The bowl season sees coaches retire after games every year, and this season is no exception. New Mexico State coach Jerry Kill is stepping down as the coach of the Aggies, per reports.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported the news. This isn’t coming as a surprise to the school, as there is already a plan for former UNLV coach Tony Sanchez to become the new head coach at New Mexico State.


Kill had been the coach for two seasons with the Aggies. In his first season, the Aggies were 7-6. The team took another step this year, as they finished 10-5 after the 37-10 loss to Fresno State in the New Mexico bowl.

After that game, he voiced displeasure in a rant towards New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nunez for not allowing the Aggies to practice at the Lobos indoor facility during bowl preparation. He also delivered a shocking 31-10 win over Auburn this season.

Kill has had other coaching stops at Saginaw Valley State, Southern Illinois, Emporia State, Northern Illinois, TCU and Minnesota. During his time as a head coach, he had to overcome multiple seizures during the 2011 season, while also having one in each of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

He resigned from Minnesota in 2015 for health reasons and served in multiple assistant roles until taking the Aggies job last season. His head coaching record is 175-115 all-time across multiple levels of the sport.