Mike Ayers

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Mike Ayers
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamWofford
ConferenceSoCon
Record181–126–1
Biographical details
Born(1948-05-26) May 26, 1948 (age 66)
Georgetown, Kentucky
Playing career
?Georgetown (KY)
Position(s)Linebacker, offensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974
1975
1976–1978
1979
1980–1982
1983–1984
1985–1987
1988–present
Georgetown (KY) (assistant)
Georgetown (KY) (DC)
Newberry (assistant)
Richmond (assistant)
Wofford (assistant)
East Tennessee State (DC)
East Tennessee State
Wofford
Head coaching record
Overall192–147–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4 SoCon (2003, 2007, 2010, 2012)
Awards
Eddie Robinson Award (2003)
5x SoCon Coach of the Year (2000, 2002–2003, 2007, 2010)
 
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Mike Ayers
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamWofford
ConferenceSoCon
Record181–126–1
Biographical details
Born(1948-05-26) May 26, 1948 (age 66)
Georgetown, Kentucky
Playing career
?Georgetown (KY)
Position(s)Linebacker, offensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974
1975
1976–1978
1979
1980–1982
1983–1984
1985–1987
1988–present
Georgetown (KY) (assistant)
Georgetown (KY) (DC)
Newberry (assistant)
Richmond (assistant)
Wofford (assistant)
East Tennessee State (DC)
East Tennessee State
Wofford
Head coaching record
Overall192–147–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4 SoCon (2003, 2007, 2010, 2012)
Awards
Eddie Robinson Award (2003)
5x SoCon Coach of the Year (2000, 2002–2003, 2007, 2010)

Mike Ayers (born May 26, 1948[1]) is the current head football coach of the Wofford Terriers located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He has filled the position since 1988. Wofford College, with an enrollment of 1,550 students, is one of the smaller National Collegiate Athletic Association college football schools in Division I.[2] The Terriers compete in the Football Championship Subdivision as members of the Southern Conference.

Playing career[edit]

Ayers played linebacker and offensive tackle for the Tigers of Georgetown College. He also played for the baseball team and competed in gymnastics and wrestling.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Ayers began his coaching career as a graduate assistant and defensive coordinator for Georgetown College in 1974 and 1975. He again performed the role of assistant during stops at Newberry and Richmond. In 1980 Ayers arrived at Wofford as defensive coordinator for the Terriers under head coach George F. "Buddy" Sasser. Ayers followed Sasser to East Tennessee State where he resumed his role as defensive coordinator before taking over the head coaching position in 1985. Ayers was hired as the head coach of the Terriers in 1988. Wofford moved up to Division I-AA in 1995 and joined the Southern Conference in 1997. Under Ayers, the Terriers have claimed four Southern Conference football championships, in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2012, and participated in the playoffs six times.[1] Ayers won the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the most outstanding FCS head coach, in 2003 after guiding the Terriers to a 12–2 record.[3]He holds the black belt in karate, and is an accomplished artist and fly fisherman.

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsTSN[4]#
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (Southern Conference) (1985–1987)
1985East Tennessee State0–10–10–79th
1986East Tennessee State6–54–34th
1987East Tennessee State5–62–57th
East Tennessee State:11–21–16–15
Wofford Terriers (NCAA Division II independent) (1988–1994)
1988Wofford5–5
1989Wofford6–5
1990Wofford9–3L NCAA Division II First Round
1991Wofford9–3L NCAA Division II First Round
1992Wofford6–5
1993Wofford7–3–1
1994Wofford5–6
Wofford Terriers (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1995–1996)
1995Wofford4–7
1996Wofford6–5
Wofford Terriers (Southern Conference) (1997–present)
1997Wofford3–72–66th
1998Wofford4–73–5T–5th
1999Wofford6–55–32nd
2000Wofford7–45–33rd23
2001Wofford4–73–55th
2002Wofford9–36–2T–2nd14
2003Wofford12–28–01stL NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal3
2004Wofford8–34–3T–2nd18
2005Wofford6–53–4T–4th
2006Wofford7–45–23rd23
2007Wofford9–45–2T–1stL NCAA Division I Quarterfinal10
2008Wofford9–37–12ndL NCAA Division I First Round
2009Wofford3–82–6T–7th
2010Wofford10–37–1T–1stL NCAA Division I Quarterfinal6
2011Wofford8–46–2T–2ndL NCAA Division I Second Round12
2012Wofford9–46–2T–1stL NCAA Division I Quarterfinal9
2013Wofford5–64–4T–4th9
2014Wofford6–54–34th
Wofford:181–126–185–54
Total:192–147–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mike Ayers: Head Coach". Wofford Athletics. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  2. ^ Joe Drape (2002-09-25). "Sports of The Times; At Little Wofford, Big Challenges". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Mike Ayers wins 2003 Eddie Robinson Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  4. ^ Final poll standings are from The Sports Network.

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