Wofford football coach Josh Conklin resigns
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford head football coach Josh Conklin resigned on Thursday following an 0-5 start to the 2022 season.
Conklin went just 2-19 since the beginning of the 2021 season, including a 15-game losing streak dating back to September of 2021.
The Terriers have been outscored 150-36 this season after a 42-7 loss to Mercer on Saturday, marking the program’s worst start to a season since 1987.
Conklin did have success in his first two seasons at the helm, winning back-to-back Southern Conference Championships and reaching the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2018 and 2019. At the conclusion of the 2019 season, he was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year by the media. He posted an overall record of 19-27 at Wofford.
“We appreciate the time and work that Josh has put into this program over the past five years, which included a pair of Southern Conference Championships,” said Richard Johnson, director of athletics. “We wish nothing but the best for Josh and his family in the future.”
Prior to Wofford, Conklin spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh. He was an assistant coach at Wofford from 2007-09 working with the secondary. Conklin has additional experience at Florida International, Tennessee, The Citadel and South Dakota State University, serving as the defensive coordinator at Pitt, Florida International and The Citadel.
Shawn Watson, the Terriers assistant head coach and offensive coordinator will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Watson has over 35 years of coaching experience, including a stint as head coach at Southern Illinois (1994-96).
Wofford College will contract with a search firm to facilitate the process of hiring a new head coach.