|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. Miami was ranked 20th in the final Associated Press poll and 23rd in the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the 2016 season.
Miami had 10 players earned ACSMA All-ACC honors in 2016, while quarterback Brad Kaaya became Miami’s all-time passing yards leader under Richt’s tutelage. 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).
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 10th among active FBS head coaches and his .737 winning percentage ranks seventh 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.
Off the field, Richt 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 American Football Coaches Association (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 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 the runner-up for the Heisman. 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) 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 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 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, the Miami quarterbacks coach, was married to the former Anna Cearley, in May 2010.