Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer's House

Urban Meyer is the current head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and is a former player from the University of Cincinnati. He is one of two coaches to win a National Championship at two different schools, in 2006 and 2008 at the University of Florida, and in 2014 with the Buckeyes.

Meyer was born in Toledo, Ohio, and after high school, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1982 MLB Draft to play baseball. While spending time in the Braves development organization, Meyer also played defensive back at the University of Cincinnati, and earned his bachelor's degree from the school in 1986. After formally leaving the Braves after two years, Meyer interned as defensive backs coach at St. Xavier High School where he began to build his resume and met members of the Ohio State coaching staff, leading to his first job as a graduate assistant at OSU, under Earle Bruce.

After spending the next thirteen years as an assistant, including stints at Illinois State, Colorado State, and Notre Dame, Meyer was given his first head coaching job in 2001 with the Falcons of Bowling Green University, who went 2-9 in 2000. In his first season, he coached the underperforming team to an 8-3 record and a convincing Motor City Bowl victory over rivals the Toledo Rockets. The next year, he continued the same standard of success, going 9-3, and nurturing quarterback Josh Harris into a star.

Following his second year at Bowling Green, Meyer moved to the open head coaching job at the University of Utah, and again, in his first season, led his new team to a winning record, going 10-3 and being named the Mountain West Conference's Coach of the Year. In 2004, Meyer led the Utes to an undefeated season, which led to a Bowl Championship Series bid. The first time that a team from a non-automatically qualifying BCS conference made the Series since its formation in 1998. In the Fiesta Bowl, the Utes, and star Meyer protege quarterback Alex Smith beat Pittsburgh, and completed their first undefeated season since 1930.

In 2005, Meyer took a job as the head coach of the University of Florida Gators, his first role at a 'big conference' school. In his first season there, true to his reputation, the Gators finished the season 9–3 with an undefeated record at home and a bowl victory against Iowa in the Outback Bowl. In 2006, the Gators went 13–1 on their way to defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes, 41–14, in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game to win the national championship. 2007's 9–3 regular season showcased the talents of quarterback Tim Tebow, Meyer's first Heisman-winning player, and in 2008, the Gators won the national championship again, defeating Oklahoma.

After the 2009 season, Meyer revealed a medical scare of chest pains taking place the morning after his team's SEC Championship game loss, and announced that he would resign as Florida's head coach after that year's Sugar Bowl, which the Gators won versus the undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats. Meyer took significant time off from his coaching duties after the bowl game in an attempt to improve his personal health, but instead of resigning, decided to take a leave of absence, and returned for the 2010 season.

In 2010, Meyer reached an career milestone of 100 wins and only 18 losses, but the Gators did not play as well as in previous years, and Meyer resigned after the season, working as a ESPN color commentator for a short time.

In 2011, rumors began to circulate that Meyer would take the vacant Ohio State coaching job after the resignation of embattled coach Jim Tressel. In November, the rumors were proven to be true, and Meyer lead the Buckeyes to an undefeated 12-0 record and a #3 ranking in the BCS rankings in his first year. In his third year, 2014, Meyer's Buckeyes finished the season 12-1, relying on third-string quarterback Cardale Jones to win the Big Ten Title Game, after the pre-season injury to starting quarterback Braxton Miller, and final game of the season injury to second-string quarterback JT Barrett. The Buckeyes beat #1 Alabama in the semifinal Sugar Bowl and the Oregon Ducks 42–20 in the National Title game, giving Meyer his third career national title.

Urban Meyer purchased this 11,700 sq ft home in 2012 for $1.45 million, and has a net worth of $18 million, owing to his $4 million annual salary from Ohio State.
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