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UTEP Head Coach Sean Kugler Steps Down

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Following an 0-5 start to the season, Sean Kugler has stepped down from his spot as head coach of the UTEP football team. Plans for the immediate future of the program will be released tomorrow at the weekly media luncheon.

Sean Kugler put together an 18-36 overall mark, including 11-22 in Conference USA play. He also led the Miners to one bowl appearance, but it wasn’t nearly enough for the coach to maintain his position.

According to the El Paso Times’ Bret Bloomquist, fellow UTEP grad and current interim offensive coordinator Brian Natkin is the likely candidate to take over the reigns for the remainder of the season.

Natkin took over the play calling for the UTEP offense just a week ago after second year coordinator Brent Pease was let go. Of course, UTEP Athletics Director Bob Stull also announced his retirement just weeks ago, leaving multiple major hires left to be made in the world of UTEP sports.

This year’s 0-5 start marks the first such start since 1992, a year in which the Miners finished 1-10. Only four other teams in the history of UTEP football have begun 0-5.

Bob Stull said “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.”

According to the press release from UTEP, neither Sean Kugler nor Bob Stull will be commenting further on the subject. More to come as this story develops.