UTEP coach Sean Kugler resigns

UTEP coach Sean Kugler announced his resignation Sunday. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

The first head coaching change of the 2017 season is happening at Texas-El Paso.

UTEP coach Sean Kugler announced his resignation on Sunday. The Miners are 0-5.

“After meeting with [athletic director 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 in a UTEP statement. “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.”

UTEP did not immediately announce a successor for Kugler and said plans for the future of the team would be announced Monday.

The Miners have been awful in 2017. The team’s closest loss came Saturday in a 35-21 defeat to Army. UTEP even lost by 17 to Rice, a team that’s been blown out by both Pitt and Stanford this season.

After a 2-10 season in 2013, his first as the team’s head coach, Kugler led UTEP to a 7-6 season and a New Mexico Bowl appearance in 2014. In the 29 games following the 2014 season, UTEP has gone 9-20.

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