Aug. 11, 2010
WACO, TEXAS -- University of Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt has been named to the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association. He was selected to fill the Football Bowl Subdivision District 4 position on the Board. District 4 is made up of Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools. Richt joins a group of distinguished head coaches who guide the organization. The Board formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA.
"Grant Teaff asked if I would be interested in serving on the AFCA Board of Trustees, and I told him that I would be honored to serve our association," Richt said. "This is a great opportunity to serve the SEC and football coaches from around the country."
Other members of the AFCA Board of Trustees include 2010 AFCA President Larry Kehres of Mount Union College; first vice-president Rob Ash of Montana State University; second vice-president Tim Murphy of Harvard University and third vice-president Rich Rodriguez of the University of Michigan.
Also serving on the Board in 2010: Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech University; Mike Welch, Ithaca College; Jim Tressel, Ohio State University; Mack Brown, University of Texas; Todd Berry, University of Louisiana-Monroe; Lee Owens, Ashland University; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest University; Bill Cronin, Georgetown College (Ky.); Lou Tepper, Indiana University (Pa.); Frank Solich, Ohio University; Randy Edsall, University of Connecticut; Turner Gill, University of Kansas; Mike Riley, Oregon State University; Gary Patterson, TCU; Pat Hill, Fresno State University; David Bailiff, Rice University; and Bobby Kennedy, University of Texas, ex officio member and chairman of the Assistant Coaches Committee.
"Coach Richt will be a great addition to our Board of Trustees," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "I have known Mark for many years and watched his progress from a position coach, to a coordinator, to an outstanding head coach at the University of Georgia. Mark will do a great job representing football and football coaches in the SEC and across the nation."
Richt has an overall record of 90-27 (.769) in his nine seasons (2001-present) as the head coach at Georgia. He is one of only seven coaches in FBS history to reach 90 wins in his first nine seasons as a head coach. Richt guided the Bulldogs to two SEC titles in 2002 and 2005, making him one of only six coaches in SEC history to win two conference titles in his first five years in the conference. He was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2005, and earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2002.
Georgia is 7-2 in bowl games under Richt. In 2009, the Bulldogs went 8-5 and beat Texas A&M in the Independance Bowl. In 2007, Richt led Georgia to an 11-2 overall mark, a victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and a final ranking of No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. Georgia matched that No. 3 final ranking in 2002 when Richt led the Bulldogs to a 13-1 overall record and a win over Florida State in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.
Richt came to Georgia after spending 15 years on the staff at Florida State, the last seven as offensive coordinator. He was a graduate assistant at FSU from 1985-86, and a volunteer assistant from 1987-88 before he left to be offensive coordinator at East Carolina in 1989. Richt returned to FSU in 1990 and stayed until he took the Georgia position in 2001.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world, ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching."
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