BYU Profile Official Website Born: February 21st, 1966 Alpine, UT Alma Mater: Oregon State 1987 Coaching Experience Brigham Young (2003-present) Head coach (2005-present) Defensive Coordinator (2003-04) New Mexico (1998-2002) Assistant Head Coach (2002) Defensive Coordinator; Secondary (1998-2002) Louisiana Tech (1997) Secondary Oregon State (1995-96) Defensive Coordinator; Secondary (1996) Defensive Line (1995) Northern Arizona (1993-94) Co-Defensive Coordinator; Secondary (1994) Secondary (1993) Snow College (1991-92) Defensive Coordinator; Secondary Oregon State (1989-90) Graduate Assistant; Defensive Line 2005 BYU 6-6 5-3/T 2nd MWC Las Vegas L, 35-28 vs. Cal 2006 BYU 11-2 8-0/1st MWC Las Vegas W, 38-8 vs. Oregon 2007 BYU 11-2 8-0/1st MWC Las Vegas W, 17-16 vs. UCLA 2008 BYU 10-3 6-2/3rd MWC Las Vegas L, 31-21 vs. Arizona 2009 BYU 11-2 7-1/2nd MWC Las Vegas W, 44-20 vs. Oregon State 2010 BYU 7-6 5-3/3rd MWC New Mexico W, 52-24 vs. UTEP 2011 BYU 10-3 Independent Armed Forces W. 24-21 vs. Tulsa TOTAL BYU 66-24 (.733) 39-9 (.813) Las Vegas, New Mexico, Armed Forces 5-2 (.714) Bio During his seven seasons as the head coach at Brigham Young University, Bronco Mendenhall has returned the Cougars to the ranks of the nation's top teams. Taking over a BYU program in 2005 that was coming off three losing seasons, Mendenhall has guided his teams to seven straight bowl invitations, two outright conference championships and regular national top-25 rankings. The Cougars finished their first season as a football independent in 2011 with a 10-3 record and No. 25 final ranking to finish nationally ranked for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Under his leadership, BYU has earned a 66-24 (.733) record over the past seven seasons to rank No. 15 in total wins among all teams in the nation during that span. The Cougars have received seven straight bowl invitations for the first time since a string of 17 consecutive bowls invitations from 1978 through 1994. Mendenhall is the only coach in BYU football history to take his first seven teams to a bowl game. Mendenhall has led BYU to bowl wins in five of the last six seasons to become the first Cougar teams to ever win five bowls in a six-year span. Nationally, BYU is one of only seven programs to win five bowl games in the last six seasons. The Cougars have also won 10 or more games in five of the past six seasons and five of Mendenhall's seven seasons overall. In fact, only four programs have had more 10-win seasons over the past seven years. After a 6-6 first season in 2005, the Cougars have achieved a 60-18 record over the past six years -- only nine teams have more wins over that span. BYU is one of only six FBS programs to win 10 or more games during at least five of the last six seasons, and BYU and Boise State are the only programs in the West to achieve that consistent level of success. From 2006-2009 Mendenhall guided the Cougars to four straight seasons with 10 or more wins for the first time in school history. BYU's success under Mendenhall is also evident in the national rankings and NCAA statistics. BYU has finished ranked in the top 25 in the various national statistical categories 88 times in the past seven seasons (46 offense, 32 defense, 9 special teams, 1 misc.). The Cougars have achieved 55 top-15 statistical rankings, 37 top-10 rankings and 19 top-5 rankings in that span. The Cougars have also been ranked in the top-25 polls during each of the past six seasons and finished ranked No. 12 following the 2009 season -- the program's highest final ranking since finishing No. 5 in 1996. Another hallmark of Mendenhall's program has been the emphasis on balance and priorities in the many other facets of life outside of football. Reflecting that emphasis, BYU consistently received the most academic all-conference honorees each season as a conference member and ranks tied for third nationally for Academic All-America recipients over Mendenhall's seven seasons at the helm. Seven Cougar student-athletes have been named ESPN Academic All-Americans in that span. Among all FBS schools only Penn State and Nebraska have had more during that period. Before going independent in 2011, BYU was consistently a top MWC contender under Mendenhall. BYU achieved a 39-9 (.813) conference record over the prior six years to help the Cougars complete their 12-year tenure in the MWC with 64 conference wins -- the most of any MWC school in the span. Mendenhall has also helped the Cougars bring bowl wins over Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, UTEP and Tulsa Mendenhall also serves as the team's defensive coordinator. The Cougars had the nation's No. 13 defense in 2011 to help BYU become one of only 11 programs to receive a final Top 25 overall team ranking in at least one of the two major polls during five of the past six seasons. BYU is one of only nine teams to do so in the USA Today Coaches Poll.