Mark Richt came to Georgia with the motto, “Finish the drill.” After seven seasons between the hedges, he’s demonstrated what that means by winning two SEC Championships (2002, ‘05), three SEC Eastern Division titles and tied for another, and his 72-19 record is fourth best in the country in winning percentage among active coaches (.789). Richt was named SEC Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2005. His record against non-conference teams is 29-2 and his teams are 25-4 when playing in an opponent’s home stadium. And by the way, his 2007 team finished 11-2 and ranked No. 2 in the country.
He is one of only nine head coaches in Division I-A history to record 60 or more wins in his first six seasons and 70 or more wins in his first seven seasons. Richt is one of only six coaches in history to win two SEC championships (2002, 2005) in his first five years, and one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons (2002-05)..
The excitement produced by Richt’s teams on the field has been matched by many other aspects surrounding the program. Richt has generated an atmosphere of excitement and unity among the Georgia people. Georgia supporters and fans became impressed with his sincerity, openness, family values, and the casual and genuine way he carried himself. They liked his ideas on building a football program, his commitment to discipline, and the importance he placed on standards of excellence on and off the field.
And they liked the way he refused to set limitations on what would be a satisfactory season. “I like to set our goals high,” he said. “I never want to put a ceiling on what we can accomplish.”His 2007 team, one of the youngest in the country, was 4-2 after six games but won the last seven in a row including victories over rivals Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech to finish 11-2. The ‘Dogs defeated 10th ranked Hawaii in The Allstate Sugar Bowl and finished No. 2 in the final AP poll and No. 3 in the coaches poll.
The Mark Richt Record
Year W L T Pct. SEC Reg. Season
2001 8 4 0 .667 5-3 (T3rd/East)
2002 13 1 0 .929 7-1 (1st/Champs)
2003 11 3 0 .786 6-2 (T1st/East)
2004 10 2 0 .833 6-2 (2nd/East)
2005 10 3 0 .769 6-2 (1st/Champs)
2006 9 4 0 .692 4-4 (4th/East)
2007 11 2 0 .846 6-2 (T1st/East)
Total 72 19 0 .791 *42-17 (.712)
*includes 2-1 in SEC Championship Games