Bob DeBesse
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator
TeamGeorgia Southern
ConferenceSun Belt
Biographical details
Born (1959-09-30) September 30, 1959 (age 60)
Boston, Massachusetts
Head coaching record

Robert Damien DeBesse (born September 30, 1959) is an American football coach. He is the offensive coordinator of the Georgia Southern Eagles.

DeBesse attended Stratford High School in Houston, Texas and earned his bachelor of science in Education at the Southwest Texas State University in 1982.[1]

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Southwest Texas State,[2] before being hired as an offensive assistant to Jim Wacker at Texas Christian University. In 1990 he was appointed offensive coordinator. DeBesse followed Wacker to Minnesota in 1992.[1] He succeeded Jim Bob Helduser as head coach at his alma mater in 1997.[1] After mediocre success, DeBesse was replaced by Manny Matsakis in 2003.[1] He joined Joe Tiller's staff at Purdue as wide receivers coach.[3]

From 2006 to 2007, he coached the same position under Dennis Franchione at Texas A&M.[1] Coach Dennis Franchione resigned from Texas A&M University at the end of the 2007. Bob Debesse wasn't retained by the newly hired head coach of Texas A&M University and has since been hired to coach the defensive backs at A&M Consolidated High School located in College Station, Texas. In January 2010 DeBesse was hired as the offensive coordinator at Sam Houston State University. [4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southwest Texas State Bobcats (Southland Conference) (1997–2002)
1997 Southwest Texas State 5–6 2–5 T–6th
1998 Southwest Texas State 4–7 2–5 T–6th
1999 Southwest Texas State 2–9 2–5 6th
2000 Southwest Texas State 7–4 5–2 T–2nd
2001 Southwest Texas State 4–7 0–6 7th
2002 Southwest Texas State 4–7 1–5 7th
Southwest Texas State: 26–40 12–28
Total: 26–40
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 (2007). "Bob DeBesse - Football Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator". Sam Houston Bearkats - Football. Sam Houston State University. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
  2. (2010). "Texas State University - San Marcos". University News Service. University News Service. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
  3. (2010). "Bob DeBesse Profile". Purdue Boilermakers - Football. College Network (CBS Interactive). Retrieved January 1, 2011.
  4. Richard Croome (2010). "SHSU has new coach, plenty of new players". Retrieved January 1, 2011. Note: Quarterbacks coach, the same position DeBesse held at Texas Christian University, University of Minnesota and Texas A&M University.

External linksEdit

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