Mark Dantonio has been the head football coach for the Michigan State University (MSU) Spartans since November 27, 2006 when he was hired to oversee the football program of the East Lansing, Michigan based college that has in excess of 45,000 students. During his three seasons with the Spartans Dantonio has a combined record of 22-17 after suffering his first losing season at Michigan State in 2009 with a record of 6-7.
Born in March of 1956 Coach Dantonio had a number of coaching assignments before signing on with the Michigan State program. The earliest days of the coaching career of Mark Dantonio were as a general assistant at Ohio University and then Purdue University in 1980 and 1981. Mark spent a year as the defensive coordinator at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas in 1982 before returning to a general assistant capacity with Ohio State University for the 1983 and 1984 seasons.
The Ohio State coaching position under then head Buckeyes coach Earl Bruce proved to be a pivotal point in the coaching career of Mark Dantonio as the high profile football program boosted the prominence of his coaching resume and gained him more national exposure. After 1984 Mark parlayed his Ohio State experience into positions with the University of Akron and Youngstown State before joining the University of Kansas as the defensive backs coach from 1991-1994.
After living in Lawrence, Kansas while working for the University of Kansas football program Mark spent five years with Michigan State from 1995 to 2000. Upon leaving the Spartans in 2000 the next move was back to Columbus, Ohio to serve as the defensive coordinator of the Buckeyes from 2001-2003 where he was part of the 2002 national championship team.
Finally on December 23, 2003 the University of Cincinnati gave Mark Dantonio his first head coaching job. In three seasons with the University of Cincinnati Bearcats Coach Dantonio posted an 18-17 record which was good enough to garner the attention of the Michigan State University Spartans who in November of 2006 made their former assistant, Mark Dantonio, the 24th head football coach of the MSU Spartans.
Although Michigan State under Coach Dantonio has yet to win a bowl game fans of the well-traveled coach are optimistic that his 0-3 postseason bowl record at MSU will eventually pick up a victory. The Big Ten Conference that Michigan State plays in is a very competitive conference and fans of the MSU program expect their football team to be near the top of the league every season. Supporters of Dantonio hope that he will be given more time to prove himself before Michigan State considers bringing in their 25th head coach in the history of the program.