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Frank Solich recently completed his
15th regular season as head coach of
the Bobcats. He is the winningest head
coach in Mid-American Conference
history with 112 overall victories while his 75
conference-only wins rank second to former
Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi’s
90. His 15 years of service in the MAC are second
only to Deromedi’s 16 (1978-93).
Ohio is 112-81 during the Solich era. His 112
victories are the second-most in program history
behind behind Don Peden (121; 1924-46). Ohio
has gone 75-45 in conference play since Solich’s
arrival in Athens in 2005.
Solich is tied with Oklahoma State’s Mike
Gundy for fourth among active NCAA Football
Bowl Subdivision head coaches in terms of
longest tenure with their current school and is the
longest tenured Group of Five head coach. Prior
to arriving in Athens, Solich spent six years as head
coach at his alma mater, Nebraska. Solich’s 21
years of experience tie him with Ferentz (21 years)
for the third-most among active NCAA FBS head
coaches, ranking behind North Carolina’s Mack
Brown (30 years) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (24).
Solich owns a career coaching record of
170-100. His 170 wins rank as the fourth most
among active NCAA FBS head coaches. Solich
has coached four All-America honorees and nine
NFL Draft Picks during his time at Ohio. The
Bobcats have tallied 110 All-MAC selections over
the last 15 years. He is well-respected by his peers,
having been named the president of the American
Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in addition
to receiving the Tom Osborne Legacy Award in
January of 2019.
Prior to Solich’s arrival in Athens, the Bobcats
had enjoyed only two winning seasons in the
previous 22 years. The tone was set for his tenure
at Ohio in his fi rst home game as head coach of
the Bobcats on Sept. 9, 2005 -- a 16-10 upset of
Pittsburgh in overtime on national television. The
following year, Solich guided the Bobcats to a ninewin
season, a MAC East Division title and the
program’s fi rst bowl game appearance since 1968.
The 2009 season kicked off a run of 10-straight
non-losing seasons that has included nine winning
campaigns and six years with at least nine victories
-- including a 10-win campaign in 2011. The
2012 season began with the Bobcats earning a
signature win at Penn State, upsetting the Nittany
Lions by a score of 24-14. Ohio captured division
titles in 2009, ‘11 and ‘16.
Solich has led the Bobcats to 11 of their 13
bowl appearances and the fi rst four bowl victories
in program history, with back-to-back wins in
the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and ‘12
Independence Bowl and back-to-back victories in
the 2017 Bahamas Bowl and ‘18 DXL Frisco Bowl.
Solich arrived in Athens after six seasons as
the head coach at the University of Nebraska.
Solich spent nearly 30 years as part of the
Nebraska program as a player, assistant coach
and head coach.
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