In December of 2015, Bronco Mendenhall was named head football coach at the University of Virginia. He joined the Cavalier program after serving as the head coach at BYU for 11 seasons.
Mendenhall compiled a record of 99-43 during his time at BYU to rank 12th in total wins among all FBS teams during that time. Over the course of his career with the Cougars, BYU was one of only 11 programs to advance to a bowl game each season. Among those 11 teams, only Florida State achieved more bowl wins than BYU’s six bowl game victories.
Under Mendenhall, the Cougars tied for seventh among all FBS programs for the most Academic All-America citations over the last decade and BYU topped all FBS programs with the most selections (39) to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society (recognizing starters and significant contributors finishing their eligibility with a 3.2 GPA or better over their college career) since the program began in 2007.
Mendenhall played for two years at Snow College (Utah) before finishing his career as a starter at Oregon State during the 1986 and 1987 seasons. He played both linebacker and safety for the Beavers. Mendenhall began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Oregon State. He later coached at Snow College and Northern Arizona before he became the youngest defensive coordinator in the Pac-10 at Oregon State. Following his stint at his alma mater, he coached at Louisiana Tech and New Mexico before he joined the BYU staff as defensive coordinator in 2003. He was promoted to head coach in 2005.
Mendenhall and his wife, Holly, have three sons, Raeder, Breaker and Cutter.