Turning Setbacks into Victories
One of the most prolific coaches in college football history, Urban Meyer’s accomplishments have cemented his legacy in college football history. His commitment to all facets of life, both on and off the field, will soon land him a place in the Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Ohio, Meyer attended the University of Cincinnati where he starred as a defensive back before earning his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Shortly thereafter, Meyer earned a master’s degree in sports management from Ohio State University and subsequently began what would become one of the most decorated college football coaching careers in history.
Meyer’s illustrious head coaching career features a 186-32 record and the third highest winning percentage in college football history (.853), including three national championship titles (2006, 2008, 2014).
Meyer is the only modern day coach to win national championships in two different conferences, and he is one of only two coaches to win national titles at multiple universities. Moreover, Meyer is the only coach in major college football history to have four different winning streaks of at least 20 games (20 with Utah/Florida; 22 at Florida; 25 with Florida and Ohio State; and 23 at Ohio State).
His six-year tenure at the University of Florida also nabbed him “Coach of the Decade” in December 2009, along with an astounding seven “Coach of the Year” awards.
Faith and philanthropy are key tenets in Coach Meyer’s life and have contributed to his successes on and off the field. Urban’s first book, the New York Times bestseller, Above The Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life From a Championship Season, gives readers the wisdom and inspiration for taking control and turning setbacks into victories. Joining the fight against cancer, Meyer and his wife, Shelley, founded the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research in 2012, which is a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research for all cancers. The fund helps recruit experts in the field of cancer research to Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
In 2019, Meyer joined FOX as college football studio analyst, appearing on the network’s Big Noon college football pregame show. He recently left FOX to become the Head Coach of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars.