WSU Football Program Begins Transition to New Coach

Nov. 26, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Following a meeting this morning with Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd, Director of Athletics Jim Sterk and Head Football Coach Bill Doba, it was mutually agreed that the time was right to transition to the next phase for Cougar football.

'Coach Doba, President Floyd and I met today and we agreed that it would be best for the future of Washington State football that we make a transition starting today with our head coaching position,' said Sterk. 'I have the utmost respect and admiration for Coach Doba and his entire staff. They are great coaches and great people.'

'We greatly appreciate Coach Doba's contribution to Washington State University over the past 19 years,' said Floyd. 'He has played a pivotal role in Washington State's rise to national prominence over the past two decades, including two Rose Bowl appearances. His contributions will continue as a member of the search committee for this position and, for that, all Cougs are grateful.'

In his five seasons guiding the Cougars, Doba compiled a 30-29 record, winning three Apple Cups and having the third-best winning percentage (.508) among WSU football coaches serving five or more years. Additionally, the average attendance at Cougar home football games in Doba's five seasons was 35,353, an increase of almost 5,000 fans compared to the five-year period prior to Doba's hiring.

'It has been a great ride for 19 years,' said Doba. 'The university has been great to me and my family and the support Judy and I received from the community is something I will never forget. I would like to thank Jim Sterk and Lane Rawlins for the opportunity to fulfill the dream of a lifetime. And I would like to thank President Floyd for treating me and this situation with dignity and respect.'

Doba became Washington State's 30th head football coach December 18, 2002, after serving as a Cougar assistant for 14 years. During that time WSU won two Pacific-10 Conference championships and made four bowl appearances, including two trips to the Rose Bowl.

In his first season at the helm, the Cougars finished second in the Pac-10 Conference and then recorded the biggest bowl victory in the history of the program. WSU's win against Texas in the Holiday Bowl was its first over a top five program since 1988.

The 2003 Cougars featured a defense that led the nation in takeaways (48) and fumble recoveries (24), and finished second nationally in interceptions (24). WSU was also in the top 10 in pass efficiency defense and rushing defense. Doba's guidance resulted in a No. 9 national finish in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today polls.

A 1962 graduate of Ball State with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Doba earned his master's degree in the same area from Western Michigan in 1969. He started his career as an assistant coach at Goshen High (Ind.) in 1962. In 1965, he became head coach at Angola High (Ind.). After a two-year stay at Angola, he returned to Goshen High as head coach for three years, followed by a six-year stint at Mishawaka High (Ind.).

Doba then entered the college ranks, joining Lee Corso's football staff at Indiana. He coached outside linebackers for five seasons and spent one season tutoring the quarterbacks and receivers. In 1979, Indiana defeated Brigham Young in the Holiday Bowl.

The next move for Doba placed him at Big Ten foe Purdue, where he was a member of Leon Burtnett's staff for four seasons, 1983-86. He first was outside linebacker coach, then spent the 1986 season as the tight end and tackle coach. Burtnett is a current Cougar assistant in his second stint at WSU having served as Jim Sweeney's secondary coach in 1971. His 1984 Boilermaker team played in the Peach Bowl.

For two seasons prior to joining WSU, Doba was defensive coordinator at The Citadel, where he also coordinated the academic program, including tutors, study table and eligibility. In 1988 The Citadel finished 8-3 and reached the NCAA I-AA playoffs.

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