Mike Gottfried
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Gottfried in 2010
Biographical details
Born (1944-12-17) December 17, 1944 (age 78)
Playing career
1962–1965Morehead State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
c. 1970St. Paul HS (OH)
1975–1976Cincinnati (assoc. HC)
1977Arizona (defensive backs)
1978–1980Murray State
Head coaching record
Overall76–55–4 (college)
50–19–1 (high school)
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
OVC Coach of the Year (1968)

Mike Gottfried (born December 17, 1944) is a sportscaster and former American football player and coach.

He served as the head football coach at Murray State University (1978–1980), the University of Cincinnati (1981–1982), the University of Kansas (1983–1985), and the University of Pittsburgh (1986–1989), compiling a career college football record of 76–55–4. Gottfried played college football at Morehead State University as a quarterback from 1962 to 1965. Before moving to the college coaching ranks, he coached high school football in Ohio, tallying a mark of 50–19–1.[1] Gottfried is the uncle of Mark Gottfried, the former head men's basketball coach at Cal State Northridge.

After coaching, Gottfried served as a college football color analyst and color commentator for ESPN from 1990 until 2007.

Gottfried's autobiography, entitled Coach's Challenge: Faith, Football, and Filling the Father Gap and co-written by Ron Benson, was released on September 11, 2007. Gottfried and his wife, Mickey, founded Team Focus in 2000, a cost-free community outreach program aimed at young men without fathers. Gottfried felt drawn to start Team Focus, because he lost his father at age 11 and understood the difficulties and hardships young men growing up without fathers.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1978–1980)
1978 Murray State 4–7 1–5 T–5th
1979 Murray State 9–2–1 6–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal
1980 Murray State 9–2 5–2 T–2nd
Murray State: 22–11–1 12–7
Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1981–1982)
1981 Cincinnati 6–5
1982 Cincinnati 6–5
Cincinnati: 12–10
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1983–1985)
1983 Kansas 4–6–1 2–5 T–6th
1984 Kansas 5–6 4–3 4th
1985 Kansas 6–6 2–5 6th
Kansas: 15–18–1 8–13
Pittsburgh Panthers (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1986–1989)
1986 Pittsburgh 6–4–1
1987 Pittsburgh 8–4 L Astro-Bluebonnet
1988 Pittsburgh 6–5
1989 Pittsburgh 7–3–1[n 1] John Hancock[n 1] 19 17
Pittsburgh: 27–16–2
Total: 76–55–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b Paul Hackett coached Pittsburgh in the John Hancock Bowl.


  1. ^ "New Wildcat coach lists grid staffers". Kingman Daily Miner. December 22, 1976. Retrieved January 25, 2011.

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