Bedenbaugh Joins Football Staff

  • By Mike Montoro
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  • January 05, 2011 01:35 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University has announced that Bill Bedenbaugh has joined the Mountaineer football coaching staff as the offensive line coach.

Bedenbaugh is reunited with WVU’s newly appointed offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, as both played at Iowa Wesleyan together for Mike Leach. Both spent six years together on Leach’s Texas Tech staff.

“West Virginia has a lot of history and tradition, has won championships, and I believe will continue to win championships and do even greater things into the future, and I want to be part of it,” Bedenbaugh said. “Coach Bill Stewart is a great leader, and Dana is a great offensive mind, who I have known for 20 years; I trust them and want to be part of the Mountaineer staff. Leaving the players and coaching staff at Arizona was one of the toughest things I have ever done but coming here to West Virginia is what I want to do.”

Bedenbaugh comes to WVU after serving as a member of the football coaching staff at Arizona for the past four years, first as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator for three years (2007-09), before being elevated to co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2010.

This past season, the Wildcats finished 7-6 and made an appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl. His line helped pave the way for the Arizona offense to post the ninth-best passing game average in the nation (307.7) and ranked among the Top 25 in total offense (439.4).

Bedenbaugh coached an offensive line in 2009 that finished No. 10 nationally in fewest sacks allowed (13) and helped the Wildcats compile an 8-5 overall record, tied for second place in the Pac-10 and earned an appearance in the Holiday Bowl. His line helped pave the way for the Arizona offense to finish in the top half of the conference in scoring average (27.4) and passing yards (225.2). Center Colin Baxter and tackle Adam Grant earned second team all-league honors.

In 2008, Bedenbaugh’s line paved the way for the offense to average almost 160 yards a game on the ground and scored 33 touchdowns to lead Arizona to an 8-5 record and a victory in the Las Vegas Bowl. Baxter earned honorable mention all-conference honors in his first year at his position.

In 2007, the offense averaged 385.3 yards per contest, UA’s best in nine years and No. 5 in the school’s history. Tackle Eben Britton earned second team all-conference honors and tackle Peter Graniello was named honorable mention.

Prior to his four-year stint at Arizona, Bedenbaugh spent seven years at Texas Tech, the first three (2000-02) as an offensive graduate assistant, working with the offensive line, the next two years (2003-04) as the running backs coach and his final two years (2005-06) as the offensive line coach.

In 2006, the Red Raiders ranked No. 3 nationally in passing offense (369.5), was No. 6 in total offense (447.9) and No. 13 in scoring (32.5). Guard Manuel Ramirez earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors and was a fourth-round selection by the Detroit Lions. Texas Tech finished with an 8-5 overall record and won its Insight.com Bowl appearance.

Bedenbaugh helped develop initial scout-team tight end Gabe Hall into a 2006 All-Big 12 Conference selection at offensive tackle. Left tackle Glenn January was named a second team all-Big 12 honoree, and Louis Vasquez earned honorable-mention honors.

In his first year as the offensive line coach in 2005, Texas Tech led the nation in passing, was No. 4 in scoring offense (39.4) and No. 6 in total offense (495.83). The Red Raiders compiled a 9-3 overall record and earned an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. He coached E. J. Whitley to an eventual seventh-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys. His line reduced sacks allowed from 36 the previous year to only 19 on 656 passing attempts. The line helped pave the way for running back Shannon Woods to average 6.1 yards per carry and 10 rushing touchdowns.

During his first five years as a member of the Texas Tech staff, he helped lead the Red Raiders to bowl appearances each year: GalleryFurniture.com Bowl (2000), Alamo Bowl (2001), Tangerine Bowl (2002), Houston Bowl (2003) and Holiday Bowl (2004).

Bedenbaugh also served as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Ferris State (1999). He was named the NCAA Division II Coordinator of the Year after helping lead the Bulldogs to a No. 1 national ranking in total offense (534.5) and scoring offense (47.3), No. 4 in passing yards (305.1) and No. 24 in rushing (229.4).

He also spent time as a graduate assistant coach working with the offensive line at Central Michigan (1997-98), offensive line assistant at Valdosta State (1996) and offensive line coach at Panhandle State in Oklahoma (1995). He was part of the staff at Valdosta State that helped lead the Blaze to the Gulf South Conference Championship, the NCAA Division II playoff quarterfinals and was ranked among the Top 20 for the season and reached as high as No. 1 in the nation.

The St. Charles, Ill., native, was a four-year starter at Iowa Wesleyan College as a lineman, earning his bachelor’s degree in business in 1995 and his master’s degree in sport management from Texas Tech in 2001.

He, and his wife, Marydee, have a son, William III.