Nov. 15, 2005
Toledo, OH - The University of Toledo and head football coach Tom Amstutz have agreed to a new contract that runs through the 2009 football season, Athletic Director Michael O'Brien announced today. Amstutz's previous contract had been scheduled to expire following the 2007 football season.
"In Tom's four-plus seasons as the head coach, we have won two Mid-American Conference titles, won three division titles and went to three bowl games. And obviously we are in the running for another MAC championship this season" said O'Brien. "We feel it is important to show Tom, his staff, his players and our fans that we have a long-term commitment to him and his program. Tom is great for this university and great for this community. We would like him to remain as Toledo's head coach for a long time to come."
Amstutz said he is pleased to have the business of the contract extension settled so he can focus on the remainder of the 2005 football season. Toledo hosts Northern Illinois on Wednesday. If the Rockets (7-2, 5-1 MAC) win that game they will clinch their fourth trip to the MAC Championship Game in Amstutz's five seasons.
"I'm pleased that the university is showing such a high level of commitment to me and our program," said Amstutz. "I would also like to personally thank Mike O'Brien and President Dan Johnson for all their efforts in extending my contract."
A Toledo native, Amstutz played football at Toledo and graduated from UT in 1977. After 21 years as assistant coach he was named the 24th head football coach at UT on Dec. 12, 2000. His teams have won MAC Championships in 2001 and 2004, MAC West titles in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and appeared in the Motor City Bowl in 2001, 2002 and 2004.
Amstutz's overall record of 43-17 (.714) ranks first in winning percentage among Toledo football coaches, and ranks fourth on the all-time Mid-American Conference list, ahead of such luminaries as Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes. During his coaching tenure, he also has four wins over Top 25 teams, including back-to-back gems in 2004, and owns a 26-1 record in the Glass Bowl.
Tom Amstutz's Coaching Resume Years as a Head Coach: 5 Record as Head Coach: 43-17 (30-7 MAC) 2001: 10-2 (5-2 MAC) 2002: 9-5 (7-1 MAC) 2003: 8-4 (6-2 MAC) 2004: 9-4 (7-1 MAC) 2005: 7-2 (5-1 MAC) Bowl Games: 3 (2001, 2002, 2004) MAC Championships: 2 (2001, 2004) MAC West Division Titles: 3 (2001, 2002, 2004) Years as an Assistant Coach: 24 Toledo (1977-86, 1990-2000) Navy (1987-89)
Tom Amstutz By the Numbers Record: 43-17 Home Record: 26-1 Away Record: 15-14 Neutral Record: 2-2 MAC Record: 30-7 Home MAC Record: 18-1 Away MAC Record: 12-6 Non-Conference Record: 13-10 Record When Leading at Halftime: 33-2 Record When Trailing at Halftime: 10-13 Record When Tied at Halftime: 0-2 Record Against Top 25 Teams: 5-2 Record on National TV: 9-8 Record on National TV vs. MAC Teams: 8-3 Record in MAC Championship Game: 2-1 Record in Bowl Games: 1-2
All-Time MAC Coaches by Winning Percentages 1.Ara Parseghian, Miami (1951-55) .886 (39-6-1) 2.Doyt Perry, BGSU (1955-64) .855 (49-9-5) 3.Bob Pruett, Marshall (1997-2004) .782 (79-22) 4.Tom Amstutz, Toledo (2001-present) .714 (43-17) 5.Dave McClain, Ball State (1973-77) .694 (36-16-1) 6.Bo Schembechler, Miami (1963-68) .692 (40-17-3) 7.Bill Mallory, Miami (1969-73)/ .681 (64-30) NIU (1980-83) 8.Gary Pinkel, Toledo (1991-2000) .659 (73-37-3) 9.Terry Hoeppner, Miami (1999-2004) .658 (48-25) 10.Herb Deromedi, CMU (1978-93) .657 (110-55-10) Minimum four years
Tom Amstutz has a 43-17 record in five seasons as head coach.