Rob Cushman

Robert J. Cushman (born 1956) is an American football coach and. He is the head football coach at Occidental College, a position he has held since 2017. Cushman has also served as the head football coach at Eastern Oregon University, Feather River College, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and the University of Minnesota Morris.

Rob Cushman
Current position
TitleHead coach
Biographical details
Born1956 (age 6263)
Playing career
1974–1978Puget Sound
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1980Chico State (assistant)
1981–1984Butte (DC)
1987–1996Eastern Oregon (DC)
1997–2001Eastern Oregon
2002–2006Feather River
2007Ithaca (ST/DB)
2008–2010Augustana (IL) (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall46–75 (college)
34–21 (junior college)

Coaching career

Eastern Oregon

Cushman's college head coaching career started in 1997 at Eastern Oregon University after being promoted from defensive coordinator, a position that he had held for ten years. He resigned as the Mountaineers' head coach in 2001 with an 18-31 record.[1]

Feather River

In 2002, Cushman landed his second head coaching job at Feather River College in Quincy, California.[2][3] He led the Golden Eagles to five consecutive bowl games and a 34–21 overall record. After the 2006 season, Cushman resigned.


Cushman went to Augustana College (Illinois) in 2008 to become their defensive coordinator. In 2008, the Vikings' defense under Cushman allowed only 13.4 points per game, ranked seventh in NCAA Division III and first in their conference (CCIW). The Vikings' defense allowed 16.7 points per game in 2009, and 18.8 points per game in 2010.

Cushman was named the Augustana Vikings head coach on November 24, 2010 after four years as defensive coordinator.[4] He resigned on December 2, 2014 with a 17–23 record as the head coach. During his time as the head coach at Augustana, Cushman helped produce five Academic All-Americans, a National Football Foundation Scholar and an NCAA Division III All-American. In addition, 22 Vikings earned all-conference recognition under Cushman.[5][6]


On April 1, 2015, Rob Cushman was named the 17th head coach at the University of Minnesota Morris for the Cougars football team.[7][8][9][10] On October 3, 2015, Cushman lead the Cougars to their first homecoming victory since 2006, a 44–43 win over MacMurray.[11] After a poor 0–10 finish in 2014, Cushman improved the Cougars football team to a 4–6 record in his first season as their head coach.


Cushman was named head football coach at Occidental College on August 1, 2017. His first game came against his alma mater, the University of Puget Sound, on September 9, 2017.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Eastern Oregon Mountaineers (NCAA Division III independent) (1997–2001)
1997 Eastern Oregon 4–6
1998 Eastern Oregon 6–4
1999 Eastern Oregon 5–5
2000 Eastern Oregon 2–8
2001 Eastern Oregon 1–8
Eastern Oregon: 18–31
Augustana (Illinois) Vikings (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) (2011–2014)
2011 Augustana 2–82–57th
2012 Augustana 5–54–34th
2013 Augustana 5–53–44th
2014 Augustana 5–54–33rd
Augustana: 17–2313–15
Minnesota–Morris Cougars (Upper Midwest Athletic Conference) (2015–2016)
2015 Minnesota–Morris 4–64–5T–5th
2016 Minnesota–Morris 6–45–45th
Minnesota Morris: 10–109–9
Occidental Tigers (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2017–present)
2017 Occidental 0–30–0NA
2018 Occidental 1–80–78th
Occidental: 1–110–7

Junior college

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Feather River Golden Eagles (Golden Valley Conference) (2002–2006)
2002 Feather River 6–52–34thL CLO Bowl
2003 Feather River 9–24–12ndL Tri-Counties Bank Holiday Bowl
2004 Feather River 6–53–22ndW East County Bowl
2005 Feather River 7–44–12ndL Silicon Valley Bowl
2006 Feather River 6–52–34thL Capital Shrine Bowl
Feather River: 34–2113–10


  1. "EOU's Cushman Resigns". The Observer. November 22, 2001. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  2. Morrow, Shannon (March 13, 2002). "FRC Hires Football Coach". Indian Valley Record. Greenville.
  3. James, Marty (November 30, 2002). "Former St. Helena coach leads Feather River into Bowl". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  4. "Rob Cushman named head football coach". Augustana College. November 24, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. "Cushman resigns as head football coach". Augustana College. December 2, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. "Rob Cushman resigns as head football coach at Augustana". (Moline, IL: Quad-Cities Online). December 2, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  7. Kern, Brooke (August 25, 2015). "Cougars picked ninth in preseason poll". (Morris, MN: Morris Sun Tribune). Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  8. Batcher, Stephen (April 1, 2015). "Rob Cushman Named UMM Head Football Coach". Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  9. "U of M, Morris hires Cushman as football coach". Star Tribune. April 1, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  10. "Morris Names Next Head Football Coach". University of Minnesota. April 1, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  11. Batcher, Stephen (October 3, 2015). "Cougars Emerge Victorious on Homecoming". University of Minnesota. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
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