Dec. 11, 2006
New Orleans, La. - Bob Toledo was formally introduced as Tulane University's new head football coach at a news conference on Monday, December 11 at the James W. Wilson Jr., Center.
TU Director of Athletics Rick Dickson today confirmed the appointment of Toledo. He becomes the 37th head football coach in school history.
"I received more than 200 calls about this job and at the end of the day Bob Toledo was clearly the best man to lead our program," Dickson said. "He knows how to coach great football in a great academic setting and he has the fire and drive to develop a successful program here. Bob is a proven winner and his enthusiasm for Tulane was apparent from our first conversation through the entire interview process.
"It was the consensus from our committee, including the student-athletes on it, and President Cowen, that Coach Toledo should be offered the opportunity to be head coach of the Green Wave. It was my pleasure to offer him the job and it was an even greater pleasure to hear him accept it. I believe Bob will create a winning atmosphere that will bring Tulane fans back to the Superdome."
Toledo, 60, brings more than 30 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Green Wave football team, including head coaching stints at Cal Riverside (15-6 with two championships from 1974-75), University of the Pacific (14-30 from 1979-82) and UCLA (1996-2002). He has coached in 13 bowl games during his career, including seven of the traditional New Year's Day bowls.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to be the head football coach at Tulane University," Toledo said. "Tulane is a well-respected school with an outstanding academic reputation, and I look forward to creating excitement for both the fans and program.
"I would like to thank Rick Dickson, Scott Cowen and the search committee for giving me this great opportunity. I have known Rick for a long time and I have the utmost respect for Dr. Cowen. He really has Tulane in the right perspective. Tulane students compete on a high level in the classroom and it's my job to make sure we are competing on the same level on the playing field."
"Coach Toledo brings everything to this position that we were seeking," Tulane President Scott Cowen said. "He has been a very successful coach at the highest levels of intercollegiate athletics while also understanding and believing in the values and academic standards that make Tulane University one of most highly selective universities in America. Coach Toledo is personable, community oriented and will be an excellent ambassador for our university and New Orleans throughout the country."
"I received more than 200 calls about this job and at the end of the day Bob Toledo was clearly the best man to lead our program."
AD Rick Dickson
Toledo comes to Tulane from the University of New Mexico, where he spent the 2006 season as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Lobos. During his one year stint in Albuquerque, he led UNM to a 6-6 overall record, a 4-4 finish in the Mountain West Conference (5th place) and to the inaugural New Mexico Bowl.
Under Toledo's tutelage, sophomore running back Rodney Ferguson led the MWC in rushing with 1,132 yards, an average of 94.3 yards per game, and was named first team all-conference. Senior offensive guard Robert Turner and junior wide receiver Travis Brown also received first team accolades. UNM advanced to a bowl despite having to use three different quarterbacks for the first time in 15 years.
Prior to New Mexico, Toledo spent seven years (1996-2002) as the head coach at UCLA where he compiled a 49-32 record overall. The Bruins produced a school-record 20-game winning streak, plus two Pac-10 titles, two Rose Bowl appearances and non-conference victories over Texas (twice), Alabama (twice), Michigan, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
Under Toledo, UCLA went 10-2 in 1998, climbing to No. 2 in the national polls. The Bruins finished the regular season ranked fifth nationally in scoring offense (40.5) and eighth in total offense (482.6). They set school records for total offense (5,487 yards), passing yards (3,658) and passing touchdowns (29) and Toledo was a finalist for three Coach of the Year awards.
Quarterback Cade McNown won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the nation's top senior quarterback, and finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. He was the 12th player taken in the 1999 NFL Draft.
Offensive tackle Kris Farris won the 1998 Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation's top interior lineman, and was named first team All-America.
The 1997 UCLA team finished 10-2 and ranked No. 5 in the nation after rallying to defeat Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. The Bruins trailed the Aggies 16-0 before making a dramatic second-half comeback to win 29-23. UCLA averaged 40.7 points and more than 430 yards during the regular season.
Defensively, the Bruins ranked second nationally in turnovers caused (39) and turnover margin (+1.8) and led the Pac-10 with 10 interceptions. Punter/place kicker Chris Sailer, offensive tackle Chad Overhauser, tailback Skip Hicks and free safety Shaun Williams were all named first team All-America.
Prior to becoming UCLA head coach in January of 1996, Toledo was the Bruins' offensive coordinator for two seasons (1994-95) under Terry Donahue. Offensive tackle Jonathon Ogden won the Outland Trophy and tailback Karim Abdul-Jabbar was first team All-America in 1995.
Toledo was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M for five years (1989-93). During that span, the Aggies posted a gaudy 49-12-1 record with three Southwest Conference titles and five straight bowl games, including three consecutive Cotton Bowl appearances. His 1990 Aggie offense still holds the school record for total yards in a single game (774 yards on 76 plays against Louisiana-Lafayette) and season game average with 471.1 yards per game that year.
Toledo served as the offensive coordinator at Oregon for six seasons (1983-88), and helped tutor two of the Pac-10's most productive quarterbacks - Chris Miller and Bill Musgrave.
Before his head coaching stint at Pacific, Toledo guided the secondary under John Robinson at Southern Cal from 1976-78. The Trojans went 31-6 in three seasons and were co-national champs after the 1978 campaign. Toledo's most heralded pupils included Dennis Thurman, Ronnie Lott and Dennis Smith.
Toledo's first collegiate head coaching position was at Cal Riverside from 1974-75. The Highlanders were 15-6 and captured a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association championships.
Toledo's head coaching career began in 1970 at San Francisco's Riordan High School. His teams compiled a three-year record of 26-5-1 and won two Catholic Athletic League titles.
A native of San Jose, Calif., Toledo was a heralded quarterback at Lincoln High School, leading the team to a 27-3 record during his three years as a starter. He enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career as a quarterback at San Jose City College followed by two seasons at San Francisco State in 1966-67. The Gators had a 16-5 record while Toledo was there, winning the Far Western Conference title his senior season. As a senior, Toledo earned Northern California Player of the Year honors and was named second team All-America. He completed 211 of 396 passes for 3,513 yards and 45 touchdowns, setting eight NCAA Div. II records.
Toledo, who had a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers, was inducted into the San Francisco State University Hall of Fame in 1982 and the San Francisco State Gridiron Hall of Fame in 1996.
Toledo and his wife, Elaine, have three daughters, Demetra, Christa and Alissa.
Tulane is now accepting ticket requests for the 2007 season. The Green Wave will host seven home games at the Louisiana Superdome, including LSU, Mississippi State and defending Conference USA Champion Houston. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, and tickets can be purchased in person, via the telephone at (504) 861-WAVE or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.