When University of Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley hired Urban Meyer on December 4, 2004, the goal was to return Florida football to Southeastern Conference and national prominence.
In six seasons, Meyer guided the Gators to a pair of national championships, two Southeastern Conference Championships, three SEC Eastern Division crowns and six-straight January bowl games, including three BCS bowl games.
His .813 winning percentage (65-15) is the second-best in school history and his .750 winning percentage (36-12) in SEC play is within the top five in league history among head coaches who spent five or more years in the conference.
He became the first coach in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision to post consecutive 13-win seasons (2008 and 2009) and he is also the only coach to post three 13-win seasons in a four-year span. Meyer guided the 2008 and 2009 team to a school-record 22 game winning streak, the fourth-longest in the history of the SEC and the longest in the league in 15 years. Meyer is one of only two active coaches with multiple 20-game win streaks. Between Oct. 4, 2008 and Oct. 2, 2010, his teams won 16-straight SEC games, the second-longest in school history.
Meyer, who was named Sporting News and Sports Illustrated “Coach of the Decade” in December of 2009, was the first coach ever to win two BCS National Championships and he is one of only two coaches in the history of the SEC to win two outright National Titles.
Meyer, 46, became the fifth-youngest head coach to win a pair of national titles since 1950, and he is one of five coaches to win a pair of national championships in his first four years at a school.
Since the SEC’s inception in 1933, no coach had begun his SEC career faster than Meyer. With his 2009 win over Arkansas, Meyer collected his 50th win as an SEC head coach, reaching that mark in just 59 games. That tied Frank Thomas of Alabama for the fastest to achieve 50 wins as an SEC head coach. Meyer collected his 100th career coaching victory against Kentucky on September 25, 2010, becoming the second-fastest FBS coach since 1945 to reach the century mark.
Meyer is one of only two active coaches to win a pair of outright national championships, coach a Heisman Trophy winner and coach a No. 1 pick in the National Football League Draft.
The six-year tenure of Coach Meyer in Gainesville extended beyond the multiple national and SEC Championships.
Meyer, who has 25 years of coaching experience, including 10 as a head coach, became the only coach in school history to post seven-consecutive wins against UF’s traditional rivals – Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State. Overall, Meyer won 16 of 18 against the trio.
Meyer was 11-4 (.733) against top-10 teams at UF and his Gator teams were ranked at one point in 89-consecutive polls, including 67 weeks in the top 10 and 16 weeks at No. 1.
A three-time national Coach of the Year, his career record stands at 104-23 and his .819 winning percentage ranks the best in the nation among active coaches with at least 10 years of coaching experience. Just as impressive, Meyer owns a 12-2 (.857) record against the other top-10 active winningest coaches in college football. UF’s 56 wins since 2006 is the second-best total in the nation.
He owns a 58-7 (.892) record at home in his career, including 36-5 (.878) in The Swamp. Few are better than getting a team ready to play, as Meyer sports a 33-3 (.917) record when having more than a week to prepare for a game, including 17-1 (.944) at Florida.
Meyer is the only coach ever to have three wins over a No. 1 team in the BCS rankings, defeating Ohio State and Oklahoma in the 2007 and 2009 BCS Championship Games, respectively, and Alabama in the 2008 SEC Championship Game.
Twenty-six Gators have been selected in the NFL Draft under Meyer, including a nation’s best nine in 2007 and 2009. Seven Gators have been first-round draft picks under Meyer and UF has had at least one first-round pick in each of the last four years. A school-record-tying three Gators were drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Overall, Meyer has coached 81 players who have signed NFL contracts under Meyer.
Off the field, Meyer established the Gators’ Leadership Committee, a group of players charged with acting as spokesmen for the team and handling situations related to team policy issues, academic affairs, off-campus circumstances and other topics.
His priority on academics has resulted in 131 players being named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll in the last five years. His 2008 team tied a league record with 37 players named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. In 2007, Tim Tebow became the first Florida football player named to First-Team Academic All-America since Danny Wuerffel in 1996. Tebow was also only the second sophomore football player in school history and the fourth sophomore athlete overall at UF to earn first-team Academic All-America honors. In 2008, he was chosen as ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-American of the Year for football and repeated as a first-time Academic All-America selection. Tebow repeated the feat again in 2009 and captured the William V. Campbell Trophy, the top Academic honor in college football.
Chris Leak was a finalist for the 2006 William V. Campbell Trophy, then known as the Draddy Trophy, dubbed the Academic Heisman, and was selected as the 2006 Fall Graduating Outstanding Leader for all students on campus. Leak was the featured speaker at UF graduation ceremonies in December of 2006 and overall 97 players have graduated under Meyer. In addition, Mike Degory was named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Team in 2005 in Meyer’s first year.
Meyer is equally committed to the University of Florida, as he and Billy Donovan agreed in October of 2008 to lead a campus charge to raise $50 million for UF’s Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. The program was created by UF President Bernie Machen to provide financial assistance to first-generation, financially-disadvantaged students working towards a bachelor’s degree. Meyer has made a $1 million commitment to the Florida Opportunity Scholarship Program.
In addition to his on the field accomplishments, Meyer has also championed efforts in community service.
In November 2010, Meyer spearheaded a local effort to feed needy families in the local community with St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. Meyer’s donation and 50-plus members of the football team bagged food and goods that would last a week during the Thanksgiving Holiday.
A new initiative beginning in 2009, UF football players performed more than 400 hours of community service annually, as each student-athlete attended at least two Goodwill Gator events per semester.
In the spring of 2009, the “Swamp Field Trip” was available to local middle schools as a reward for their students who achieve good grades, were involved in community service, had major improvements, etc. The students had the opportunity to speak with a group of players and have a special tour of the football facility given by the players.
The UF football team held the inaugural Gator Charity Challenge in August of 2008 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in front of approximately 1,800 people. The event featured the 2008 Gators challenging each other in a series of strength competitions to raise pledges and awareness for six charities that were selected by the football program and are affiliated with Shands, a University partner. The charities were the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network, March of Dimes and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Gator Charity Challenge was held in association with Uplifting Athletes. The Gators hold the third annual installment of the event in July of 2010.
In the spring of 2008, Meyer initiated a mentor program for young at-risk males. Working with the African-American Accountability Alliance of Alachua County task force, the program BLAQUE (Bold Leaders, Achieving Quality, Unity and Excellence) was developed. The program partnered 15 area middle school children with a Gator football player and a community leader. The goal is to affect change in the lives of at-risk black youth.
In the spring of 2005 and 2006, Meyer worked closely with student-body leaders on campus on a community service initiative surrounding the annual Orange and Blue Spring Game. Student leaders sold Orange and Blue spirit bands prior to the Spring Game with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. Fans that purchased the bands were then asked to assist members of the UF coaching staff and football team in the planting of more than 400 crape myrtle trees on Radio Road on campus.
Meyer’s goodwill efforts have extended beyond his football family. Inspired by Tebow’s missionary work, Meyer and his family spent time in the Dominican Republic on a missionary trip in June of 2008.
Meyer also spearheaded the plans for a $28-million expansion of the football facility which features an expanded weight room, new football offices and the Bill Heavener Football Complex. The state-of-the art building, which opened in July of 2008, pays tribute to Florida’s proud tradition, championships and all-time great players.
The Gators capped Meyer’s tenure with a 37-24 triumph over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl, giving him a 5-1 (.833) mark in bowl games. His bowl winning percentage is the highest in school history, while his total of five bowl victories is second at Florida behind Steve Spurrier (six). Punter Chas Henry became the school’s first-ever Ray Guy Award recipient and connected on a 37-yard field goal to defeat Georgia in overtime, while safety Ahmad Black earned Most Valuable Player honors of the Outback Bowl with a pair of interceptions, including an 80-yard return for a touchdown with 55 seconds remaining the game that sealed the win. UF also had 20 different players score a touchdown during the season, led by 12 from Trey Burton.
Meyer’s 2009 team tied a school record with 13 wins, including a perfect 8-0 mark in conference action, marking the school’s first undefeated league season since 1996 and only the fourth undefeated SEC team in school history (1991, '95, '96). Debuting the year at No. 1, the squad spent 12 weeks at the top spot. Coupled with the 2008 team, the 2009 team put together a school-record 22-game winning streak, the fourth-longest ever by an SEC team and the best in the league in 15 years.
The 2009 squad earned a league-best 10th SEC Championship game appearance and ended the season with a 14-game SEC winning streak, the second-longest in school history. The 2009 team said goodbye to the winningest class in the history of the SEC after posting a 48-7 record. The squad finished in the top-10 nationally in eight statistical categories, including boasting the nation’s best passing efficiency offense and the fourth-ranked scoring defense and total defense. Its 457.9 yards per game ranked sixth in the nation.
Meyer’s 2008 team featured the most prolific offensive unit in league history, totaling 611 points. Florida became the first school in the history of the SEC to win six-straight league games by 28 points and UF scored 30 or more points in each of its league games. UF also became the first major college team to win eight consecutive games by 28-plus points since Minnesota in 1903.
The Gators put up those numbers against the nation’s second-toughest schedule, facing off against 11 bowl teams. UF posted a 6-0 mark against ranked teams to become the first team in school history to go undefeated against ranked opponents. UF’s average margin of victory against ranked teams was 28.3 ppg (combined score of 256-86).
The 2008 team also featured a defense that ranked among the top-10 nationally in total defense and scoring defense and set a school record with 26 interceptions (five returned for a touchdown). UF’s special teams tied a school record with nine blocked kicks and its punt return and punt return coverage unit ranked among the top-10 nationally.
Meyer’s 2007 Gator team produced a potent offense as well. Behind Heisman Trophy winner Tebow, the Gator offense ranked third nationally (42.5 ppg) and was just eight points shy of tying the school mark for most scored in a season. The team led the nation and established a school record by converting on 53 percent of third downs and posted the second-highest passing efficiency mark in the country (170.17). UF was the only school in the nation to rush for a touchdown and pass for a touchdown in every game.
Against the third-toughest schedule in the nation, UF won nine games for the third-straight year for the first time since 1999-2001 and extended its school record with its 17th-straight bowl appearance – the longest active streak in the SEC.
Meyer captured his first national championship after a 41-14 win over No. 1 ranked Ohio State in Glendale, Ariz.
Florida’s run to the 2006 national championship featured a school-record 13 wins, including the school’s seventh Southeastern Conference Championship with a 38-28 win over Arkansas in the SEC Title tilt.
The magnitude of the national championship grows when one considers that the 2006 Florida schedule ranked as the toughest in the country by the NCAA, featuring six ranked teams and 11 teams that played in bowl games – the top total in the nation. Meyer was named the National Coach of the Year by the All-American Football Foundation at the conclusion of the season.
Meyer’s first year at Florida produced a nine-win season and January Bowl game victory, the Gators’ first since 2001. Not only did Florida defeat three of its biggest rivals (Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State), the Gators never trailed in each of those games – a first in program history. Florida’s final ranking of No. 12 in the Associated Press Poll was also its highest season-ending ranking since 2001.
Meyer became the first coach in UF history to defeat four ranked opponents in his initial season at Florida and his nine wins tied a school record for most wins by a first-year coach in Gainesville.
Meyer’s 2005 team continued to follow his blueprint for success. Take care of the ball, control the clock, win the field position battle and put the ball in the hands of the best players. Florida ranked third nationally in turnover margin at +18, just one shy of the school record set in 2000 and its average time of possession was 32:37, second-best in the SEC and best in UF records dating back to 1986. UF’s average starting field position was also tops in the league, thanks in large part to a punt return unit that allowed just 3.3 yards per return – the best in school history and second nationally. For the fifth-straight season under Meyer, a wide receiver ranked among the top-20 nationally in catches per game – this time Chad Jackson tied a school record with 88 receptions, sixth-best in the nation and tied for fourth-best all-time in the SEC.
“Urban Meyer represents the qualities that we were looking for in our head coach,” Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said. “He is an innovator of the game with proven success as a head coach. He has shown the ability to attract recruits and is a tremendous teacher. Urban’s accomplishments speak for themselves. He is a man of high values and principles and we welcome him and his family to the University of Florida family.”
“I am certainly excited about the opportunity to be the head coach at the University of Florida,” Meyer said. “There were a lot of factors that went into this decision that our entire family had to consider. The opportunity to compete at the highest level at one of the nation’s most-respected academic institutions is something that was attractive for us. The passion of Gator fans is legendary in collegiate athletics and I am eager to be a part of that environment.
“The quality of recruits within the state of Florida and the Southeast Region offers a tremendous recruiting base for us,” Meyer continued. “The support from the University’s administration is evident in their commitment to my family and I am looking forward to leading the Gator football program.”
“Urban Meyer is an outstanding coach with a strong record, great leadership skills and a very promising future,” said UF President J. Bernard Machen. “I am very happy to welcome him along with Shelley and the Meyer family to UF and Gainesville.”
Meyer earned multiple National Coach of the Year honors in 2004 after leading Utah to a perfect 12-0 season, the school’s first in 75 years. Meyer collected the Home Depot National Coach of the Year, the George Munger Award for the Collegiate Coach of the Year presented by the Maxwell Club and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (Named by the Football Writers Association of America). He also was named National Coach of the Year by Pro Football Weekly and earned the Woody Hayes Trophy Award and the Victor Award.
With its post-season bid to the Fiesta Bowl, Utah made history by becoming the first school from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference to earn a berth in a BCS Bowl. Utah finished as the outright 2004 Mountain West Conference champion to become the only back-to-back outright winners in the league’s history.
Under his direction, the Utes ranked in the top-five nationally in six statistical categories. Utah ranked third nationally in scoring (45.3), total offense (499.7), net punting (40.8), turnover margin (+1.25) and passing efficiency (173.4), and was ranked fifth nationally in kick returns (26.2). The Utes were the only school in the nation to have their rushing offense (236.1, 13th) and passing offense (263.7, 19th) rank in the top 20 nationally.
Utah led the MWC in 11 categories, including scoring offense, total offense, pass efficiency offense, pass efficiency defense, turnover margin, kick returns and third-down conversions (52.3). The Utes were the MWC runner-up in rushing offense, passing defense (203.3), scoring defense (19.5), total defense (343.2), punt returns (10.9) and sacks against (18).
Meyer completed his Utah coaching career riding a 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in the nation behind only Southern California (21). The Utes did not trail at halftime of any 2004 game and their closest margin of victory was 14, a 49-35 win over Air Force on Sept. 25.
Meyer’s mark has been made on the NFL Draft as well, tutoring the No. 1 pick in the 2005 Draft. Quarterback Alex Smith, the first-round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers that April, is one of 81 former Meyer players who have signed contracts with NFL teams.
Meyer was named the 2003 National Coach of the Year by The Sporting News after leading the Utes to a 10-2 record, their first outright conference championship since 1957, a bowl victory and a final national ranking of No. 21. He became the first coach from the MWC and just the second coach from a non-BCS program to receive the coveted TSN award. Meyer was also voted the MWC Coach of the Year, becoming Utah's first conference coach of the year selection since 1978. He became the only coach in the school’s 111-year football history to win a conference title in his first year.
Ironically, Utah’s 2003 wins came against one of the toughest schedules in school history. Two were against Pac-10 foes Oregon and California, and the Ducks were ranked No. 19 when Utah scored a 17-13 upset. The Utes also knocked off perennial league powers Colorado State, Air Force and Brigham Young. It was the first Ute sweep of that trio in 10 years and the first-ever road sweep against them. Meyer's Utes capped the season with a 17-0 victory over Conference USA champion Southern Mississippi at the AXA Liberty Bowl.
In 2003, Utah won five more games than the previous year, when it was 5-6, and matched BCS national champion LSU as the fifth-most improved team in the nation. Meyer's explosive spread offense and one of the nation's best defenses brought Utah local and national attention. The 2003 Utes shattered their previous home attendance record by averaging 41,478 fans. The largest crowd ever to attend a Utah athletic event (46,768) and a national ESPN television audience watched the Utes beat California, 31-24, in Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Known as a defensive power, Utah's reputation on that side of the ball held true while the offense simply took off using Meyer's system. Utah shut out its last two opponents, Brigham Young and Southern Miss, and finished No. 19 in the nation in scoring defense (19.1 points per game). On the other side of the line, Utah went from last in scoring offense in 2002 to third in the league by averaging 28.7 points per game in ’03. A similar improvement (seventh to fourth) was made in total offense. Red zone scoring, a Meyer point of emphasis, rose 11 percentage points (68 percent -79 percent, with 61 percent of those scores coming on touchdowns, (versus 49 percent in 2002).
Utah's special teams, under Meyer's direct supervision, also improved dramatically from past years. The Utes led the nation in kick return average (28.2 yards per return) and ranked second in the league in kickoff coverage (16.4 yards per opponent return) in 2003.
Meyer began his head coaching career at Bowling Green in 2001, where he engineered the top turnaround in NCAA Division I-A football, showing a six-win improvement from the previous season. The Falcons rebounded from a 2-9 record to post their first winning season since 1994 with an 8-3 finish. For his efforts, he was named the 2001 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. A year later, he guided BGSU to a 9-3 record and its highest national ranking in school history (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today and No. 20 Associated Press). Bowling Green spent five weeks in the national polls and finished third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 40.8 points per game.
The Falcons, who became the highest scoring team in MAC history, also finished ninth in the nation in total offense (448.9 ypg) and 11th in rushing offense (219.1 ypg) in 2002. They were the only team in the nation to average at least 215 yards rushing and 215 yards passing per game. BGSU also led the nation in red zone production, scoring on 61-of-63 trips (.968) inside the 20-yard line, including 52 touchdowns.
His teams fared well defensively, too. In 2001, BGSU ranked first in the MAC in scoring defense (19.5 ppg), rushing defense (86.3 ypg) and total defense (319.5 ypg). Bowling Green led the MAC in turnover margin both years under Meyer.
Meyer's 17-6 record at Bowling Green included a 5-0 mark against BCS teams and two wins over ranked opponents. After his first of two wins over Missouri, Meyer was named ESPN.com National Coach of the Week in 2001.
Meyer apprenticed at Ohio State (1986-87), Illinois State (1988-89), Colorado State (1990-95) and Notre Dame (1996-2000) before getting the head job at Bowling Green. The Ashtabula, Ohio, native learned the coaching trade from the likes of Sonny Lubick, Lou Holtz, Earle Bruce and Bob Davie.
The 1999 season saw Meyer’s receiving corps break the Irish single-season record for pass receptions with 192 and total receiving yards with 2,858. During 1998, Meyer coached split end Malcolm Johnson, who ended his career with 110 receptions, the seventh-most in school history.
In 1997, Meyer coached Johnson and fellow receiver Bobby Brown as they became the first Irish pair of players to record 40 or more receptions individually in a season as Brown had 45 receptions and Johnson had 42. In addition, the Notre Dame receivers helped set a then single-season school record with 190 receptions.
Meyer coached a youthful Irish receiving corps in 1996 and helped integrate those players with veteran quarterback Ron Powlus to contribute to a Notre Dame offense that produced the third-highest figures for total offense and scoring in Irish history.
Prior to going to Notre Dame, Meyer had served as wide receiver coach for six years at Colorado State. He helped the Rams to the 1994 Western Athletic Conference title and to Holiday Bowl appearances following both the 1994 (10-2) and 1995 seasons (8-4).
In 1992, he coached wide receiver Greg Primus, an All-WAC pick who finished as Colorado State’s all-time leading receiver and ended up with 192 career catches for 3,200 yards (then 10th on the NCAA’s all-time yardage list). He also helped the Rams to the Freedom Bowl title following the 1990 season.
Meyer spent the previous two seasons at Illinois State, coaching quarterbacks and receivers in 1989 and outside linebackers in 1988. He worked as receivers coach at Ohio State in 1987 and helped the Buckeyes to a Cotton Bowl win following the 1986 campaign, when he coached tight ends.
A 13th-round pick in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft in 1982, he played two years in the Atlanta Braves’ organization. He played as a defensive back at the University of Cincinnati before earning his degree in psychology in 1986. He went on to earn a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio State in 1988.
Born July 10, 1964, Meyer and his wife Shelley are the parents of two daughters, Nicole (19) and Gigi (17), and a son, Nathan (11).
|Year||School , Title|
|1986||Ohio State, Tight Ends (Grad. Asst.)|
|1987||Ohio State, Receivers (Grad. Asst.)|
|1988||Illinois State, Outside Linebackers|
|1989||Illinois State, Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers|
|1990-95||Colorado State, Wide Receivers|
|1996-2000||Notre Dame, Wide Receivers|
|2001-02||Bowling Green, Head Coach|
|2003-04||Utah, Head Coach|
|2005-10||Florida, Head Coach|
|HEAD COACHING RECORD|
|Year||School||Record||Conference Record (Finish)||Final Poll*|
|2009||Florida||13-1||8-0 (First, East)||3/3|
|Totals:||10 Years||104-23 (.819)||60-18 (.769)|
|* Polls listed AP/Coaches’/Sports Illustrated|
|BOWL GAMES AS A COACH|
|2007||Tostitos BCS National Championship Game|
|2008||Capital One Bowl|
|2009||FedEx BCS National Championship Game|
|2010||AllState Sugar Bowl|
Lettered as a defensive back at the University of Cincinnati…A 13th-round pick in the 1982 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft as a shortstop…Played two years in the Atlanta Braves’ organization….Spent the summer of 1982 with Sarasota of the Rookie League and played for Pulasky (Va.), a Class A team in 1983.
Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Hometown: Ashtabula, Ohio
Education: 1986, bachelor's degree in psychology, University of Cincinnati 1988, master's degree in sports administration from the Ohio State University
Family: Married to the former Shelley Mather. Three children: Nicole (19), Gigi (17), Nathan (11).
FLORIDA HEAD COACHING HIGHLIGHTS (2005-10)
- 2006 and 2008 National Championships
- Only coach to capture two BCS Championships and one of only two coaches in SEC history to own two outright national titles
- 2006 and 2008 Southeastern Conference Championships
- 2006, 2008 and 2009 SEC Championship Game Appearances (SEC Eastern Division Champion)
- Sporting News and Sports Illustrated “Coach of the Decade”
- 2006 All-American Football Foundation National Coach of the Year
- Only coach in history of FBS to win 13 games in consecutive seasons
- .813 winning percentage is the second-best in school history
- 56 wins is the second-best total in the nation since 2006
- Posted a 5-1 (.833) record in bowl games, the top winning percentage in school history
- Compiled a 17-1 (.944) record with the Gators when given more than a week to prepare for an opponent, including bowl games, season openers, and games coming off a bye week
- Had a 36-12 (.750) mark in SEC action, is ranked in the top four for career conference winning percentage in the history of the league
- Collected his 100th head coaching victory against Kentucky on Sept. 25, 2010, becoming the second-fastest FBS coach since 1945 to reach the century mark
- Reached 50 wins in 59 games, tying Alabama’s Frank Thomas for the quickest in SEC history to 50 wins
- Faced the nation’s No. 1 schedule in 2006, the third-toughest in 2007 and second-toughest in 2008. Overall has played 29 ranked teams in six years
- Only coach in UF history to win seven-straight games against traditional rivals Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State and won 16 of 18 overall against the trio
- 36-5 (.878) record at home in The Swamp
- Was ranked at point in 89-consecutive polls, including 67 weeks in the top 10
- Coached 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow
- Twenty-six players selected in the NFL Draft, including a nation’s best nine in 2007 and 2009. Seven Gators have been first-round draft picks under Meyer and UF has had at least one first-round pick in each of the last four years. Overall, 50 Gators have signed NFL contracts under Meyer.
- 97 players have graduated
- 131 student-athletes named to SEC Academic Honor Roll, including a league-record 37 in 2008
- Honorary Committee Member for 2009 AFCA CEO Coach of the Year Dinner
UTAH HEAD COACHING HIGHLIGHTS (2003-04)
- The Home Depot 2004 Coach of the Year
- 2004 George Munger Award for the Collegiate Coach of the Year presented by the Maxwell Club
- 2004 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (Named by the Football Writers Association of America)
- 2004 Woody Hayes Trophy Award (Presented by the Columbus Touchdown Club)
- 2004 Victor Award
- Semifinalist for the 2004 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award
- 2003 National Coach of the Year by The Sporting News
- 2003 and 2004 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year
- 22-2 overall record and 6-1 mark versus BCS teams
- Directed Utah to a perfect 12-0 record in 2004 and became the first school from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference to earn a berth in a BCS Bowl (Fiesta)
- Utah finished as the MWC winner for the second-straight season to become the only back-to-back outright champion in the league’s existence
- The 2004 Utes ranked in the top five nationally in six statistical categories and the top 20 in eight.
- 2004 Utah squad led the MWC in 11 statistical categories
- Coached Heisman Trophy finalist Alex Smith, who also earned The Sporting News National Player of the Year and was the first player selected in the 2005 NFL Draft
- Squad averaged 44,112 spectators per game, breaking the school record of 41,478 set in 2003
- First Utah football coach ever named National Coach of the Year
- Best debut season ever for a Utah football coach (10-2)
- 2003 marked the school’s first outright conference championship since 1957
- Became only coach in program’s history to win the conference crown in debut season
- Utah ranked No. 1 in the nation in kickoff returns in 2003
- 86% conference winning percentage in ’03 was the best since 1953
- Road sweep of Brigham Young, Colorado State and Air Force in 2003 was a Utah first
- Led the Utes to their first New Year's Eve bowl ever, where they beat Southern Mississippi (17-0) in the AXA Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31
- Utah ended Brigham Young’s NCAA record 361-game, 28-year scoring streak to complete the 2003 regular season
BOWLING GREEN HEAD COACHING HIGHLIGHTS (2001-02)
- 2001 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year
- Biggest turnaround in the NCAA in 2001
- First winning season at BGSU since 1994
- 17-6 overall record and 5-0 versus BCS teams
- Five weeks in the national rankings in 2002
- Ranked as high as No. 16 (Coaches’) and No. 20 (Associated Press)
- Finished third in the nation in scoring offense in 2002 with 40.8 points per game
- 40.8 points per game set new MAC mark
- Finished ninth in the nation in total offense with 448.9 yards per game
- 2001 squad led MAC in total defense, scoring defense and rush defense