Cincinnati’s Tuberville To Lead AFCA In 2015

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University of Cincinnati Head Coach Tommy Tuberville will lead the American Football Coaches Association in 2015 as president of the organization.

Tuberville, who moves up from first vice president of the Association, succeeds outgoing president Mike Welch of Ithaca College. Tuberville was elected president by members attending the Association’s 2015 convention this week in Louisville, Ky.

“I’m very proud to be serving as the AFCA president and representing coaches at all levels of the game,” said Tuberville. “Interest in football has never been higher and it’s exciting to be part of the group that is providing leadership for our great game. We have faced many challenges in the last few years and there will be more to come, but our association has never been stronger. I’ve been a board member and active in the AFCA for a long time and to have the chance to lead the organization for the next year is a great honor and something I’m looking forward to.”

In addition to Tuberville, 2015 AFCA officers include first vice president Todd Berry of the University of Louisiana-Monroe, second vice president Lee Owens of Ashland University and third vice president Rich Rodriguez of the University of Arizona.

Also serving on the Board in 2015:

  • Bill Cronin, Georgetown College (Ky.);
  • Frank Solich, Ohio University;
  • Mike Riley, University of Nebraska;
  • Gary Patterson, TCU;
  • David Bailiff, Rice University;
  • Mark Richt, University of Georgia;
  • Pete Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor;
  • Turner Gill, Liberty University;
  • Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern University;
  • Craig Bohl, University of Wyoming;
  • Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young University;
  • Todd Knight, Ouachita Baptist University;
  • David Cutcliffe, Duke University;
  • Dale Lennon, Southern Illinois University;
  • Bobby Kennedy, University of Iowa, ex officio member and chairman of the Assistant Coaches Committee;
  • Dino Babers, Bowling Green State University, ex officio member and chairman of the Minority Issues Committee; and,
  • Sam Knopik, The Pembroke Hill School (Mo.), ex officio and chairman of the High School Committee.

Rich Rodriguez and Jeff McMartin, from Central (Iowa) College are newly elected members of the board this year. AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization.


Tuberville completed his second season as the head coach at Cincinnati. He guided the Bearcats to a 9-4 overall record, a share of the American Athletic Conference title and an appearance in the Military Bowl in 2014. Tuberville has a record of 18-8 at Cincinnati and an overall record of 149-84 in his 19 years as a head coach at Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Auburn and Mississippi.

Tuberville attended Southern Arkansas University in 1972 and played football and golf. He lettered at safety and graduated SAU in 1976. He began his coaching career at Hermitage (Ark.) High School in 1976 and spent two years as an assistant before moving up to head coach in 1978.

After a 7-3 campaign in 1979, he moved to the college level at Arkansas State in 1980. Tuberville coached different levels of the defense for five years before landing at the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1986 under head coach Jimmy Johnson.

Tuberville spent eight seasons at Miami, and was a part of three national championships and an 87-9 overall record. He became the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M for one season in 1994, helping guide the Aggies to a 10-0-1 record, before taking the head coaching job at Ole Miss in 1995. Tuberville led the Rebels for four seasons, earning a record of 25-20, despite not having a full compliment of scholarship players while he was in Oxford.

In 1999, Tuberville became head coach at Auburn and guided the Tigers to 85 wins, which ranks fourth in program history. During his 10 seasons as head coach, he led the Tigers to seven consecutive bowl appearances, including New Year’s Day bowl games in four of those years. In 2004, he helped lead Auburn to a 13-0 record and the SEC title. He was named AFCA Coach of the Year following that season.

After taking a year off from coaching, Tuberville landed the Texas Tech head job in 2010, leading the Red Raiders to a 20-17 record and a pair of bowl appearances in his three seasons as head coach.

Tuberville served on the AFCA Board of Trustees from 2005-08 and was renamed to the Board in 2010. He and his wife Suzanne have two sons, Thomas Tucker and Troy Allen.

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