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Rich Rodriguez
Rich Rodriguez

Grant Town, W.Va.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
West Virginia, 1986


Rich Rodriguez to Host Google+ Hangout

Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez will host a Google+ Hangout on Wed., April 24, at 11 a.m. PT for season ticket holders who have already renewed for the 2013 season.


Offense Wins Spring Football Game

Arizona's quarterbacks combined for 27-of-49 passing for 349 yards and eight touchdowns.


Cats, Cougars Announce Series; 2016 Game in Phoenix

Arizona and BYU have announced a three-game series for the 2016, 2018 and 2020 football seasons. The 2016 contest will be played in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium.


Spring Game Set for Saturday

Head coach Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona football team will host the annual Spring Game on Sat., April 13 at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.


Cats' Final Practice to Prep for Spring Game

University of Arizona football continued its spring practice season with a workout on Wed., April 10, at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.


2012 Season in Photos

2012 Season in Photos


Arizona vs. Nevada

Arizona vs. Nevada


Arizona vs. Utah (AP)

Arizona football takes on Utah


Colorado at Arizona, Associated Press

Colorado at Arizona, Associated Press


Arizona takes on UCLA

Arizona football faces against UCLA

Year in Coaching: 29th

Year at Arizona: Second

Now in his second season at the helm of the Wildcat program, Rich Rodriguez was introduced as the 30th head coach of the University of Arizona football team on Nov. 22, 2011, ending a stint as a sports television commentator to return to an 18-year head coaching career.

Entering the 2013 season, Rodriguez carries a career college coaching record of 128-89-2 in 19 seasons, marked by Division I records of 60-26 at West Virginia, 15-22 at Michigan and 8-5 with the Wildcats. He began his head coaching career at Salem (W.Va.) University in 1988 and then coached at Glenville State (W.Va.) from 1990-96.

The 2012 season proved successful for Arizona in Rodriguez's spread-offense, no-huddle system. Running back Ka'Deem Carey led the nation in total rushing yards (1,929) and yards per game (148.38) while rewriting the Arizona record book. For his efforts, Carey was named first-team All-Pac-12 and a consensus All-American, UA's first on the offensive side of the ball.

Rodriguez inherited a fifth-year senior in quarterback Matt Scott who was perfectly suited to run the Wildcat offense. With Scott as signal caller, Arizona was 7-5 as he orchestrated come-from-behind wins against No. 10 USC and Nevada in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors, Scott led the conference in yards per game with 301.7 and ranked No. 2 in the league in total yardage.

Austin Hill totaled 81 catches for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Wildcat receivers in 2012. He was named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, second-team All-Pac-12 and fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele. He ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 in total receiving yards and yards per game (104.9).

UA lead the Pac-12 in total offense for four-straight weeks (weeks 6-9) and ranked as high as fourth nationally in weeks three, seven and nine. Arizona's offensive triple-threat attack featured a 3,000-yard passer (Scott - 3,620 yards), a 1,500-yard rusher (Carey - 1,929 yards) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Hill - 1,364 yards).

In defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel's 3-3-5 defense, Arizona was led by linebacker Jake Fischer, an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. Fischer ranked third in the Pac-12 in total tackles with 76 and 9.2 per game. Cornerback Shaquille Richardson ranked fourth in the league and No. 16 nationally in passes broken up with 14. Safety Jared Tevis also earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention nods.

Rodriguez served as a football analyst for CBS Sports during the 2011 season. Previously, Rodriguez was head coach at Michigan from 2008 to 2010 and made a Division I statement as head coach at West Virginia from 2001-07 where he compiled a 60-26 record and won four Big East Conference titles.

Rodriguez's West Virginia teams were Big East Champions in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 while appearing in two BCS bowls, the 2005 Sugar Bowl with a victory over Georgia for an 11-1 record and a victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl to finish 10-2 shortly after Rodriguez had left for Michigan. His 2006 club finished 11-2 after a victory over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl. He also coached the Mountaineers to the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl and the 2003 and 2004 Gator Bowl.

While at Salem, he was a secondary coach and special teams coordinator in 1986 and assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 1987. He was the youngest head coach in college football when appointed by Salem in 1988 at age 24. The school disbanded its football program the next year and he served as a volunteer assistant at West Virginia working with outside linebackers in 1989.

Prior to accepting the West Virginia job in late November 2000, Rodriguez served as offensive coordinator and associate head coach for Tommy Bowden at Clemson in 1999 and 2000, with the Tigers recording a 15-9 record in two seasons. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Bowden at Tulane for two years prior to that, 1997-98, where he helped lead the Green Wave to a 19-4 mark, including an undefeated 12-0 season with the Conference USA Champs and Liberty Bowl victors in 1998.

At Glenville State, his teams won or shared four-consecutive West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and he was named WVIAC Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994, as well as the NAIA Coach of the Year after leading his team to a national runner-up finish. He also was recognized by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association as the state College Coach of the Year for all sports in 1993. He led the Pioneers to the national playoffs twice and posted a 43-28-2 record. He also served as Glenville's AD in 1995-96 and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2003.

Rodriguez graduated from West Virginia in 1986, where he started as a walk-on in 1981 and became a three-year letterwinner as a defensive back from 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. Rich and his wife, Rita, have two children, Raquel and Rhett.

Rodriguez's Coaching History
2012- Arizona, head coach (8-5)
2008-10 Michigan, head coach (15-22)
2001-07 West Virginia, head coach (60-26)
1999-2000 Clemson, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
1997-98 Tulane, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
1990-96 Glenville State, head coach (43-28-2)
1989 West Virginia, volunteer assistant
1988 Salem University, head coach (2-8)
1987 Salem University, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator
1986 Salem University, secondary/special teams
1985 West Virginia, student assistant
Overall head coaching career: 128-89-2
Division I-A head coaching career: 83-53
Year-by-Year as Head Coach
Year Record Conf. (Place) School Bowl
2012 8-5 4-5 (T4thS) Arizona New Mexico
2010 7-6 3-5 (T7th) Michigan Gator
2009 5-7 1-7 (10th) Michigan
2008 3-9 2-6 (9th) Michigan (Big 10)
2007 10-2 5-2 (T2nd) West Virginia Fiesta
2006 11-2 5-2 (T2nd) West Virginia Gator
2005 11-1 7-0 (1st) West Virginia Sugar
2004 8-4 4-2 (T1st) West Virginia Gator
2003 8-5 6-1 (T1st) West Virginia Gator
2002 9-4 6-1 (2nd) West Virginia Continental Tire
2001 3-8 1-7 (7th) West Virginia (Big East)
1996 6-4 6-1 (T1st) Glenville State
1995 8-2 6-1 (T1st) Glenville State
1994 8-3 5-1 (T1st) Glenville State
1993 10-3 6-1 (T1st) Glenville State
1992 6-4 5-2 (3rd) Glenville State
1991 4-5-1 3-4 (T5th) Glenville State
1990 1-7-1 1-5 (T6th) Glenville State (WVIAC)
1988 2-8 2-5 (5th) Salem University (WVIAC)
Rich Rodriguez File
Hometown Grant Town, W. Va.
High School North Marion
College West Virginia, 1986
Master's Salem University, 1987
Playing Career West Virginia, 1981-84, defensive back
Family Wife, Rita; Children, Raquel and Rhett