Rick Rasnick

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Rick Rasnick
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born September 15, 1959[1]
Playing career
1979–1980 San Jose State
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1990 San Jose State (OC/OL)
1991–1994 Utah (OC)
1995–1999 Eastern Michigan
Head coaching record
Overall 20–34 (.370)

Richard Dean Rasnick (born September 15, 1959) is an American football coach. he was the head football coach at Eastern Michigan University from 1995 to 1999. Rasnick's 1995 team was the last Eastern Michigan Eagles football team to finish with a winning record until the 2016 season 21 years later.[2]

Early years[edit]

Rasnick was born on September 15, 1959, to Jim and Donna Rasnick. He has a younger sister, Kendahl, born in 1963, and a younger brother, Ryan, born in 1967. According to Rasnick, "Sports was always a family deal",[3] with both brothers playing basketball, Little League baseball, and Pop Warner football while Kendahl was a cheerleader and their parents either coached or cheered from the sidelines.[3]

Rasnick was the starting center for the San Jose State Spartans football team in 1981 and 1982.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coaching[edit]

After graduating, Rasnick stayed at his alma mater, first working as a graduate assistant, then becoming the offensive line coach[3] until 1986. In 1987, he became the team's offensive coordinator for four years. When head coach Claude Gilbert was fired following the 1989 season, Rasnick served as the team's interim head coach for several months during the off-season,[4] and he was a finalist for the permanent head coach position.[5]

When Terry Shea was hired to take over at San Jose State, Rasnick became the offensive coordinator for the Utah Utes,[4] where he remained for four seasons, from 1991 through the end of the 1994 season. Even from the beginning of his time at Utah, Rasnick was being considered for head coaching positions; Idaho State University contacted him following the 1991 season.[4] During his time at Utah, the team consistently featured one of the nation's top offenses, and Rasnick was considered largely responsible for this success.[6]

Eastern Michigan[edit]

On January 3, 1995, Rasnick was interviewed by Eastern Michigan,[7] and the following day he was hired as head coach[1] with a five-year contract.[8] Rasnick brought a more open, pass-oriented offense to Eastern Michigan than his predecessor, Ron Cooper (American football) had used. Rasnick's offense featured Charlie Batch as quarterback in 1995 and 1997 (Batch sat out 1996 with an injury).[9]

During his time at EMU, Rasnick's recruiting noticeably favored junior-college transfers rather than high school seniors.[10]

On November 16, 1999, three days after a 29-26 loss at Central Michigan,[11] Eastern Michigan Athletic Director Dave Diles held a press conference to announce that he had fired Rasnick as head coach.[12] Diles announced that defensive coordinator Tony Lombardi would serve as the interim head coach for the final game of the season, four days later, against Northern Illinois, saying, "I felt it was best to make a change at this time to begin an immediate search for a new head football coach. After undergoing a very thorough and comprehensive assessment of our football program I'm convinced that Rick Rasnick is not the person to take our football team to a Mid-American Conference championship level."[1]

Altogether, Rasnick was the Eastern Michigan head coach for 5 seasons, from 1995 until 1999.[13] His coaching record at Eastern Michigan was 20 wins and 34 losses. As of the conclusion of the 2010 season, this ranks him #5 at Eastern Michigan in total wins and #24 at the school in winning percentage (.370).[14]

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Rick Rasnick who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (1995–1999)
1995 Eastern Michigan 6–5 5–3 5th
1996 Eastern Michigan 3–8 3–5 T–6th
1997 Eastern Michigan 4–7 4–5 4th (West)
1998 Eastern Michigan 3–8 3–6 4th (West)
1999 Eastern Michigan 4–6 4–3 4th (West)
Eastern Michigan: 20–34 19–22
Total: 20–34


  1. ^ a b c Rasnick relieved of duties, Eastern Michigan University Athletics, 1999-11-16, archived from the original on January 16, 2001, retrieved 2011-01-21 
  2. ^ "Eastern Michigan Yearly Totals", College Football Data Warehouse, archived from the original on December 5, 2010, retrieved 2011-01-21 
  3. ^ a b c d Hiserman, Mike (1988-11-11), "Have car, will travel", Los Angeles Times, retrieved 2011-01-23 
  4. ^ a b c "U. assistant grid coach may pursue ISU job", Deseret News, 1991-11-30, retrieved 2011-01-23 
  5. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (1990-04-19), "Titans' Murphy Finalist for Job at San Jose State", Los Angeles Times, retrieved 2011-01-23 
  6. ^ Sorensen, Mike (January 5, 1995). "Rasnick leaves Utes to become head coach at Eastern Michigan". Deseret News. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "U. assistant Rasnick to interview at EMU", Deseret News, 1995-01-03, retrieved 2011-01-23 
  8. ^ "College football notebook", Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 1999-12-16, retrieved 2011-01-23 
  9. ^ Kovacevic, Dejan (1998-11-26), "Homestead cheers native son Batch", Homestead Post-Gazette, retrieved 2011-01-23, The next year [1994], finally on the football field again, Batch discovered that his coach, Ron Cooper, had a distaste for passing the ball, meaning he would mostly sit on the bench. But in 1995, Rick Rasnick took over on the Eastern sideline and brought with him a wide-open offense. And, just as he had at Steel Valley, Batch succeeded with his first opportunity, earning all-conference honors and being named his team's offensive MVP. A broken ankle forced him to sit out all of the next season, but in 1997, the NCAA granted him a rare extra year of playing eligibility in his sixth year of college. He knew it would be his one last chance to impress professional scouts, and he made the most of it, setting the school's season and career records. 
  10. ^ "2004 MAC Football Recruiting - Eastern Michigan Eagles", VanDelaySports.com, retrieved 2011-01-23, The Eagles have 13 players from the metro-Detroit area, which is much different philosophy than the recruiting efforts of the previous coach Jeff Woodruff, or his predecessor, Rick Rasnick, who preferred JUCOs. 
  11. ^ Mackie, Brian (1999-11-15), "Flynn ends Kelly/Shorts career with win", Central Michigan Life, retrieved 2011-01-23 
  12. ^ "Eastern Michigan Fires Rasnick". CBS News. 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  13. ^ Shafer, Ian. "Eastern Michigan University (All seasons results)". College Football Reference. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ DeLassus, David. "Eastern Michigan Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010.