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H E A D C O A C H M A R K R I C H T UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Hurricane alumnus Mark Richt was named the 24th head football coach at The University of Miami on Dec. 4, 2015 by Director of Athletics Blake James. In his first season in Coral Gables, Richt guided the Hurricanes to an 8-4 record and will take his team into the Russell Athletic Bowl on a four-game winning streak. Richt, born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, returns to his alma mater after leading the University of Georgia football program for the past 15 years, compiling a 145-51 overall record and an 85-40 mark in Southeastern Conference play, winning two SEC championships, six SEC East titles and nine bowl games and finishing the season in the Associated Press Top Ten rankings seven times. The U’s decision to hire Richt comes as the university works to combine a top athletic department with a world-class education. Last week, UM announced Dr. Steven M. Altschuler was recently brought on board as the UHealth CEO and senior vice president of health affairs. That followed the April announcement of the hiring of Frenk, UM’s sixth president and former dean of Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Richt’s .740 winning percentage ranks fifth-best among active FBS head coaches and he is tied for ninth among the winningest head coaches in SEC history. Richt is one of only seven head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons (2002-05). During his tenure on the sidelines in Athens, 77 of Richt’s players were selected in the NFL Draft over the last 14 years, including eight chosen in the 2002 and 2013 NFL Drafts – the most Georgia players ever selected in a single year. Off the field, Richt places a strong emphasis on academics and 292 Georgia players earned their degrees during his tenure. Richt was the 2013 recipient 3 4 2 0 1 6 R U S S E L L AT H L E T I C B O W L RICHT COACHING RECORD Year School Record Postseason 2001 Georgia 8–4 Music City 2002 Georgia 13–1 Sugar 2003 Georgia 11–3 Capital One 2004 Georgia 10–2 Outback 2005 Georgia 10–3 Sugar 2006 Georgia 9–4 Chick-fil-A 2007 Georgia 11–2 Sugar 2008 Georgia 10–3 Capital One 2009 Georgia 8–5 Independence 2010 Georgia 6–7 Liberty 2011 Georgia 10–4 Outback 2012 Georgia 12–2 Capital One 2013 Georgia 8–5 Gator 2014 Georgia 10–3 Belk 2015 Georgia 10–3 TaxSlayer 2016 Miami 8–4 Russell of the Stallings Award given for commitment to humanitarian and community service efforts, and in 2010 he was named to the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees. Prior to his arrival at Georgia, Richt spent seven seasons as the offensive coordinator at Florida State. In his time in Tallahassee, the Seminoles finished in the nation’s top five in scoring offense on five occasions, top 12 in total offense five times, and top 12 in passing offense five times. The 2000 team, which played in the National Championship game against Oklahoma, finished the regular season ranked first nationally in total offense (549.0 ypg), first in passing offense (384.0 ypg), and third in scoring offense (42.4 ppg). Richt sent six FSU quarterbacks into the NFL between 1987 and 2000. In 2000, Richt coached Chris Weinke to the Heisman Trophy, and in 1991 he coached Casey Weldon to runner-up for the Heisman. His teammate at FSU, Brad Johnson (now Richt’s brother-in-law), was a Pro Bowl selection for Washington in 2000 and led the Tampa Bay Bucs to the Super Bowl title in 2003. Other Richt pro protégés include Danny Kanell (New York Giants), Danny McManus (Kansas City Chiefs) and Peter Tom Willis (Chicago Bears). Richt played quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes under legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger. He spent most of his career at Miami as a backup to former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly. In one of Richt’s years at Miami, his teammates included Kelly, Vinny Testaverde and Bernie Kosar and quarterbacks coach Earl Morrall. Richt is married to the former Katharyn Francis of Tallahassee. The couple has four children – Jonathan, David, Zach and Anya. Jon was married to the former Anna Cearley, in May 2010.


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