The Rice Owls went looking for a brand new head soccer coach ten days in the past. However Mike Bloomgren focused Rice two years in the past. On Thursday, the 2 formally got here collectively as Bloomgren was formally named as the brand new head coach of the Owls.
Bloomgren was the affiliate head coach/offensive coordinator for the Stanford Cardinal earlier than taking the Rice job. He had been at Stanford since 2011. Throughout that point, the Cardinal have made eight straight bowl video games and have gone seventy two-20 on the sector. Stanford has gained eight or extra video games in every season that Bloomgren has bas been on employees whereas profitable the Pac-12 convention title 3 times. He has coached 12 NFL draft choices and eleven All-America alternatives. He coached Christian McCaffrey, the NCAA’s all-function yardage document holder, and he has been the thoughts behind a Stanford offense which, this season, has produced Heisman Trophy finalist Bryce Love.
He’s been a scorching identify on the subject of head teaching jobs in school soccer. However Bloomgren’s been ready for simply the appropriate job. And two years in the past he earmarked Rice as one of many 5 faculties (together with Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt) the place he needed to be head coach. He was on the lookout for a faculty like Stanford the place gamers might go to excel on the soccer area whereas having each alternative to not solely succeed within the classroom, however to take difficult courses.
“I got here to the belief that these are the sort of youngsters I needed to work with,” Bloomgren stated. “I needed to work with world class college students, and world class athletes, and there are only a few locations the place you are able to do it. So once I say I earmarked Rice, I actually did.”
He’s satisfied that not solely can he win soccer video games at Rice, however that he also can flip Rice right into a constant winner. He famous that Stanford hadn’t precisely been recognized for its profitable historical past earlier than Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach in 2007 and who was adopted by David Shaw in 2011. If Stanford can do it, Rice can do it. And Rice can do it.
“[Rice has] gained,” Bloomgren stated. “You’ve watched this system win. Win a convention title, win ten video games, win eight video games within the very current previous. Anytime you see that, and whenever you consider in your self and consider within the course of, then yeah, we will make this factor work. I do know the tales about Stanford earlier than I received there, when Coach [Jim] Harbaugh first received there, they usually had simply went 1-eleven they usually have been speaking about dropping soccer, or going non-scholarship. And Stanford’s definitely come a great distance in these 10 years.”
Mike Bloomgren and his household watch as he’s launched as the brand new Rice head coach.
Photograph by John Royal
The hiring will convey a few new search for the Owls on offense as Bloomgren plans to convey alongside the professional type offense run by Stanford with him to Rice. It might take awhile to implement, however the finish end result shall be energy operating recreation coupled with the West Coast offense.
“It’s what I consider in,” he says. “I consider in a…