The Candidates: Sonny Lubick

It has been over a week since Erickson departed for San Francisco. Rumors continue to run rampant on the Internet and dominate talk on local radio station shows. When is the press conference going to be announced? Who is the new coach going to be? continues to preview the coaching candidates for the vacant head coaching position. Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick is the fifth coach in our candidate preview.

The 66 year old Montana native received his coaching start at the University of Montana State in 1970 as the Bobcat's assistant coach. After 8 years as the assistant head coach, Lubick was promoted to head coach in 1978.

As head coach at Montana State, Lubick went 21-19 overall, 14-13 in conference play. He led the 'Cats to the Big Sky conference title in 1979.

Following the four years in Montana, Lubick moved south to Colorado to serve as Colorado State's offensive coordinator.

This would be Lubick's first time in Fort Collins. After his tenure with CSU, Lubick moved to the Pac-10 as the assistant coach of the Cardinal from 1985-1988.

Lubick would move from the Pac-10 in the late eighties to join Dennis Erickson at the University of Miami as the Hurricanes defensive coordinator.

While at Miami, Lubick helped the 'Canes win two national championships.

In 1993, Lubick would move back to Colorado, but this time as the head coach of the Colorado State Rams.

Before Lubick's arrival, the football program had just six winning seasons in two decades and two bowl game invitations in a century of competition.

Lubick would revitalize the program immediatly with his hard work and determination.

Since becoming the head coach of the Rams, Lubick has led the football team to six post season births, won or shared five Mountain West conference titles, and won more conference games than any other MWC program.

The CSU program ranks among the top 15 programs nationally in total victories since 1994. The football team has also won eight or more games in a season six times since 1994.

Since Lubick became head coach, the Rams have tallied ten victories twice and won eleven games once.

The success of the football team has translated into great media exposure for the school. The football team have been featured eight times, since 1999, on ESPN or ESPN2, the most by any school in the nation.

With Lubick at the helm, Colorado State has set attendance records each year. Eight of the ten largest single-game attendance records at CSU have taken place since his arrival.

Lubick was named the Mountain West's Coach of the Year in 1999 and Co-Coach of the Year in 2000.

Lubick's ten year coaching record at Fort Collins is 74-34 overall and an amazing 52-17 in conference play.

The outstanding coaches totals from his thirteen years of head coaching experience is a .641 (95-53) overall winning percentage. comment: Lubick was one of the candidates for the Oregon State head coaching position when Jerry Pettibone was fired. The CSU coach has proven that he can win in the Mountain West, but he is probably not willing to leave a comfortable position at Colorado State.


Tomorrow...San Jose State Spartan head coach, Fitz Hill.


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