| File:Mike Gottfried.jpg |
Gottfried in 2010
|Born||December 17, 1944|
|Head coaching record|
50–19–1 (high school)
|Tournaments||0–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 OVC (1979)
Mike Gottfried (born December 17, 1944) is a sportscaster and former American football player and coach.
He served as the head football coach at Murray State University (1978–1980), the University of Cincinnati (1981–1982), the University of Kansas (1983–1985), and the University of Pittsburgh (1986–1989), compiling a career college football record of 76–55–4. Gottfried played college football at Morehead State University as a quarterback from 1962 to 1965. Before moving to the college coaching ranks, he coached high school football in Ohio, tallying a mark of 50–19–1. Gottfried is the uncle of Mark Gottfried, the head men's basketball coach at Cal State Northridge.
Gottfried's autobiography, entitled Coach's Challenge: Faith, Football, and Filling the Father Gap and co-written by Ron Benson, was released on September 11, 2007. Gottfried and his wife, Mickey, founded Team Focus in 2000. It is a cost-free community outreach program aimed at young men without fathers. The program goal is to give opportunities for all team members to be "motivated, encouraged, and challenged". Mike felt drawn to start Team Focus because he lost his father at age eleven, and understood the difficulty and hardships young men without fathers feel. There is also a group for females called G.I.R.L.S. Network.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1978–1980)|
|1979||Murray State||9–2–1||6–0||1st||L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal|
|Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1981–1982)|
|Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1983–1985)|
|Pittsburgh Panthers (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1986–1989)|
|1989||Pittsburgh||7–3–1[n 1]||John Hancock[n 1]||19||17|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
| †Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll. |
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- ↑ "New Wildcat coach lists grid staffers". Kingman Daily Miner. December 22, 1976. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R0RTAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zIUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6840,7119053. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
Assistants under Gottfried who became college or NFL head coaches:
- Frank Beamer: Murray State (1981–1986), Virginia Tech (1987–2015)
- John Fox: Carolina Panthers (2002–2010), Denver Broncos (2011–2014), Chicago Bears (2015–2018)
- Ron Zook: Florida (2002–2004), Illinois (2005–2011)
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