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OHIO Bobcats HC Solich


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Congratulation to Coach Solich. He is able to become the winning-est Football coach at Ohio U.

Frank Solich enters his 15th season as the head coach of the Ohio football program in 2019.

Solich has turned the Bobcats into one of the Mid-American Conference's premier programs since his arrival in Athens in 2005.

Ohio is 106-75 during the Solich era. His 106 victories rank him third in program history behind Don Peden (121; 1924-46) and Bill Hess (108; 1958-77). With five more wins, Solich will pass Herb Deromedi (110, Central Michigan, 1978-93) for the most by a MAC head coach. Ohio has gone 70-42 in conference play since Solich's arrival in Athens. His 70 MAC wins rank second to Deromedi's 90.

Solich enters the 2019 season as the dean of MAC head coaches. He is tied with Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy for fouth among active NCAA FBS head coaches in terms of longest tenure with their current school. Only Iowa's Kirk Ferentz (21 years), TCU's Gary Patterson (20 years) and Utah's Kyle Whittingham (16 years) have served as head coach at their respective institutions longer. Prior to arriving in Athens, Solich spent six years as head coach at his alma mater, Nebraska. Solich's 21 years of experience tie him with Ferentz (21 years) for the third-most among active NCAA FBS head coaches, ranking behind North Carolina's Mack Brown (30 years) and Alabama's Nick Saban.

Solich owns a career coaching record of 164-94 heading into the 2019 season. His 164 wins rank as the fourth most among active NCAA FBS head coaches, trailing only North Carolina's Mack Brown (238), Alabama's Nick Saban (238) and TCU's Gary Patterson (167). He is well-respected by his peers, having been named the president of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in addition to receiving the Tom Osborne Legacy Award in January of 2019.

Prior to Solich's arrival in Athens, the Bobcats had enjoyed only two winning seasons in the previous 22 years. The tone was set for his tenure at Ohio in his first home game as head coach of the Bobcats on Sept. 9, 2005 -- a 16-10 upset of Pittsburgh in overtime on national television. The following year, Solich guided the Bobcats to a nine-win season, a MAC East Division title and the program's first bowl game appearance since 1968.
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