Nov. 21, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz.--University of Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne will introduce Rich Rodriguez as the Wildcats' head football coach in a news conference at noon (MST) Tuesday in McKale Center.
The event is open to the public, with seating in the west stands. Free parking will be available in the tailgate area on the McKale lawn. "I encourage our fans to come help welcome our new coach,'' Byrne said.
Rodriguez, 48, becomes Arizona's 30th head coach, succeeding Tim Kish, who took over for eight-year head coach Mike Stoops on Oct. 9. The Wildcats, 3-8, close the season Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against Louisiana-Lafayette, after winning their rivalry game Saturday at Arizona State, 31-27, for the Territorial Cup.
Rodriguez carries a career college coaching record of 120-84-2 in 18 seasons, marked by Division I records of 60-26 at West Virginia from 2001-2006 and 15-22 at Michigan, where he coached from 2008-10. He began his coaching career at Salem in 1988 and then coached at Glenville State from 1990-96. He has worked as a CBS Sports football analyst this year.
Rodriguez' West Virginia teams were Big East Champion four seasons - 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007, appearing in two BCS bowls, the 2005 Sugar Bowl with a victory over Georgia for an 11-1 record. West Virginia took a victory over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl to finish 10-2after Rodriguez had taken the Michigan position. His 2006 club finished 11-2 after a victory over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl.
Rodriguez graduated in 1986 from West Virginia, where he was a three-year letterwinner as a defensive back in 1982-84. He added a master's degree from Salem in 1987. He is a native of Grant Town, W. Va., and graduated from North Marion High School. Rodriguez and his wife, Rita, have two children, Raquel and Rhett.