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Northwest Coach Profiles: Mike Bellotti

Oregon Ducks Football – Mike Bellotti

Known as the, “Dean of the PAC-10”, Mike Bellotti is the Ducks’ winningest football coach of all time, guiding them to 12 bowl appearances in his 14 years at the helm.

Mike Bellotti
Born: December 21st, 1950
Place of birth: Sacramento, California
College: Tight End/Wide Receiver (UC Davis)
Position: OC, HC
Overall Coaching Record: 137-80-2
Bowl Record: 6-6

All the while racking up the second-most victories (116) of any program in the Pac-10.

Love him or hate, Bellotti was and still is as the AD, instrumental in the product that the Oregon Ducks put on the gridiron today.

Playing Career and Early Coaching Years

It all started at Ygnacio Valley High School for Bellotti; a school where he participated in all three of the “major” sports, with his true love being obviously football.

He went on to enroll at UC Davis, where he ended up being a second-team All-Star Western Conference player his senior year for his play at the wide receiver position.

He bounced around quite a bit at the start of his coaching career, but after the assistant job he had in his first four seasons with his alma mater, he took on a bigger role.

The Dean held three different offensive coordinator positions before eventually landing his first head coaching gig with party school, Chico State where he coached for five seasons and led them to a record of 21-25-2.

Mike Bellotti Oregon Ducks Football Former Coach

Head Coach, turned ESPN Analyst

On to Oregon

Bellotti’s first run with Oregon in 1989, saw him serve under Rich Brooks as an offensive coordinator.

He would stay at this position until Brooks left to try his luck in the NFL. Then in 1995, Bellotti was given Brooks vacated seat, and the school soon realized just how good of a hire he would turn out to be.

Heading into his tenure as head coach, the Oregon football team had been to nine bowls in the history of their program. Something that changed under Bellotti’s command.

The Ducks program did a 180 as Bellotti led Oregon to their first ten win season in school history in 2000, then topped that the very next season by winning 11 in 2001.

In 2006, he passed his former boss Rich Brooks to take the all-time record at Oregon for wins, ending up with a 116-55 mark.

After the 2008 season, he was promoted to be Oregon’s athletic director where he still commands the gridiron from the safety of a bunker under the Matthew Knight Arena.

Flash forward to 2010 and Bellotti announced he was resigning as AD at Oregon to become a college football guru on ESPN and ABC.

Check out Matt Martz’s Northwest Coach Profile on CURRENT Oregon Ducks Football Coach Chip Kelly.


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  • Rlcpd

    We got to know Mike and Coleen and the children over a good long many years…and the ups and downs of their family life.  I know they probably are elated with the privacy they now enjoy
    however, it would be nice if they would agree to an occasional interview about their
    new off-season life and travel and even a quick update about the 3 children.

    We were most fortunate to have had someone with his Coaching gifts helping our
    Duck program.   But he is also a ”good man”.  …fair, honest and kind.

    We hope he can continue his venue with ESPN…for which he is perfect…as long
    as HE wants to.

    Go Ducks.

    Ben G

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