Jeff Whitehead
Jeff Whitehead
Title: Offensive Coordinator/QB, RB Coach
Phone: (325) 670-1547
Twitter: @Whitehead_HSU

Whitehead is in his ninth season as the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys. He is in charge of the Cowboys’ quarterbacks and running backs.

His offense is routinely one of the top offenses in the nation. In 2018, the Cowboys were fifth in total offense with 524.8 yards per game and ranked fourth in scoring at 48.0 points per game. The Cowboys had nine offensive players named first or second-team all-ASC. Reese Childress was named an all-American for the third straight year. Bryson Hammonds rushed for 1,181 yards after Jaquan Hemphill, who was leading the nation in rushing at the time, went down with a shoulder injury. 

In 2017, the Cowboys averaged 42.2 points and 492.8 points per game. Running back Jaquan Hemphill was named the ASC player of the year. 

In 2016, the Cowboys averaged 46.2 points and 485.5 yards per game. Jaquan Hemphill was a first-team all-ASC selection at running back. 

His offense was one of the top in the nation in 2015 averaging 455 yards and 43.5 points per game. Jessie Ramos was ASC offensive player of the year and he became the second straight ASC offensive player of the year for the Cowboys. 

In 2014, Kerry Sloan was named the ASC Offensive player of the year. The Cowboys averaged 404 yards and 33.2 points per game. 

In 2013, HSU averaged 460 yards and 42.2 points per contest. Running back Tevin Mitchell was named first-team all-ASC an all-region. He rushed for 1,536 yards and 19 touchdowns. The yardage total was the second-most in school history. Jessie Ramos, Colton Brewer and Ty Fisher all earned all-ASC honors.

In 2012, the Cowboys had the top statistical offense in school history, averaging 558 yards and almost 48 points per contest. HSU was second in the nation in offense, first in passing offense and fourth in scoring offense. 

Quarterback Logan Turner earned all-America honors after throwing for 4,116 yards and 43 touchdowns in 10 games. He threw for an ASC record 685 yards and eight touchdowns in a win over Sul Ross State. He had five games over 400 yards last season. He was also named first-team all-ASC. 

HSU combined with Sul Ross State to set the record for most yards ever in an NCAA football game with 1714. HSU had an NCAA Division III record 914 of those yards. The game featured 44 NCAA, Division III, American Southwest Conference and Hardin-Simmons records.  

In his first season, he led an offense that put together a successful campaign that saw the Cowboys average over 35 points and 442 yards per game.

He called an offense that led to two of the three best receiving days in HSU history. Travis Tatsch had 266 yards against Coe and Corey Jones had 240 yards against Mississippi College.

Jones had a school-record five-touchdown game against Texas Lutheran.

Another area of responsibility for Whitehead is academics and the Cowboys had the most players in the ASC named to the academic all-conference team again last season. 

He came to HSU after a highly successful eight-year run as the offensive coordinator at Wimberley High School, which included a 3A state championship in 2005. They went to the semifinals in 2010.

The 2007 coaching staff at Wimberley coached a victorious South team in the Texas High School Coaches Association all-star game.

Whitehead also spent two years as the offensive coordinator at Tornillo High School.

In all, he won seven district titles in 10 seasons on the high school level and coached three all-state quarterbacks.

Whitehead cut his playing career short to learn the details of coaching from legendary coach Jimmie Keeling. He spent time in the Cowboy program as a junior varsity quarterback, one year on the varsity and then as a student assistant.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Hardin-Simmons in physical education with a history minor.


  Scoring  Total Offense Rushing Passing 
2011 35.7 422.6 190.2 232.4
2012 47.5 (4) 558.4 (2) 135.1 423.3 (1)
2013 42.2 459.9 224.6 235.3
2014 32.3 403.9 176.6 227.3
2015 43.5 455.5 164.2 291.3
2016 43.4 (9) 491.6 175.7 315.9
2017 42.2 (9) 492.8 (8) 243.4 249.5
2018 48.0 (4) 526.6 (5) 274.2 (8) 252.5

(national rankings)