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Urban Meyer, an northern Ohio native, is one of the winningest coaches in NCAA football history. The coach, who led the University of Florida to two national championships, was hired in November, 2011 by Ohio State University as the head coach of the Buckeyes football team. Meyer, as of 2011, has the highest winning percentage (.819) of any active college football coach.

Early Life:

Meyer was born in Toledo in 1964 and grew up in Ashtabula, where he graduated from St. John High School (now Sts. John and Paul High School.) He was recruited in 1982 by the Atlanta Braves and played for two seasons with that organization's minor league teams, while attending college.

College Career:

Meyer attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. He also played defensive back for the school's football team. During his college career, he interned with the coaches at Cincinnati's St. Xavier High School. Meyer later earned a master's degree in sports management from Ohio State.

Early Coaching Jobs:

Meyer's first paid coaching position was at Ohio State, where he served as a graduate assistant under Head Coach, Earle Bruce. He later served as the head coach at Ohio's Bowling Green State University (2001-2002) and as head coach of the University of Utah (2003-2004).

Urban Meyer and the University of Florida:

Meyer's longest and most successful college coaching position was at the University of Florida, a position he held from 2005 to January of 2011. During his tenure there, he led the Gators to two national championships (defeating Ohio State in 2007 for one of the titles.) His record at Florida was 65-15.

Meyer resigned from the University of Florida after the school's appearance in the Sugar Bowl in January, 2011, citing health concerns. He later admitted to having several stress-related disorders.

After leaving Florida, Meyer worked as a commentator for ESPN during the 2011 NCAA football season.

Urban Meyer and Ohio State:

Meyer brings his experience and winning ways to a Buckeye team still plagued by NCAA sanctions involving the 2009 pay for memorabilia scandal that led to player suspensions and the forced resignation of former head coach Jim Tressel. Ohio State ended the 2011 season with a record of 6-6, one of the most disappointing seasons in recent history.

Awards:

Meyer has received numerous awards over his coaching career. Among these are The Sporting News National Coach of the Year (2003), Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2004), George Munger Award (2004), Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2004), Pro Football Weekly National Coach of the Year (2004), Woody Hayes Trophy Award (2004), Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year (2004), The Sporting News Coach of the Decade (2009), Sports Illustrated Coach of the Decade (2009), MAC Coach of the Year (2001) and twice MWC Coach of the Year (2003–2004).

Personal:

Meyer is married to Shelley Mather Meyer (since 1986) and they have three children--Nicole, Gigi and Nate. His two daughters play Division I volleyball for Georgia Tech and Florida Gulf Coast, respectively.
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