Dec. 18, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University Director of Athletics Jim Sterk Wednesday named 14-year Cougar assistant coach Bill Doba as the Cougars' new head football coach. Doba replaces Mike Price, who Tuesday accepted an offer at Alabama to become the Crimson Tide's new head coach.
"Over the past three years since becoming the Director of Athletics, I have observed Bill Doba," Sterk said. "I have been impressed with his dedication to the profession, his knowledge of the game and the tremendous amount of credibility he has throughout the campus, the Pullman community, the state and the nation."
Sterk added, "I have also been impressed with the way they (the WSU players) play with their heart and soul for coach Doba. That is something money can't buy."
"I want to thank (WSU) President (V. Lane) Rawlins and Jim (Sterk) for having enough confidence in me to give me this opportunity," Doba said. "It's a dream of a lifetime. I am thrilled to be your (WSU's) head coach. I want to maintain or improve the status that coach Price has brought this program to. He has worked diligently and hard and got us to the top."
Rawlins offered, "This is a very attractive job. This is the champion team in the Conference of Champions going to the Rose Bowl. Jim's (Sterk) instinct was to go with Bill Doba and I thought that was exactly the right direction. I have observed in Bill a good coach who understands the game of football and will continued the winning tradition at Washington State. I give my full endorsement of Bill Doba."
"This program is very important to Washington State University," Rawlins continued. "We have had a great relationship with Mike Price. I've always respected Mike's dedication, not only to football, but to the people who play it and the students at this institution.
Doba is the lone remaining assistant from Price's original Cougar staff named in the spring of 1989. First appointed linebacker coach, Doba was named assistant head coach in 1991 and then in 1994 was named by Price as the Cougars' defensive coordinator. His 1994 defense, nicknamed the Palouse Posse, led the nation in total defense following the season's bowl games. This year the Cougar defense limited opponents to 82.3 yards rushing and set a WSU record for rushing defense in conference games, 59.4 yards. In the last five Pac-10 games, WSU allowed just 152 rushing yards.
"I also want to thank the assistant coaches that worked with us all this time," Doba said. "One coach doesn't coach a defense. One coach doesn't coach a football team. It takes an entire group of very dedicated men and we are very fortunate at Washington State to have a great staff. The first order of business is the players that are here. We've got a great nucleus of kids coming back and we want to keep those guys focused on winning the Rose Bowl.
"I want to recruit good students, good character kids that you (the WSU community) can be proud of and kids that can run fast, hit hard and catch and throw. That has been our motto all the time we have been here."
Sterk added, "Mike had a 20-year relationship at Washington State University as a player, a G.A., as an assistant coach and most significantly as a head coach. We are very appreciative of Mike's contributions and he leaves behind a great legacy."
A 1962 graduate of Ball State with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Doba earned his master's degree in the same area from Western Michigan in 1969.
He started his career as an assistant coach at Goshen High in Indiana in 1962. Three years later, in 1965, he became head coach at Angola High in Angola, Indiana. After a two-year stay at Angola, he returned to Goshen High as head coach for three years, followed by a six-year stint at Mishawaka High, also in Indiana.
Doba then entered the college ranks, joining Lee Corso's football staff at Indiana. He coached outside linebackers for five seasons and spent one season tutoring the quarterbacks and receivers. In 1979, Indiana defeated Brigham Young in the Holiday Bowl.
The next move for Doba placed him at Big Ten foe Purdue, where he was a member of Leon Burtnett's staff for four seasons, 1983-86. He first was outside linebacker coach, then spent the 1986 season as the tight end and tackle coach. Burtnett is a former Cougar assistant, serving as Jim Sweeney's secondary coach in 1971. His 1984 Boilermaker team played in the Peach Bowl.
For two seasons prior to joining WSU, Doba was defensive coordinator at The Citadel, where he also coordinated the academic program, including tutors, study table and eligibility. In 1988 The Citadel finished 8-3 and reached the NCAA I-AA national playoffs.
Doba's family includes wife Judy and grown children Scott, Chris and Beth, plus six grandchildren.