Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy has named Mike Yurcich as offensive coodinator and quarterbacks coach.
Yurcich, 37, spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Penn. His previous coaching stops included Edinboro University from 2006-2010, where he served as offensive coodinator while coaching quarterbacks and receivers. He also spent a year as a graduate assistant at the University of Indiana and served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Saint Francis University in Indiana.
Yurcich (pronounced your-sich) helped re-write the record books at Shippensburg. His first team set school records for points, touchdowns, total plays, first downs and total offense. His second team led the NCAA (Division II) in total offense (529.2 yards per game), and was second nationally in scoring (46.9 points per game) and passing offense (387.7 yards per game) during an 11-2 season.
"Coach Yurcich has 14 years of experience coaching quarterbacks and a thorough background in the passing game," Gundy said. "He has been a very successful offensive coordinator for many years.
"He played quarterback and has been a student of the position as well as a student of offensive football for 14 years," Gundy added. "He will be in place immediately to start getting prepared for spring football."
Yurcich is a 1999 graduate of California (Pa) University. He spent three seasons as the school's starting quarterback and was a two-year captain. He began his playing career at Mount Union College. He earned a degree in psychology at California and a master's degree in education from St. Francis, where he picked up a school counseling license.
"Joining the program at Oklahoma State is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family," Yurcich said. "I am excited to continue the offensive firepower that has been in place at OSU for many years. I've often admired the OSU system and I'm looking forward to learning and then teaching the Oklahoma State offense.
Yurcich is a native of Euclid, Ohio, His wife, Julie, was an All-America cross country athlete at Edinboro. They have two sons: Jack and Clay.
Yurcich and the Cowboys will open spring drills on March 11.