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Beamer selects Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach

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University of South Carolina head football coach Shane Beamer named Dowell Loggains as the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Tuesday. 

Reportedly, the USC Board approved the contract for Loggains as the new offensive coordinator for the football team. His contract starts Dec. 13, 2022 and runs through Dec. 31, 2025. His annual base salary is set at $1,000,000. Loggains will earn a $25,000 bonus for each SEC Championship Game appearance or a $50,000 bonus if the Gamecocks win.

According to officials, Loggains, 42, has spent the past two seasons as the tight ends coach the University of Arkansas as part of Sam Pittman’s staff. Equipped with a wealth of experience as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from his time in the NFL, Loggains has also established himself as an excellent recruiter in his two-year stint with the Razorbacks, ranking in the top 25 nationally.

He spent 16 years in the NFL (2005-2020) with six different organizations, primarily as a quarterbacks coach, including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator. He served as either an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach for the Tennessee Titans (2010-13), Cleveland Browns (2014), Chicago Bears (2015-17), Miami Dolphins (2018) or New York Jets (2019-20).

Loggains served as the New York Jets offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2019 and 2020. During his first season in The Meadowlands, he guided an offense that was among the league’s most proficient on opening drives, scoring 40 first-possession points. He also oversaw a Miami offense that averaged 4.68 yards per rush in 2018, the NFL’s ninth-best mark. 

Loggains began a three-year stint in Chicago in 2015 as the Bears’ quarterbacks coach, where he mentored Jay Cutler to a career season as the 10-year veteran posted then single-season bests in passer rating and yards per attempt, all while reducing his interception total by seven from the previous season.

He was promoted to the Bears’ offensive coordinator in 2016 and helped running back Jordan Howard finish sixth in the league with 1,313 yards rushing as a rookie. In 2017, he helped Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall selection in the draft, transition to NFL starter as the quarterback finished second among rookie passers in yards and passer rating in 12 starts. He also groomed another rookie, fourth-round pick Tarik Cohen, that season. While working as the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach in 2014 under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He helped quarterback Brian Hoyer to a career season as the six-year veteran won seven games (in 13 starts) and threw for over 3,000 yards while the offense produced 31 passes of 25 plus yards, the 10th most of any team in the league.

Loggains began his coaching career with Tennessee in 2006, and spent eight seasons with the Titans in a variety of roles, ultimately serving as the offensive coordinator for the final five games of 2012 and all of 2013. After head coach Mike Munchak elevated him to full-time offensive coordinator, he helped wide receiver Kendall Wright and running back Chris Johnson become the organization’s fifth 1,000-yard receiving and rushing combo as Wright brought in 94 catches for 1,079 yards and Johnson gained 1,077 yards on the ground.

He began his career with the Titans as a coaching administrative assistant (2006-07) and quality control coach (2008-09) before spending the next three seasons as the quarterbacks/passing game coordinator, helping quarterback Vince Young achieve a career-high passer rating in 2010, garnering a Pro Bowl appearance.

Loggains first professional experience came with the Dallas Cowboys as a scouting assistant in 2005. In that role, he helped the Cowboys with opponent film breakdown and statistical analysis to be used for game-plan preparation.

Loggains attended the University of Arkansas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2003 and a master’s degree in education in 2005. He walked-on to the Razorback football program in 2000 as a quarterback and holder before earning a scholarship and becoming a four-year letterman, appearing in 50 games.

Loggains and his wife Beth have four children: daughters Reese, Aven and Connor and son, Ryne.

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