Bloomgren Named New Football Coach

Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced December 6 that Stanford Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Mike Bloomgren has agreed to a five-year contract to become the 19th head football coach at Rice University.



"The football program is important to our university and this community. Mike Bloomgren is a bright, driven, and relentless coach who fits perfectly with our vision for championships on the field, scholarship in the classroom, and service to others. I'm grateful to President Leebron for his support and assistance in recruiting the Bloomgrens to Rice. I can't wait for Mike, Lara, Tyler, and Parker to join us in Houston."



"I am excited and humbled to lead the football program at Rice," Bloomgren said. "In my seven years at Stanford, I have seen firsthand how elite college athletics and academics can not only coexist, but thrive together. I want to create an environment at Rice where every player's dreams are realized on and off the field."



Bloomgren comes to Rice after seven seasons with the Cardinal, first as the offensive line coach (2011-12) and then assuming the reigns of Stanford's pro style offensive attack in 2013, setting the stage for one of the most successful decades in the program's rich history. Stanford has won eight or more games in each of his seasons and reached the Pac-12 Football Championship four times, winning three titles.



Prior to 2017, Bloomgren had coached 12 NFL Draft selections and 11 All-America selections at Stanford, including 2015 Outland Trophy winner Joshua Garnett and NCAA all-purpose yardage record holder Christian McCaffrey.



The 2017 campaign has seen running back Bryce Love nearly match McCaffrey's production on his way to being named a Heisman Trophy finalist and Doak Walker Award winner. Love burst out of the gate with 180 yards on 13 carries against Rice in season opener in Sydney, Australia and completed the regular season with 1,973 yards on the ground, second only to McCaffrey's school-record 2,019 in 2015.



Bloomgren's 2016 unit ended the season on a six-game winning streak in which the offense produced 290.5 rushing yards/game, the most by any Power 5 program over that stretch. McCaffrey, the eighth overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, earned All-America honors for the second straight season and was an All-Pac-12 first team running back. His 183.87 career all-purpose yards/game were most of any active FBS player at season's end, and his 6,987 career all-purpose yards were second-most of any active FBS player.



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What They're Saying...
David Shaw, Stanford Head Coach


David Shaw

"It's always important to go to the right place with right fit, particularly with your first (head coach) job. You want to have an opportunity to be successful. Your personality needs to fit the place. Your philosophy needs to fit the philosophy of the athletic department and the school and the fan base. Mike is one of those guys down the road that we'll say is one of the top guys in the profession."

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What They're Saying...
Rex Ryan, ESPN Analyst/Former NY Jets Head Coach


Rex Ryan

"There are two things that jumped out to me about Mike - his work ethic and just how sharp he was. Coaches put in a lot of hours and Mike just loved it. He was full of energy regardless of how long we were working, which impressed me. He brought a lot of out-of-the-box thinking that wasn't being done in the league, like Wildcat formations and direct snaps. I used to challenge him to come up with new stuff, which he did and then we implemented it a lot. It's no surprise he became a head coach at a young age and I think he's going to do some great things there at Rice. They're going to be a fun team to watch and I'm excited for Mike."

The Bloomgren File

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
College: Florida State, 1999
Family: Wife - Lara; Sons - Tyler and Parker

Mike Bloomgren was named the 19th head football coach at Rice University on December 6, 2017.

Bloomgren comes to Rice after seven seasons with the Cardinal, first as the offensive line coach (2011-12) and then assuming the reigns of Stanford's pro style offensive attack in 2013, setting the stage for one of the most successful decades in the program's rich history. Stanford has won eight or more games in each of his seasons and reached the Pac-12 Football Championship four times, winning three titles.

Prior to 2017, Bloomgren had coached 12 NFL Draft selections and 11 All-America selections at Stanford, including 2015 Outland Trophy winner Joshua Garnett and NCAA all-purpose yardage record holder Christian McCaffrey.

The 2017 campaign has seen running back Bryce Love nearly match McCaffrey's production on his way to being named a finalist for both the Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award. Love burst out of the gate with 180 yards on 13 carries against Rice in season opener in Sydney, Australia and completed the regular season with 1,973 yards on the ground, second only to McCaffrey's school-record 2,019 in 2015.

Bloomgren's 2016 unit ended the season on a six-game winning streak in which the offense produced 290.5 rushing yards/game, the most by any Power 5 program over that stretch. McCaffrey, the eighth overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, earned All-America honors for the second straight season and was an All-Pac-12 first team running back. His 183.87 career all-purpose yards/game were most of any active FBS player at season's end, and his 6,987 career all-purpose yards were second-most of any active FBS player.

Bloomgren was instrumental in the breakout season posted in 2015 by McCaffrey, that season's Associated Press Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist. McCaffrey, the program's single-season rushing leader, led the nation in all-purpose yards while breaking Barry Sanders' NCAA record.

Stanford amassed a school-record 3,131 rushing yards on 610 attempts that season, the most by the program. The offensive unit's 529 points ranked second-most in a season, its 33 rushing touchdowns, 223.7 rushing yards/game, 30 passing touchdowns, 37.8 points/game and 6,097 total yards of offense ranked third.

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What They're Saying...
Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN Analyst


Kirk Herbstreit

"Mike Bloomgren has been an integral part of one of the programs that I respect the most in the country! A true players coach in the sense that he demands the most out of you every day, but is also there for the players to learn and grow as people. His offensive scheme is versatile in his ability to adjust to his personnel."

Timeline

  • Alabama Logo
    Alabama
    Graduate Assistant (1999-2001)

  • Catawba College Logo
    Catawba College
    Co-Offensive Coordinator (2002-04)

  • Delta State Logo
    Delta State
    Offensive Coordinator (2005-06)

  • New York Jets Logo
    New York Jets
    Offensive Quality Control (2007-08)
    Offensive Assistant (2009)
    Assistant Offensive Line (2010)

  • Stanford Logo
    Stanford
    Offensive Line (2011-12)
    Andrew Luck Director of Offense (2013)
    Andrew Luck Director of Offense/Associate Head Coach (2014-17)

  • Rice Logo
    Rice
    Head Coach (2018-current)



What They're Saying...
Cameron Fleming, New England Patriots OT


Cameron Fleming

"Coach Bloomgren will be a great addition to the program at Rice. He was a great motivator and leader for me and I'm sure he'll do even better down in Houston. I'm excited to see him build a strong program."

Groomed by Bloom

Bryce Love
Bryce Love - Heisman Trophy Finalist
Stanford University: 2015 - Present
Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey - 8th Overall Pick
Stanford University: 2014-2016
Austin Hooper
Austin Hooper - Mackey Award Finalist
Stanford University: 2013-2015
Andrus Peat
Andrus Peat - 13th Overall Pick
Stanford University: 2012-2014
Joshua Garnett
Joshua Garnett - Outland Trophy
Stanford University: 2012-2015
Kevin Hogan
Kevin Hogan - 2nd Team All-Pac-12
Stanford University: 2012-2015
Kyle Murphy
Kyle Murphy - 1st Team All-Pac-12
Stanford University: 2013-2015
Ty Montgomery
Ty Montgomery - All-American
Stanford University: 2011-2014
Cameron Fleming
Cameron Fleming - 2nd Team All-Pac-12
Stanford University: 2010-2013
David Yankey
David Yankey - Consensus All-American
Stanford University: 2010-2013
Tyler Gaffney
Tyler Gaffney - 6th Round Pick
Stanford University: 2009-2013
Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin - 1st Team All-American
Stanford University: 2008-2011
David DeCastro
David DeCastro - 24th Overall Pick
Stanford University: 2008-2011

 

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