Anyone can apply to be Fresno State’s head coach. Yes, even you.

Former head football coach Jeff Tedford resigned last week due to his health, and the university went to work right away to find his successor.

Fresno State posted the job application for head football coach on Dec. 6, the day Tedford stepped down.


Anyone can apply through the university’s jobs and careers portal, and the deadline is Dec. 20 – the last day of the 14-day posting period legally required in the state of California.

So what is athletic director Terry Tumey and the university looking for in the next head coach? Well, let’s take a look at the application.

The school wants someone who can develop and sustain “a strong, competitive Division 1 football program.”

The coach’s salary will be “competitive” and negotiable, depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Tedford had a $1.55 million with the potential for several bonuses.

The job also boasts an “attractive benefits package which includes but is not limited to: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; 12+ paid holidays; excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance; and retirement benefits.”

Job duties are what’s naturally expected from a collegiate head coach: enhance graduation rates and academic progress rates, recruit student athletes, enforce rules and discipline, recruit and evaluate assistant coaches, be available to work professionally with the media, perform all duties with integrity and professionalism and support the university’s commitment to gender equity and diversity.

When it comes to qualifications, the required knowledge, skills and abilities that the university is looking for are a thorough knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, a demonstrated ability to maintain and protect the fiscal integrity of the athletics program and university, the ability to maintain positive and professional relationships with the players and staff and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The university has four requirements for education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution.
  • Eight years of experience coaching collegiate football or equivalent NFL experience.
  • Dealing with high visible media presence in an effective and professional manner.
  • Supervising, developing, and evaluating football staff and student-athletes.

Preferred qualifications include having a master’s degree, previous collegiate head coaching experience and a history of success, evidenced by the win-loss record and advancement to postseason competitions.

All applications received by Noon on Dec. 20 will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and given full consideration.

Applicants are also required to submit three other items along with the application: 

  • A resume. 
  • A letter of interest which includes a narrative detailing how the candidate fulfills each of the required and preferred items listed under qualifications. 
  • Names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references who can provide current assessments of the candidate’s qualifications for the position. 

The full application can be found here

Photo: Fresno State Athletics

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