CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The head football coach of the University of Virginia (UVA) — Bronco Mendenhall — announced Thursday evening he is stepping down from his position with the Cavaliers after the team’s upcoming bowl game.
“It has been a privilege to have Bronco Mendenhall direct the Virginia football team over the past six seasons,” said Virginia athletics director Carla Williams. “He has done an exceptional job of not just transforming the program, but elevating the expectations for the program. He has established the necessary foundation to propel our football team upward. He is more than a football coach and the impact he has had on these young men will be a positive influence for the rest of their lives.”
Mendenhall who is in his sixth season at UVA has led the Cavaliers to a 36-38 record — including a 6-6 record this season — making it the fifth consecutive season UVA is bowl eligible during his tenure.
“In his own, understated way, he had a tremendous impact on our local community with the Thursday’s Heroes Program and with his encouragement of his players to be proactively involved in so many local community organizations,” said Williams. “He is an amazing colleague to our other coaches and staff, always willing to help wherever it is needed. I have been blessed to have been able to work with him these last four years and I wish he and Holly the very best in their next chapter.”
On Mendenhall’s coaching resume, he has led the Cavaliers to the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship and the program’s first New Year’s Six Bowl appearance, which is when the Cavaliers faced Florida in the 2019 Orange Bowl.
During his 17-year record as head coach, he ranks eighth among current Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coaches in terms of winning percentage. He has seven career bowl victories, Mendenhall figures 12th among active coaches and 36th all-time in that category.
Mendenhall is from Alpine, Utah, and graduated from Oregon State in 1988. He was an assistant coach or graduate assistant coach for 16 years before he was named head coach at BYU in 2005. He was also a graduate assistant coach at Oregon State from 1989 to 1990, worked at Snow College (Utah) in 1991 and 1992, North Arizona in 1993 and 1994, and returned to Oregon State in 1995. At the age of 29, he became the youngest defensive coordinator in Pac-10 Conference history.
Mendenhall also coached at Louisiana Tech in 1997 and moved to New Mexico in 1998. In 2003, he joined the BYU staff as the team’s defensive coordinator.
UVA is expected to receive a post-season bowl invitation on Sunday, Dec. 5.
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