Sunday, December 16, 2007

Meet your new Head Coach Rich Rodriguez

On Dec. 17, 2007, Rich Rodriguez was announced as the 18th head coach in University of Michigan football history, and just the 11th in the 106 years since Fielding H. Yost made his debut in 1901.
Rodriguez comes to Michigan after spending seven years as head coach at his alma mater, West Virginia University, where he led the Mountaineers to a 60-26 record, four Big East titles and six consecutive bowl game bids. In 2005, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees.
Following a 10-2 (5-2 Big East) season in 2007 in which his team won the Big East title and a Bowl Championship Series berth, he was named the AFCA Region I Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with Boston College's Jeff Jagodzinski. It was Rodriguez's second such honor after being recognized by the AFCA in 2003. He is also a finalist for the 2007 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, which honors the college football coaches who best exemplify responsibility and excellence on and off the field. Rodriguez was the 2003 and 2005 Big East Coach of the Year.
Under Rodriguez's guidance, WVU has claimed four of the last five Big East championships and recorded three consecutive seasons (2005-07) of double-digit victories for the first time in school history. The Mountaineers recorded at least eight wins in each of the last six seasons, and since 2002 have accumulated a record of 57-16, winning 78.1 percent of their games.
In 2006, the Mountaineers finished 10th in the national polls at 11-2 behind a pair of All-Americans and the Big East Player of the Year. In 2004 and 2005, Rodriguez's teams claimed conference titles, as the 2005 squad went on to record WVU's first BCS victory, a 38-35 upset over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
After a 1-4 start in 2003, the Mountaineers rattled off seven straight wins, posted a 6-1 mark in conference play to tie Miami for the Big East title, and earned a second straight bowl berth. In 2002, Rodriguez engineered the greatest turnaround in Big East history, taking his 2001 team from a 1-6 record in league play to 6-1 the following year. West Virginia finished second in the nation in rushing in 2002 (283 yards per game) and ranked fourth nationally in turnover margin.
Prior to accepting the West Virginia job on Nov. 26, 2000, Rodriguez served as offensive coordinator and associate head coach for Tommy Bowden at Clemson in 1999 (6-6) and 2000 (9-3). He spent the previous two years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Bowden at Tulane, where he helped lead the Green Wave to 7-4 and 12-0 marks, culminating with a victory at the Liberty Bowl.
Rodriguez began his collegiate head coaching career at the NAIA/Division II level at Salem (1988) and Glenville State College (1990-96). At Glenville State, he won or shared four consecutive West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and was named the WVIAC Coach of the Year in 1993 and '94. He was the 1993 NAIA Coach of the Year after leading his team to a national runner-up finish. Rodriguez, who also served as Glenville's athletic director in 1995-96, was inducted into the Glenville Hall of Fame in 2003.
A member of West Virginia's 1981-84 teams, Rodriguez was a three-year letterwinner (1982-84) as a defensive back for coach Don Nehlen, who served as an assistant coach at U-M for Bo Schembechler from 1977-79. The Mountaineers posted a 26-10 record in those three years and made three bowl appearances: the 1982 Gator Bowl (lost to Florida State, 31-12); the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl (defeated Kentucky, 20-16); and the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl (defeated TCU, 31-14).
A native of Grant Town, W.Va., in Marion County, Rodriguez grew up just five miles from the birthplace of U-M legendary coach Fielding Yost (Fairview, W.Va.). He is a 1981 graduate of North Marion High School, where he was a four-sport letterman and an all-state honoree in football and basketball, leading the Huskies to the 1980 Class AAA state football championship. Rodriguez and his wife, Rita, have two children, Raquel and Rhett. Go Blue!
Rodriguez's Head Coaching Record:

1988
Salem
2-8
1990
Glenville State
1-7-1
1991
Glenville State
4-5-1
1992
Glenville State
6-4
1993
Glenville State
10-3, WVIAC champion
1994
Glenville State
8-3, WVIAC champion
1995
Glenville State
8-2, WVIAC champion
1996
Glenville State
6-4, WVIAC champion
2001
West Virginia
3-8, 1-6
2002
West Virginia
9-4, 6-1
Continental Tire/L, 22-48 (Virginia)
2003
West Virginia
8-5, 6-1 Big East champion
Gator Bowl/L, 7-41 (Maryland)
2004
West Virginia
8-4, 4-2 Big East champion
Gator Bowl/L, 18-30 (Florida State)
2005
West Virginia
11-1, 6-0 Big East champion
Sugar Bowl/W, 38-35 (Georgia)
2006
West Virginia
11-2, 5-2
Gator Bowl/W, 38-35 (Georgia Tech)
2007
West Virginia
10-2, 5-2 Big East champion
Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma)
NAIA/Division II (8 seasons): 45-36-2Division I (7 seasons): 60-26TOTAL (15 seasons): 105-62-2
RODRIGUEZ AT A GLANCE Birthdate: May 24, 1963 High School: North Marion (W.Va.) High School ('81) College: West Virginia (B.S., '86) Wife: Rita Children: Rhett, Raquel

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5 Comments:

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they don't allow him to go to the Fiesta Bowl. He could have at least had enough respect for WVU team and their fans to hold off talks until after the bowl game.

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous ramosa said...

i find two problems with the previous comment. first, does a potential hiree determine when he/she can receive an offer? second, what? ... was UM supposed to wait until january to interview him? that would make no sense unless the ncaa puts forth a timeline for interview.

 
At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you have Rodriguez now. He lost all respect for way he handle situation.A least you have Coach Magee coming with him. He the one who call plays.
It is a shame he leave players before bowl game.

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can have him!!!

 
At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coach Rod had a record of 33-22 at WVU prior to the game when Pat White rescued the Mountaineers from Louisville (this includes slaughters in each of WVU's three bowl games against ACC teams.) Pat White started the next game and thereafter WVU went 27-4 including wins in each of its three bowl games where the opponents were the champions of the SEC and Big-12 conferences. Coach Rod is not going to solve Michigan's Ohio State problem. This hire will set Michigan back even further.

 

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