On Thursday morning, the University of Miami announced Head Coach Mark Richt’s contract has been extended through the 2023 season. Here’s the press release from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami has extended the contract of head football coach Mark Richt through the 2023 season, Director of Athletics Blake James announced Thursday.
“Mark has done a phenomenal job of building this program – and generating enthusiasm for this program – since the day he arrived back on campus,” James said. “We look forward to continued success under his watch, both on and off the field, for many years to come.”
Richt has posted a 19-7 record in his first two seasons at UM, leading the Hurricanes to a 10-3 record last season – the program’s first 10-win season since 2003. Miami appeared in the ACC Championship Game as Coastal Division champions for the first time, and also played in the Capital One Orange Bowl for the first time since 2004. For his efforts, Richt was named both 2017 ACC Coach of the Year and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year.
“We’re excited about where this program is headed,” Richt said. “I want to thank Blake James, Jennifer Strawley and our entire athletics administration for supporting our coaches, staff and student-athletes, ensuring that we’re committed to building on the great legacy of Hurricanes football.
“Miami is not only my alma mater, it is home to me and my family. It’s a blessing to live and work in paradise.”
This is a good and smart move for UM and Richt both. It gives the program a foundation of leadership for the next 6 years, which is good for stability and recruiting.
Richt has previously said that he envisions Miami being his last coaching job, and this extension moves toward that becoming a reality.
Coming off the first 10 win season since 2003 and the program’s first ACC Coastal Division Championship, extending Richt makes sense. Miami is finally getting back to being MIAMI, and Richt’s leadership is a big part of that.
Congrats to CMR on the extension.
Now, let’s work.