Bill Bedenbaugh enters his fourth year on the staff and moves into a more prominent role as co-offensive coordinator. He tutors the offensive line. His tenure has been marked by consistency and the development of units that have propelled Arizona's offensive attack into one of the league's top producers.
He came to the Wildcat coaching staff after seven seasons at Texas Tech, joining UA's program in January 2007.
Bedenbaugh's familiarity with the spread offense while working with former UA offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes in Lubbock brought an important synergy to the Wildcats' attack. In its progression under Bedenbaugh and co-coordinator Seth Littrell, the line is expected to keep UA's approach physical and incorporate quick-strike opportunities with playmakers.
Bedenbaugh, 38, spent 2005 and 2006 mentoring the offensive line in Lubbock but was connected with the high-power Red Raider offense since the 2000 season. He has focused on the offensive side of the ball for his entire coaching career.
He and the former Marydee Connor were married in July 2009.
Recent Career Highlights
Coached a unit that finished 10th nationally in 2009 with 13 total sacks allowed. The Cats were in the Pac-10's upper half in scoring, passing offense and rushing offense and had the third-lowest turnover total in the conference.
Tutored center Colin Baxter to Rimington Trophy candidacy and lead he and tackle Adam Grant to 2nd-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors in 2009.
Helped tutor left tackle Eben Britton into a first-team All-Pac-10 pick in 2008, plus position himself for a second-round selection in the April 2009 NFL draft.
Crafted a rushing game that well complemented UA's passing attack in 2008, producing 131 yards per contest and scoring 33 touchdowns on the ground, second in the league.
Coached sophomore center Colin Baxter to honorable mention all-league honors in his first year in the position.
Helped produce a balanced offensive attack that averaged 402 yards per contest, UA's best in nine years and No. 5 in school history in 2008.
Coached sophomore offensive tackle Eben Britton to 2007 second-team All-Pac-10 honors, as well as LT senior Peter Graniello's honorable mention citation. Coached guard Colin Baxter from apprentice to full-time starter in his redshirt freshman year in '08.
Coached the offensive unit that helped pave the way for a Texas Tech squad that finished first in the Big 12 in total offense and No. 6 nationally, while rating 13th in Division I-A for scoring at 32.5 points per game.
Coached guard Manuel Ramirez to honorable mention all-league honors in 2006 and a fourth-round selection by the Detroit Lions in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Helped develop initial scout-team tight end Gabe Hall into a 2006 All-Big 12 Conference selection at offensive tackle, and a subsequent free agent contract with the New York Giants.
Helped develop left tackle Glenn January into second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2006 and an eventual free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Bucs for 2007. Louis Vasquez and Manuel Ramirez earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors.
Coached E. J. Whitley to an eventual seventh-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 NFL Draft. Coached a unit that reduced sacks allowed from 36 the previous year to only 19 - on 656 passing attempts -- in 2006.
Bedenbaugh's offensive line helped pave the way for running back Shannon Woods' 6.1 yards per carry and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2006.
Named NCAA Division II Coordinator of the Year after helping lead the Ferris State Bulldogs to a division-best 534 yards per game as offensive line coach and running game coordinator in 1999.
Four-year starter at Iowa Wesleyan College as a lineman, playing for then head coach Mike Leach, who later hired him at Texas Tech.
Bedenbaugh's Coaching History
1995 Offensive Line Coach Oklahoma Panhandle State
1996 OL Assistant Valdosta State
1997-98 Grad Assistant/OL Central Michigan
1999 OL/Running Game Ferris State
2000-02 Grad Assistant/OL Texas Tech
2003-04 Running Backs coach Texas Tech
2005 Offensive line coach Texas Tech
2006 Offensive line coach Texas Tech
2007 OL/Running Game Arizona
2008 OL/Running Game Arizona
2009 OL/Running Game Arizona
2010 Co-Offensive Coordinator/OL Arizona
Bedenbaugh in the Bowls
1996 NCAA D-II Playoffs Valdosta State Coach
2000 Gallery Furniture Bowl TTU Coach
2001 Alamo Bowl TTU coach
2002 Tangerine Bowl TTU coach
2003 Houston Bowl TTU coach
2004 Holiday Bowl TTU coach
2006 `05 Cotton Bowl TTU coach
2006 Insight Bowl TTU coach
2008 Las Vegas Bowl Arizona coach
2009 Holiday Bowl Arizona coach
The Bedenbaugh File
Date of birth: Aug. 21, 1972
Hometown: St. Charles, Ill.
High School: St. Charles
College: Iowa Wesleyan `95
Master's - Texas Tech `01
Playing Experience: Lineman, Iowa Wesleyan, 1991-94
Recruiting Areas: Metropolitan Houston, Illinois
Family: Wife, Marydee