Rick Neuheisel Biography
Richard Gerald "Rick" Neuheisel, Jr. is a TV football analyst, former American football coach, former player, and attorney for his major profession. Recently he was the Head Coach at UCLA in alma mater from 2008 to 2011. Before UCLA Neuheisel was the head coach at Colorado from 1995 to 1998 and Washington from 1999 to 2002. Beside that from 2005 to 2007, he was an assistant coach with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, as quarterbacks coach for two seasons and offensive coordinator for one. Before he became coach, he had played quarterback at UCLA from 1980 to 1983. He has spent two seasons with the San Antnio Gunslingers of the United States Football League before splitting the 1987 NFL season between the San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Neuheisel was born on February 7, 1961 in Madison, Wisconsin. In his family he is one of four children and the only son of Dick and Jane (Jackson) Neuheisel, with sisters Nancy, Katie, and Deborah. He lettered in three sports (football, basketball, baseball) and was named its outstanding athlete during his senior year. Neuheisel was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team and graduated from UCLA in May 1984 with a B.A. in political science and a 3.4 GPA. Still he holds the UCLA single season record for completion percentage, completed 185 of 267 passes (69.3%) for 2,245 yards in the 1983 season. Beside that he was also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity while a student.
His career had started in his college level as he used to play his college football at UCLA. He was the starting quarterback in his senior year in the 1983 season. His coaching career started from USC Law School on a NCAA postgraduate scholarship. There he served as a graduate assistant with UCLA and also tutored Troy Aikman. He later became a full-time assistant coach in 1988, and stayed at UCLA through the 1993 season. In 1994, he moved to Colorado as an assistant to Bill McCartney. Neuheisel was welcomed into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame before the 1999 Rose Bowl. The opportunity was grabbed by athletic director Barbara Hedges by firing her previous coach Jim Lambright and took Neuheisel in the replacement. Neuheisel left for Seattle in January 1999 to coach at the University of Washington for four seasons (1999–2002). In February 2003, Neuheisel secretly interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers coaching job without telling anyone at UW about it. Before Neuheisel coached his first game for the Huskies, he had already violated NCAA recruiting rules by visiting high school players before the NCAA approved date to do so. For a result in 2003, he came under fire for taking part in a neighborhood pool for the 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Neuheisel became an assistant coach (quarterbacks) with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens in January 2005. One year after, the Ravens acquired quarterback Steve McNair and won the AFC North division with a 13-3 record. After the season he was promoted to offensive coordinator.
Apart from his career as a coach, he has made great contribution in broadcasting field as well. In December 2011, Neuheisel joined CBS Sports Network as a guest analyst for their "Inside College Football" show. In May 2012, the Pac-12 Network had announced that he will be joining their network as a studio analyst and football game analyst.
Now turning back to his personal life, he has been married to Susan till the date. at present, the couple has three sons: Jerry (b. April 1992), Jack (b. August 1994), and Joe (b. January 1997). Both has graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Jerry is a quarterback at UCLA and Jack is a wide receiver at Southern Methodist University. Till the date the couple has been living happily without any issues in media.