The head coaching position will be the first for Loeffler, who has served as offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan, Michigan, Florida, Temple, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Boston College as well as for the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

“I want to begin by thanking President Rodney K. Rogers, athletics director Bob Moosbrugger and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to be the head football coach at Bowling Green State University,” the 44-year-old Ohio native said in a statement.

“Bowling Green has a rich football tradition along with an incredible academic reputation. I’m honored to be a part of this great University. My family and I look forward to developing a program that will make all BG faculty members, students, former players, alumni and fans proud! My family and I are extremely excited to begin our mission!”

Loeffler replaces Mike Jinks, who was fired in October after posting a 1-6 mark this season and 7-27 record over the last three years. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini served as the interim head coach for the Falcons, who finished the season with a 3-9 mark.

Under Loeffler’s watch, the Eagles averaged 32.0 points per game this season. Boston College was ranked 25th nationally in rushing offense and 18th in total plays.