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Where did Urban Meyer coach before and after the Florida Gators?

Best known for his success with the Florida Gators, Urban Meyer had successes on the field both before and after his tenure in Gainesville.

Best known for his success with the Florida Gators, Urban Meyer had successes on the field both before and after his tenure in Gainesville.
Sue OgrockiAP

When you say the name Urban Meyer, football fans’ minds immediately jump to Florida and the blistering, and controversial, run that he had with the Gators. But his success on the gridiron doesn’t start or end there.

Urban Meyer has left an indelible mark on the sport with his strategic acumen and leadership prowess.

Getting his start as a coach with straight after his playing days at the University of Cincinnati, Meyer spent one season as the defensive back coordinator for Saint Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there, Meyer was taken on to the Ohio State staff as an assistant tight end coach, before he moved on to assistant positions at Illinois State, Colorado State and Notre Dame.

After seventeen years of assistant positions, Meyer was given his first head coaching job by Bowling Green where he turned around a failing program and went 8-3 in his first year. This caught the attention of the Utah Utes, who brought Meyer in as their head coach a year later.

During his two years with the Utes, Meyer displayed his innovative offensive schemes and transformative coaching strategies. His tenure culminated in a remarkable 12-0 record in the 2004 season, along with a stunning victory in the Fiesta Bowl. This success solidified his reputation as a rising coaching star, catching the attention of college football aficionados across the nation.

Meyer’s monumental leap to the University of Florida Gators in 2005 marked a pivotal juncture in his career. Over a six-year period, Meyer achieved unprecedented success, guiding the Gators to two national championships in 2006 and 2008. His ability to mold raw talent into a cohesive, dominant force on the field was evident, as his innovative spread offense revolutionized college football. Under Meyer’s guidance, the Gators became a powerhouse, and his strategic brilliance elevated him to one of the most revered coaching figures in the game.

His tenure in Florida was painted with as much controversy as it was glory, with Meyer departing under a cloud. After a short hiatus from the game, Meyer was given the head coaching job at Ohio State University in 2012. In a remarkable turn of events, Meyer swiftly revitalized the Buckeyes’ football program. Despite facing initial challenges due to sanctions, he led the team to an undefeated season in 2012, leaving an indelible mark on the Big Ten Conference. Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State reached its pinnacle in the 2014 season when he guided the team to a national championship victory, cementing his reputation as a coach who could engineer success in any environment.

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Post his triumphant time with the Buckeyes, Meyer’s coaching career took a turn as he transitioned to the National Football League NFL. In 2021, he accepted the role of head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. This marked his first foray into professional football coaching, and it turned out to be disastrous. Meyer lasted not even a single season before being fired by the Jags, with his coaching style seen as incompatible with the professional game.

It is not out of the realms of possibility that Meyer will return to coaching, although he is at the moment happily ensconced in the Fox Sports family as a pundit. Previously, Urban Meyer called Notre Dame his dream destination, so you can imagine that should the opportunity present itself, he will gladly pack his bags and take over the program in Indiana.