HEAD COACH RON MCBRIDE
Of the 115 NCAA Division I football coaching jobs in the United States, less than a dozen have the same head coach they did 12 years ago. Count Utah's Ron McBride among them. The reason behind his longevity is simple: success.
Since he became head coach in 1990, McBride has won 83 games, second most in school history. Only the legendary Ike Armstrong had more wins (141 from 1925-49), and outside Armstrong and McBride, no U. coach has stayed more than eight years or won more than 45 games.
When it comes to postseason play, McBride stands alone in the Ute annals. In the first 97 years of Utah football, the school played in just three bowl games. In 12 years under McBride, the Utes have played in six bowl games, winning three.
His bowl credits include a 10-6 win over Southern California in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, a 17-16 win over Fresno State in the 1999 Las Vegas Bowl and a 16-13 win over Arizona in the 1994 Freedom Bowl. He also took teams to the 1992 Copper Bowl (vs. Washington State), 1993 Freedom Bowl (vs. USC) and 1996 Copper Bowl (vs. Wisconsin).
Its emergence on the bowl scene, along with some impressive national rankings, has put Utah on the college football map. In 1994, Utah set a school mark for most wins (10) and highest national ranking (No. 8 Coaches, No. 10 A.P.). The icing on the cake for McBride's 10-2 team that year was a win over Arizona in the Freedom Bowl. Two years later, the Utes again appeared in the rankings, spending four weeks in the Top 25 in 1996 and climbing as high as No. 19. The 1999 Utes appeared regularly in the "others receiving votes" category during a 9-3 season that is tied for the second most wins in school history.
In conference games, the Utes are 55-38 under McBride and have won a piece of two conference titles. In 1995, Utah was one of four teams to tie for the Western Athletic Conference championship - Utah's first since 1964. In 1999, Utah tied with Colorado State and Brigham Young for the inaugural Mountain West Conference title. Utah has won five of the last 10 against perennial power BYU after losing 16 of 18 in the years leading up to McBride's hiring.
His players produce in the classroom as well. Kimball Christianson, a four-year starting safety from 1997-00 was named to the 2000 Verizon Academic All-America second team. Brooks Bahr, a starting senior linebacker on this year's team, has already received his bachelor's degree in biology with a 3.94 GPA and is currently enrolled in MBA school at the U. Bahr was a 2001 Verizon Academic All-District first-team selection. Since 1994-95, the NCAA reports that 63 percent of the scholarship freshmen who entered the Ute program graduated.
McBride also prepares his players well for post-college football careers and has sent a steady stream of players into the professional ranks. The four Utah draft picks in April of 1995 is a school record. Prior to the 2002 draft, there are 13 McBride-coached players on active NFL rosters: Mike Anderson, Jamal Anderson, Andy Bowers, Luther Elliss, Anthony Davis, Kevin Dyson, Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Keith Embray, Lance Scott, Barry Sims, Omar Bacon, Andre Dyson and Steve Smith.
McBride's former Ute stars have certainly made their mark in the National Football League. Some of the more notable players include: Jamal Anderson-All-pro running back for the Atlanta Falcons played in the 1999 Super Bowl. Mike Anderson-Denver Broncos' running back was named the 2000-01 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Kevin Dyson-The first receiver taken in the 1998 draft was picked No. 16 by the Tennessee Titans. He was a starter in the 2000 Super Bowl. Luther Elliss-All-pro defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions has started there since becoming their first-round draft pick in 1995. Steve Smith-Drafted by the Charlotte Panthers, he led the NFL in kickoff returns in 2001-02 and was the only rookie named to the Pro Bowl team. Anthony Davis-Starting linebacker for several NFL teams played for the 2001 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
A WINNING MARK
In 30 years of coaching college football at Utah, Arizona, Wisconsin, Cal State-Long Beach, UC-Riverside, Gavilan Junior College and San Jose State, McBride has been involved in 24 winning seasons.
MCBRIDE'S PLAYING CAREER
An all-city football and baseball standout at Los Angeles' South Gate High from 1954-57, McBride went on to become team captain at San Jose State, where he played football from 1959-62. Following his days as a Spartan linebacker, McBride played professional football with the San Jose Apaches of the USA League, where he was a linebacker and defensive coordinator.
McBride and his wife Vicky are parents of four children: Danny, Mike, Jill and Kelly. Jill's husband, John Baxter, is an assistant football coach at Fresno State. Education: Bachelor's degree in secondary education from San Jose State (1964). Birthdate: Oct. 14, 1939 (62). Hometown: South Gate, Calif.
MCBRIDE'S COACHING TIME LINE
1965: San Jose State, freshman coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers
1966-68: Piedmont Hills High School (San Jose), defensive coordinator
1969-71: Gavilan Junior College, offensive coordinator/offensive line
1972-73: UC-Riverside, offensive coordinator
1974-76: Cal State-Long Beach, offensive coordinator
1977-82: Utah, offensive coordinator
1983-84: Wisconsin, offensive line
1985-86: Utah, offensive line
1987-89: Arizona, assistant head coach/offensive line
1990-present: Utah, head coach
|1992||Utah||6-6||4-4/5th (tie)||Copper Bowl (L)|
|1993||Utah||7-6||5-3/4th (tie)||Freedom Bowl (L)|
|1994||Utah||10-2||6-2/2nd (tie)||Freedom Bowl (W)|
|1996||Utah||8-4||6-2/2nd (tie)||Copper Bowl (L)|
|1999||Utah||9-3||5-2/1st (tie)||Las Vegas Bowl (W)|
|2001||Utah||8-4||4-3/3rd (tie)||Las Vegas Bowl (W)|
MCBRIDE VS. ALL OPPONENTS
|San Diego State||5-4|
|San Jose State||1-0|
+All at Utah