Spring 2021 Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Mark Richt, Former College Football Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 344 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Mark Richt is the former head football coach at the University of Georgia and University of Miami (Fla.), his alma mater. He played his college football with the Hurricanes from 1979-1982, serving as the backup quarterback to now-Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly. After stints in the NFL playing behind John Elway on the Broncos and Dan Marino on the Dolphins, Richt entered the coaching world in 1990. He served as an assistant coach under Bobby Bowden at Florida State, and was a part of two FSU national championship teams in 1993 and 1999.

In 2001, Richt became the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs and later was named SEC Coach of the Year twice (2002, 2005). In 2016,  he moved to Miami to coach the Hurricanes, and named ACC Coach of the Year in 2017, winning the Walter Camp Coach of the Year award that same season. In December 2018, Richt announced his retirement from coaching and he’s now beginning his first year as a broadcaster with the brand-new ACC Network.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Richt about his decision to retire from coaching, watching football for the first time in 35 years instead of coaching, the powerful story of him coming to Christ during his time at Florida State, the impact Coach Bowden had on him spiritually, and why adoption is so important to him.

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