Football Assistant Mike Borich Resigns

June 9, 2003

TUCSON - University of Arizona football assistant Mike Borich, the wide receivers coach on John Mackovic's staff for less than three months, resigned today and will officially leave the department for personal reasons, effective July 31.

'Mike has some personal issues toward which he wants to direct his full attention,' athletics director Jim Livengood said. 'His departure in no way reflects negatively on his employment at the University of Arizona.'

'I am appreciative of the job Mike did in the short time he was on the staff. Our receivers emerged from spring practice with a good grasp of our offense and some momentum heading into the 2003 season,' UA head coach John Mackovic said. 'I felt he was very well prepared and I admire his energetic style. I wish him well.'

Borich said, 'I enjoyed the time I spent here at Arizona. Coach Mackovic and the staff have been great to me, and I know there are good things on the horizon for Arizona football. But at this time, for me personally, my family comes first.'

Mackovic said a search would begin immediately for Borich's successor. The Wildcats commence fall camp Aug. 5 when the team reports, though the staff will begin fall preparations in earnest in mid-July.

Borich joined UA's staff March 13 following two seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Brigham Young University. He earned high accolades following the Cougars' 12-2 season in 2001.

Borich was a receiver at Snow Junior College and Western Illinois University, where he helped the Leathernecks set 17 offensive school records and earned most valuable player honors as a senior in 1988. He earned his bachelor's degree from WIU in 1989 and joined the coaching ranks as the receivers coach at New Hampshire from 1989-90. He then coached tight ends, receivers and running backs at Northeastern University from 1991-94.

He worked as receivers coach with one of the nation's most prolific passing programs, Louisiana Tech University, from 1995 to 1998, then coached the same position for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League in 1999 and 2000. His tandem of Bobby Engram and Marcus Robinson set a club record with a combined 172 receptions in one of his seasons.

The UA's football staff is considered one of the program's strengths entering the 2003 season. Borich was one of five assistants Mackovic hired since the end of last season - and each had previous offensive or defensive coordinator's experience.

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