|Hometown:||Boca Raton, Fla.|
|Alma Mater:||University of Miami|
Hurricane alumnus Mark Richt was named the University of Miami's 24th head football coach on Dec. 4, 2015.
Richt's hiring provided immediate dividends as the Hurricanes posted a 9-4 record in his first season in Coral Gables, finishing in a tie for second in the ACC Coastal Division at 5-3. Miami then defeated West Virginia, 31-14, in the Russell Athletic Bowl for the program's first bowl victory in 10 years. The Hurricanes were ranked No. 20 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the final Amway Coaches Poll – the program's first season-ending rankings since 2009.
Miami had 10 players earned ACSMA All-ACC honors in 2016, while quarterback Brad Kaaya became Miami's all-time passing yards leader. Freshman wide receiver Ahmmon Richards broke the 31-year-old freshman receiving record at Miami originally set by Michael Irvin, while sophomore running back Mark Walton became the 11th 1,000-yard rusher in program history.
Miami improved its defense dramatically in 2016, ranking 26th nationally in total defense during the regular season (up from No. 69 the previous season). The Hurricanes also ranked No. 13 in yards per play (No. 86 in 2015), No. 14 in scoring defense (No. 77 in 2015), No. 6 in tackles for loss (No. 105 in 2015), No. 22 in team sacks (No. 70 in 2015) and No. 17 in defensive touchdowns (not ranked in 2015).
Nine Hurricanes were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft this past April, the most for Miami since 2006, including first-round pick David Njoku to the Cleveland Browns.
Off the field, Miami was one of three schools, along with Stanford and Northwestern, to earn the 2016 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award. In addition, the Hurricanes ranked first among all FBS programs in 2016 in the NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition.
Richt, born in Omaha, Neb., and raised in Boca Raton, Fla., returned to his alma mater after leading the University of Georgia football program for the previous 15 years. He compiled a 145-51 overall record and an 85-40 mark in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia won two SEC championships, six SEC East titles and nine bowl games under Richt, and finished the season in the Associated Press Top-10 rankings seven times.
Richt's 154 career wins ranks ninth among active FBS head coaches and his .737 winning percentage ranks sixth among active FBS coaches who have coached 10 or more seasons. 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. Richt also places a strong emphasis on academics as 292 Georgia players earned their degrees during his tenure.
In 2016, Richt was named the first-ever honorary head coach of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his commitment to giving back to others. In 2013, Richt received the Stallings Award given for commitment to humanitarian and community service efforts, and in 2010, he was named to the AFCA Board of Trustees.
Before his arrival at Georgia, Richt spent 11 seasons at Florida State, the last seven as the offensive coordinator. 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. FSU won two national championships (1993, 1999) and played for the national championship in 2000. The 2000 team 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 launched his coaching career at Florida State, first as a graduate assistant from 1985-86 and then as a volunteer assistant from 1987-88. He spent the 1989 season as the offensive coordinator at East Carolina before returning to FSU as the quarterbacks coach.
Richt coached two quarterbacks to the Heisman Trophy – Charlie Ward in 1993 and Chris Weinke in 2000. Quarterback Casey Weldon finished runner-up for the Heisman in 1991 under his tutelage. He also sent six FSU quarterbacks into the NFL between 1987 and 2000. Brad Johnson (now Richt's brother-in-law) was a Pro Bowl selection for Washington in 2000 and led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl triumph in 2003. Other Richt pro protégés include Danny Kanell (New York Giants), Danny McManus (Kansas City Chiefs), Peter Tom Willis (Chicago Bears), Weinke (Carolina Panthers) and Weldon (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Richt played quarterback for the Hurricanes under legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger. He spent most of his career at Miami as a backup to Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly. In one of Richt's years at Miami, his teammates included Kelly, Vinny Testaverde and Bernie Kosar, as well as 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, the Miami quarterbacks coach, was married to the former Anna Cearley, in May 2010. They have one daughter, Jadyn.