Sean Kugler stepped down as UTEP’s head football coach on Sunday, effective immediately.
“After meeting with coach [Bob] Stull and discussing my future and the future of this program, we mutually agreed the best thing is for me to step down as the head coach,” Kugler said. “My love for UTEP is in my heart forever, and my love for all the players that I have coached here is even stronger. We have accomplished many things together — a bowl appearance in 2014, a perfect APR score, the highest GPA in team history and countless players getting their degrees. I am so proud of my players and their behavior off the field representing El Paso as great ambassadors in community service.
“I would like to thank coach Stull and Dr. [Diana] Natalicio for this great opportunity. I would like to thank the Miner fans who I love for all your support throughout my career as a player, assistant and head coach. I am proud to be a Miner for life.”
“We really appreciate the dedication and hard work that coach Kugler has brought to this program, and we are proud of the accomplishments during his tenure as head coach,” Director of Athletics Bob Stull said. “After a long discussion, we have agreed that it is best for him and the program that he step down. Sean will always be a Miner and we wish him the best in his coaching future.”
Kugler concludes his UTEP tenure with a record of 18-36, including an 11-22 mark in Conference USA play. He led the Miners to a winning season in 2014 (7-6) and a berth in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Immediate future plans for the UTEP football program will be announced at the weekly football media luncheon on Monday at 11:30 a.m.