Virginia football has found its man, the Cavaliers announced on Friday that BYU Head Coach Bronco Medenhall will now lead the Wahoos next fall.
“Bronco Mendenhall’s teams have consistently won at a high level and he’s demonstrated the ability to create a strategic vision to build a program and then implement his plan to be successful,” UVA athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a press release. “His emphasis on the overall development of student athletes and a commitment to academic achievement is in line with our goals of Uncompromised Excellence. We’re excited to begin a new era of Virginia football and support Bronco and his staff.”
Mendenahall comes from Brigham Young University after serving as its head coach for the past 11 seasons. When he took over the program, the Cougards had a record of 14-21 in three seasons. But during his time out west, he accumulated a record of 99-42 and took BYU to 11 bowl games, winning six of them. He ranked 13th in winning percentage, 70.2 percent, among all active coaches with at least five years FBS experience.
“I wish to express my appreciation to President Teresa Sullivan, Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage and Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver for their belief and trust in me to lead and guide the football program at the University of Virginia,” Mendenhall said in a statment. “Professionally and personally I seek to embrace the highest standards in college sports, on and off the field, and I love the high standards both academically and athletically at Virginia. I am excited to not only help provide the continual growth and development of the student athletes academically but also reestablish Virginia as a consistent winner with a fiercely competitive and winning product on the football field.
“BYU has played the pivotal role in my professional and personal life and I will be forever indebted to the outstanding young men and exceptional people I have had the opportunity to work with at BYU. My success at BYU was possible because these great people chose the phenomenal, unique and faith-based experience available at BYU.
Mendeall has sent 60 players to the NAL since he arrived at BYU.
He is UVA's 40th head coach. The parties have reached an initial five-year agreement that will pay Mendenhall annual compensation starting at $3.25 million.
Mendenall is still expected to coach BYU's bowl game later this month.