Saturday, Feb. 18th
Topic – he 3-4 Defense: Alignments and Adjustments
BRONCO MENDENHALL – UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA - Bronco Mendenhall was named Virginia's head football coach on Dec. 4, 2015. Mendenhall, Virginia's 40th head football coach, has compiled an overall record of 99- 43 in his 11 seasons as head coach at BYU to rank 12th in total wins among all FBS teams during that time. Mendenhall began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1989 at his alma mater, Oregon State. After earning his master's degree in 1990, he moved to Snow College, where he served as the secondary coach and defensive coordinator from 1991-92. Following two seasons with the Badgers, Mendenhall became the secondary coach at Northern Arizona, and was elevated to co-defensive coordinator for the 1994 season. In 1995, Mendenhall returned to Oregon State to become the defensive line coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 1996 season. In 1997, he became the secondary coach at Louisiana Tech. In 1998, he moved to Albuquerque, N.M., to become the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of New Mexico. He played a valuable role in the development of the 1999 Mountain West Player of the Year, Consensus All-American and first-round NFL Draft pick Brian Urlacher. Mendenhall took over as BYU's defensive coordinator in 2003 before being named the Cougars head coach in 2005. In his first year in 2005, he led BYU to a 6-5 regular-season record. Following the 2006 season, he was named the American Football Coaches Association Region IV Coach of the Year. Mendenhall coached the Cougars to back-to-back 11-2 seasons in 2006 and 2007, while claiming consecutive outright MWC titles with a combined record of 16-0 against league opponents. BYU recorded an 11-2 record in 2009. BYU finished No. 12 in the final 2009 polls. In the first year of independence (2011), BYU posted yet another 10-win season. BYU posted back-to-back 8-5 records in 2013 and 2014. He has served as the BYU's defensive coordinator for much of his tenure as the head coach. Mendenhall and his wife, Holly, have three sons, Raeder, Breaker and Cutter. Personal - Born: Feb. 21, 1966 in Alpine, Utah Family - Wife, Holly, and sons, Raeder, Breaker and Cutter. Education - High School: American Fork High School, American Fork, Utah, 1984 College - Oregon State (Phys. Ed.), 1988 Graduate School - Oregon State (Masters of Education, Exercise Physiology), 1990 Playing Experience Snow College JC (1984-85) - Gridwire All-American - Team Captain – NJCAA National Champions (1985,11-0) Oregon State (1986-87) - Played safety and linebacker; team captain (1987) Leo Gribkoff Memorial Award (1987) given to the most inspirational player.