Former Nebraska football coach Frank Solich is stepping down as Ohio’s head coach to focus on his health, the university announced Wednesday.
In sixteen seasons with the Bobcats, the 76-year-old Solich had 11 bowl appearances and four Mid-American Conference East titles.
“After fifty-five years in coaching, including 16 at Ohio University, it is time for me to step away to focus on a cardiovascular health issue,” Solich said in a statement.
Solich, who was named the MAC coach of the year in 2016, owns a career coaching record of 173-101. His 173 overall wins rank as the fourth most among active NCAA FBS coaches. He is the winningest head coach in MAC history.
Associate head coach and offensive coordinator Tim Albin, who coached with Solich at Nebraska from 2000-03, has agreed to a four-year contract to be the Bobcats’ head coach.
Solich was a Nebraska fullback for Bob Devaney in the 1960s. He then become a Husker assistant for Tom Osborne in 1979 and coached running backs until 1997. He then succeeded Osborne as head coach following Osborne’s retirement.
Solich went 58-19 during six seasons as the head coach at Nebraska, winning a conference championship in 1999. The Huskers won at least 10 games in three straight seasons from 1999-2001 under Solich. But he was fired in 2003 after a 9-3 season.