Bob Davie

Bob Davie

Player Profile

Sewickley, Pa

Head Coach

Second Year

Alma Mater:
Youngstown State, 1977


Laughter, Energy and Enthusiasm Dominate Lobo Football Women's Clinic

Coach Bob Davie, his staff and players put on a show for more than 200 participants.


20th Annual Lobo Football Women's Clinic Fast Approaching

21-and-over event will provide instruction and give an inside look into the UNM program


Lobos Head to L.A. to Battle USC in Football in 2016

Game will be at the historic L.A. Coliseum on September 3


NMAC Calls on Davie's Motivational Speaking Skills

Coach addresses state's elected officials and employees at a conference in Clovis


UNM, Tulsa Will Play Two-Game Football Series

The first game will be on Branch Field at University Stadium in 2015


New Mexico travels to Hawaii to take on the Warriors

New Mexico football faces against Hawaii


New Mexico vs Texas

New Mexico vs Texas


Lobo Football vs. Southern University

The University of New Mexico host Southern University on Sept. 1, 2012 at Branch Field at University Stadium.

Bob Davie enters his second year at New Mexico, after leading the Lobos to more victories (four) than in their three previous years combined (three from 2009-11). UNM went 4-9 and 1-7 in Mountain West play in 2012. The program's four wins represented a 400 percent improvement from 2011 when the school won one game; UNM had the greatest improvement by percentage of any school in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Davie led UNM to one of the best statistical turnarounds in college football from 2011 to 2012. The Lobos showed the greatest improvement among the 120 FBS schools in scoring margin and rushing offense. The Lobos improved by 25.21 points in scoring margin and 188.14 rushing yards. The 2012 UNM team also ranked second nationally in time of possession improvement, fourth in net punting improvement and fifth in turnover margin improvement from the previous season.

Of the 32 statistical categories that the Mountain West tracks in its in-season weekly releases, UNM improved in 26 of them from the 2011 season to the 2012 season.

Davie's imprint on changing the culture of the Lobo football program took shape through several other team accomplishments in 2012:

  • UNM ended a six-year losing streak in season openers with a 66-21 win over Southern.
  • In that game, the Lobos produced their first 100-yard rusher in 26 games when Demarcus Rogers ran for 103 yards.
  • Against Southern, the Lobos also ended a string of 40 consecutive games without a 300-yard team rushing performance. UNM went on to set a school record with 10 300-yard rushing games, including nine in a row to tie the 1971 team for most consecutive 300-yard rushing games.
  • The Lobos set a modern-day school and Mountain West record for points in a quarter with 38 in the second quarter vs. Southern.
  • Davie became the first head coach in 29 years to beat New Mexico State in his first try (the previous six head coaches failed in their attempt) when the Lobos went to Las Cruces and came away with a 27-14 victory.
  • UNM ended a 24-game road losing streak with the win over the Aggies.
  • The Lobos beat a team from Texas for the first time in 16 tries with a 35-14 win over Texas State.
  • The Texas State win also marked the first Homecoming win for UNM since 2008.
  • New Mexico ended a 26-game losing streak outside the state of New Mexico as well as an 18-game Mountain West road losing streak with a 35-23 victory at Hawai'i.

The Lobos had 10 players earn All-Mountain West honors in 2012 (seven more than the 2011 team did), led by second-team running back Kasey Carrier, who set a school record with 1,469 rushing yards. Senior strong safety Matt Raymer was a candidate for the Burlsworth Award, which goes annually to the nation's best player who started his career as a walk-on.

The most impressive part about Davie's successful first campaign is that he did it with 72 scholarship players, 13 below the 85-scholarship mark that the NCAA allows.

Davie became New Mexico's 31st football head coach on Nov. 17, 2011. Davie, 58, had been a college football analyst on television since 2002. He had served as the lead analyst on ABC Saturday Night Primetime college football telecasts, as well as ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday Night Primetime games.

Prior to that, Davie served as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame for five seasons (1997-2001). He was defensive coordinator for three years (1994-96) with the Fighting Irish under head coach Lou Holtz before taking over the program in 1997. Davie spent nine years as an assistant coach at Texas A&M University (1985-93) under head coaches Jackie Sherrill (1985-88) and R.C. Slocum (1989-93). Davie was linebackers coach for Sherrill and was promoted to defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Slocum. He also served as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Tulane (1984-85) and linebackers coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1980-82) and the University of Arizona (1978-79).

Davie's expertise also was on display when he wrote a weekly column for ESPN.com, "Football 101," from 2002-05.

In 26 years of coaching, Davie has been a part of teams that have compiled a combined record of 206-102-4. He has coached in 18 bowl games, including the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl.

Davie had a 35-25 career record at Notre Dame, leading the Irish to three bowl games and taking the program to its first-ever BCS postseason game, the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. He also was the first coach to lead Notre Dame to a bowl game in his first season. Year in and year out, Notre Dame plays one of the toughest schedules in the nation. During Davie's tenure, 19 of those games were against Top-25 foes and 52 of the 60 were against BCS foes. Seven of the other eight were against service academies and one was against another non-BCS foe.

Davie also has been a two-time finalist for a National Coach of the Year award (by the Walter Camp Foundation and Football News).

Also while at Notre Dame, Davie earned an American Football Coaches Association Award for Academic Achievement in 2001 as his team had a 100 percent graduation rate.

Davie has been hailed as a defensive mastermind; many of the units with which he was involved among his coaching stops still hold school and conference records:

  • In 1996, Davie oversaw a Notre Dame defense that held opponents to 270 yard of total offense per game. That figure remains the lowest output a Fighting Irish squad has allowed since 1980 and would rank No. 4 in the nation by 2011 standards. That unit also holds the school record for quarterback sacks with 41.
  • During the 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons, Davie's "Wrecking Crew" defenses at Texas A&M led the Southwest Conference in all four major statistical categories - total defense, scoring defense, rush defense and pass defense. The Aggies were the only team in the history of the conference to accomplish that feat.
  • The 1991 Texas A&M team led the nation in total defense.
  • In 1993, the Aggies led the NCAA in passing efficiency defense, were second in scoring defense and finished third in total defense.
  • The 1980 and 1981 University of Pittsburgh defensive units ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense.

Numerous players under Davie's tutelage have gone on to distinguished careers in the NFL, including former standouts in defensive tackle Sam Adams (14 years, a first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks and two Pro Bowl appearances), linebacker Quentin Coryatt (seven seasons and the No. 2 overall pick of the 1992 NFL draft for the Indianapolis Colts), defensive end Chris Doleman (15 years, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1985 and eight Pro Bowl selections), defensive back Aaron Glenn (16 years, a first-round pick of the New York Jets and two Pro Bowl appearances), linebacker Hugh Green (11 years in the NFL, a first-round draft selection of the Tampa Buccaneers, two Pro Bowl appearances and the 1980 Heisman Trophy runner-up), linebacker Rickey Jackson (15 years, six Pro Bowl appearances and a member of the Hall of Fame), offensive guard Mike Rosenthal (seven seasons), offensive tackle Luke Petigout (nine seasons, first-round draft choice of the New York Giants), linebacker John Roper (five seasons), linebacker William Thomas (11 seasons and two Pro Bowl appearances) and linebacker Aaron Wallace (eight seasons, all with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders).

Current NFL players Davie has coached includes San Francisco wide receiver Arnaz Battle, Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant, Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Jeff Faine, New Orleans Saints running back Julius Jones and New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.

At Notre Dame, Davie received a Football News National Coach of the Year finalist citation and finished sixth in The Associated Press Coach of the Year balloting in 2000, finishing with a 9-3 record and earning a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. That team tied an NCAA record for fewest turnovers in a season with eight, despite starting three different quarterbacks - Battle, Gary Godsey and Matt LoVecchio.

Davie earned a National Coach of the Year semifinalist nod in 1998 after producing another 9-3 record with the Irish. The team ranked 16th nationally in rushing that season behind career rushing leader Autry Denson. Quarterback Jarious Jackson ranked 13th in the country in passing efficiency.

During Davie's first year as head coach in 1997, Notre Dame completed four fourth-quarter comebacks to finish with a 7-5 record and earn an Independence Bowl invitation.

As an Irish assistant, Davie's defense finished 10th in passing efficiency defense and 11th in total defense in 1996, and it forced 30 turnovers and ranked 16th in pass defense in 1995.

Before he became coordinator at Texas A&M in 1989, Davie coached outside linebackers and was part of a staff that led the Aggies to finishes of eighth, fourth, seventh and 14th in the nation in total defense from 1985-88, respectively.

Davie was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Tulane from 1983-84. Prior to that, he was linebackers coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1980-82 and helped the unit rank first nationally in total defense in 1980 and 1981, and third in 1982.

He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1977 at Pittsburgh under Sherill and moved on to the University of Arizona as a part-time linebackers coach and strength coach from 1978-79.

Davie is a 1977 graduate of Youngstown State and was a three-year starter at tight end.

Davie and his wife, Joanne, have two children - daughter Audra and son Clay.

Born: Sept. 30, 1954
Birthplace: Sewickley, Pa.
Alma Mater: Youngstown State University, 1977, B.S., Education
Playing Experience: Youngstown State, 1974-76
Family: Wife, Joanne, daughter Audra, son Clay

Head Coaching Record:

2012 New Mexico 4-9
2001 Notre Dame 5-6
2000 Notre Dame 9-3
1999 Notre Dame 5-7
1998 Notre Dame 9-3
1997 Notre Dame 7-6
Totals 6 seasons 39-34

Assistant Coaching Record:

1996 Notre Dame (Defensive Coordinator) 8-3
1995 Notre Dame (Defensive Coordinator) 9-3
1994 Notre Dame (Defensive Coordinator) 6-5-1
1993 Texas A&M (Defensive Coordinator) 10-2
1991 Texas A&M (Defensive Coordinator) 12-1
1991 Texas A&M (Defensive Coordinator) 10-2
1990 Texas A&M (Defensive Coordinator) 9-3-1
1989 Texas A&M (Defensive Coordinator) 8-4
1988 Texas A&M (Outside Linebackers) 7-5
1987 Texas A&M (Outside Linebackers) 10-2
1986 Texas A&M (Outside Linebackers) 9-3
1985 Texas A&M (Outside Linebackers) 10-2
1984 Tulane (Defensive Coordinator) 3-8
1983 Tulane (Defensive Coordinator) 4-7
1982 Pittsburgh (Linebackers) 9-3
1981 Pittsburgh (Linebackers) 11-1
1980 Pittsburgh (Linebackers) 11-1
1979 Arizona (Linebackers) 6-5-1
1978 Arizona (Linebackers) 5-6
1977 Pittsburgh (Grad Assistant) 9-2-1
Totals 20 seasons 167-68-4

Bowl Games Coached (corresponding to the season, not the actual year of the bowl game):

2000 Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame, L 41-9 to Oregon State)
1998 Gator Bowl (Notre Dame, L 35-28 to Georgia Tech)
1997 Independence Bowl (Notre Dame, L 27-9 to USC)
1995 Orange Bowl (Notre Dame, L 31-26 to Florida State)
1994 Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame, L 41-24 to Colorado)
1993 Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M, L 24-21 to Notre Dame)
1992 Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M, L 28-3 to Notre Dame)
1991 Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M, L 10-2 to Florida State)
1990 Holiday Bowl (Texas A&M, W 65-14 vs. BYU)
1989 Sun Bowl (Texas A&M, L 31-28 to Pittburgh)
1987 Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M, W 35-10 vs. Notre Dame)
1986 Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M, L 28-12 to Ohio State)
1985 Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M, W 36-16 vs. Auburn)
1982 Cotton Bowl (Pittsburgh, L 7-3 to SMU)
1981 Sugar Bowl (Pittsburgh, W 24-20 vs. Georgia)
1980 Gator Bowl (Pittsburgh, W 37-9 vs. South Carolina)
1979 Fiesta Bowl (Arizona, L 16-10 to Pittsburgh)
1977 Gator Bowl (Pittsburgh, W 34-3 vs. Clemson)