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Urban Meyer (full name: Urban Frank Meyer III) is an American athletic director, college football player, and coach. Meyer served as the head coach of the Bowling Green Falcons from 2001 to 2002, the Utah Utes from 2003 to 2004, the Florida Gators from 2005 to 2010. Meyer became the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2011 until his retirement after the 2019 Rose Bowl. As of 2019, he is serving as the assistant athletic director of Ohio State.
Urban Meyer Biography
Meyer was born in Toledo, Ohio, grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, and attended the University of Cincinnati, where he played football as a defensive back. During his time at the University of Florida, he coached the Gators to two BCS National Championship Game victories, during the 2006 and 2008 seasons.
Meyer’s winning percentage through the conclusion of the 2009 season (.842) was the highest among all active coaches with a minimum of five full seasons at a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program.
Following his temporary retirement in 2011, he worked as a college football analyst for the television sports network ESPN before succeeding Jim Tressel as Ohio State’s 23rd head football coach.
In 2014, he led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten Conference title under his tenure as well as the program’s eighth national championship. Meyer is one of three coaches (the others being Pop Warner and Nick Saban) to win a major college football national championship at two different universities.
While studying at Cincinnati, Meyer met Shelley Mather Meyer, a freshman nursing student, at Sigma Chi’s Derby Days philanthropy event and they married in 1986. The Meyers have three children: Nicole (“Nicki”), Gisela (“Gigi”) and Nathan (“Nate”). His two daughters played Division I volleyball: Nicki played for Georgia Tech and Gigi played for Florida Gulf Coast. He is a practicing Roman Catholic. Meyer resides in Dublin, Ohio.
Urban Meyer Early coaching career
After playing as a defensive back and placeholder for the University of Cincinnati, Meyer spent one season interning as a defensive back coach at Saint Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985 under the mentorship of legendary St. Xavier head coach Steve Rasso, where he met members of the Ohio State coaching staff. His first collegiate coaching position was a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coaching tight ends at Ohio State under head coach Earle Bruce. He spent the next thirteen years as an assistant—two at Illinois State, six at Colorado State, and five at Notre Dame.
One of the talents he coached at Colorado State was WR Greg Primus (3,096 yards and 17 TD in 3 years). He put up over 1,000 yards receiving from 1990–1992 under Meyer’s tutelage. At Notre Dame, he coached WR Bobby Brown who would finish his career with 1,521 yards and 12 TD receiving. In 2000 at Notre Dame he coached WR David Givens who would later be drafted by the New England Patriots.
In 1990, while still the linebacker coach at Illinois State, he called Toledo head coach Nick Saban’s home and spoke to Saban’s wife to inquire if a position was available. Saban, however, never returned the call. Saban later said “I was so kind of caught up and busy with what I was doing, I never really followed up on that. Obviously, that was a huge mistake on my part because the guy’s a fantastic coach.”
Urban Meyer Coaching career
In 2004, Meyer was recognized as the college football coach of the year by both sportswriters (Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year) and television commentators (Home Depot Coach of the Year Award). He has twenty years of college coaching experience, including nine as a head coach. His overall record as a head coach through the end of the 2009 season is 96–18, and he is 49–14 in conference play. His winning percentage (.842) through the end of 2009 season ranks first nationally among active college football head coaches.
He is a devout Roman Catholic and on several occasions has referred to the head coaching position at the University of Notre Dame as his “dream job,” leading to speculation that he would someday wish to coach there. However, according to a July 2009 newspaper report, he insisted he would never leave Florida for Notre Dame. And when the employment status of Irish coach Charlie Weis came into question in November 2009, Meyer held a press conference to dispel rumors linking him to the possible opening, stating that he would remain at Florida for “as long as they’ll have me.” The University of Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly was eventually hired for the job.
On December 26, 2009, Meyer announced he would resign following the team’s bowl game against Cincinnati, citing health concerns. However, the following day he announced that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence, and he resumed his coaching duties in time for the beginning of the Gators’ spring practice on March 17, 2010.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley announced Meyer’s resignation on December 8, 2010, but stated that Meyer would remain as the head coach through the Gators’ appearance in the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2011.
On November 28, 2011, he accepted the head coach position at The Ohio State University.
Urban Meyer Age
Urban Frank Meyer was born on 10 July 1964, in Toledo, Ohio, United States
Urban Meyer Family
- Shelley Mather Meyer
- Bud Meyer
- Gisela Meyer
- Nicole Meyer
- Gisela Meyer
- Nathan Meyer
- Gigi Escoe
- Erika Meyer Judd
Urban Meyer Wife
Urban Meyer is a married man. He is married to Shelley Mather Meyer. He met Shelly at Sigma Chi’s Derby Days philanthropy event when Shelly was a freshman nursing student. The pair married on 8 July 1989. The couple has three children together, Nicole, Gisela, and Nathan. Their marriage is going strong as there is no news regarding any extramarital affairs at present.
Urban Meyer Daughter
Urban Meyer’s youngest daughter took to social media on Wednesday night to announce some huge personal news. Gigi Meyer is engaged.
The eldest daughter, Nicki, announced earlier this month that she’s expecting her second child with husband Corey Dennis. Not a bad few weeks for the Meyer family.
Here’s the announcement from Gigi. “So this just happened… ? I love you @brian_pruett. Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you,” she said on Instagram.
Urban Meyer Height
He stands at a height of 6feet 3inches tall.
Urban Meyer Net Worth
Despite the controversial blip in his career, Meyer easily had one of the most successful coaching careers of all time. A long resume of turning teams around, championships at two schools, and a highly praised coaching career at Ohio State made him one of the highest-paid football coaches. Today, he’s worth an estimated $20 million. Meyer was making a reported $4 million per year while coaching the Gators; he signed a contract with the team worth $24 million. But when he resigned from the job, he left part of that money behind. And in his last year at Ohio State, he’d gotten a pay bump from $6 million per year to $7.6 million. He reportedly resides in Ohio with his wife in a massive 12,000-square-foot mansion.
Urban Meyer Salary
Ohio State will pay Urban Meyer a salary of $100,000 for his role as assistant athletic director, the school said Friday.
Meyer retired as Buckeyes football coach after the Rose Bowl. He made $7.6 million in 2018 and had his contract extended last March through the 2022 season.
Meyer stepped down after a successful but trying season. Though Ohio State went 13-1, including a Big Ten championship, Meyer was suspended for training camp and the first three games as a result of his handling of the Zach Smith domestic-abuse allegations. He also battled headaches caused by a congenital arachnoid cyst in his skull, which he said was the primary reason in his decision to retire.
Ryan Day succeeded him as coach.
Meyer’s title will be Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics Initiatives and Relations. According to OSU, the position “is responsible for fundraising and community relations initiatives.”
That includes serving as an ambassador through speaking engagements, service events, donor events, corporate events, and engagements. Meyer also will “assist in the areas of recruiting, academics, student-athlete personal development programs, and game-day events.”
In addition, Meyer will help “design, develop and deliver” leadership initiatives and training for student-athletes and coaches in the program.
Carter says Meyer “physically can’t” coach.
After seven seasons in Columbus, Urban Meyer will step down as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes after a Rose Bowl matchup against Washington on January 1st.
Some football fans are already speculating that Meyer could be eyeing a job with another program, but according to one of his former players, Meyer’s health won’t allow him to return to the sideline in the near future.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, who played for Ohio State when Meyer was an assistant with the program, said that Meyer wants to continue coaching, but his body won’t allow it. Carter was concerned the Meyer may have had another incident on the sideline due to the cyst, and said that the 54-year-old likely shouldn’t have been in charge of the Buckeyes over the last few weeks.
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ESPN bold 2019 prediction: Urban Meyer will take over at USC
After the Ohio State Buckeyes football team defeated the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, Urban Meyer began his transition from Ohio State coach to Ohio State assistant athletic director.
However, as soon as Meyer announced that he was retiring on Dec. 4, making way for Ryan Day to take over, speculation immediately started about when Meyer would be back on the sidelines. Of course, much of that speculation stemmed from the fact that Meyer resigned from the Florida Gators head coach job in 2010, citing family reasons. And then, following a year off, took the Ohio State head coach role.
In his bold predictions for 2019, ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach took that speculation a step further, naming USC as the next coaching stop for Meyer:Perhaps no FBS coach is going to face more pressure this coming season than USC’s Clay Helton, who went 5-7 in 2018 after winning 21 games the previous two seasons combined. Trojan’s athletic director Lynn Swann has shown patience, but it will run out after a mediocre season in 2019.
Meyer, who said he believes he’ll never coach again, will be the top candidate to replace Helton. Meyer, 54, won more than 90 percent of his games at Ohio State, never lost to rival Michigan and won three Big Ten titles and the 2014 national championship.
Meyer isn’t going to sit around and do nothing, and it’s not like he hasn’t changed his mind about retirement before.
Helton was on the hot seat at the end of this season, but Swann ultimately retained the coach. The Trojans hired former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired in November, to be the offensive coordinator. However, Kingsbury left after just a month to take a head coach job in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals. Another poor season by USC could find Helton unemployed, but would Meyer, who cited health reasons as an impetus for his retirement, come back after one season out of coaching? USC would certainly try to convince him.
“This has always been very personal,” Meyer said after his team’s win in the Rose Bowl. “I’m from the great state of Ohio and I’m very proud of my state. I’ve been a Buckeye fan, like I said, as long as I can remember. And I operated – it’s not healthy all the time – but I operated under the sense of fear. When I would see our former players come around this program, and you know I was in the elevator yesterday with Archie Griffin, a dear friend, and John Cooper is a dear friend, and we lost coach (Earle) Bruce recently and Jim Tressel is a dear friend of mine. And I just felt an obligation to not let them down.”Asked if he will ever coach again, Meyer said, “I don’t believe that’s going to happen. I don’t believe I want to win again.”
For now, you have to take the (former) coach at his word. But the only thing Meyer will be able to do to fully convince everyone he is never coming back to the sidelines is to stay away from them every season when openings arise.
Urban Meyer Record
|Year||School||G||W||L||T||Pct||SRS||SOS||AP Pre||AP High||AP Post||Bowl||Notes|
|2001||Bowling Green State||11||8||3||0||.727||4.58||-4.42|
|2002||Bowling Green State||12||9||3||0||.750||2.70||-7.96||20|
|2004||Utah||12||12||0||0||1.000||21.76||0.43||20||4||4||Fiesta Bowl-W||Co-coach with Kyle Whittingham for Fiesta Bowl|
|2007||Florida||13||9||4||0||.692||18.06||6.83||6||3||13||Capital One Bowl-L|
|2013||Ohio State||14||12||2||0||.857||15.65||1.43||2||2||12||Orange Bowl-L|
|2014||Ohio State||15||14||1||0||.933||20.44||5.17||5||1||1||Sugar Bowl-W, College Football Championship-W|
|2015||Ohio State||13||12||1||0||.923||20.73||3.81||1||1||4||Fiesta Bowl-W|
|2016||Ohio State||13||11||2||0||.846||18.82||6.59||6||2||6||Fiesta Bowl-L|
|2017||Ohio State||14||12||2||0||.857||21.82||7.89||2||2||5||Cotton Bowl-W|
|2018||Ohio State||11||10||1||0||.909||17.74||4.10||5||2||Rose Bowl-W|
|2 Yrs||Bowling Green State||23||17||6||0||.739||3.64||-6.19||0-0|
|7 Yrs||Ohio State||92||83||9||0||.902||18.43||4.27||5-2|
“I’m not shy about the love I have for this great state. To bring now a national title to the great state of Ohio, it’s almost surreal.”
“I think angry is the way to play…The best teams I’ve ever coached, the best players, are the ones who are always trying to prove something.”
“At some point in an individual battle, the other guy says I don’t want to go anymore, I’ve had enough. The same thing with a team. At some point, that team says, ‘no wait a minute, that’s too much for us to handle’. That’s called tapping out. We will never see this here. That’s a culture. That’s a mindset. That’s the way you’re trained from January. You determine that by how hard you go. We determine when the team taps out.”
“Why do you do what you do? You don’t do it for yourself. If you do it for your teammates you have a chance to win this game. ”
“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn’t win.”
Urban Meyer Coaching tree
- Earle Bruce: Ohio State (1986–1987), Colorado State (1990–1992)
- Jim Heacock: Illinois State (1988–1989)
- Sonny Lubick: Colorado State (1993–1995)
- Lou Holtz: Notre Dame (1996)
- Bob Davie: Notre Dame (1997–2000)
Assistants who served as NCAA or NFL head coaches:
- Steve Addazio: Temple (2011–2012), Boston College (2013–present)
- Gary Andersen: Utah State (2009–2012; 2019-Present), Wisconsin (2013–2014), Oregon State (2015–2017)
- Chris Ash: Rutgers (2016–present)
- Tim Beckman: Toledo (2009–2011), Illinois (2012–2014)
- Gregg Brandon: Bowling Green (2003–2008)
- Ryan Day: Ohio State (2018; 2019—present)
- D. J. Durkin: Maryland (2016–18)
- Luke Fickell: Ohio State (2011), Cincinnati (2017–present)
- Tom Herman: Houston (2015–2016), Texas (2017–present)
- Doc Holliday: Marshall (2010–present)
- Brian Knorr: Ohio (2001–2004)
- Scot Loeffler: Bowling Green (2019–present)
- Dan McCarney: North Texas (2011–2015)
- Dan Mullen: Mississippi State (2009–2017), Florida (2017–present)
- Mike Sanford: UNLV (2005–2009), Indiana State (2013–2016)
- Greg Schiano: Rutgers (2001–2011), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012–2013)
- Charlie Strong: Louisville (2010–2013), Texas (2014–2016), South Florida (2017–present)
- Mike Vrabel: Tennessee Titans (2018–present)
- Kevin Wilson: Indiana (2011–2016)
- Everett Withers: James Madison (2014–2015), Texas State (2016–2018)
- Kyle Whittingham: Utah (2005–present)
- Jay Hill: Weber State (2014-present)
Urban Meyer Bowling Green
In 2001, Meyer took his first head coaching job at Bowling Green. In his first season there, he engineered one of the greatest turnarounds in the NCAA football history, going 8–3 and capping off the season with a 56–21 victory over Bowling Green’s rival, the University of Toledo Rockets. He also earned Mid-American Conference coach of the year honors. The next year, Bowling Green finished with a 9–3 record. After a 17–6 overall record, Meyer left for the University of Utah.
He helped turn around a team that had gone 2–9 in 2000 in large part due to QB Josh Harris, a player tailor-made for Meyer’s scheme. In part-time play in 2001, Harris passed for 1,022 yards with 9 touchdowns and ran for 600 yards and 8 touchdowns. The next year, he passed for 2,425 yards with 19 TD and ran for 737 yards with 20 TD. Meyer would later use such quarterbacks as Alex Smith and Tim Tebow in a fashion similar to the way Meyer used Harris.
After two seasons at Bowling Green, he took the job at Utah in 2003. In his first year there, Meyer was named the Mountain West Conference’s Coach of the Year with a 10–2 record, the best ever for a coach’s first season at Utah. He also earned honors as The Sporting News National Coach of the Year, the first Utes coach to do so. They also won the program’s first outright conference championship since the 1957 team won the Skyline Conference title.
Meyer’s success can be attributed to his unique offensive system, which is an offshoot of Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense, relying on short pass routes. Meyer’s base offense spreads three receivers and puts the quarterback in shotgun formation. Then, he introduces the motion in the backfield and turns it into an option attack, adding elements of the traditional run-oriented option offense.
In 2004, Meyer led the undefeated Utes to a Bowl Championship Series bid, something that had not been done by a team from a non-automatically qualifying BCS conference since the formation of the BCS in 1998. He remained at Utah long enough to coach the team to a Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh, capping off the Utes’ first perfect season (12–0) since 1930.
In 2003, Utes quarterback Alex Smith threw for 2,247 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 452 yards with five touchdowns. In 2004, he threw for 2,952 yards with 32 touchdowns and ran for 631 yards and 10 touchdowns. His production in Meyer’s offensive scheme was a large reason why Smith was considered a first-round pick entering the 2005 NFL Draft.
In the wake of his accomplishments at Utah, both the University of Florida and the University of Notre Dame vied for his services. Meyer chose to become Florida’s head coach for the 2005 season, signing a seven-year contract worth $14 million. He later signed a six-year contract extension with the Gators on June 7, 2007; the extended contract paid an average of $3.25 million per year. On August 3, 2009, Meyer received another contract extension that made him the SEC’s highest paid coach during the 2009 season; his 2009 extension was worth $24 million over six years. At the time of the latest contract extension, Meyer was the third highest paid college football coach, behind only Pete Carroll and Charlie Weis.
Meyer has been criticized by some commentators because 31 of his players were arrested during his nearly six years as the Gators’ coach. The seriousness of the charges varied widely, from minor offenses such as possession of alcohol by a minor to the charges of possession of a concealed weapon, “aggravated stalking, domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and fraudulent use of credit cards.” Many of the charges were ultimately dismissed. Meyer’s punishments also varied with the severity of the charges, with some players missing no game time and others being expelled from the team.
In September 2010, after Gator receiver Chris Rainey was arrested for sending a threatening text message to a former girlfriend, Meyer stated that he was “really upset about that. After a while, enough’s enough. If there’s something that we can improve on, we’re certainly looking into that. It’s like if our graduation rate stinks then we gotta improve that. If there are other issues in a program, that’s our job to get it better. It’s people making stupid mistakes, that’s something we gotta correct.”
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Urban Meyer Leave of absence
In the early morning of December 6, 2009, soon after returning home following his team’s loss in the 2009 SEC Championship Game, Meyer was quietly admitted into a Gainesville hospital suffering from chest pains and dehydration. He was released later in the day, and the incident was not announced to the public at the time.
On December 26, after discussions with his family, Meyer revealed his medical scare and announced that he would resign as Florida’s head coach due to health and family concerns following his team’s New Years Day Sugar Bowl appearance. Meyer stated: “I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family.” He also said: “I’m proud to be a part of the Gainesville community and the Gator Nation and I plan to remain in Gainesville and involved with the University of Florida.”Meyer admitted that he had suffered frequent chest pains, later discovered to be caused by Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and occasional severe headaches due to an arachnoid cyst for years, and that they were related to stress.
On December 27, Meyer announced that he would take an indefinite leave of absence instead of resigning. He was unsure if he would return for the 2010 season but stated that “I do in my gut believe that will happen.” Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio would serve as the interim coach in Meyer’s absence.
On January 1, 2010, Meyer coached the Gators in their 51–24 Sugar Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats. In a post-game interview, Meyer again suggested that he would return to coach the Gators at some point by saying: “I plan on being the coach of the Gators.”
Meyer took significant time off from his coaching duties after the bowl game in an attempt to improve his personal health. While he did stay in touch with potential new players during the busy recruiting season, Meyer did much less traveling to visit recruits than usual. Nevertheless, the Gators still signed the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in February.
On March 17, 2010, Meyer returned full-time to his position for the start of the Gators’ spring practice and continued in that role into the 2010 season.