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Encyclopedia > Al Groh
Al Groh
Title Head Coach
College University of Virginia
Sport Football
Team record 47-34
Born July 13, 1944 (1944-07-13) (age 63)
Place of birth New York City, New York
Career highlights
Overall 73-74
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Championships
1990 NFL Championship
Awards
2002 ACC Coach of the Year
Playing career
1963-65 Virginia
Position Defensive end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981-86
2000
2001-Present
Wake Forest
NY Jets
Virginia

Al Groh (born July 13, 1944 in New York City, New York) is the current head coach of the University of Virginia college football team and the former head coach of the New York Jets of the NFL. Groh has over 38 years of professional and collegiate coaching experience; This history includes 13 seasons in the NFL, an NFL championship with the 1990 New York Giants, and over a decade of working under coach Bill Parcells. Groh, a 1962 graduate of Chaminade High School, and a 1967 graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, he returned to his alma mater in 2001 as the head coach of the Cavaliers football team. The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... This List of colleges and universities in the United States includes colleges and universities in the U.S. that grant four-year baccalaureate and/or post-graduate masters and doctorate degrees. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... The National Football League has used several different formats to determine their league champions since its founding in 1920. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The National Football League has used several different formats to determine their league champions since its founding in 1920. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is a retired American football head coach, last coaching the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Chaminade High School is a Roman Catholic high school for young men and squirrels in Mineola, New York. ... The McIntire School of Commerce is the University of Virginias undergraduate business school. ... The Virginia Cavaliers are the athletics teams of the University of Virginia. ...

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Current position

Groh was named the head coach of the Cavaliers on December 30, 2000, succeeding George Welsh, who retired as the winningest coach in school and Atlantic Coast Conference history. At Virginia, Groh has become known for his implementing a 3-4 defense, rare for the college game, and for maintaining his NFL mentality. Since a 5-7 record in 2001, Groh led Virginia to four consecutive winning seasons and three bowl victories before another 5-7 campaign in 2006. He was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2002. is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... George Welsh (born August 26, 1933) is a former American college football coach. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...


Since Groh's arrival at Virginia, 13 Cavaliers have been selected in the NFL Draft, while 19 others have signed pro contracts as free agents. During his first five years, Groh maintained a strategy of hiring young, ambitious assistants, and he hoped to build a network of protégés through the football ranks. His young assistants have gone on to become head coaches at other Division I-A programs (Ron Prince at Kansas State and Al Golden at Temple) and assistants in the NFL (Bill Musgrave, previously with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins, now at the Atlanta Falcons, and Mike London at the Houston Texans, although London has since returned to Groh's staff.) The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Ron Prince is the head football coach at Kansas State University. ... Kansas State University, officially called Kansas State University of Fashion and Design [2] but commonly shortened to K-State, is an institution of higher learning located in Manhattan, Kansas, in the United States. ... Alfred James Golden (born July 4, 1969) is a American football head coach and former NFL player. ... For the private Christian university in Tennessee, see Tennessee Temple University. ... Bill Musgrave is the current quarterback coach for the NFLs Atlanta Falcons. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... This article is about the current National Football League team. ...


Virginia under Groh has a 3-1 record in bowl games, with the lone loss coming to Fresno State in overtime of the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl. The Cavaliers defeated West Virginia and Pittsburgh in the 2002 and 2003 Continental Tire Bowls and Minnesota in the 2005 Music City Bowl. Categories: University stubs | California State University | Universities and colleges in California ... The MPC Computers Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that has been played annually at 30,000-seat Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, since 1997. ... The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. ... The sports teams of the University of Pittsburgh or Pitt are known as the Panthers and have a legendary history in all sports, especially basketball and football. ... The Continental Tire Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at 73,367-seat Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 2002. ... The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. ... The Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone is a post-season American college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1998. ...


Groh’s first year as Virginia’s head coach contained struggles both on and off the field. The 2001 Cavalier team posted a 5-7 record, and Groh, a native of New York City and Long Island, was involved in controversy surrounding comments regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks in his hometown. In response to a reporters question about whether he and his team should be afraid to fly their charter plane to Clemson soon thereafter, Groh stated "I'm not saying this to make light of it by any means, but I'm not planning on having Arabs in the traveling party, so therefore I think probably that the threat of our being hijacked is pretty remote."[1] Both Groh and the President of the University, John T. Casteen III, apologized and recognized the inappropriateness of the remarks. Subsequent to the 2001 season, Groh was selected as the defensive head coach of the Gray team in the 64th Annual Blue-Gray Football Classic; Al Golden joined Groh on the Gray team's coaching staff. This article is about the island in New York State. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... Clemson University is a public, coeducational, land-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. ... Website Virginia. ... The Blue-Gray Football Classic is an annual American college football all-star game held in Alabama in December. ... Allan (Al) Golden is a politician and businessman in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ...


During Groh’s second year as head coach, Virginia amassed a 9-5 record with a schedule ranked the 11th toughest in the nation by Jeff Sagarin of USA Today, and Groh was voted the ACC Coach of the Year. In 2003, Virginia was nationally-ranked all season and finished with an 8-5 record. Groh continued coaching the team to winning seasons in 2004 (8-4) and 2005 (7-5). Jeff Sagarin is a statistician well-known for his development of a methodology for ranking and rating sports teams in a variety of sports. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ...


The 2006 Cavaliers were a young team with several new assistant coaches. The team experienced some growing pains, and a few games into the season, freshman Jameel Sewell earned the starting quarterback position, leading Virginia to a 5-7 season record. No Cavalier player made first team All-ACC team for the first time in 20 years. While Groh acknowledged that the year would be a rebuilding experience and a slow start upset some fans, Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage stated that, "Al will be our head coach" through at least the 2007 season. [2] Littlepage, however, later refused to exercise an option to extend Groh's contract by one year stating that Virginia's expectations were higher than 5-7. [3] Unlike past seasons, Groh only played one true freshman in 2006, which preserved the redshirt of true freshman. Jameel Sewell (born October 19, 1987 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American football quarterback for the University of Virginia football team. ... blah blah Modern athletic directors are often in a coaching misconduct being proven, often the athletic director will be terminated along with the offending coach. ... Craig Littlepage headed the NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Committee in 2006. ... Redshirt is a term used in American college athletics. ...


In the 2007 preseason, Groh was voted the worst coach in college football by Sports Illustrated Magazine.


Groh's 2007 Cavaliers, though losing their first game at Wyoming, proceeded to win their next seven games and go 4-0 in the ACC for this first time since 1995. The team followed the win streak with a loss at NC State, a last-second win at home against Wake Forest, and a 48-0 victory over Miami. The Cavaliers are currently 9-2 overall and 6-1 in ACC competition. [4]


Coaching history

Throughout his career, Groh has been a friend and protégé of Bill Parcells, working with him for over 13 years in both collegiate and professional positions. Groh was an assistant under Parcells in two Super Bowls, including a 1990 Super Bowl XXV victory with the New York Giants and a 1996 loss in Super Bowl XXXI with the New England Patriots. Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is a retired American football head coach, last coaching the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Date January 27, 1991 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ottis Anderson, Running back Favorite Bills by 6 National anthem Whitney Houston Coin toss Pete Rozelle Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show New Kids on the Block Attendance 73,813 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Date January 26, 1997 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Desmond Howard, Kick Returner/Punt Returner Favorite Packers by 14 National anthem Luther Vandross Coin toss Past Super Bowl winning coaches: Hank Stram, Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, George Seifert Referee Gerald Austin Halftime show... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present...


Groh began his college coaching career in 1968 as the defensive coach of the plebe squad at Army, working with Parcells for his first time. Groh returned to Virginia in 1970 as head coach of the freshmen team and later defensive line coach. From 1973 through 1977, he was an assistant at North Carolina, followed by a year (1978) as Parcells’ defensive coordinator at Air Force and a year at Texas Tech in 1980. Groh received his first head football coach experience with Wake Forest from 1981 through 1986 where his record was 26-40. USMA redirects here. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force),[1] located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. ... Texas Tech University is a nationally recognized doctoral/research university located in Lubbock, Texas, established in 1923 originally as Texas Technological College. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ...


In 1987, Groh made his NFL debut as the special teams and tight ends coach of the Atlanta Falcons. After a brief return to the college ranks in 1988 as the offensive coordinator for South Carolina, Groh joined the New York Giants coaching staff. He served as the Giants’ linebackers coach from 1989 to 1990 and as defensive coordinator in 1991. Groh’s expertise in linebackers led to Bill Belichick hiring him as an assistant with the Cleveland Browns in 1992. Groh then reunited with Parcells in New England from 1993 to 1996 as the defensive coordinator, following him to the New York Jets as the linebacker coach from 1997 through 1999. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... An offensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at others levels of American football) who is in charge of the offense. ... The University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC or Carolina) is a public, co-educational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at other levels of American football) who is in charge of the defense. ... This article relates to sports. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Browns redirects here. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


Groh’s first head coaching experience in the NFL occurred with the New York Jets during the 2000 season, leading the Jets to a 9-7 record. It should be noted that although Groh was the de facto successor to Bill Parcells as Jets Head Coach, he was actually the successor to Bill Belichick. Belichick took the Jets job after Parcells resigned, but stepped down the next day to become the head coach of the New England Patriots. After Belichick's resignation, Groh accepted the head coaching position. William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...

Preceded by
John Mackovic
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Head Coach
1981–1986
Succeeded by
Bill Dooley
Preceded by
Bill Parcells
New York Jets Head Coach
2000
Succeeded by
Herman Edwards
Preceded by
George Welsh
Virginia Cavaliers Head Football Coach
2001—
Succeeded by
Current Coach

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... Bill Dooley at Wake Forest Bill Dooley was a head football coach, most noteably of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels from 1967 to 1977. ... Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is a retired American football head coach, last coaching the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Herman Lee Herm Edwards, Jr. ... George Welsh (born August 26, 1933) is a former American college football coach. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ...

Playing history

Groh played for the University of Virginia football team from 1963-65, lettering at defensive end in 1965. A two-sport athlete, Groh also lettered on defense for the Cavalier lacrosse team. The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... The Virginia Cavaliers are the athletics teams of the University of Virginia. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
CNNSI.com - College Football - Groh pledges to make Virginia into a football power - Friday January 05, 2001 09:43 PM (680 words)
Groh, who left his position as coach of the New York Jets to return to his alma mater, was introduced as Virginia's new football coach Friday and pledged to turn the Cavaliers into a national power.
Groh, who signed a seven-year, $5 million contract to coach the Cavaliers, said his goal is for his team to play in the final game of the college football season.
Groh said his decision to leave the Jets after only one season as coach was a difficult one, but the security of a long-term contract and the challenge of building the Cavaliers' program was too good an opportunity to reject.
Al Groh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1186 words)
Al Groh (born July 13, 1944 in New York City, New York) is the current head coach of the University of Virginia college football team and the former head coach of the New York Jets of the NFL.
Groh is a 1967 graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, and he returned to his alma mater in 2001 as the head coach of the Cavaliers football team.
Groh was named the head coach of the Cavaliers on December 30, 2000, succeeding George Welsh, who retired as the winningest coach in school and Atlantic Coast Conference history.
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