May 3, 2019

Rick Mueller – Puget Sound

Pursuit of Greatness
Rick Mueller – Puget Sound

Rick Mueller, Puget Sound ’90 serves as executive director of player personnel for the Coastal Carolina University football team.

Mueller previously worked with the Omaha Nighthawks and most recently with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has additionally served in executive roles with the United Football League, the New Orleans Saints, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Sacramento Gold Miners.

In his role with the Chanticleer football team, Mueller helps evaluate the recruiting process and works in daily operations. Additionally, he serves as the program’s liaison with the NFL.

Mueller spent a total of five seasons with the Eagles, serving as the team’s player personnel executive (2016), director of pro personnel (2014-15), and pro personnel executive (2012-13). While with Philadelphia, he coordinated all aspects of the pro scouting department, including preparation for the free agency signing period, advance scouting of upcoming opponents, and evaluation of all players in the NFL and other professional football leagues.

Prior to Philadelphia, Mueller was a key component in the success of the UFL’s inaugural season in 2009 when he was named the league’s vice president and served as the general manager for all four teams. He was then hired as the general manager for the Omaha Nighthawks in 2010 and served in that capacity for two seasons.

Mueller spent eight seasons in the personnel department with the New Orleans Saints, where he was as the team’s vice president of player personnel (2006-08) and director of player personnel (2000-06). His role in New Orleans ranged from evaluating NFL free agents, studying college prospects and supervising the organization’s college and pro scouts.

Mueller came to the Saints after a six-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the club’s director of college scouting (1998-2000) and college scout (1994-98).

In 1993, Mueller had his start in the front office side of professional football, working as the director of player personnel and wide receivers’ coach for the Canadian Football League’s Sacramento Gold Miners.

In 1992, Mueller was a defensive assistant and special teams’ coach for the World League’s Sacramento Surge as they posted an 8-2 record and captured the World Bowl championship.

A graduate assistant at Washington State from 1990-92, Mueller was the team’s quarterbacks’ coach, head junior varsity coach and recruiting coordinator.

Mueller was a three-year starter at quarterback at the University of Puget Sound and earned a degree in communications in 1990. He and his wife, Andrea, have twin sons, Chase and Rhett, and a daughter, Emry.

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