Photo: Bronco Mendenhall/UVA Athletics
The Cavaliers will have Bronco Mendenhall around for a while
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
On Thursday morning, the University of Virginia announced that head football coach Bronco Mendenhall has signed a two-year extension with the university.
Director of athletics Carla Williams shared the news with the media.
“We are excited about the direction of the Virginia football program under the guidance and leadership of Bronco Mendenhall,” Williams said. “He has done an exceptional job of establishing a culture of excellence on the field, in the community and in the classroom. He is driven to elevate Virginia Football to a championship standard in all areas and the Athletics Master Plan is evidence of our commitment to Coach Mendenhall, his staff and our student-athletes. I am excited about the future and we look forward to continued progress under his leadership.”
Prior to Mendenhall’s arrival in late 2015, the Cavaliers won only 15 games in the previous four seasons. Mendenhall took the Hoos from two wins to six wins to eight wins in the past three seasons and went to consecutive bowl games in 2017 and 2018. It was the first time since 2004 and 2005 that the Cavaliers went to bowls in back-to-back seasons.
“Every day I stop and reflect on how truly blessed I am to be the football coach at a world-class university such as Virginia and to live in such a wonderful community,” Mendenhall said. “This is truly a privilege and one I hold in the highest regard. I want to thank Carla Williams, President Jim Ryan and this outstanding university for the support and willingness to believe in our vision for Virginia football. Most importantly, I want to thank the players for their commitment to the standards we have placed on them and to our football alumni for their support.
“I am proud of the progress our football program has made the past three seasons We still have a lot of work to do. We’re not there yet. We’re just getting started. I look forward to the challenges ahead as we continue our pursuit of building a championship program.”
Mendenhall’s coaching record at UVA is 16-22. He coached at Brigham Young University for 11 seasons prior to his arrival at UVA, and his record at BYU was 99-43. His teams have played in bowl games in 13 of his 14 seasons as a head coach. His contract extension will carry him through the 2024 season. Terms of the extension were not released.
– Andy Hilton