UVA names new head football coach

UVA names new head football coach

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - The University of Virginia named Bronco Mendenhall the new head coach of the football program on Friday.

Mendenhall, was head coach at Brigham Young University for the last 11 years, director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced late Friday.

Mendenhall will be the 40th 40th head football coach of the Cavaliers. He had overall record of 99-42 at BYU, which is 12th in total wins among all FBS teams during that time. Mendenhall also ranks 13th in winning percentage (.702) among all active coaches with at least five years of FBS experience, and he ranks 10th among active coaches with at least 10 years of experience, according to UVA.

"I wish to express my appreciation to President Teresa Sullivan, Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage and Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver for their belief and trust in me to lead and guide the football program at the University of Virginia," Mendenhall said. "Professionally and personally I seek to embrace the highest standards in college sports, on and off the field, and I love the high standards both academically and athletically at Virginia. I am excited to not only help provide the continual growth and development of the student athletes academically but also reestablish Virginia as a consistent winner with a fiercely competitive and winning product on the football field."

He helped turn around the Cougars program taking them to a bowl game each season and winning six of those games.

"Bronco Mendenhall's teams have consistently won at a high level and he's demonstrated the ability to create a strategic vision to build a program and then implement his plan to be successful," Littlepage said. "His emphasis on the overall development of student athletes and a commitment to academic achievement is in line with our goals of Uncompromised Excellence. We're excited to begin a new era of Virginia football and support Bronco and his staff.""BYU has played the pivotal role in my professional and personal life and I will be forever indebted to the outstanding young men and exceptional people I have had the opportunity to work with at BYU. My success at BYU was possible because these great people chose the phenomenal, unique and faith-based experience available at BYU."

Mendenhall played for two years at Snow College (Utah) before finishing his career as a starter at Oregon State during the 1986 and 1987 seasons. He played both linebacker and safety for the Beavers. Mendenhall began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Oregon State. He later coached at Snow College and Northern Arizona before he became the youngest defensive coordinator in the Pac-10 at Oregon State. Following his stint at his alma mater, he coached at Louisiana Tech and New Mexico before he joined the BYU staff as defensive coordinator in 2003. He was promoted to head coach in 2005.

Mendenhall signed a five-year agreement starting at $3.25 million for the first year.

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