Bob Babich (American football coach)
|Born:||February 20, 1961|
|High school:||Aliquippa (PA)|
|College:||Mesa CC & Tulsa|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||NCAA: 44–20 (.688)|
|Postseason:||NCAA: 2–2 (.500)|
|Career:||NCAA: 46–22 (.676)|
Bob Babich (born February 20, 1961) is an American football coach and former player, who is currently the linebackers coach for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). Babich was the head football coach at North Dakota State University from 1997 to 2002, compiling a career record of 46–22. He played college football as a linebacker at the University of Tulsa in the early 1980s.
Early life and playing career
Babich was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He attended Aliquippa High School, lettering in football and baseball. After graduating in 1979, he played two seasons as a linebacker at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, before transferring to the University of Tulsa, where he was a letterman on the Golden Hurricane football team from 1981 to 1982.
Babich began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1984. The following year, he became a full-time assistant coach, tutoring the tight ends for new head coach Don Morton. Babich coached the team's offensive line and strong safeties the next two seasons, before following Morton to the University of Wisconsin. There he served as an offensive line coach from 1988 to 1989. He returned to Tulsa for one season as a volunteer offensive line coach, followed by another one-year stint at Bowling Green State University, where he coached the inside linebackers. In 1992, Babich joined Steve Logan's staff at East Carolina University in the same capacity. He held that position for two years until moving on to the University of Pittsburgh, serving as linebackers coach under Johnny Majors. During his final season at Pitt, he also handled the special teams. Babich earned his first head coaching position in January 1997, when he was named the head football coach at North Dakota State University.
Babich entered the professional ranks in 2003 with the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League, serving as the team's linebackers coach. The next year, Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith was named head coach of the Chicago Bears and took Babich with him. After coaching linebackers during his first three years, he took over the role of defensive coordinator in February 2007, when the Bears decided not to renew the contract of Ron Rivera. Babich spent three seasons in that capacity, until he was returned to his prior position of linebackers coach. On January 17, 2013, Babich was among seven coaches released by new head coach Marc Trestman.
Head coaching record
|North Dakota State Bison (North Central Conference) (1997–2002)|
|1997||North Dakota State||9–3||7–2||T–2nd||L NCAA Division II First Round|
|1998||North Dakota State||7–4||6–3||4th|
|1999||North Dakota State||9–2||7–2||3rd|
|2000||North Dakota State||12–2||8–1||2nd||L NCAA Division II Semifinal|
|2001||North Dakota State||7–3||5–3||3rd|
|2002||North Dakota State||2–8||1–7||9th|
Assistants under Bob Babich who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:
- "Fleming tops depth chart". The Beaver County Times. August 11, 1985. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- Mott, Jim; Spencer, Doug, eds. (1988). "Badger Football Coaches". 1988 Wisconsin Football Media Guide. UW Sports News Service. p. 47. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- Mott, Jim; Spencer, Doug, eds. (1989). "Badger Football Coaches". 1989 Wisconsin Football Media Guide. UW Sports News Service. p. 51. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- "Blackney adds 3 to staff". Toledo Blade. January 5, 1991. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- Bires, Mike (October 23, 1992). "Homecoming for Babich". The Beaver County Times. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- Wahl, Ron, ed. (1996). "Coaching Staff". 1996 Pitt Football Media Guide. University of Pittsburgh. p. 22. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- "Transactions". Indiana Gazette. January 30, 1997. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- Mullin, John (February 21, 2007). "It took time, but Lovie got his guy". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- Mayer, Larry (January 17, 2013). "Trestman in process of assembling coaching staff". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013.