Mike Groh enters his sixth season as an assistant coach at Virginia with the added responsibilities of being the team's offensive coordinator. He was named to that position in February, replacing Ron Prince who was named the head coach at Kansas State.
One of the greatest quarterbacks in UVa football history, Groh joined the UVa staff in 2001 as the wide receivers coach. He added the task of coaching the Cavalier quarterbacks in 2003 and move strictly to that position the following season. in 2005 he took over as Virginia's recruiting coordinator while continuing to coach the quarterbacks.
This year Groh will work to find a replacement for two-year starter Marques Hagans at quarterback. Under Groh's tutelage, Hagans made the transition from wide receiver and kick returner to full-time quarterback. His versatility as a runner and passer made him a difficult player to defend. Hagans finished his career with 4,877 passing yards, the fifth highest total by a Cavalier, and led Virginia to the 2005 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl title by throwing for a career-high 358 yards.
In 2003, Groh coached senior quarterback Matt Schaub, who recovered from an early season shoulder injury, to complete a school-record 69.7 percent (281-403) of his passes for 2,952 yards and 18 touchdowns. Schaub closed his career with an MVP performance in Virginia's Continental Tire Bowl victory over Pittsburgh when he threw for 244 yards and a touchdown. He set nearly every major Virginia passing record, including career completions (506), career passing yards (7,502) and career touchdowns (56).
During the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Groh was instrumental in the development of wide receiver Billy McMullen into one of the top receivers in the nation. McMullen earned All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season as a senior in 2002 and is the second all-time leading receiver in conference history with 210 career receptions. McMullen received All-America distinction in 2001 after leading the ACC and ranking among the top 10 nationally in numerous receiving categories. He posted a school-record 83 receptions that season.
Groh returned to his alma mater after spending the 2000 season as an offensive assistant/quality control coach for the New York Jets, a team coached by his father and current UVa head football coach Al Groh. The Jets finished sixth in the NFL in passing offense that season.
Starting at quarterback in 1994-95 for former Virginia head coach George Welsh, Groh is the only signal-caller in school history to lead the team to nine wins and a bowl victory in back-to-back seasons. As a tri-captain in 1995, he helped lead Virginia to a 9-4 record, including a 34-27 victory over Georgia in the Peach Bowl, and a share of the ACC championship. During the regular season, he guided UVa to a 33-28 win over #2-ranked and previously unbeaten Florida State. Groh completed 19 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns in that game as Virginia ended the Seminoles' 29-game winning streak against ACC teams. He earned second-team All-ACC honors in 1995 and received UVa's Joe Palumbo Award for self-sacrifice.
In 1994, Groh led the ACC and ranked 13th in the nation in passing as the Cavaliers finished 9-3 and defeated TCU 20-10 in the Independence Bowl. Groh was named MVP of the Independence Bowl after completing 14 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. He played as a backup during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
Groh completed 58.2 percent of his career passes (339-582) for 4,366 yards and 29 touchdowns. He finished his career in the top three in every UVa passing category and set numerous school season and single-game records. His 2,510 yards passing in 1995 was a school record until broken by Schaub in 2002.
He played his final season at UVa as a graduate student after receiving his undergraduate degree in rhetoric and communication studies from Virginia in 1995. He attended the Baltimore Ravens' training camp as a free agent in 1996 and later played in the World League for the Rhein Fire in 1997.
Groh, 34, was born in Charlottesville while his father was an assistant coach at UVa. He graduated from Randolph High School in Randolph, N.J., where he was a football and basketball standout.
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