Dec. 17, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Neil Callaway is the new head football coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Interim Athletics Director Richard Margison announced Sunday.
Callaway has been offensive coordinator at the University of Georgia for the past six seasons.
"Coach Callaway brings to UAB a hard-nosed attitude, both on the field and in the classroom," Margison said. "He knows how to win. He has been connected with winning programs everywhere he has been and he will bring that attitude and experience to UAB. He delivers to our football program exactly what we need to successfully move us forward."
"UAB has established a solid foundation when it comes to creating and developing a football program," Callaway said. "I'm looking forward to building on what exists and taking it farther than people can imagine. There are many people who are dedicated to this team, and that is so important in building championships. We have some work to do to get where we want to be, and where we expect to be in the very near future."
During his six years at UGA, Callaway was part of a staff that won two SEC championships, three SEC Eastern Division titles, three bowl games, and had four top 10 finishes in the final national polls. In 2002, the Bulldogs finished as the SEC's top scoring (32.14 ppg) and pass efficiency (138.91) offense and the 'Dogs were second in scoring offense in 2005.
Callaway, a native of Macon, Ga., and graduate of the University of Alabama, served as offensive line coach at Alabama in 1997 and line coach and offensive coordinator from 1998 to 2000. Prior to joining the Crimson Tide, he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Houston (1993-96). He was the long-time offensive line coach under head coach Pat Dye at Auburn (1981-92). Callaway also served on Dye's staff at Wyoming (1980) and at East Carolina (1978-79). He was inducted into the Macon (Ga.) Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
During Callaway's tenure at Auburn, the Tigers won or shared four SEC championships and he produced four first team All-Americans and 14 All-SEC players.
In his four seasons coaching at Houston, the Cougars' offensive line allowed just 19.5 sacks per season including only 10 sacks in his final year. Houston won the inaugural Conference USA championship while he was there.
Callaway and his wife, Karen, have three children: Russ, Kate, and Clay.