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Mark Whipple: HC Candidate

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Darth Snow, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

    Feb 1, 2008
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    Think hes around 50 yeard old.

    Heard his name mentioned as a candidate.


    Mark Whipple is in his second season as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami. He was named to his position on January 24, 2009.

    A veteran of 28 seasons as a coach on both the collegiate and professional levels, Whipple guided an explosive Hurricanes' offense to its best season since the national title contending 2002 team. Miami's offense put up 5,199 yards - becoming just the eighth team in school history to eclipse the 5,000 yard mark in total yards gained. Under Whipple's tutelage, quarterback Jacory Harris totaled the second-most pass completions (249), fourth-most passing yards (3,352) and sixth-most touchdowns (24) in a single season at Miami.

    Whipple spent the 2008 season as an offensive assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, helping the team to an appearance in the NFC championship game. Before joining the Eagles, he served as the quarterbacks coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-06 where he was instrumental in the development of Ben Roethlisberger, who became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl as a rookie. In 2004, Roethlisberger became the first NFL quarterback to finish a season undefeated with a 13-0 record in games he started.

    Prior to his move to the NFL, Whipple spent 16 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level compiling an overall record of 121-59 (.672) with stops at the University of Massachusetts, Brown and New Haven.

    While at UMass, he posted a 49-26 (.653) record in six years (1998-2003) leading the Minutemen to a Division I-AA National Championship in his first season with the team in 1998, posting a school record 12 wins. He also won a pair of conference championships. He was named National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette in 1998 and earned Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors in 2003. He was selected as the New England Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston in both 1998 and 2003. He posted five winning seasons in only six years as head coach, with nine different players earning first team All-America honors.

    Whipple also served as a head coach at his alma mater Brown from 1994-97, where he accumulated a 24-16 (.600) record without a losing season. He also was the head coach at New Haven from 1988-93 where he went an impressive 48-17 (.738) and led the team to back-to-back NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 1992 and 1993. His 1992 team finished 12-1 and ranked No. 5 nationally, while his 1993 squad ranked as high as No. 2 nationally.

    At every stop in college, the trademark of a Whipple-coached team was a high-powered offense. His UMass teams rewrote the record books, setting more than 40 team records. In 1998, his national championship team posted school records in points scored (524), touchdowns (73), total yards (7,074), passing yards (4,050), completions (306) and first downs (354). While at Brown, his 1997 squad set Ivy League and school records for total offense (474.3 yards per game), which included a single-game record of 629 yards against Yale. His 1995 team set several single-season records, including most points (282), total offense (4,165 yards), passing offense (2,502 yards) and first downs (227). At New Haven, his 1992 squad led all NCAA divisions in scoring offense (50.5 points per game) and total offense (587.7 yards per game). His 1993 New Haven team was named Sports Illustrated's "Best Offense in College Football", averaging 52.5 points and 557.6 yards of total offense per game.

    The Tarrytown, N.Y., native's coaching career began in 1980 as an assistant at St. Lawrence University. Whipple made four more stops over the next seven years (Union College, 1981-82; Brown, 1983; Arizona Wranglers of the USFL, 1984; New Hampshire, 1986-87) before landing his first head coaching appointment.

    A 1979 graduate of Brown, he was the Bears starting quarterback from 1977-78, leading the team to a 13-5 record as a starter. He was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Whipple earned a bachelor's degree in political science. He was a member of the school's first-ever Ivy League championship team in 1976. He was also a four-year letterman on the Bears baseball team.

    He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Spencer, a quarterback on the UMass football team, and Austin, a high school sophomore.

    Whipple At A Glance

    Personal Information
    Full Name: Mark John Whipple
    Birthdate: April 1, 1957
    Hometown: Tarrytown, N.Y.
    Education: B.S. in political science, Brown University (1979)
    Wife: Brenda
    Children: Sons, Spencer and Austin

    Whipple's Coaching Career
    2009-present University of Miami (Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
    2008 Philadelphia Eagles (offensive assistant)
    2004-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers (quarterbacks coach)
    1998-2003 Massachusetts (head coach)
    1994-97 Brown (head coach)
    1988-93 New Haven (head coach)
    1986-87 New Hampshire (offensive coordinator)
    1984 Arizona Wranglers (USFL) (offensive quality control)
    1983 Brown (wide receivers)
    1981-82 Union College (offensive coordinator)
    1980 St. Lawrence (assistant coach)

    Bowl Games as a Coach (1)
    2009 Champs Sports Bowl

    Honors as a Player
    • Brown Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee in 1996

    Coaching Accomplishments
    • Coached UMass to the 1998 national championship
    • 1998 National Coach of the Year
    • 2003 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
    • Helped Pittsburgh to Super Bowl win in 2004

    Prominent Players Coached
    • Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Donovan McNabb - Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

    Mar 20, 2009
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    I bet the faculty would like having an Ivy League graduate as our football coach. Nice progression on the resume, but I'm not sure he's a legit candidate unless Miami starts to look like it's back this year.
  3. Del

    Del Member

    May 25, 2010
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    As long as he's a hardass and can recruit I'll take him. That's my wish for the new coach. They guys we get don't have the killer instinct and overall look really soft on the field. Want some bad mofos like back in the day who will want to knock somebody out on kickoffs
  4. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

    Jul 21, 2005
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    Are you serious? We're going to follow the current goofball with someone so easily a target of further mockery....

    Fellow Buffs, I give you MR. Whipple.... thumbnailCAIS5OKL.jpg
  5. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

    Feb 1, 2008
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    Don't **** with HCMW
  6. CUFan

    CUFan Welcome back Club Member

    Jun 22, 2010
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    Is it a concern that most his experience is on the east coast? Can he recruit CA?
  7. UrbanaBuff

    UrbanaBuff Member

    Feb 5, 2010
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    I like his UMass experience, but UMiami has struggled of late, especially on offense and especially considering the talent.
  8. BinaryBuff

    BinaryBuff mmmm...beer Club Member

    Sep 1, 2006
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    It's a bit of a concern to me. But, if he's good at recruiting, shouldn't matter. If he can surround himself with good recruiters, shouldn't matter.
  9. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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    I don't know about this particular coach, but I think this is the level of coach we should be looking at. Someone with success as a HC and has been at least held a coordinator position.

    Bonus for his pro experience with the different QB's. How much better would TH be right now if we had a QB coach or offensive coordinator that knew his ass from a football.
  10. bombay

    bombay Club Member Club Member

    Oct 20, 2008
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    I'd like to see a younger coach who's obviously on the rise and has a lot of energy.
  11. White_Rabbit

    White_Rabbit Club Member Club Member

    Dec 1, 2008
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    Don't love him nor hate him. Miami was pretty beastly on offense last year, but this year they have taken a serious step back, mostly because Harris has been crap. Not sure if that's on Whipple or not. Hard to say he's a bad candidate though, super bowl win and a D2 national championship ring.
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