Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt, in his 15th season at the school, begins his seventh season as the man in charge of the Seminole offense and his 14th as the quarterbacks coach at FSU. Richt's offenses have been among the most productive in college football history and he has become one of the most respected coaches in the country.
Richt's notoriety has been gained through an innovative and exciting offensive style and a long list of excellent quarterbacks. Naturally, Richt's most famous protégé is Charlie Ward, who is the most decorated player in the history of college football. Richt has sent five quarterbacks into the NFL since 1987. Current Washington Redskin Casey Weldon was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1991. His teammate at FSU, Brad Johnson, was a Pro Bowl selection for Washington last year. Kanell was the starter for the New York Giants during most of 1998, his third year in the NFL, and is now with the Atlanta Falcons. Richt pupil Danny McManus was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and the Canadian Football League and is currently the starter for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Peter Tom Willis, who is in his second season as the color analyst on the Seminole Radio Network, was drafted by the Chicago Bears and spent three years in the NFL before becoming the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm.
His starting signal caller in 2000, Chris Weinke, will have a chance to break every major FSU career passing record during his senior season. Richt will also work with Marcus Outzen, Jared Jones and true freshmen Fabian Walker and Chris Rix.
Richt has logged 14 years as quarterbacks coach at Florida State, and this season will mark his 11th straight in that role, since returning from a one year stint as the offensive coordinator at East Carolina in 1989. Richt had served as a graduate assistant and then volunteer quarterbacks coach for the Seminoles from 1985-88.
A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Richt came to Tallahassee with an astute knowledge of the passing game after playing the position for the Miami Hurricanes under Howard Schnellenberger. Richt was the backup to former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly during his last three seasons at Miami.
Richt is married to the former Katharyn Francis of Tallahassee. The couple have four children - Jonathan, David, Zack and Anya.
Quick FactsYears as a Collegiate Coach: 15