Mike Gottfried

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Mike Gottfried
File:Robert Mueller, Mickey and Mike Gottfried.jpg
FBI Director Robert Mueller (left) recognizes Mickey and Mike Gottfried (right) with a 2010 Director’s Community Leadership Award for their work with Team Focus youth camps.
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1944-12-17) December 17, 1944 (age 74)
Playing career
1962–1965 Morehead State
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
c. 1970 St. Paul HS (OH)
1975–1976 Cincinnati (assoc. HC)
1977 Arizona (offensive backs)
1978–1980 Murray State
1981–1982 Cincinnati
1983–1985 Kansas
1986–1989 Pittsburgh
Head coaching record
Overall 76–55–4 (college)
50–19–1 (high school)
Bowls 0–1
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 OVC (1979)

Mike Gottfried (born December 17, 1944) is a sportscaster and former American football player and coach. Gottfried is currently a college football color analyst and color commentator for ESPN. 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 current head men's basketball coach at North Carolina State University.

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. It is a cost-free community outreach program aimed at young men without fathers. The program goal is to give opportunities for all team members to be "motivated, encouraged, and challenged". Mike felt drawn to start Team Focus because he lost his father at age eleven, and understood the difficulty and hardships young men without fathers feel. There is also a group for females called G.I.R.L.S. Network.

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
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Paul Hackett coached Pittsburgh in the John Hancock Bowl.


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