UVA Coach Bronco Mendenhall stepping down

UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall at the 2019 ACC Championship Game (FILE)
UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall at the 2019 ACC Championship Game (FILE)(WVIR)
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 5:14 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - University of Virginia Football Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall is stepping down.

The coach made the announcement Thursday, December 2.

“I was requested to stay by our athletic director,” he said. “I was requested to stay by our president. It’s my decision only.”

Mendenhall will step down from his position after the Cavaliers’ upcoming bowl game.

“It’s 31 years of straight football and my wife and I will have been married 25 years in March,” Mendenhall said. “All we’ve known together is the rhythm of a football season. That’s all my kids have known.”

Thoughts surrounding his future in football began Sunday Nov. 28. He says the decision was tough but one he knows is best for himself and his family.

“Clearly this week, there was a sense of clarity to me that I needed to step back from college football and reassess, renew, reframe, and reinvent with my wife as a partner our future,” Mendenhall said.

The ‘Hoos have a 36-28 record under Mendenhall, who has served as head coach for six seasons. They’re 6-6 this year.

With National Signing Day quickly approaching on December 15, Mendenhall says its unclear how recruiting will be handled.

“What I do know is anyone that chooses UVA has made the best decision of their life to become an amazing person, the educational part, the community part, the relationship part and the football part,” Mendenhall said.

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