Jerry Kill is the 31st University of Minnesota football head coach. Entering his fourth season at the helm this year, the former Northern Illinois head coach has a career record of 144-91.
At first beginning his coaching career at Football programs below NCAA Division I rankings, Kill found himself coaching Division I ball for the first time when he coached the Northern Illinois Huskies. Still only a MAC school, now the head coach for the Gophers who are in the Big 10, Kill finally has found himself in a BCS Conference.
Kill became the head coach of the Gophers on December 7th 2010. Ahead of him was a program that, following the tumultuous Tim Brewster era, needed rebuilding. Following a first season of growing pains, Kill has coached the Gophers to two consecutive bowl game appearances. And last year, his third with the team, he coached the team to an 8 win season – the team’s first 8 win season in over a decade.
With the steady improvement Kill has brought to the program under his tenure, spirits are high for the up coming season.