One of the most creative offensive minds in college football, and former National Coach of the year, Dan Mullen was one of the most successful coaches in the Southeastern Conference for 13 seasons. Mullen currently serves as a college football studio and in-game analyst for ESPN and ABC.
From 2017-20, he led the Florida Gators to three straight New Year’s Six Bowl Games. While in Starkville, in 2014, Mullen led Mississippi State to unprecedented success when the Bulldogs climbed to #1 in the college football polls for the first-time in school history. Leading those two teams in the powerhouse SEC, he compiled a career-record 103-61. Mullen was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2014 and also won the George Munger National Coach of the Year award.
Mullen celebrated two National Championships with the Florida Gators as the Offensive Coordinator from 2005-2008. In 2017, Mullen returned to Gainesville after nine seasons as the Head Coach at Mississippi State. Upon his return, Mullen took over an unranked Florida football program and led the Gators to one of their largest turnarounds in school history with a 10-win season in 2018. The Gators won the SEC East title with Mullen in 2020. Mullen was 34-49 in four seasons with the Gators. Among his three-straight New Year’s Six appearances, the Gators won the 2018 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and the Capital One Orange Bowl in 2019.
In between his two runs at Florida, Mullen at age 36 became the youngest FBS Coach in history when hired by Mississippi State. Mullen went on to shatter more than 100 school records in his nine seasons with the Bulldogs. In 2014, Mullen and quarterback Dak Prescott guided the Bulldogs to their #1 ranking. Mullen also led the program to a school record eight consecutive bowl games.
Earlier in his coaching career, he was an assistant at Wagner College and Columbia University, as well as Syracuse and Notre Dame. Following South Bend, he was the quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer at Bowling Green and Utah.
Throughout his career, Mullen has been an offensive innovator of the game and the spread offense, and known commonly as The Quarterback Whisperer. Mullen has coached and developed current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (Mississippi State); Alex Smith (Utah, #1 overall NFL draft pick in 2005); Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Florida), Chris Leak (Florida); Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State); Kyle Trask (Florida); Feleipe Franks (Florida); as well as Josh Harris (Bowling Green) and Omar Jacobs (Bowling Green).
Mullen also served on the AFCA Board of Trustees and the NCAA College Football Oversight Committee.