Mark Richt celebrates 50th birthday today

Happy birthday, Mark Richt.

Georgia’s football coach, born Feb. 18, 1960, in Omaha, Neb., turns 50 today.

Well, that decade flew by. Richt was 40 when named Georgia’s coach on Dec. 26, 2000.

Mark Richt

Mark Richt (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Remember the other candidates interviewed for the job? Then-NFL assistants Chan Gailey and Ray Sherman and then-Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower. If my math is correct, Gailey has had four jobs while Richt has been at Georgia.

This will be a year of milestones of sorts for Richt. The 2010 season will be his 10th as the Bulldogs’ coach. He already is the dean of SEC coaches in terms of longest tenure at his current school.  Check out this AJC photo gallery of Richt through the years.

My friend Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald celebrates Richt’s 50th birthday with a blog post this morning that offers 50 Richt facts picked up from covering him over the past seven seasons.  Some of my favorites from Marc’s list:

4. The guy is meticulous. He will spot a piece of trash on the floor on his way out of a room and throw it away.

5. True story. Once a few years back, he noticed and pointed out that I missed a belt loop on a pair of pants. Much appreciated.

6. Sarah Palin has nothing on Richt, who is a walking post it-note. He regularly writes his own notes on his hand as a reminder.

14. Among his odd jobs before he got into coaching: bartender and selling insurance.

44. He needs 111 more wins to tie Vince Dooley’s 201 career victories.

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On a different note, click here to read about a recent Richt hire, Scott Lakatos, being ranked as the nation’s best defensive backs coach hired in this off-season.

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245 comments Add your comment

Jax Dawg

February 18th, 2010
9:40 am

Happy Birthday Mark! First?

dan

February 18th, 2010
9:43 am

50!!! Wow that’s really old! Happy B-Day Coach Richt!

Daniels Dawgs

February 18th, 2010
9:43 am

Happy Birthday Coach!!!

BRADDAWG

February 18th, 2010
9:44 am

Happy Birthday Coach! I hope you celebrate many more as a BULLDOG!

proud dawg

February 18th, 2010
9:46 am

Happy Birthday Mark! God really blessed the DAWG nation by bringing you to coach. Hoping the next 10 years are as good as the last 10! Keep up the great work! You are building character and integrity in to young men! They will provide a platform for better families and work places! A 1000 thank you’s! Go DAWGS!

Blindog

February 18th, 2010
9:47 am

The Dawgs are really lucky to have such a coach! Happy birthday Mark,kep up the good work!!

Larvell "SugarBear" Blanks

February 18th, 2010
9:48 am

Wow, didn’t know that he was 111 victories away from tying Coach Dooley. If he can continue to average 10 wins a year for the next 10 years then he might have a shot at catching Dooley. That would come as a mild surprise considering that CMR has given slight rumors that he might not last that long.

Michael Scharff

February 18th, 2010
9:48 am

Happy Birthday, Coach! Best regards from a grateful and admiring fan in Augusta, GA!

Tim

February 18th, 2010
9:49 am

Happy Birthday! Man these 10 years have flown by…

Asheville Dawg

February 18th, 2010
9:50 am

happy birthday coach. Now about those ten wins this season…………………………..

SEC FAN

February 18th, 2010
9:50 am

Happy b-day. May the dawgs football team bless you by providing 8 wins this year instead of 7.

JaxDawg

February 18th, 2010
9:52 am

Happy BIrthday Coach Richt! Those 50 facts are impressive

Eddie

February 18th, 2010
9:52 am

Happy Birthday Coach Richt! We are very proud to have had you as our coach these last 10 years and look for many more great years with you at the helm.

Robert

February 18th, 2010
9:53 am

Happy birthday Coach!

Jaydawg

February 18th, 2010
9:54 am

Wonder if Willie sent him a present.He should for letting him basically steal the universities money by posing as a defensive coordinator for wayyyyyy to long.

1eyedJack

February 18th, 2010
9:57 am

Happy B’day coach. I hope you celebrate at least another 10 at UGA.

AltamahaDawg

February 18th, 2010
9:57 am

I wonder if he is going to have a birthday boondoggle?

Bam.

NC Dawg

February 18th, 2010
9:58 am

Happy Birthday Coach Richt and God Bless You!

CatsFly

February 18th, 2010
10:02 am

Happy Birthday, Mark. I’m not a Dawg fan, but I’m a Mark Richt fan.

UGA Alum 80

February 18th, 2010
10:03 am

Is he going to celebrate by getting a spary tan?

UGA Alum 80

February 18th, 2010
10:07 am

CFB Fan

February 18th, 2010
10:10 am

Happy Birthday Coach Richt!

You are a fine gentleman.

Thanks for your many years of service to the Bulldog Nation!

God Bless You!

JB

February 18th, 2010
10:11 am

I know he hasn’t put a Crystal football in our Trophy case yet, but he has touched a lot of lives,
starting with those two children he adopted from the Ukraine. That’s walking the walk. Yes, we would all love to go 13-0 every year, But I really like having this man represent us. Haters on here need to do some research on him before casting stones. i believe Tennessee got a good man also. i don’t know if 9-10 wins is good enough for them, but he’ll also run that program with class. Happy Birthday Coach Richt.

Johnny DangerDawg

February 18th, 2010
10:12 am

Happy Birthday, Coach Richt! Thanks for all your hard work every year!

Dawgstyle

February 18th, 2010
10:14 am

Hope you have a great day Coach Richt ! 50 days til G-day.

SouthGa Dawg

February 18th, 2010
10:15 am

Thanks for everything coach!!

Matthews Dawg

February 18th, 2010
10:15 am

Great man and Happy Birthday!! God blessed the Dawgs with a man of character, class and integrity! Go Dawgs

JB

February 18th, 2010
10:16 am

Maybe somebody will make him a ring with the Tech score on it from last November for a surprise. They can put the score on one side and ” we run this state” on the other. HBTD.

Dawg'94

February 18th, 2010
10:21 am

God Bless you Coach Richt!! No doubt that you will have the most wins if you stay. I hope you do. Happy 50th!!!

JB

February 18th, 2010
10:26 am

POLL: will Johnson make 10 years at Tech ?

Big A

February 18th, 2010
10:26 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COACH!!Thanks for coming to Griffin the other night!

UGADawg4life

February 18th, 2010
10:26 am

Happy B’Day CMR! Let’s beat UF and Tech by 50…on 2nd thought, let’s just beat’em.

Herschel Talker

February 18th, 2010
10:27 am

Happy birthday. We should celebrate by doing the program a favor and relieving him of his job. He’s a good man, but he has set a train wreck in motion.

DTC

February 18th, 2010
10:34 am

Herschel Talker, why don’t you go to Tech, where you came from.

quaildawg

February 18th, 2010
10:34 am

Darn, wish I had known this earlier as I saw him at breakfast this morning and I would have personally wished him a Happy Birthday!!! Oh well….Happy Birthday Coach!!! GATA!!!! & Welcome to the 50 Club. I too am a new member as of two weeks ago.

cursive

February 18th, 2010
10:36 am

Happy Birthday Coach Richt! Here’s to 50 more!

CW

February 18th, 2010
10:38 am

Happy Birthday Coach. You are a good man and I’m proud to have you at the University of Georgia.

Too tough 44

February 18th, 2010
10:38 am

HAPPY BDAY COACH RICHT! GO DAWGS!

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 18th, 2010
10:39 am

Who would have guessed that Coach February was born in February! Keep winning those recruitng championships and 9-10 wins per season. You’re the Wisconsin of the SEC!

Bebe Burnett

February 18th, 2010
10:41 am

Happy Birthday to Mark! You are doing a great job and we are so proud of you and your family. lovya,bb

Old Dawg

February 18th, 2010
10:42 am

Diamond Dog’s Parole Officer: you’re such a class act.

But best wishes to Coach Richt. He’s been a great coach for the Dawgs and will hopefully be at the helm a long time. Congrats on being a great man as well.

Summit Dawg

February 18th, 2010
10:57 am

From an E.C.I./Georgia Dawg, Happy Birthday Coach!!!!

ga gator

February 18th, 2010
10:58 am

Happy B day coach; love the rivalry.

WonderDawg

February 18th, 2010
10:59 am

Happy B-Day coach. Please get an new OC before your 51st.

WonderDawg

February 18th, 2010
11:00 am

It’s not a rivalry anymore, ga gator. Maybe sometime soon it maybe again …

Gatorbait 17-3

February 18th, 2010
11:03 am

“UGA’s Mark Richt, the longest-tenured head coach in the SEC, turns 50 today.”

Too bad he is tied for last in National Championships won. Yes, I know he won 90 games in 9 years, but he has lost 27 for (76%).
Meyer on the other hand is 57-10 for (85%). I’ll take Meyer’s record.

AltamahaDawg

February 18th, 2010
11:07 am

Ring with the score…good one.

And I will predict that PJ will have punched somebody’s grandkid in the face over a candylane game and lost his job long before 10 years.

Gatorbait 17-3

February 18th, 2010
11:08 am

I did want to wish him a happy birthday, he is a very nice man, but old
Bobby Bowden said, ” I don’t know if Mark is tough enough to be a head
coach.” We will find out soon enough, the next two years will make or
break CMR. One year if he goes 7-5 and 4-4 in the SEC.

GW

February 18th, 2010
11:10 am

Happy Birthday Coach! I will venture to say that 95% of true Bulldogs are in your corner.

AltamahaDawg

February 18th, 2010
11:11 am

Wow, a gator fan piping in on blog that has a giant G at the top and claiming to like Coach Urban Meyers. Well played.