The University of Arizona

Rich Rodriguez Named Arizona Wildcats Football Coach

By Arizona Athletics, November 22, 2011

Rodriguez was introduced during a press conference Tuesday at McKale Memorial Center. The event begins at noon and is open to the public.

Rich Rodriguez (center) and his family join UA Athletics Director Greg Byrne (second from right) after agreeing to become the next Arizona football coach. (Credit: Greg Byrne)
Rich Rodriguez (center) and his family join UA Athletics Director Greg Byrne (second from right) after agreeing to become the next Arizona football coach. (Credit: Greg Byrne)
UA President Eugene G. Sander (left) and Athletics Director Greg Byrne (right) welcome Rich Rodriguez (center) to the UA during a news conference.
UA President Eugene G. Sander (left) and Athletics Director Greg Byrne (right) welcome Rich Rodriguez (center) to the UA during a news conference.

University of Arizona Athletics Director Greg Byrne introduced Rich Rodriguez as the Wildcats' head football coach in a news conference at noon Nov. 22 at McKale Memorial Center.

The event was open to the public, with seating in the west stands.

Rodriguez, 48, becomes Arizona's 30th head coach, succeeding Tim Kish, who took over for eight-year head coach Mike Stoops on Oct. 9. The Wildcats, 3-8, will close the season Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against Louisiana-Lafayette, after winning their rivalry game Saturday at Arizona State, 31-27, for the Territorial Cup.

Rodriguez carries a career college coaching record of 120-84-2 in 18 seasons, marked by Division I records of 60-26 at West Virginia from 2001-07 and 15-22 at Michigan, where he coached from 2008-10. He began his coaching career at Salem in 1988 and then coached at Glenville State from 1990-96. He has worked as a CBS Sports football analyst this year.

Rodriguez' West Virginia teams were Big East Champion four seasons – 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007, appearing in two BCS bowls, the 2005 Sugar Bowl and the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. His 2006 club finished 11-2 after a victory over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

Rodriguez graduated in 1986 from West Virginia, where he was a three-year letterwinner as a defensive back in 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.