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Eric Studesville
Current position
Title Running Backs coach
Team Denver Broncos
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-05-29) May 29, 1967 (age 55)
Place of birth Madison, Wisconsin
Career information
College University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Team(s) as a coach/administrator










University of Arizona
(Graduate Assistant)
University of North Carolina
(Secondary Coach)
Wingate University
(Defensive Coordinator)
Kent State University
(Defensive Coordinator)
Chicago Bears
(Running Backs Coach)
New York Giants
(Running Backs Coach)
Buffalo Bills
(Offensive Coordinator)
Buffalo Bills
(Running Backs Couch)
Denver Broncos
(Running Backs Coach, Specialist Coordinator)
Denver Broncos
(Interim Head Coach)
Denver Broncos
(Running Backs Coach)

Eric Studesville (born May 29, 1967) is the current running backs coach for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Studesville is best known as the former offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and head coach of the Denver Broncos, a position he held on an interim basis in December 2010. He replaced Josh McDaniels after 12 games in the 2010 NFL Season. He was the first African American head coach in Broncos history, although only on an interim basis.[1]

College career

Studesville played defensive back at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.[2]

Coaching career

Studesville began his coaching career in 1991 being an coaching assistant for the University of Arizona. In 1992 Studesville became the secondary coach for the University of North Carolina where he would remain the secondary coach until the end of the 1993 season. in 1994 Studesville became the defensive coordinator for Wingate University where his defense would allow only 15.7 points a game and help the bulldogs have a 8-2 record in the regular season and make it to the third round of the playoffs. in 1995 Studesville became the defensive coordinator for Kent State University where he would remain the defensive coordinator until the end of the 1996 season. in 1997 Studesville became an NFL coach for the Chicago Bears coaching the running backs he would remain the running backs coach until the end of the 2000 season.


In 2001, Studesville was hired as the New York Giants running backs coach. There, he guided running back Tiki Barber to three consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons and paved the way for Barber to become one of the best offensive weapons for the Giants in the coming years. In 2002, Barber recorded 1,554 rushing yards which was not only a career high for the running back, but the second-most total in Giants franchise history.


He left the Giants in 2004 and joined the Buffalo Bills coaching staff as the new offensive coordinator. 2004 Studesville & his offense would have a rough start starting off 0-4 and averaging only 12.75 points a game but would make an extreme turn around helping head coach mike mularkey and the bills finish the the season 10-6 averaging

28.9 points a game,also help leading the bills to their first playoff game in 4 years. In 2005 Studesville & and his offense would average 19.7 points a game which would sadly help the bills go 5-11. In 2006 head coach Mike Mularkey was fired and coach Dick Jauron would become his replacement. Jauron would keep Studesville as the team's offensive coordinator,in 2006 Studesville & his offense would average 21.6 points a game and help head coach Dick Jauron and the bills finish an 8-8 season. In 2007 Studesville & his offense would average

19.0 points a game which was one of the worst in the league making me Buffalo Bills a defensive team in 2007.

In 2008 Studesville would be fired as the offensive coordinator but was rehired as the running backs coach .[3]


In January 2009, Studesville was hired by the Broncos as the specialist coordinator & Running backs coach..[4]

On December 6, 2010, then-Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was fired by owner Pat Bowlen and Studesville was promoted to interim head coach in his place. The choice of Studesville to replace McDaniels was viewed by some as a surprise. He held the interim head coaching position for the final four games of the 2010 season, during which the team went 2-2. His first win as a head coach came December 26, 2010 when the Broncos defeated the Houston Texans 24-23. On January 13, 2011, the Broncos announced they had hired John Fox as the new head coach. Fox would replace Studesville as the teams specialist coordinator but would return him as the team's running backs coach

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Tied Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DEN 2010 2 2 0 .500 4th in AFC West - - - -
DEN Total 2 2 0 .500 - - - -


  1. Meet Eric Studesville, December 6, 2010
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bobby Turner
Denver Broncos Running Backs Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Josh McDaniels
Denver Broncos Head Coach
2010 (Interim Head Coach)
Succeeded by
John Fox