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Larry Coker

Sport Football
Born June 23, 1948 (1948-06-23) (age 61)
Place of birth Okemah, OK
Career highlights
Overall 60-15 (.800)
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Championships
2001 National Championship
2001-03 Big East Champions
Awards
2001 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year
2001 AFCA Coach of the Year
Playing career
1966-69 Northeastern State (OK)
Position Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971-1976
1977-1978
1979
1980-1982
1983-1989
1990-1992
1993-1994
1995
1995-2000
2001-2006
2009-Present
Fairfax HS
Claremore HS
Tulsa (RB, QB)
Tulsa (OC)
Oklahoma State (OC)
Oklahoma (OC)
Ohio State (DB)
Ohio State (QB)
Miami (OC)
Miami
UTSA

Larry Edward Coker (born June 23, 1948 in Okemah, Oklahoma) is the head coach of the University of Texas at San Antonio football team. Prior to his career at UTSA, Coker was head coach at the University of Miami from 2001 to 2006. He was fired by the University of Miami on November 24, 2006 following a 6-loss season. After a stint as a television analyst for ESPNU, Coker was announced as the head coach for the Roadrunners.

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Biography

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Coaching career

Coker had served as an assistant at several universities (including Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State) and as Miami's offensive coordinator from 1995 to 2000 before taking over as head coach following the departure of then-coach Butch Davis to the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.

2001 Season

Coker was hired as head coach of Miami after lobbying by the players, who had been edged out of the BCS Championship Game the year before. Coker met with immediate success, guiding the Hurricanes to a 12-0 record and the national championship in his first season after dominating a Nebraska Cornhuskers team in the Rose Bowl. For his efforts, Coker was given numerous honors, including the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award and the 2001 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach of the Year Award.

2002 season

The Hurricanes won their first 12 games in 2002, pushing a winning streak that dated back to the 2000 season to 34 games and giving Coker an unblemished 24-0 record heading into the Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game. In a controversial game, the 11 1/2-point underdog Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Hurricanes 31-24 in two overtimes to win the national championship. With the Buckeyes trailing 24-17 and facing a fourth-and-3 from the Miami 5-yard line in the first overtime, Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel threw a pass to the right corner of the endzone to receiver Chris Gamble, who was being covered by Miami defensive back Glenn Sharpe. Gamble reached back and got his hands on the ball, but couldn't hold on. Fireworks were set off and Miami players and fans streamed onto the field in celebration of what they thought was another national championship. However, several seconds later, official Terry Porter threw a flag on the field and called Sharpe for pass interference for pushing Gamble. Three plays later Ohio State scored a touchdown and send the game into a second overtime. The Buckeyes quickly scored a touchdown at the start of the second overtime period to take the lead and clinched the championship when the defense stopped Miami and quarterback Ken Dorsey on a fourth-and-goal pass play from the Ohio State 1-yard line.

Despite the loss, Coker tied Walter Camp for the best record by a college football head coach in his first 32 games (31–1).

2003 season

In 2003, things took a different turn when a pair of late season losses kept Miami out of the BCS National Championship Game for the first time during Coker's tenure. Nevertheless, the 'Canes won the Big East Conference and defeated their archrivals, the Florida State Seminoles, for the second time that season in the 2004 Orange Bowl. They finished the campaign with an 11–2 record and a number 5 ranking in both polls.

2004 season

Miami joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004 and the team finished with a somewhat disappointing 9–3 record and #11 ranking in the final polls. The Hurricanes ended the season by beating the rival Florida Gators 27–10 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

2005 season

In late September 2005, Coker agreed to a five-year contract extension with the university. The new contract would have paid Coker in the neighborhood of $2 million per season, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in college football.

The 2005 season ended on a disappointing note for Coker and Miami, as the Hurricanes lost 2 of their last 3 games, including a 40-3 loss to LSU in the Peach Bowl. This was the worst bowl defeat in school history, and included a postgame fight in the tunnel leaving the stadium. In the wake of this loss, Coker fired four longtime Miami assistants. The school finished 9-3 for the second consecutive season.

Coker was reported to be on the hot seat entering the 2006 season, with many speculating that he would need to at least take the team to a BCS bowl in order to keep his job.

2006 season

Miami began the 2006 season 1–2, with losses to Florida State and Louisville, leaving the team unranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1999. The Louisville loss led to rumors that Coker's firing was imminent, but Miami Director of Athletics Paul Dee gave Coker a vote of confidence, stating that he would coach at least through the end of the season.

After the team's October 14 win against FIU was marred by a bench-clearing brawl, questions were raised in the media as to whether Coker would resign or be fired, but he was again given a vote of confidence by the school administration.

The next week, with 13 players suspended by the ACC, Miami defeated winless Duke 20–15. All but one of the players returned the next week, as Miami jumped out to a 10–0 lead over Georgia Tech, but struggled in the fourth quarter, losing the game 30–23. This left the team at 5–3 for the year, further encouraging speculation that Coker would be dismissed by season's end.

The following week, the 'Canes lost to Virginia Tech 17–10, as ESPN analysts questioned Coker's management of the clock in the game's final minutes. This was the first time Miami had been an underdog at home in Coker's six seasons as the coach. The team fell to 5–4 and just 2–3 in the ACC, and suffered its first four-loss season since 1999.

Firing

Miami defeated a ranked Boston College team on Thanksgiving to finish the regular season 6–6. Revealing an apparent lack of communication between Coker and UM President Donna Shalala, Coker predicted after the loss that he would be back as head coach in 2007. The following day, however, Coker was fired.

On December 8, 2006 the University of Miami announced Larry Coker's successor to be Randy Shannon. Shannon was UM's defensive coordinator from 2001–2006 under Coker. Coker was allowed to coach the team in the MPC Computers Bowl on December 31, 2006.[1] in which Miami defeated the University of Nevada 21–20.

In January, 2007, Coker interviewed for the head coach position at Rice University. According to several media sources, Coker was one of two finalists for the position. However, Rice selected David Bailiff, formerly head coach at Texas State University, and Coker was not affiliated with any team at the beginning of the 2007 season.

In February, 2009, Coker applied for the first head coach position for The University of Texas at San Antonio's new football team. [2] On March 5, it was reported that he would be the head coach for the school's inaugural season.[3]

Record as head coach

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Miami Hurricanes (Big East Conference) (2001–2003)
2001 Miami 12-0 7-0 1st W Rose Bowl 1 1
2002 Miami 12-1 7-0 1st L Fiesta Bowl 2 2
2003 Miami 11-2 6-1 1st W Orange Bowl 5 5
Miami Hurricanes (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–2006)
2004 Miami 9-3 5-3 W Peach Bowl 11 11
2005 Miami 9-3 6-2 L Peach Bowl 18 17
2006 Miami 7-6 3-5 W MPC Computers Bowl
Miami: 60-15 34-11
Total: 60-15
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

Highlights

  • Career Record: 60-15 (.800)
  • Bowl Record: 4-2
  • 2001 National Championship
  • 5-2 record vs. Florida State
  • 3-0 record vs. University of Florida
  • 2002 American Football Monthly magazine National Coach of the Year
  • 2001 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year
  • 2001 AFCA Coach of the Year (Shared with Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen)
  • Two-time Big East Conference Coach of the Year (2001, 2002)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
UTSA Roadrunners head football coach
2009-present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Butch Davis
Miami Hurricanes head football coach
2001-2006
Succeeded by
Randy Shannon
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bob Stoops
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
2001
Succeeded by
Jim Tressel

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