July 2, 1999
Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt’s offenses have
been among the most productive in college football history and he has
become one of the most respected coaches in the country. Richt begins his
sixth season as the man in charge of the Seminole offense and his 13th
overall as the quarterbacks coach at FSU.
Richt’s notoriety has been gained through an innovative and
exciting offensive style and a long list of excellent quarterbacks.
Naturally, Richt’s most famous protege is Charlie Ward, who is the most
decorated player in the history of college football. Richt has sent five
quarterbacks into the NFL since 1987. Current Washington Redskin Casey
Weldon was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1991. His backup, Brad
Johnson, is the new starting quarterback for Washington. Danny Kanell was
the starter for the New York Giants during most of 1998, his third year in
the NFL and is now with the Atlanta Falcons. Richt pupil Danny McManus
was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and the Canadian Football League and
is currently the starter for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Peter Tom Willis,
who is in his second season as the color analyst on the Seminole Radio
Network, was drafted by the Chicago Bears and spent three years in the NFL
before becoming the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm.
Richt has logged 13 years as quarterbacks coach at Florida State,
and this season will mark his tenth straight in that role, since returning
from a one year stint as the offensive coordinator at East Carolina in
1989. Richt had served as a graduate assistant and then volunteer
quarterbacks coach for the Seminoles from 1985-88.
A native of Boca Raton, FL, Richt came to Tallahassee with an
astute knowledge of the passing game after playing the position for the
Miami Hurricanes under Howard Schnellenberger. Richt was the backup to
former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly during his last three seasons at Miami.
Richt is married to the former Katharyn Francis of Tallahassee.
The couple have two children – Jonathan and David.