seasons and the fifth-most passing touchdowns.

Much of Winston’s success came from throwing to wide receiver Mike Evans, who earned his first career Pro Bowl nod after recording 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdown receptions tied Evans’ own franchise record and tied for the second-most in the NFL in 2016, while his 1,321 receiving yards were the third-most in a season in team history and the fourth-most in the league last year. Evans’ 96 receptions are the second-most ever by a Buccaneer and ranked sixth in the NFL last season.

The 2016 season also saw a breakout performance from tight end Cameron Brate, who tied for the NFL lead in touchdown catches by a tight end, with eight, which matched the highest mark ever by a Buccaneers tight end (Jimmie Giles, 1985). Brate was second on the team in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (660), both of which ranked in the top 10 in Buccaneers history for tight ends.

Koetter’s first season also saw a defensive improvement, with the Buccaneer recording 29 takeaways, the third-highest mark in the NFL and an improvement from 23 the previous season. After allowing 26.1 points per game in 2015 (26th in the league), the 2016 team allowed only 23.1 points per game (15th in the league). Tampa Bay punter Bryan Anger also had the best punting season in team history in 2016, setting franchise records for punts inside the 20 (37 – tied for the third-most in the NFL) and net punting average (42.7, the fourth-best mark in the NFL). 

In his first season with Tampa Bay (2015), Koetter helped pilot one of the most successful offenses in the NFL and one of the best in team history. The team set the franchise records for total yards (6,014 – 357.0 per game), while posting the second-most rushing yards (2,162 – 135.1 per game), the then-second-most passing yards (3,852 – 240.8 per game), along with the then-fifth-most total points (342 – 21.4 per game). Tampa Bay ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per game (375.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (135.1) and second in the league in rush average (4.75). It marked the first time in franchise history that the Buccaneers have finished in the top five in total offense.

Much of Tampa Bay’s offensive success in 2015 came at the hands of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who accounted for 28 total touchdowns (22 passing, six rushing). Koetter also helped guide Winston to 4,042 passing yards, which were the second-most in a single season in team history and the third-most by a rookie in NFL history. Winston’s 22 passing touchdowns were tied for the fourth-most in a single season in team history and the fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history. His six rushing touchdowns and 28 combined touchdowns were the most in a single season by a Buccaneers quarterback, while his 28 total touchdowns were tied for the third-most by a rookie in NFL history.

Prior to Koetter’s arrival, the Buccaneers ranked 29th in rushing and tied for 29th in sacks allowed in 2014. In 2015, under Koetter’s guidance, the unit completed an impressive turnaround. Despite starting two rookies on the offensive line, Tampa Bay still managed to block for the NFL’s second-leading rusher (Doug Martin – 1,402 yards) and tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in the league. While Martin was a large part of the team’s success running the ball, he was aided by running back Charles Sims, who totaled 1,090 scrimmage yards (107 rushes for 529 yards, 51 catches for 561 yards). Sims averaged 6.9 yards per touch, the most by any player in the NFL with at least 150 touches since 2011 (Darren Sproles in 2011, 7.6 avg.). Martin and Sims’ combined 2,566 yards from scrimmage were the most by a running back duo in the NFL in 2015 and set a franchise record for backfield teammates.

Koetter also played a key role in revamping the Buccaneers’ passing game. Part of the team’s success passing the ball came from targeting top wide receiver Mike Evans, who caught 74 passes for 1,206 yards. His 1,206 yards are the seventh-most in a single season in team history and stood as the 11th-most in the league in 2015. Sims’ 561 receiving yards were the fourth-most by a running back in the NFL in 2015, while his four receiving touchdowns set a franchise record and tied for the second-most in the league by a running back.

Koetter joined the Buccaneers after three seasons working as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2012-14). During his three seasons with Atlanta, the team cumulatively ranked second in the NFL in completion percentage (67.4), third in third-down conversion percentage (44.1), fourth in passing yards (277.2 per game), ninth in passing touchdowns (86), ninth in passer rating (93.9), 10th in points (24.0 per game) and 10th in total yardage (363.5 per game), while posting the second-fewest penalties (243) and penalty yards (2,043), seventh-fewest turnovers (69) and the ninth-lowest interception percentage (2.4) in the league. Koetter was part of the Falcons staff that went 13-3 in 2012 and played in the NFC Championship Game.

Under Koetter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan posted three of the four highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history to that point, as well as three of the five highest completion percentage seasons. In 2012, Ryan set then-franchise records and personal bests in passing yards (4,719), completion percentage (68.6) and passing touchdowns (32), while recording the second-highest passer rating mark in Falcons history (99.1). Atlanta wide receivers also flourished under Koetter, with Julio Jones setting a then-franchise record and ranking third in the NFL in receiving yards in 2014 with 1,593 yards. In those three seasons, the Falcons had a different player lead the team in receiving yards each season (Roddy White, 2012; Harry Douglas, 2013; Jones, 2014).

While Koetter was in charge of the Falcons’ offense, he coached three players to Pro Bowl appearances (Julio Jones, 2012, 2014; Tony Gonzalez, 2012-13; Matt Ryan, 2012), with Gonzalez earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2012. In his first season with Koetter in 2012, Gonzalez set a franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end, recording 93 catches for 930 yards – the most he had recorded in either category since 2008. That same season, Jones and White combined for 2,549 receiving yards, the most by a duo in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Koetter spent five seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-11). In his five years with the Jaguars, the team cumulatively ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards (132.0 per game) and sixth in rushing average (4.41). Koetter’s Jacksonville offenses also showed a penchant for taking care of the football, tallying the seventh-fewest turnovers in the league during that time.

Koetter had immediate success in Jacksonville, with his 2007 team setting franchise records in points (25.7 per game, sixth in the NFL) and total offense (357 yards per game, seventh in the NFL). In his first season as the starter, quarterback David Garrard ranked third in the NFL and set a franchise record in passer rating (102.2), throwing a league-low three interceptions, while leading the team to a Wild Card playoff berth and a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2008, Garrard threw for a career-best 3,620 yards and in 2010 he tossed 23 touchdowns, a career high and a franchise record.

While with the Jaguars, Koetter coached four different players to six Pro Bowl selections, including running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and led the NFL in rushing in 2010 en route to earning an All-Pro selection. Koetter also helped tight end Marcedes Lewis earn a Pro Bowl berth following the 2010 season, when Lewis caught 10 touchdown passes, then tied for the most in a season in Jaguars history.

Before joining the Jaguars, Koetter spent 22 years at the collegiate level, the final six as the head coach at Arizona State (2001-06). In his six seasons with the Sun Devils, Koetter led the team to four bowl games, posting a 40-34 record. Working as both the head coach and offensive coordinator, he helped Arizona State average nearly 30 points per game over six seasons, while ranking in the top 20 in the nation in passing offense in five of his six years. In addition, five of the six Sun Devil teams during Koetter’s tenure produced a 1,000-yard receiver and quarterbacks that threw for 20 or more touchdowns in five of six seasons.

Koetter’s first head coaching opportunity came at Boise State, where he spent three seasons (1998-2000), finishing with a 26-10 record and two consecutive bowl wins. He was a two-time Big West Coach of the Year and two-time conference champion.

A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Koetter played collegiately at Idaho State (1978-81), helping his team to a Division I-AA national championship as a senior. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned a master’s in athletic administration a year later. After getting his master’s, he became the head coach at Highland (Idaho) High School, where he worked from 1983-84, going 19-4 and winning the 1984 state championship.

In 1985, Koetter worked as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State and from 1986-88 was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Texas El-Paso. He then served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri from 1989-93 and offensive coordinator at Boston College (1994-95) and Oregon (1996-97).

Koetter, 58, and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Kaylee and Kendra, and two sons, Derek and Davis.

KOETTER AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1978-81

Idaho State, Player

1983-84

Highland High School, Head Coach

1985

San Francisco State, Offensive Coordinator

1986

Texas-El Paso, Quarterbacks Coach

1987-88

Texas-El Paso, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach

1989-93

Missouri, Offensive Coordinator

1994-95

Boston College, Offensive Coordinator

1996-97

Oregon, Offensive Coordinator

1998-2000

Boise State, Head Coach

2001-06

Arizona State, Head Coach

2007-11

Jacksonville Jaguars, Offensive Coordinator

2012-14

Atlanta Falcons, Offensive Coordinator

2015

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Coordinator

2016-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Head Coach