Groh Named Head Football Coach at University of Virginia
30, 2000 -- Al Groh, head coach of the New York Jets
and a University of Virginia alumnus, today was named head football
coach at his alma mater. He will be formally introduced at a press
conference Jan. 5 in Charlottesville, U.Va. athletics director Terry
will succeed George Welsh, who is retiring after 19 seasons as Virginia's
head coach. Welsh is widely credited for building Virginia football
from a struggling program that had never played in a bowl game to
one that ranks among the nation's best, both in consistency
of winning seasons and in its players' graduation rate.
who agreed to a seven-year contract effective Jan. 1, will receive
a base salary of $200,000. With stipends for product endorsements
and radio and television appearances, his first-year compensation
will be $765,000.
Groh is a perfect fit for the University and for its football program,"
said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. "In addition to his
undisputed success as a coach, he is well-known for emphasizing
sportsmanship, academic success, and a strong work ethic. We welcome
him and his family back to Charlottesville with great enthusiasm."
Groh has enjoyed success at every level of football and certainly
understands and embraces the challenge of building on the foundation
laid by Coach Welsh," Holland said. "His vision for the
future of Virginia football that he described to us last night was
inspiring. We are delighted that he has agreed to come home to the
University of Virginia."
veteran coach in the National Football League, Groh, 56,
been with the Jets for four years, the last year as head coach.
He previously was defensive coordinator and/or linebackers coach
for the New England Patriots (1993-96), the Cleveland Browns (1992),
and the New York Giants (1989-91), and special teams and tight ends
coach for the Atlanta Falcons (1987).
collegiate coaching experience includes three years at Virginia,
where he was the head freshman coach from 1970 to 1972 and defensive
line coach for the latter two seasons. He also has coached at Army,
North Carolina, Air Force, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and South Carolina.
Wake Forest, where he was head coach from 1981 to 1986, he was known
as a dedicated mentor to his players, fourteen of whom went on to
careers in the NFL.
think teaching is what I do best," he has said. "I've
always taken a lot of pride in my ability to communicate with players
and to tell them in an honest and straightforward manner what they
need to do to get better."
graduate of U.Va.'s McIntire School of Commerce, Groh was a
four-year letterman as a defensive end and also lettered in lacrosse.
He and his wife, Anne, are the parents of two sons and a daughter,
Ashley Anne. His older son, Michael, was the starting quarterback
at Virginia in 1994 and 1995, and Matthew is currently a quarterback
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