Mark Richt
Head Coach
Alma Mater: University of Miami
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.

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Release: 01/21/2009
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Year W L Pct. SEC Reg. Season
2001 8 4 .667 5-3 (T3/East)
2002 13 1 .929 7-1 (SEC Champs)
2003 11 3 .786 6-2 (T1/East)
2004 10 2 .833 6-2 (2nd/East)
2005 10 3 .769 6-2 (SEC Champs)
2006 9 4 .692 4-4 (T3/East)
2007 11 2 .846 6-2 (T1/East)
2008 10 3 .769 6-2 (2nd/East)
2009 8
.615 4-4 (T2/East)
Total 90
27 .769 48-19* (.716)
*Includes 2-1 in SEC Championship games

Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
College: University of Miami, '82
Birthdate: Feb. 18, 1960
Birthplace: Omaha, Neb.
Wife: Katharyn Francis
Children: Jon, 3/11/90
David, 12/1/94
Zach, 5/15/96
Anya 2/13/97

Florida State Graduate Assistant (1985-86)
  Volunteer Assistant (1987-88)
East Carolina Offensive Coordinator (1989)
Florida State Quarterbacks (1990-2000)
  Offensive Coord. (1994-2000)
Georgia Head Coach (2001-current)

Coach School, First 9 Seasons
George Woodruff (1892-00) Pennsylvania, 114-7-2
Pete Carroll (2001-09) Southern Cal., 97-19
Bob Stoops (1999-2007) Oklahoma, 97-22
Urban Meyer (2001-current) B. Green, Utah, Fla., 96-18
Amos Alonzo Stagg (1890-98) Springfield, Chic., 94-35-8
Barry Switzer (1973-81) Oklahoma, 90-13-3
Mark Richt (2001-current) Georgia, 90-27

Head Coach Mark Richt came to Georgia with the motto, "Finish the drill." After nine seasons between the hedges, he's demonstrated what that means by winning two SEC Championships (2002, '05), three SEC Eastern Division titles and tied for another, and his 90-27 record is third best in the country in winning percentage among active coaches (.769). And his emphasis on graduation has come to fruition as 173 Bulldog players have earned their degrees since December, 2001. ???????????????? Richt was named SEC Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2005. His record against non-conference teams is 38-4 and his teams are 33-6 when playing in an opponent's home stadium.

He is one of only nine head coaches in Division I-A history to record 60 or more wins in his first six seasons and 70 or more wins in his first seven seasons, one of only seven to reach 80 wins in his first eight seasons and 90 wins in his first nine seasons. Richt is also one of only six coaches in history to win two SEC championships (2002, 2005) in his first five years, and one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons (2002-05).

The excitement produced by Richt's teams on the field has been matched by many other aspects surrounding the program. Richt has generated an atmosphere of excitement and unity among the Georgia people. Georgia supporters and fans became impressed with his sincerity, openness, family values, and the casual and genuine way he carried himself. They liked his ideas on building a football program, his commitment to discipline, and the importance he placed on standards of excellence on and off the field.

And they liked the way he refused to set limitations on what would be a satisfactory season. "I like to set our goals high," he said. "I never want to put a ceiling on what we can accomplish."

Richt also had a reputation for developing quarterbacks at FSU and that has continued at UGA. Among the highlights of his first year was redshirt freshman quarterback David Greene being named SEC Freshman of the Year after a season in which Greene set the school record for passing yards (2,789) and passing TD's (17) by a freshman. And in '02, Greene led the SEC in passing efficiency and was the consensus choice for All-SEC first team. By the end of his career, Greene had become the SEC's all-time leading passer (11,528 yards) and set the NCAA Division 1-A record for career victories by a starting QB with 42. D.J. Shockley followed Greene in 2005 and led the SEC in passing efficiency. Matthew Stafford came next (2006-08) and set the Georgia record for season total offense in 2008 (3,499 yards) and finished third in career passing yardage (7,731).

The NFL is also looking Georgia's way on a regular basis. Fifty-one of Richt's players have been chosen in the NFL draft over the last nine years including eight chosen in the 2002 NFL draft- -the most Georgia players ever selected in a single year.

Mark Richt Year by Year

2009: Georgia upset #7 Georgia Tech in the regular season finale and then won its fourth straight bowl game to complete the season at 8-5.

2008: Georgia finished with a 10-3 mark and number ten final national ranking-the sixth time in seven years the Bulldogs won ten or more games and also finished among the nation's top ten teams in the final national polls.

2007: One of the youngest teams in the country, was 4-2 after six games but won the last seven in a row including victories over rivals Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech to finish 11-2. The 'Dogs defeated 10th ranked Hawai'i in The Allstate Sugar Bowl and finished No. 2 in the final AP poll and No. 3 in the coaches poll.

2006: After starting out 5-0, his 2006 team struggled through the middle of the schedule, but rebounded to defeat three top 20 teams in a row: #5 Auburn, #16 Georgia Tech, and #14 Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil- A Bowl. He was chosen to coach the 2007 Hula Bowl game in Hawaii.

2005: Picked to finish third in the SEC East, his 2005 team exceeded all expectations with a 10-2 regular season finish and SEC championship defeating third-ranked LSU in the title game. He was elected 2005 SEC Coach of the Year by the SEC Coaches.

2004: His 2004 team finished 10-2, won a third straight bowl game, and finished in the nation's top six in the final national rankings for the third consecutive season. Along the way in '04, the 'Dogs defeated defending national champion LSU, Georgia Tech for the fourth straight time and upended Florida for the first time since 1997. DE David Pollack became the most decorated defensive player in Georgia history with a third straight first tean All-America selection and was recipient of the Lombardi, Bednarik, Lott, and Hendricks Trophies.

2003: Richt led the 'Dogs to the SEC title game for the second time in a row in '03, defeated Purdue in the Capital One Bowl, and had the 'Dogs in the top ten again with a final USA Today/ESPN Coaches ranking of 6th and a final AP ranking of 7th. Richt's team ranked 2nd nationally in Scoring Defense (14.5 ppg), 4th in Total Defense (276.86 ypg), 6th in Passing Defense (174.5 ypg), and 14th nationally in Turnover Margin (+.79).

2002: 'Dogs go 13-1, win first SEC championship in 20 years, defeated Florida State in the Nokia Sugar Bowl, and finished the season with a number three national ranking. Georgia's championship run was a complete team effort, with the Dogs winning five games by a touchdown or less. Among Richt's team were three first team All-Americans and eight first team All-SEC performers. Richt himself was a consensus choice as SEC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award. In addition, the '02 Bulldogs led the SEC in both scoring offense (32.2 ppg) and scoring defense (15.1 ppg).

2001: By the time his inaugural season in 2001 came to a close (8-4), he had become the first Georgia coach since H.J. Stegeman in 1920 to win eight games in his inaugural season. He had also handed Tennessee its only regular season defeat (in Knoxville on national television) and beaten arch rival Georgia Tech (for the first time since 1997).

The Road To Athens

His career as a Bulldog began as a Christmas present that actually came the day after most gifts had been opened. On Dec. 26, 2000, Richt was named head coach at the University of Georgia after serving on the staff at Florida State for 15 years-the last seven as offensive coordinator.

Richt, a 1982 graduate of the University of Miami, coached the quarterbacks for 14 seasons at FSU. As offensive coordinator, he developed offenses that were among the most prolific in college football history while becoming one of country's most respected coaches.

His personal and professional development paid off as athletic director Vince Dooley introduced him to the media and the Georgia people as UGA's 25th head football coach at a day-after- Christmas press conference.

Under Richt's direction, the FSU offense had been a national leader. In this seven years as offensive coordinator, 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. His 2000 offense 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). performers. Richt himself was a consensus choice as SEC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award. In addition, the '02 Bulldogs led the SEC in both scoring offense (32.2 ppg) and scoring defense (15.1 ppg). 2001: By the time his inaugural season in 2001 came to a close (8-4), he had become the first Georgia coach since H.J. Stegeman in 1920 to win eight games in his inaugural season. He had also handed Tennessee its only regular season defeat (in Knoxville on national television) and beaten arch rival Georgia Tech (for the first time since 1997).

Richt sent six FSU quarterbacks into the NFL between 1987 and 2000. In addition to Weinke (Carolina Panthers), Washington Redskin Casey Weldon was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1991. His teammate at FSU, Brad Johnson (now Richt's brother-in-law), was a Pro Bowl selection for Washington in 2000 and led the Tampa Bay Bucs to the Super Bowl title in 2003. Other Richt pro proteges include Danny Kanell (New York Giants), Danny McManus (Kansas City Chiefs) and Peter Tom Willis (Chicago Bears).

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Richt came to Tallahassee with an astute knowledge of the passing game after playing the position for the Miami Hurricanes under Howard Schnellenberger. Richt spent most of his career at Miami as a backup to former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly. In one of Richt's years at Miami, his teammates included Kelly, Vinny Testaverde, Bernie Kosar, and quarterbacks coach Earl Morral.

Richt is married to the former Katharyn Francis of Tallahassee. They have four children - Jonathan (20), a junior quarterback at Mars Hill College, David (16), Zach (14), and Anya (13). Jon was married to the former Anna Cearley in May, 2010.



Only Coaches To Win Two SEC Titles In First Five Years

Frank Thomas, Alabama (1933, '34)
Bernie Moore, LSU (1935, '36)
Vince Dooley, Georgia (1966, '68)
Steve Spurrier, Florida (1991, '93)
Nick Saban, LSU (2001, '03)
Mark Richt, Georgia (2002, '05)
Urban Meyer, Florida (2006, 2008)

Only SEC Coaches To Record Four Straight 10-Win Seasons

Paul "Bear" Bryant, Alabama (1971-74, 1977-80)
Vince Dooley, Georgia (1980-83)
Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee (1995-98)
Mark Richt, Georgia (2002-05)
Steve Spurrier, Florida (1993-98)



AP All-SEC Total
Coaches All-SEC 1st Team
NFL Draftees Totals
Florida 66

Georgia 33
Georgia 51
LSU 63
LSU 33
LSU 50
Georgia 62
Alabama 32
Florida 50
Tennessee 49

Florida 32

Tennessee 46
Arkansas 47

Auburn 27

Alabama 36
Auburn 46
Tennessee 22
Auburn 31
Alabama 45
Arkansas 21
South Carolina
Kentucky 32
Ole Miss 16
Ole Miss 30

Kentucky 14

Ole Miss
Miss. State 21
S. Carolina 10
S. Carolina 20
Vanderbilt 8
Miss. State
Vanderbilt 15

Miss. State 4
Vanderbilt 10

AP All-SEC 1st Team
Freshman All-SEC Totals
NFL 1st rounders Totals
Georgia 36

Georgia 26
Tennessee 10
Florida 32
Vanderbilt 26
LSU 30
Arkansas 25
Georgia 8


Alabama 23
Auburn 24   Miss. State 22   Auburn 6
Tennessee 20
Auburn 20
Arkansas 6
Arkansas 17
Florida 20
Ole Miss 5
Kentucky 16
Tennessee 19
Alabama 3
Ole Miss 16
LSU 16
S. Carolina 3
Vanderbilt 8
Kentucky 16
Vanderbilt 2
S. Carolina 8
Ole Miss
Kentucky 1
Miss. State 7
S. Carolina 15
Miss. State 0

Coaches All-SEC Total
All-Americans Totals
National Awards Won Totals
Florida 16
Florida 8
LSU 64
LSU 14
Georgia 11
Georgia 5
Alabama 55
Tennessee 11
Kentucky 4
Tennessee 50
Ole Miss 4
Auburn 44
Auburn 8
Alabama  4
Arkansas 41
Arkansas 7
Auburn 1
Kentucky 33
Ole Miss 4
Arkansas 1
Ole Miss 29
S. Carolina 3
Tennessee 1
Vanderbilt 24
Kentucky 1
Miss. State 0
S. Carolina 20
Vanderbilt  1
S. Carolina 0
Miss. State 17
Miss. State 0

Vanderbilt 0

(at end of 2009 season)


In An Opponent's Stadium:

2001 Season:
#6 Tennessee W, 26-24
Vanderbilt W, 30-14
Ole Miss W, 35-15
#21 Ga. Tech W, 31-17

2002 Season:
South Carolina W, 13-7
#22 Alabama W, 27-25
Kentucky W, 52-24
#24 Auburn W, 24-21

2003 Season:
Clemson W, 30-0
#11 LSU L, 17-10
#13 Tennessee W, 41-14
Vanderbilt W, 27-8
Ga. Tech W, 34-17

2004 Season:
South Carolina W, 20-16
Arkansas W, 20-14
Kentucky W, 62-17
#3 Auburn L, 24-6

2005 Season:
Miss. State W, 23-10
#8 Tennessee W, 27-14
Vanderbilt W, 34-17
#20 Ga. Tech W, 14-7

2006 Season:
South Carolina W, 18-0
Ole Miss W, 14-9
Kentucky L, 24-20
#5 Auburn W, 37-15

2007 Season:
#16 Alabama W, 26-23
Tennessee L, 35-14
Vanderbilt W, 20-17
Georgia Tech W, 31-17

2008 Season:
South Carolina W, 14-7
Arizona State W, 27-10
#11 LSU W, 52-38
   Kentucky W, 42-38
   Auburn W, 17-13

2009 Season:
#9 Oklahoma St. L, 10-24
Arkansas W, 52-41
Tennessee L, 19-45
Vanderbilt W, 34-10
#7 Georgia Tech W, 30-24


In Bowl Games:

2001 Season:
Music City Bowl
Lost to Boston College 20-16 in Nashville, Tenn.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:

2002 Season:
Nokia Sugar Bowl
Beat #16 Florida State 26-13 in New Orleans, La.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:

2003 Season:
Capital One Bowl
Beat #12 Purdue 34-27 OT in Orlando, Fla.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:

2004 Season:
Outback Bowl
Beat #17 Wisconsin 24-21 in Tampa, Fla.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:

2005 Season:
Nokia Sugar Bowl
Lost to #11 West Virginia 38-35 in Atlanta, Ga.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:

2006 Season:
Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Beat #14 Virginia Tech 31-24 in Atlanta, Ga.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:

2007 Season:
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Beat #10 Hawaii 41-10 in New Orleans, La.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:
11-2 / 2nd / 3rd

2008 Season:
Capital One Bowl
Beat #19 Michigan State 24-12 in Orlando, Fla.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:

2004 Season:
Independance Bowl
Beat Texas A&M 44-20 in Shreveport, La.
Record/AP Ranking/Coaches Ranking:



Inside the Numbers Under Richt

Record (*SEC)
90-27 (52-23)
Home / Away / Neutral
46-11 / 33-6 / 11-10
Versus Ranked Teams (H/A/N)
9-8 / 11-3 / 9-8
Versus Top 10 Teams (H/A/N)
1-2 / 4-2 / 3-5
Day / Night 63-18 / 27-9
SEC East / *West / Non-Conference
28-16 / 24-7 / 38-4
Conference Record (H/A/*N)
22-10 / 26-5 / 4-8
Score First / Opp. Scores First
67-9 / 23-18
Leading / Trailing / Tied at Half
70-7 / 17-19 / 3-1
Leading / Trailing / Tied after 3rd Q
77-5 / 8-22 / 5-0
Scoring < 18 Pts. / 18 + Pts.
11-18 / 9-9
Allowing less than 20 Pts.
Allowing 20+ / 30+ Pts.
12-10 / 6-11
Rushing for less than 100 yards
Rushing for over 100 yards
Rushing for 200+ yards
Passing for 300+ yards
Totaling less than 300 yards
400+ yards of Total Offense
Allowing less than 100 yards rushing
Allowing less than 300 yds. Total Off.
Allowing 400+ yds. total offense
Having 100-yard rusher
Opp. have 100-yard rusher
No turnovers / takeaways
19-0 / 8-10
In August / September
3-0 / 29-5
In October
In November
In December
In January

*includes 2-1 in SEC Championship Games