The UC football team defeated Toledo, 58-34, on Friday, Sept. 12, at Paul Brown Stadium (Lisa Ventre/UC).
Tommy Tuberville, an 18-year head coaching veteran, was named the 41st football head coach at the University of Cincinnati on Dec. 8, 2012.
Tuberville, widely regarded as one of the top coaches and recruiters in college football, holds a career mark of 149-85. In his first two seasons at UC, he has led the Bearcats to an 18-8 mark, a 2014 American Athletic Conference Football Championship and two bowl appearances.
UC had the most prolific offense in school history in 2013, as the Bearcats led the American Athletic Conference in total offense (472.1) and rushing offense (168.3) with the offense totaling a school-record 6,137 yards. OT Eric Lefeld, TE Blake Annen and RB/RS Ralph David Abernathy IV were First-Team All-AAC selections while OG Sam Longo and WR Anthony McClung were second-team honorees.
The 2013 Bearcats’ defense was one of the best in the country, ranking in the top 10 nationally in both rushing defense (6th, 104.5 ypg) and total defense (9th, 315.6 ypg). UC was also among the top 30 in 10 of the 11 primary defensive categories tracked in the national stats, including 14th in scoring defense (21.0 ppg). DL Jordan Stepp was a first-team all-league selection and LB Greg Blair, CB Deven Drane and DL Silverberry Mouhon (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) were second-team honorees.
Tuberville’s team got it done in the classroom as well. UC posted a team GPA of 2.989 in the winter of 2014, with 55 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA, with 20 Bearcats on the Dean’s List for achieving a 3.4 GPA or above. Three student-athletes, Brad Harrah, Lefeld and Kyle Taubenheim, posted perfect 4.0 GPAs during the semester.
He came to UC after three years at Texas Tech, where he led the Red Raiders to a 20-17 mark and a pair of bowl appearances.
He coached one of the nation’s best offenses in 2012 as the Red Raiders finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in passing offense (361.9 ypg), No. 7 in passing efficiency (157.51 rtg), No. 21 in total offense (501.4 ypg) and No. 16 in scoring offense, averaging 37.8 points per game. Tech finished with a 7-5 mark and played in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.
Texas Tech was one of the nation’s most improved defenses in 2012, ranking No. 22 in pass defense and surrendering less than 200 yards passing per game (195.8). That defense held than No. 5/4 West Virginia, one of the nation’s most prolific offenses, to its lowest point total of the 2012 season in a 59-14 Red Raiders win.
In 10 seasons at Auburn (1999-2008), Tuberville led the Tigers to 85 overall wins, which ranks fourth in school history. The Tigers also won 49 Southeastern Conference games, a number that is the fourth-best mark in the SEC. Tuberville led Auburn to seven-straight bowl appearances, including New Year’s Day bowl games in four of those years.
In 2004, Tuberville led Auburn to its best season ever as the Tigers won a school-record 13 games and captured the SEC Championship and the NOKIA Sugar Bowl title. Auburn won its first conference title since 1989, including its first outright championship since 1987. Auburn defeated five top 15 teams, becoming just the 10th NCAA Division I-A team to finish 13-0 or better. The Tigers earned their first ever berth in a Bowl Championship Series game and defeated Virginia Tech, 16-13 in the Sugar Bowl. For his efforts, Tuberville was named the AFCA, Associated Press, Paul “Bear” Bryant, FCA, SEC and Walter Camp Coach of the Year.
Tuberville built an Auburn program that excelled both on and off the field. Players flourished under Tuberville’s guidance as Auburn earned 36 first-team All-Southeastern Conference awards, eight All-America honors, 26 SEC All-Freshmen accolades, 57 SEC Player of the Week honors, two SEC Player of the Year awards, two Jacobs Awards presented annually to the league’s top blocker and one Most Valuable Player of the SEC Championship game.
During the 2015 season, Tuberville will serve as the president of the American Football Coaches Association. He is a long time member of the AFCA's Board of Trustees. For his numerous achievements during his career, he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in February, 2008.
In May 2008, he participated in the inaugural Armed Forces Entertainment Coaches Tour in the Middle East with fellow college coaches Mark Richt of Georgia, Randy Shannon of Miami (Fla.), Jack Siedlecki of Yale and Charlie Weis of Notre Dame.
With a mission to help boost troop morale, the six-day tour made stops at military bases in Germany, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and a visit to the USS Nassau in the Persian Gulf.
A longtime supporter of the military, Tuberville has strong ties to the Wounded Warrior Project, hosting several games in recent years to benefit injured veterans.
Coaching stops at perennial college football powers University of Miami and Texas A&M and a four-year head coaching stint at the University of Mississippi gave him the background in building and maintaining a successful program.
During his time at Miami (1986-93) serving on the staffs of Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson, Tuberville was a defensive coach on teams which won three national championships, posted an 87-9 record and played in eight consecutive New Year’s Day bowls.
Tuberville began his collegiate coaching career at Arkansas State in 1980, coaching various segments of the Indians’ defense over the next five seasons. During a five-year stay at Arkansas State, Tuberville coached defensive backs, nose guards and linebackers. During his final year at ASU, the Indians advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
He began his coaching career at Hermitage (Ark.) High School where he spent two years as an assistant and two as a head coach. After three straight four-win seasons, Tuberville guided HHS to a 7-3 mark in 1979 before moving to Arkansas State.
A 1976 graduate of Southern Arkansas University, Tuberville was a letterman at free safety and a two-year member of the golf team at SAU. He is a 1972 graduate of Harmony Grove High School in Camden, Ark.
Tuberville is married to the former Suzanne Fette of Guilford, Ind. They are the parents of two sons, Thomas Tucker, a walk-on QB at Auburn, and Troy Allen.