Mike Bloomgren has been a lot of places in just under a decade and a half of coaching.
A 1999 graduate of Florida State, Bloomgren spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at Alabama, three years as a co-offensive coordinator at Division II Catawba College in North Carolina, two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Division II Delta State in Mississippi, four years as an offensive assistant with the New York Jets (where he rose from quality control to assistant offensive coordinator), and he just completed his second season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Stanford.
That’s part of the reason why Bloomgren was so happy that his latest move isn’t going to be the physical kind after Stanford head coach announced Tuesday that Bloomgren will be Stanford’s next offensive coordinator (more accurately, the Andrew Luck Director of Offense) after Pep Hamilton took a similar position with the Indianapolis Colts. But the biggest reason for Bloomgren’s excitement is that he will get to remain a part of what he sees is a special Stanford program.
“When you come right down to it, the kids you’re work with day in and day out, they’re awesome,” Bloomgren said Thursday on the Pac-12 Podcast. “People talk about bricks and mortar and facilities and stuff like that, and we’re putting up a brand-new football facility and it’s going to be awesome, but it’s all about the people here. From the head coach to the players I get to work with.
“One thing I’ve said to people before is, I’m the dumbest guy in my meeting room when I’m meeting with my players and I love it. I love it. They’re unbelievable kids.”
This is a coach who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and earned a 4.0 GPA in obtaining his master’s degree in higher education at Alabama.
Bloomgren is smart enough to know what he has in being a member of David Shaw’s staff.
“Working for Coach Shaw, it means the world to you – the time he’s going to give you with your family. He doesn’t want anybody here guarding his desk, so I think that makes it really special,” Bloomgren said. “All those things that you see with him on the sidelines, how calculated he is and how well thought out and how sincere of a person he is, those things are real. That’s who that guy is and that’s one of the reasons I love working for him.”
As we reported in January, Shaw isn’t shy about sharing his thoughts on the uneasy marriage of social media and college football. As a member of Shaw’s staff, what does he think about Twitter?
“You can get a pulse of your team and you can learn a lot about kids when you’re recruiting them or when they’re on your current roster,” said Bloomgren. “We all want to know more about our kids and what buttons to push and stuff like that.”
Stanford is 22-4 with Bloomgren on the staff but, beginning on Feb. 25, it’s up to Bloomgren to guide an offense that loses its all-time leading rusher, a fifth-year senior at center, and its top five pass catchers from 2012.
“Obviously somebody’s got to step up and the ‘Next Man Up’ mentality has to come up. It may be that one, two or three people have to take on all those roles that Stepfan (Taylor) had. The tight end position is certainly something (that must step up). When you lose two guys a year early from an offense that relies so heavily on the tight end position as we do. We’ve got young guys that have got to step up. It’s their time.”