Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Miami (Florida) Hurricanes head football coach Mark Richt announced his retirement from coaching on Sunday. In his statement, he announced it was the right time to step away.

“A few hours ago, I informed UM Director of Athletics Blake James that it is time for me to retire from coaching so I am stepping down as the Head Coach of UM Football,” Richt said in his statement. “The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussions with my family, and prayer. This was my decision.

Former Miami (Florida) Hurricanes head coach Richt heads to midfield after the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels
Richt heads to midfield after the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels (Getty Images)

“The University of Miami has been a part of my life for more than three decades. It shaped me as a young man and provided me with the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. My love for The U is simply great. My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program.”

Richt went 26-13 at his alma mater. He guided the team to a 7-6 record in 2018, before losing in the Pinstripe Bowl to the Wisconsin Badgers.

His best season with the team was in 2017 when he guided the team to a 10-3 mark. That team also lost in the Capital One Orange Bowl to the Badgers.

He has gone 171-64 in his coaching career. Richt went 145-51 as the Georgia Bulldogs head coach in 15 seasons.

Before being named the Bulldogs head coach, he was the Florida State Seminoles Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach from 1994 through 2000. He also was the Seminoles Quarterbacks Coach from 1990 through 1993.

Richt also served as the East Carolina Pirates Offensive Coordinator in 1989. He began his coaching career as the Seminoles Graduate Assistant from 1985 through 1988.

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