Jan. 22, 2012
AUBURN--Scot Loeffler, (pronounced LEFF-ler) who has 14 years of coaching experience on the collegiate and NFL levels, has been named offensive coordinator at Auburn, head coach Gene Chizik announced Sunday. Loeffler, who served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple this past season, has worked with six quarterbacks at the college level that went on to play in the NFL, including Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Brian Griese, Chad Henne, Drew Henson and John Navarre.
"Scot is a rising star who has worked with some very good quarterbacks, and has achieved a tremendous amount of success," Chizik said. "He is a tireless worker, is an outstanding recruiter and knows the rigors of competing in this conference. We're very excited to have Scot join our staff and we welcome him to the Auburn family."
At Temple, Loeffler helped guide the Owls to a 9-4 record, directing an offense that was seventh nationally in rushing averaging 256.5 yards per game and 39th nationally in scoring (30.6 ppg). Running back Bernard Pierce was sixth nationally in rushing, averaging 123.4 yards a game.
Prior to Temple, Loeffler spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at the University of Florida as the quarterbacks coach. He led a Florida quarterback unit that led the nation in pass efficiency (167.3) in 2009, after they passed for 3,305 yards for 28 touchdowns with just five interceptions. In his first season at Florida, the Gators ranked second in the SEC in passing offense with an average of 236.1 yards per game. Loeffler guided Tim Tebow in his final season at Florida, during which he passed for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing his senior year with a passing efficiency of 164.17. Tebow left Florida with five NCAA, 14 SEC and 28 UF records.
"Auburn is one of the special jobs and special places in college athletics with a tremendous amount of history and tradition. It's an honor to be joining Coach Chizik's staff and I'm very appreciative of this opportunity. I'm excited to get started and look forward to beginning recruiting, meeting the players and staff, and interacting with the Auburn family."
Loeffler spent one season in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, where he guided a quarterback unit that threw for 2,960 yards in 2008.
For six seasons, from 2002-07, Loeffler coached the quarterbacks at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, where he coached second-round draft pick Chad Henne. Under the tutelage of Loeffler, Henne became the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a Big Ten title and start in a BCS bowl game. Henne set school marks in career passing yards (9,715), touchdowns (87), completions (828) and attempts (1,387). He helped develop John Navarre into the team's first All-Big Ten first-team quarterback since 1997.
A Barberton, Ohio, native, Loeffler served as Central Michigan's quarterbacks' coach for two seasons in 2000-01.
A quarterback for the Wolverines from 1993-96, Loeffler received his bachelor's degree in 1996. He helped guide two NFL quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Brian Griese as a graduate and student assistant at Michigan and was a part of the Wolverine staff during the 1997 undefeated season and National Championship title.
He has seen the quarterbacks he coached at Michigan go on to play in 302 regular-season NFL games, including 275 starts. In addition, those players have garnered a combined four Super Bowl rings as pros.
Born Nov. 1, 1974, Loeffler and his wife Amie have two children, son Luke (7) and daughter Alexis (1).
Lloyd Carr, former Michigan Head Coach (1995-2007) on Loeffler
"I'm delighted for Scot and think that he is a great fit for Auburn. He's a bright guy that has a great passion for the game. Not only is he an outstanding coach, but a great recruiter. He's a great teacher and there's not a quarterback out there that wouldn't enjoy playing for him.
Scot is a team guy, one of those coaches who will call a game with the mindset of doing whatever it takes to win. Some days it may be to protect the defense and some days to light it up. He will call his offense that will give the team its best chance to win.
His strength is that he is honest and up front with players and they will respect him because he has a wonderful knowledge of the game.
There will be a lot of happy fans at Auburn with this hire and a lot of new Auburn fans in the Midwest."
Brian Griese, former Michigan (1993-97) and NFL quarterback (1998-2008)
"Scot Loeffler is unquestionably one of the best teachers of quarterback play in football at any level. His ability to teach the fundamentals of the quarterback position no matter what style of offense make him unique in college football. I don't know many coaches that could coach Tom Brady and maximize his potential and then turn around and coach Tim Tebow and do the same. As a result of being involved in a number of different offensive styles I think Scot will bring a diverse and effective approach to the Auburn football team."
Scot Loeffler FILE
Year Coaching: 14th
College: University of Michigan '98 (B.A. in History)
Hometown: Barberton, Ohio
High School: Barberton
Born: Nov. 1, 1974
Family: Wife Amie
Children: Luke (7), Alexis (1)
University of Michigan (1993-96) - Quarterback
2011 // Temple, Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
2009-10 // Florida, Quarterbacks
2008 // Detroit Lions, Quarterbacks
2002-07 // Michigan, Quarterbacks
2000-01 // Central Michigan, Quarterbacks
1998-99 // Michigan, Graduate Assistant
1996-97 // Michigan, Student Assistant
NFL Players Coached
QB Brian Griese (3rd) - Michigan '98 - Denver Broncos
QB Tom Brady (6th) - Michigan '00 - New England Patriots
QB Drew Henson (6th) - Michigan '03 - Houston Texans
QB John Navarre (7th) - Michigan '04 - Arizona Cardinals
QB Chad Henne (2nd) - Michigan '08 - Miami Dolphins
QB Tim Tebow (1st) - Florida '10 - Denver Broncos