Rick Minter

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Rick Minter
Current position
TitleDefensive analyst
Biographical details
Born (1954-10-04) October 4, 1954 (age 68)
Nash, Texas, U.S.
Alma materHenderson State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977Henderson State (GA)
1978Arkansas (GA)
1979–1980Louisiana Tech (DE)
1980–1982North Carolina State (DE)
1984New Mexico State (LB)
1985–1991Ball State (DC)
1992–1993Notre Dame (DC)
2004South Carolina (DC)
2005–2007Notre Dame (DC)
2008–2009Marshall (DC)
2009Marshall (interim HC)
2010Indiana State (LB)
2011–2012Kentucky (DC)
2013–2015Philadelphia Eagles (LB)
2016Georgia State (DL)
2017–2018Florida Tech (DC)
2019Birmingham Iron (DC)
2020Southern Miss (DA)
2022–presentMichigan (DA)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 C-USA (2002)

Rick Minter (born October 4, 1954) is an American football coach, most recently the defensive coordinator for the Birmingham Iron. He was the linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) from February 2013 to January 2016. Minter served as head football coach at the University of Cincinnati from 1994 to 2003 and as the interim head coach for Marshall University in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, compiling a career college football record of 54–63–1.

Early life and education[edit]

Minter was born on October 4, 1954 in Nash, Texas, and raised in Texarkana, Texas. He graduated from Texas High School in Texarkana. He then attended Henderson State University where he earned his undergraduate degree and a master's degree. He is also a member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon.

Coaching career[edit]

Minter started his career as a graduate assistant coach at Henderson State University in 1977. In 1978, he was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Arkansas where the Razorbacks finished the season 9–2–1. In 1979, he became the defensive ends coach at Louisiana Tech. From 1980 to 1982, he was the linebackers coach at North Carolina State. In 1984, he was the linebackers coach at New Mexico State.

From 1985 to 1991, Minter was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Ball State. From 1992 to 1993, he served as the defensive coordinator for the University of Notre Dame, where he led the Irish to a #2 national ranking. From 1994 to 2003, he was the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, where he compiled a 53–63–1 record. Among Cincinnati's head coaches, Rick Minter has both the record for second most career wins and the record for most career losses.[1] He was fired at the end of the 2003 season shortly after the school accepted an invite to Big East Conference. The Bearcats played in four bowl games during his tenure.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1994–1995)
1994 Cincinnati 2–8–1
1995 Cincinnati 6–5
Cincinnati Bearcats (Conference USA) (1996–2003)
1996 Cincinnati 6–5 2–3 T–3rd
1997 Cincinnati 8–4 2–4 T–4th W Humanitarian
1998 Cincinnati 2–9 1–5 T–7th
1999 Cincinnati 3–8 0–6 9th
2000 Cincinnati 7–5 5–2 T–2nd L Motor City
2001 Cincinnati 7–5 5–2 T–2nd L Motor City
2002 Cincinnati 7–7 6–2 T–1st L New Orleans
2003 Cincinnati 5–7 2–6 9th
Cincinnati: 53–63–1 23–30
Marshall Thundering Herd (Conference USA) (2009)
2009 Marshall 1–0 W Little Caesars
Marshall: 1–0
Total: 54–63–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Cincinnati fires FB coach Rick Minter".

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