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Jerry Kill - Head Coach

Jerry Kill was named head coach of the University of Minnesota football program on December 7, 2010. He enters his 20th year of being a head college football coach in 2012 and his overall collegiate head coaching record is 136-89.

The Gophers were 3-9 in Kill's first season in 2011, but reached a bowl game and finished 6-7 in 2012 giving him a 9-16 record as head coach at Minnesota. Kill's reputation as a turnaround artist has continued with the Gophers, as Minnesota doubled its win total from 2011 to 2012 in Kill's second year. Last season, Kill led the Gophers to a bowl game for the first time since 2009, as Minnesota faced Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Kill's rebuilding of the Minnesota program is also taking place in the classroom. The Gophers recorded a 994 Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2011-12 season, the first under Kill's leadership. The 994 score is the highest single-season score that the Minnesota football team has ever recorded and only 10 teams have tied or beaten a score of 994 since the NCAA has made single-season scores available.

Kill came to Minnesota after spending three seasons on the sidelines at Northern Illinois University. Kill led the Huskies to three consecutive bowl games during his tenure and also coached NIU to a berth the Mid-American Conference Championship game in 2010. Kill was 23-16 in his three seasons with the Huskies.

At Northern Illinois, Kill coached two winners of the Mid-American Conference Vern Smith Leadership Award, given annually to the conference's top football player. Defensive end Larry English won the award in 2008, Kill's first season. Running back Chad Spann was honored as the conference's top player in 2010. English went on to be the No. 16 overall choice in the 2009 NFL Draft and currently plays for the San Diego Chargers.

During 2010, Kill mentored six first-team All-MAC selections. In his three seasons, the Huskies earned 10 first-team all-MAC honors. His 2010 squad ranked No. 7 in the nation in rushing offense, No. 12 in scoring offense, No. 19 in total offense, No. 14 in scoring defense, No. 26 in total defense, No. 24 in rushing defense and No. 44 in passing defense. Following the 2010 season, Kill was named the National Coach of the Year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

In 2009, Kill was presented with the National Football Foundation Courage Award by the Chicago Metro Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

In four previous stops as a head coach, he has never left a school with a sub-.500 record. In three of his previous four head coaching positions, he took over a team with a losing record and turned in a winning season in three years or less.

Prior to serving as the head coach at Northern Illinois, Kill was in charge of the football program at Southern Illinois University, an FCS (formerly Division I-AA) program in Carbondale, Ill. He spent seven years on the Saluki sideline and compiled a 55-32 record. Kill's record over his final five seasons with Southern Illinois was 50-14 and included five consecutive NCAA FCS Playoff appearances.

Kill was the head coach at Emporia (Kan.) State for two seasons in 1999-2000. He went 11-11 with the Hornets, who play at the NCAA Division II level. Prior to coaching at Emporia State, Kill was the head coach at NCAA Division II member Saginaw Valley State from 1994-1998. He compiled a 38-14 record with the Cardinals.

Kill served as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator in two different stops at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He helped lead the Gorillas to three NAIA playoff appearances as the defensive coordinator from 1985-87. Kill returned to Pitt State as the offensive coordinator from 1990-93. In that four-year span, the Gorillas advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs four times, reaching the championship game twice and winning the 1991 national title.

Sandwiched between his stints at Pittsburg State, Kill was the head coach at Webb City (Mo.) High School. He was 25-1 in two seasons at Webb City and won a state championship in 1989.

Kill and his wife Rebecca have two daughters, Krystal and Tasha.


Year by Year

Year School Record Postseason Responsibilities
1985 Pittsburg State 8-2-0 NAIA Playoffs Defensive Coordinator
1986 Pittsburg State 11-1-0 NAIA Playoffs Defensive Coordinator
1987 Pittsburg State 11-1-0 NAIA Playoffs Defensive Coordinator
1988 Webb City HS 11-1-0 - Head Coach
1989 Webb City HS 14-0-0 State Champs Head Coach
1990 Pittsburg State 8-2-0 D-II Playoffs Offensive Coordinator
1991 Piitsburg State 13-1-1 D-II Champs Offensive Coordinator
1992 Pittsburg State 14-1-0 D-II Finalist Offensive Coordinator
1993 Pittsburg State 8-3-0 D-II Playoffs Offensive Coordinator
1994 Saginaw Valley St. 6-4 - Head Coach
1995 Saginaw Valley St. 7-3 - Head Coach
1996 Saginaw Valley St. 7-3 - Head Coach
1997 Saginaw Valley St. 9-2 Nationally Ranked Head Coach
1998 Saginaw Valley St. 9-2 Nationally Ranked Head Coach
1999 Emporia State 5-6 - Head Coach
2000 Emporia State 6-5 - Head Coach
2001 Southern Illinois 1-10 - Head Coach
2002 Southern Illinois 4-8 - Head Coach
2003 Southern Illinois 10-2 FCS Playoffs - 1st Round Head Coach
2004 Southern Illinois 10-2 FCS Playoffs - 1st Round Head Coach
2005 Southern Illinois 9-4 FCS Playoffs - 2nd Round Head Coach
2006 Southern Illinois 9-4 FCS Playoffs - 2nd Round Head Coach
2007 Southern Illinois 12-2 FCS Playoffs - Semifinals Head Coach
2008 Northern Illinois 6-7 Independence Bowl Head Coach
2009 Northern Illinois 7-6 International Bowl Head Coach
2010 Northern Illinois 10-3 Humanitarian Bowl Head Coach
2011 Minnesota 3-9 - Head Coach
2012 Minnesota 6-7 Meineke Car Care Bowl Head Coach

Kill By the Numbers

604 Winning percentage as a collegiate head coach

1National Championship. Won as offensive coordinator at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University in 1991

2 Mid-American Conference Vern Smith Leadership Award (MVP) winners in three years at NIU

2 National Coach of the Year honors. 2007 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, 2004 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

3 Bowl-eligible teams in three seasons at Northern Illinois University. 2008 Independence Bowl; 2009 International Bowl; 2010 Humanitarian Bowl

1Bowl-eligible team in two seasons at Minnesota. 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl

5 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoff appearances as head coach at Southern Illinois University

10First-team All-MAC selections in his three-year tenure at Northern Illinois

14 Winning seasons (out of 19) as a collegiate head coach