UCONN hires their New Head Coach
The University of Connecticut has hired a former NFL head coach Jim Mora as the 30th Head Coach in UCONN history. The athletic director David Benedict announced Thursday after seeking a replacement for Randy Edsall, who stepped down early in the season.
Jim Mora is a former head coach of the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference and served as a head coach in the NFL, coaching Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks. He also served as an analyst for the NFL Network and Fox Sports.
UCONN last had a winning season in 2010. They had finished an 8-5 record and lost the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma 48-20. Randy Edsall was responsible for putting UCONN football on the map going 3-2 in bowl games. After he left the team, the football program was never the same. Edsall would return but could not give life. UCONN's record since 2011 has been 30-85 and 0-1 in a bowl game.
Although Mora's resume is not impressive, Mora does bring experience on every level from college, the pros, and in the media. His college record is 46-30 and 2-2 in bowl games. It has been five years since he last coached, but it won't matter. UCONN has done well hiring the right coach for the job.
Mora has a great deal of passion and energy that will go exceptionally well with recruits and their families. He stated, "I have a burning desire to coach football. It's what I do. It's who I am. It's really what our family is all about." Mora is the son of retired NFL head coach Jim E. Mora, famously known for many memes about "playoffs."
UCONN is under a television contract with CBS Sports Network, which will broadcast many games through 2023.Adding Mora will give a big boost and a sense of the right direction to bring UCONN to the forefront.