Josh Heupel
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team UCF
Conference The American
Record 12–1
Biographical details
Born March 22 1978 (1978-03-22) (age 42)
Place of birth Aberdeen, South Dakota, U.S.
Playing career
Position(s) Quarterback
Head coaching record
Overall 12–1
Bowls 0-1
Accomplishments and honors
1 AAC (2018)
1 AAC East Division (2018)
Consensus All-American (2000)
AP Player of the Year (2000)
Walter Camp Award (2000)
Archie Griffin Award (2000)
Harley Award Winner (2000)
Quarterback of the Year (2000)
Career player statistics (if any)'

Joshua Kenneth Heupel (born March 22, 1978) is an American football coach and former player. He (as of 2018) is the head football coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He was named to the job in December 2017, following the resignation of Scott Frost, who left for the head coaching job at Nebraska.[1] Heupel played college football as quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. During his college playing career, he was recognized as a consensus All-American, won numerous awards, and led Oklahoma to the 2000 BCS National Championship. After two years unsuccessfully trying to make an NFL roster (featuring brief stints with the Miami Dolphins and the Green Bay Packers), Heupel became a coach. He served as co-offensive coordinator for Oklahoma until January 6, 2015, when he was fired.[2] He was named the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach for the Utah State University (USU) Aggies on January 23, 2015.[3] After one season at USU, he was hired on Barry Odom's staff at the University of Missouri, where he was the offensive coordinator before being hired for his first head coaching position at UCF.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

Heupel spent the 2004 season as a graduate assistant for Oklahoma under head coach Bob Stoops. In 2005, Heupel was hired as the tight ends coach at the University of Arizona by newly appointed head coach Mike Stoops, Bob's brother and an Oklahoma assistant coach during Heupel's playing days.[4]

Heupel became the quarterbacks coach for Oklahoma in 2006. In that capacity he coached Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2008.[5] On December 13, 2010, Bob Stoops named Heupel and Jay Norvell as co-offensive coordinators at Oklahoma, replacing Kevin Wilson, who had accepted the head coaching job at Indiana. Stoops said Heupel would be in charge of calling offensive plays during games.[6] Heupel was fired in January 2015 following an 8−5 season capped by a 40−6 loss to Clemson in 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl.

Following his termination from Oklahoma, Heupel served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for one season each for the Utah State Aggies and Missouri Tigers, respectively.

UCF[edit | edit source]

He was named head coach of the UCF Knights on December 5, 2017, replacing the departing Scott Frost. Heupel led UCF to a 12-0 record (The Week 3 game against the North Carolina Tar Heels was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence) and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, where they lost to LSU.

Coaching tree[edit | edit source]

Head coaches under whom Heupel has served:

Personal[edit | edit source]

Heupel and his wife, Dawn, have a son, Jace, and a daughter, Hannah.[7] His sister, Andrea Heupel, is married to former U.S. Representative Dan Boren.[8]

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