CMU head football coach Jim McElwain agrees to three-year contract extension


Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain paces the sideline against San Diego State during the New Mexico Bowl Dec. 21 at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Central Michigan football head coach Jim McElwain has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the university.

Since taking over the program in 2019, McElwain holds a record of 24-21. In his first season he was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year.

McElwain has a career head coaching record of 68-48 and a record of 3-2 in bowl games.

This past year, McElwain had his worst to date season as the Chippewas’ head coach going 4-8 and missing out on bowl eligibility for the first time in his CMU tenure - aside from the shortened 2020 season.

Despite the disappointing results, McElwain and his coaching staff managed to sign the number one recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference, according to

In the 2021-2022 season he led the team to a record of 9-4 and narrowly missed out on a bid for the MAC Championship. The Chippewas were initially slated to face Boise State in the Barstool Arizona Bowl, but illnesses led Bosie State to back out sending the Chippewas to the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl where they beat Washington State 24-21.

Before coming to CMU, McElwain served as an assistant coach at Michigan. He had a head coaching gig at the University of Florida from 2015-2017 and was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in his first season. In 2014 he was named Mountain West Conference coach of the year as he led Colorado State to a 10-3 season in his first year.