Changing of the guard: Notable head coach departures in 2015
There have been a number of big-name head coaching changes in sports so far in 2015. Let's take a look at the notable coaches that have left their respective teams during the calendar year.
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Joe Philbin - Miami Dolphins
Joe Philbin was fired by the Miami Dolphins after the team got off to a slow 1-3 start this season. Tight ends coach Dan Campbell has since replaced Philbin as the team's interim head coach. In Philbin's three-plus seasons with the team, the Dolphins compiled a 24-28 overall record.
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Scott Brooks - Oklahoma City Thunder
After failing to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09, GM Sam Presti decided to replace the former NBA Coach of the Year Brooks with Billy Donovan, who previously coached at the University of Florida. During his tenure as head coach of the Thunder, Scott Brooks posted a .620 win percentage.
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Chip Kelly - Philadelphia Eagles
Former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was fired after just short of three seasons with the team. Before this season, Kelly was given control over player personnel. After he made questionable roster decisions, turmoil began to develop within the organization . Throughout the season, there were many reports of dysfunction between Kelly and his players. After missing the playoffs for the second season in a row, Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie decided that the "Chip Kelly era" was over.
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Tom Thibodeau - Chicago Bulls
Despite a successful five-season stint as the lead man in Chicago, the Bulls relieved Tom Thibodeau of his duties in favor of former Iowa State University head coach Fred Hoiberg. The 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year had a .647 win percentage thanks, in large part, to a stout defense. Unfortunately, the offense failed to live up to its potential.
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Bud Black - San Diego Padres
Bud Black was fired after eight-plus seasons as the San Diego Padres manager. Expectations were high in 2015 after the team acquired high-profile players Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and James Shields. In Black's time with the Padres, the team had a record of 649-713.
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Lloyd McClendon - Seattle Mariners
Lloyd McClendon was fired after two seasons as the Seattle Mariners manager. The team compiled a record of 163-161 during that span. The Mariners hired new GM Jerry Dipoto in September, and after meeting with McClendon at the end of the season Dipoto decided it would be best if they parted ways.
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Matt Williams - Washington Nationals
Matt Williams was fired after two seasons as the manager of the Washington Nationals. During that time the club compiled a record of 179-145. Williams faced criticism throughout the season from Nationals players about his handling of the team, which tore the clubhouse apart and likely led to his firing.
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Ron Roenicke - Milwaukee Brewers
Ron Roenicke was fired after the Brewers got off to a poor 7-18 start to the season. In four-plus seasons with Milwaukee, Roenicke's teams finished with a combined 342-331 record. Roenicke was subsequently hired as the Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach on Aug. 17.
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Todd McLellan - San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks and Todd McLellan mutually agreed to part ways. McLellan coached the Sharks for eight seasons and is the team's all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 309-159. McLellan is currently the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.
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Todd Richards - Columbus Blue Jackets
After getting off to an 0-7-0 start this season, the Blue Jackets figured they’d stop the bleeding by letting Todd Richards go. During his five years in Columbus, he compiled a 127-112 record. John Tortorella takes over as the new head coach.
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Randy Edsall - Maryland Terrapins
Randy Edsall was fired from the University of Maryland after four-plus seasons as the school's head football coach. During his time at Maryland, Edsall led the Terrapins to two bowl appearances and produced an overall record of 22-33.
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Steve Sarkisian - USC Trojans
Steve Sarkisian was fired from USC Oct. 12 after being put on an indefinite leave of absence one day earlier. Sarkisian was placed on leave as part of his ongoing struggle with alcohol abuse. USC athletic director Pat Haden placed Sarkisian on a zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use after an incident earlier in the year. Haden determined that Sarkisian's intoxication at practice was grounds for termination. In Sarkisian's one-plus seasons at USC the team compiled an overall record of 12-6.
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Steve Spurrier - South Carolina Gamecocks
Steve Spurrier resigned as head football coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks on Oct. 13. In 10-plus seasons with the Gamecocks, Spurrier compiled a record of 86-49. Following his resignation Spurrier said that he was not offically retiring but would likely never coach again.
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Bobby Hurley - Buffalo Bulls
Bobby Hurley left the University of Buffalo to become head basketball coach at Arizona State University. In his time at Buffalo, Hurley held a record of 42-20 and led the school to its first NCAA Division I tournament appearance. Hurley takes over a struggling Arizona State program that has only made one NCAA tournament appearance in the past six seasons.
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Shaka Smart - VCU Rams
Shaka Smart left VCU to become the new head basketball coach at the University of Texas. In six seasons at VCU, Smart's teams held a combined record of 163-56. Smart led the Rams to five NCAA tournaments, including a Final Four appearance in 2011.
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Miguel Herrera - Mexico National Team
The most shocking firing of 2015 has to go to Miguel Herrera. Although his future as Mexico’s manager was already up in the air, Herrera temporarily stalled his dismissal by winning the Gold Cup. However, he didn’t help his cause after allegedly attacking a television reporter.