Bill Cubit

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Bill Cubit
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive coordinator
Team Illinois
Biographical details
Born (1953-10-14) October 14, 1953 (age 60)
Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Delaware
Playing career
1971–1974 Delaware
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Swarthmore College (RB/WR)
Sharon Hill HS (PA)
Martin County HS (FL)
Florida (QB)
Akron (RB)
Western Michigan (OC)
Missouri (OC)
Rutgers (OC)
Stanford (OC)
Western Michigan
Illinois (OC)
Head coaching record
Overall 85–65–1 (.566)
Bowls 0–3
Tournaments 1–2 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2x MAC Commonwealth (1994, 1995)
MAC Coach of the Year (2005)

Bill Cubit (/ˈkjuːbɨt/; born October 14, 1953) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Illinois. Cubit served as the head football coach at Widener University from 1992 to 1996, and Western Michigan University from 2005 to 2012, compiling a career college football record of 85–65–1.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Cubit attended Sharon Hill High School in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1973 with a B.S. in business, and later earned his M.A. in education in 1979 from Saint Joseph's University. While at Delaware, Cubit played wide receiver and quarterback for the Blue Hens football team under head coach Tubby Raymond, earning Associated Press All-America honorable mention in 1974. He set school records for catches in a game (10) and a season (47), along with receiving yards in a season (787).[1]

Cubit's playing career ended with the 1974 NCAA Division II National Football Championship game as the Blue Hens fell to the Central Michigan University Chippewas by a score of 54-14.[2]

Early coaching career[edit]

Cubit got his coaching start in 1975, serving two years as the offensive backfield coach at Swarthmore College.

As a high school coach, Cubit compiled a nine-year record of 79–15–2 at three different programs, Martin County, Academy Park and his alma mater Sharon Hill.[1]

Cubit was head coach at NCAA Division III Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania from 1992–96. He led the Pioneers to a 34–18–1 record.

Cubit was previously the offensive coordinator for the Broncos under head coach Gary Darnell from 1997–99. The two had also worked together on the staff of Galen Hall at the University of Florida in 1989. Cubit has spent time as the offensive coordinator at Stanford University, the and the University of Missouri. In 2001, he was the first offensive coordinator hired by new head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers University.

Western Michigan[edit]

Cubit was named head football coach at Western Michigan on December 4, 2004, succeeding Gary Darnell. Cubit was among a group of finalists for the job that included Notre Dame defensive line coach Greg Mattison (a former WMU assistant); Edinboro head coach Lou Tepper (a former head coach at Illinois); and Cornell head coach Jim Knowles (a former WMU assistant).[3] In his first season, Cubit turned around a program that was 1–10 the prior season and had had three losing seasons in a row to a 7–4 record, the biggest single-season turnaround in Mid-American Conference (MAC) history and the second largest of the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. For his efforts, Cubit was named the 2005 MAC Coach of the Year.

Cubit led Western Michigan to the International Bowl following the 2006 season. This was the first bowl game for Western Michigan since 1988, when the team played in the California Raisin Bowl. The Broncos fell to Cincinnati, 27–24. Cincinnati was led to victory by new head coach Brian Kelly, who had also beaten the Broncos earlier in the season while he was head coach at Central Michigan.

After a nine-win season in 2008, Cubit lead Western Michigan to the Texas Bowl against Rice, where the Broncos lost, 38–14. The nine wins tied a school record for victories in a season, which had also been accomplished in 1988 and 2000.

Following the 2011 season, the Cubit and Broncos participated in the 2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, where they fell to Purdue in the final minutes by a score of 37–32.

During the course of his career at Western, Cubit has led the Broncos to upset road victories over Automatic Qualifying conference opponents Virginia (2006), Iowa (2007), Illinois (2008), and Connecticut (2011). The Iowa victory was of particular note, as Iowa entered the game with a season record of 6–5, and a 32–6 record in their previous five seasons at Kinnick Stadium.[4] The Daily Iowan proclaimed it the worst loss of the Kirk Ferentz era.[5] The win made Western Michigan 2–0 all-time against Iowa, having previously upset the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in 2000.[6] Western Michigan concluded the 2007 season with a victory at home against Temple, then carried that momentum to a program-best 9–4 record in 2008.

Cubit's contract at WMU paid $377,250 per year, with possible bonuses of $251,500.[7]

Western Michigan fired Cubit on November 17, 2012, following a season-ending loss to Eastern Michigan. WMU finished the year 4–8, its worst record since 2004.[8] Cubit's final overall record at WMU was 51–47, with a conference record of 36–27, and a 0–3 bowl record. The three bowl game appearances under Cubit were more than the two total bowl game appearances made in the history of the program prior to his arrival.

After Western Michigan[edit]

On December 13, 2012, Cubit was publicly named as one of three finalists for the head coaching position at Western Illinois University, a FCS program in Macomb, Illinois.[9][10] On December 17, 2012, Western Illinois publicly acknowledged that Cubit had voluntarily withdrawn his name from consideration.[11]

On January 14, 2013, Cubit was hired by the University of Illinois as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, replacing Chris Beatty and Bill Gonzales.[1][12]


Cubit's son, Ryan, was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Western Michigan football team from 2004 to 2006. Ryan had originally played quarterback at Rutgers (where his father was offensive coordinator), from 2001–2002 before transferring.[13][14] Following a brief playing career in the Canadian Football League, Ryan served as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator on his father's Western Michigan coaching staff from 2009-2012.[15][16] He also participated in off-season activities with the Michigan squad of the proposed All American Football League, although the league folded before any games were played.[17] Ryan is currently employed in the private sector with Stryker.

Cubit's brother, Mark Cubit, played basketball at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim and was a longtime high school basketball coach at Mercersburg Academy.[18]

In addition to Ryan, Cubit and his wife Nancy have two daughters, Stacey and Sheri, and three grandchildren.[19]

Coaching tree[edit]

Played for:

Coached under:

Assistant coaches who became head coaches:

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Widener Pride (MAC Commonwealth Conference) (1992–1996)
1992 Widener 3–6–1 3–4–1 5th
1993 Widener 6–4 6–4 2nd
1994 Widener 10–2 9–0 1st NCAA Division III Second Round
1995 Widener 8–3 8–2 1st NCAA Division III First Round
1996 Widener 7–3 7–2 2nd
Widener: 34–18–1 33–12–1
Western Michigan Broncos (Mid-American Conference) (2005–2012)
2005 Western Michigan 7–4 5–3 3rd (West)
2006 Western Michigan 8–5 6–2 2nd (West) L International
2007 Western Michigan 5–7 3–4 4th (West)
2008 Western Michigan 9–4 6–2 T–2nd (West) L Texas
2009 Western Michigan 5–7 4–4 3rd (West)
2010 Western Michigan 6–6 5–3 3rd (West)
2011 Western Michigan 7–6 5–3 3rd (West) L Little Caesars Pizza
2012 Western Michigan 4–8 2–6 5th (West)
Western Michigan: 51–47 36–27
Total: 85–65–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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  3. ^ "Knowles Denies WMU Link". Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  4. ^ "Western Michigan Broncos vs. Iowa Hawkeyes - Recap - November 17, 2007 - ESPN". 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  5. ^ "Point/Counterpoint: What's the worst loss in the Ferentz era?". The Daily Iowan. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  6. ^ "Iowa Hosts Western Michigan in Finale - Iowa Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  7. ^ "College coaches cash in –". 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  8. ^ Drew, David (November 17, 2012). "Western Michigan University fires football coach Bill Cubit". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  9. ^ Marth, Ben (2012-12-13). "Western Illinois trims applicant pool to three finalists - Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and Radio". Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  10. ^ "Ex-Wartburg coach Nielson a finalist for Western Illinois job". 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  11. ^ "College football: UMD's Nielson one of two finalists remaining for Western Illinois job | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  12. ^ AP file (2013-01-14). "Former WMU football coach Bill Cubit looking forward to challenges as new Illinois offensive coordinator". Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  13. ^ "QB Leaves Rutgers for Western Michigan :: Ryan Cubit's father is Scarlet Knights' offensive coordinator". 2003-01-07. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  14. ^ "Ryan Cubit Stats | College Football at". Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  15. ^ "Ryan Cubit -—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics". Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  16. ^ "Ryan Cubit | Roster | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". 1982-11-07. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  17. ^ "AAFL offers hope, if little certainty". 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  18. ^ "Mercersburg Academy ~ Cubit Gets Hall of Fame Call". 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  19. ^ Bill Cubit. "Bill Cubit Bio". Fightingillini.Com. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 

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