Bill Cubit Takes the Reins

KALAMAZOO - Western Michigan University has hired Bill Cubit to guide Bronco Football into its next century of varsity action. The announcement was made today by Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard at a 10:00 a.m. news conference held at the Seelye Athletic Center. Cubit replaces Gary Darnell, who coached the Broncos from 1997-2004.

Cubit becomes the 14th coach in program history as the Broncos embark on their 100th season of varsity football next autumn. He brings 29 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a head coach on the collegiate and high school level and seven years as an offensive coordinator at four NCAA Division I schools. Overall, Cubit has 19 years of collegiate experience, having worked the sidelines in five of the nation's premiere conferences (Mid-American, Big East, Big XII, PAC-10 and Southeastern). Cubit returns to Western Michigan where he served as offensive coordinator from 1997-99.

"We conducted an extensive search and looked at many qualified candidates who expressed interest in the position," said Beauregard. "After soliciting input from my staff, alumni, graduating senior student-athletes and the advisory committee, I feel Bill's proven record as a head coach and coordinator at the collegiate level makes him the perfect fit for his first Division I-A head coaching job."

"I'm thankful for the opportunity Western Michigan University has given me to come back to a place I love," said Cubit. "I look forward to bringing the Broncos back to a level of success that is deserving of this program."

Cubit, 51, most recently served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Stanford University. He coached the quarterbacks for two seasons (2003-04) and added play-calling duties this past year as offensive coordinator. In 2004, Cubit directed a Cardinal offense that ranked 28th in NCAA passing (247.3 yards per game).

Prior to his stint in Palo Alto, Cubit served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University (2001-02). He also worked as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach under Larry Smith at Missouri during the 2000 season.

In his first stint with the Broncos, Cubit oversaw an offense that ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for passing offense, scoring offense and total offense in back-to-back seasons. The Brown & Gold were the nation's 20th-highest scoring team in 1998, averaging 32.7 points per game, and the nation's 23rd-highest scoring squad in 1999, producing 31.1 points per game.

Cubit mentored quarterback Tim Lester, who finished fifth in NCAA career passing yards (11,299) and seventh in career touchdown passes (87). Under Cubit's direction, WMU placed ninth in NCAA passing (310.4 yards per game) in 1998 and 11th in passing offense (311.8 yards per game) in 1999. The Broncos compiled a 22-12-0 record in Cubit's three seasons with the program.

Cubit's head coaching experience includes five seasons (1992-96) at Division III Widener University in Philadelphia. He led the Pioneers to a 34-18-1 mark, two Middle American Conference championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. He was twice named conference coach of the year.

Other collegiate stops for Cubit include two years (1990-91) as running backs coach at the University of Akron, a season (1989) as quarterbacks coach at the University of Florida, three seasons as assistant head coach (1985) and the secondary coach (1983-85) at the University of Central Florida and two years (1975-76) coaching running backs and receivers at Swarthmore College.

As a high school coach, Cubit compiled a nine-year record of 79-15-2 at three different programs - Martin County (Fla.), Academy Park (Pa.) and his alma mater, Sharon Hill (Pa.).

A Sharon Hill, Pa., native, Cubit earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Delaware in 1975. He played quarterback and wide receiver for the Blue Hens (1971-74), earning Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention in 1974. He also set school records for catches in a game (10) and season (47), along with receiving yards in a season (787). In 1981, he earned a master's degree in education from Saint Joseph's University.

Bill and his wife Nancy have three grown children — Stacey (25), Sheri (23) and Ryan (22), a WMU junior who started six games at quarterback last season.

The appointment is subject to approval by the WMU Board of Trustees.

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