Dec. 27, 2009
From Bucknell Athletic Communications
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell head football coach Tim Landis announced his resignation on Thursday in order to accept an assistant coaching position on the San Jose State football staff. Landis, who recently completed his seventh season at the helm of the Bison, will be joining the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) ranks for the first time in his lengthy coaching career.
"I would like to express my sincere thanks to Coach Landis for all that he has done for Bucknell and Bison Football throughout the last seven years, and I wish him all the best as he pursues this opportunity," said director of athletics and recreation John Hardt. "Tim has been a passionate leader of our football program and his teams have represented the University well while positively acquitting themselves in the classroom and in the community, which are critical aspects of the Bucknell scholar-athlete. On behalf of the entire Bison Athletics staff, I would like to wish Tim and his family the best of luck as they make their transition back to the West Coast."
"I would like to thank everyone at Bucknell University for giving me the opportunity to run their football team for the last seven years," said Landis. "In that time I have been fortunate to work with so many people who have shown tremendous support to my assistant coaches and me. My family and I especially want to thank everyone in the Lewisburg community for their support and friendship through the years. It was not an easy decision to leave this wonderful community, but this is going to be a chance to move on the FBS level and reunite with Mike MacIntyre, with whom I coached at Davidson in the early 1990s. Coach MacIntyre is someone I know and respect, has worked in both the NFL and at the highest level of Division I college football, and is considered a bright star in the coaching profession.
"The part I will miss the most is working with the student-athletes at Bucknell," said Landis. "I want to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication to the program."
Landis came to Bucknell prior to the 2003 campaign after serving as head coach at Davidson from 1993-99 and at St. Mary's (Calif.) from 2000-02. In his seven seasons at Bucknell, he compiled an overall record of 32-46. His best season came in 2004, when the Bison went 7-4. Landis was the third-longest-tenured coach in the Patriot League, and his 78 games coached are fourth-most in program history.
In 2009, the Bison finished with a 4-7 record, including a 23-17 upset win over 13th-ranked Holy Cross in the season finale.
A national search for Bucknell's 26th Bob Odell Head Football Coach will begin immediately.