Mike Bloomgren is Stanford’s Andrew Luck Director of Offense. Bloomgren serves as the associate head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and the 2015 season is his fifth on The Farm.
While facing six nationally ranked opponents in 2014, including four on the road, Bloomgren helped Stanford win eight games and close the season on a three-game winning streak. The Cardinal scored at least 30 points in seven of 13 games on the season and increased its nation-best streak of scoring at least 10 points to 95 games. Stanford also set a record for the most points scored in a bowl game in program history with 45 in the Foster Farms Bowl win against Maryland.
Under Bloomgren’s watch in 2014, the Cardinal reached the 100-yard mark on the ground in 11 of 13 games. Left tackle Andrus Peat, a first team All-America selection by Sporting News and SI.com, was named to the All-Pac-12 first team, and right tackle Kyle Murphy earned second-team honors.
Stanford amassed a program-best 2,904 rushing yards during the 2013 season, Bloomgren’s first year at the offensive helm. The Cardinal out-rushed opponents 1,529-497, an average of 218.5 to 71.0. Senior running back Tyler Gaffney’s 1,709 rushing yards on 330 attempts were the second-best single-season totals in Stanford history behind only Toby Gerhart (1,871 yards on 343 attempts in 2009). Gaffney's 21 rushing touchdowns and only 41 yards lost were Pac-12-bests. He finished the season with nine 100-plus rushing yard games, becoming one of four Stanford backs to rush for at least six 100-yard rushing efforts in a season.
Under Bloomgren, quarterback Kevin Hogan completed his first full season as a starter in 2013. Hogan finished 180 of 295 passing with 2,630 yards passing and 20 touchdowns, adding 355 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 84 attempts.
Cultivating explosive plays in Bloomgren’s offense, Stanford scored 23 offensive touchdowns covering 20 yards or more in 2013. Wide receivers Devon Cajuste and Ty Montgomery made strides under Bloomgren in 2013, as Cajuste finished with 22.9 yards/catch, the school’s best single-season mark and highest such average since 1971. Montgomery tied a single-game record that stood since 1981 for touchdowns (5) and points (30) in the first half against Cal.
Montgomery (14) and Gaffney (22) combined to score 36 of Stanford’s 53 offensive touchdowns on the season.
Bloomgren’s offensive unit saw three players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft and two linemen in the first five rounds - Cameron Fleming (fourth round - New England), David Yankey (fifth round - Minnesota) and Gaffney (sixth round - Carolina).
Individual honors are closely tied to Bloomgren. He has earned recognition for both his coaching and recruiting prowess. Rivals.com named Bloomgren as its 2014 National Recruiter of the Year – the latest such honor that began in 2012 when ESPN recognized him as its Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year. Notable football coaching resource Football Scoop named Bloomgren its 2013 Offensive Line Coach of the Year following two years of eye-opening player accomplishments.
Bloomgren joined the Cardinal staff as offensive line coach and run game coordinator in 2011 after spending four seasons with the New York Jets, where he served as assistant offensive coordinator (2010), offensive assistant (2009) and offensive quality control coach (2007-08).
Student-athlete records and recognition have corresponded with Bloomgren’s tenure on The Farm. In 2013, all five offensive linemen received All-Pac-12 honors, including first-team selection Yankey. Yankey was named Stanford’s first two-time first-team All-American selection since Bob Whitfield (1990-91). One of four senior starters on the offensive line in 2013, Yankey was also selected as a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award.
Four of Bloomgren’s five starting offensive linemen earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2012, including first-teamer Yankey.
Yankey was the winner of the league’s 2012 Morris Trophy, given to most outstanding lineman in the Pac-12, as voted by the league’s defensive linemen. The consensus All-American was Stanford’s first winner of the award since 2002, and moved to left tackle after starting 13 games in 2011 at left guard.
In 2013, the offensive line ranked among the top groups in the country. In 13 games, the unit only surrendered 15 sacks to rank 16th nationally. Stanford was also fourth nationally in tackles for loss allowed, with only 48 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Running behind the offensive line, Gaffney tallied nine games with over 100 rushing yards. As a team, the Cardinal averaged 210.9 rushing yards/game.
Entering the 2013 season, Kevin Danser, Fleming and Yankey were all identified as members of the Outland Trophy Watch List, giving Stanford more selections than any other program. The Outland Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman as determined by the Football Writers Association of America.
The Cardinal offensive line afforded 200-plus yards rushing in six games during the 2012 season, paving the way for record-breaking running back Stepfan Taylor. The Doak Walker Award semifinalist produced the best season of his career (109.29 yards/game) behind the most inexperienced offensive line of his career. Stanford’s 37 combined career offensive line starts coming into 2012 ranked 103rd in the FBS.
Bloomgren’s work with the offensive line in 2011, which included three first-year starters, played a pivotal role in providing protection for Heisman finalist Andrew Luck to complete over 70 percent of his passes and throw a school-record 37 touchdowns, in addition to compiling the third-highest rushing total in school annals. Stanford’s ground game keyed an offense that ranked seventh nationally in scoring average at 43.2 points/game and eighth in total offense at 489.3 yards/game.
Right guard David DeCastro was a unanimous 2011 All-America selection and finalist for the Outland Trophy under Bloomgren’s watch, while left tackle Jonathan Martin earned first team Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Coaches Association All-America honors. Martin was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award, awarded to the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker each year. Additionally, Yankey and Cameron Fleming were all-conference honorable mention selections in their first seasons of collegiate competition.
As run game coordinator, Bloomgren’s play calling and schemes aided Stanford’s single-game rushing record of 446 yards in 2011 against No. 25 Washington. Two players ran for 100 yards in the 65-21 rout (Taylor with 138 yards on 10 carries and Gaffney with 117 yards on nine carries). Anthony Wilkerson added 93 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries; all told, six players averaged better than 6.6 yards/carry in the victory.
Prior to joining the Jets, Bloomgren served as offensive coordinator at Delta State for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Bloomgren worked under both Mike Dubose and Dennis Franchione as a graduate assistant at Alabama from 1999-2001, helping the Tide to the 1999 Southeastern Conference championship. Bloomgren launched his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant for Bobby Bowden at Florida State, where the Seminoles captured a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference titles (1997-98) during his tenure.
A 1999 graduate of Florida State with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, Bloomgren earned his master’s degree in higher education from Alabama in 2001.
A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Mike and his wife, Lara, have two sons, Tyler and Parker.
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