United States Air Force Academy
2007 - Present
Sometimes people seem born for a particular job or situation. That has never been the case more than Troy Calhoun being the head football coach at the Air Force Academy. The coach ushers in a new era of Falcon football this season as Calhoun replaces the legendary Fisher DeBerry, who retired last season after 23 years as head coach.
Calhoun, a 1989 Academy graduate, is the sixth head coach in school history and first graduate to hold the position. He brings with him an impressive resume at the collegiate and professional levels that is flooded with success at every stop.Calhoun is fresh off completing his first season with the Houston Texans as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. The 2006 Texans were one of only two NFL teams to triple their number of wins from the previous year.They also were the last team to defeat the Indianapolis Colts on their way to the Super Bowl championship. On offense, the Texans had the NFL's leading receiver (Pro Bowler Andre Johnson with 103 catches), the NFL's best quarterback completion percentage (68.4 percent) and quarterback David Carr tied an NFL record against Buffalo with 22 straight completions.
Calhoun became a well-rounded NFL coach, working as a defensive assistant, special teams assistant and offensive assistant with the Denver Broncos from 2003-05. He began his NFL coaching career by serving as the defensive assistant under defensive coordinator Larry Coyer in 2003. He was a part of the NFL's fourth-ranked defense. The Broncos' defense ranked seventh against the run and sixth against the pass. Denver's defense yielded a mere 17.6 points per game as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2000.In 2004, Denver utilized Calhoun's offensive prowess moving him to offensive assistant/special teams. On the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos ranked fifth in the NFL, averaging 395.8 yards per game. Broncos' quarterback Jake Plummer set a team record for passing with 4,089 yards and tied a team record with 27 touchdown passes. Coupled with an outstanding passing attack, the Broncos finished fourth in the NFL in rushing. The offense's ability to combine the run and the pass led to Denver ranking second in the NFL in time of possession with 32:37 per game. The Broncos' special teams connected on 29 field goals, second best in the NFL.
Calhoun worked closely with Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan in the 2005 season, serving as the assistant to the head coach. He helped the Broncos win the AFC West title for the 10th time in their history. Denver reached the AFC Championship game for the first time in seven seasons. Their 14-4 record was the best since Denver finished the 1998 season with a 17-2 mark on their way to winning Super Bowl XXXIII. The offense finished fifth in the NFL averaging 360.4 yards per game. The defense was stout against the run, finishing second in the NFL with 85.2 yards per game. Denver finished with an undefeated record at home during the regular season for the fifth time in team history. During Calhoun's three years in Denver, the Broncos made the playoffs every season, averaging over 11 wins per season.
Prior to the NFL, Calhoun was an offensive coordinator for six seasons on the collegiate level. He began his coaching career at Air Force, where he worked as a graduate assistant from 1989-90. He started at quarterback for the Academy in 1986 and was one of only two freshmen to letter for the 1985 team that finished fifth in the final polls with a 12-1 record that included wins over national powers Notre Dame and Texas.Calhoun served his country from 1989-95 as an active duty officer in the Air Force. He was the Falcons' recruiting coordinator and the junior varsity offensive coordinator in 1993-94. He moved to Ohio University in 1995 where he served as the quarterbacks coach for two seasons. Calhoun guided the play of quarterback Kareem Wilson. In 1996, Wilson was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. Wilson set a pair of Ohio records with 282 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns against Bowling Green. He set an Ohio record with 14 rushing touchdowns in 1996.Calhoun was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1997. During his first season at the helm, the offense totaled 612 yards against Eastern Michigan, second most in school history. The Bobcats defeated Maryland in 1997, marking the school's first win against a team from the ACC in school history. The '97 Bobcats' 8-3 record was the school's best in 29 years.
During his last season in 2000 at Ohio, the Bobcats won two games against bowl teams, Minnesota and Marshall, for the first time in school history. Calhoun's 2000 offense set a school record with 418.1 yards per game and rushed for a school best 3,553 rushing yards.Calhoun moved to Wake Forest in 2001. The Demon Deacons were one of only seven teams in the country to score more than 30 points in each of the final four games. During his second season, Wake led the ACC in total offense with 408.1 yards per game. His offense had a league-best 990 plays and was efficient with the ball, committing only 16 turnovers to lead the ACC. The 2001 season culminated with a 38-17 bowl victory over Oregon to give Wake Forest its first back-to-back winning seasons since the ACC expanded to nine teams.
Groomed on the basics of integrity and passion, Calhoun is a native of Roseburg, Ore., and was raised in a home where both kids graduated from the Air Force Academy and were varsity letterwinners on nationally-ranked teams. Calhoun finished at the Academy on the superintendent's list and graduated with over a 3.0 grade point average and a military performance average of better than 3.0. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Colorado Springs and have two children, Tyler (five) and Amelia (three).