Jason Candle has played a major part of the success of the University of Toledo football program since 2009, first as an assistant coach and then as head coach. Candle assumed the Rockets’ head coaching role in December of 2015 following seven successful seasons as an assistant. He has since embarked on a quest to take an already outstanding program to even greater heights.
In his first full season as Toledo’s leader in 2016, Candle led the Rockets to a 9-4 season and a berth in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. He and his staff followed that up with a 2017 recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference by every major recruiting service.
Prior to assuming the Rockets’ helm, Candle had been serving as the program’s associate head coach/offensive coordinator. But his status suddenly changed when on Dec. 2, 2015, UT Athletic Director Mike O’Brien chose him to become the 27th head football coach in the storied history of Toledo football.
Following his introductory news conference, Candle had less than three weeks to put together a coaching staff and prepare his team for the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. Twenty days later, Candle and his team celebrated a 32-17 victory over No. 24 Temple in the rain of south Florida. The triumph capped a 10-2 season for the Rockets and gave Candle a head coaching debut to remember.