|City/State:||Wood River, Neb.|
|High School:||Wood River|
CAREER COACHING ACCOLADES
Scott Frost's rapid rise up the coaching ranks culminated with the former Husker returning to his alma mater, as Frost led Nebraska for the 2018 season. The Huskers have one of the nation's top coaches in Frost, the 2017 consensus national coach of the year and a proven winner familiar with the Nebraska culture and tradition.
Nebraska showed tremendous improvement throughout Frost's first season in Lincoln. Nebraska won four of its final six games and improved by nearly 28 points per game in the second half of the season compared to the first half. Although the Huskers finished with a 4-8 record, NU faced eight opponents who were ranked during the 2018 season and five of Nebraska's losses were by five or fewer points. NU's final three losses of the season were a three-point overtime loss at Northwestern, which finished with a No. 21 ranking, a five-point setback at No. 3 Ohio State and a last second three-point loss at No. 25 Iowa. Frost also lived up to his reputation as one of the best offensive play-callers in the country in 2018. Frost inherited a roster with only one quarterback who had taken a snap at the FBS level - a first-year transfer who was ineligible for the half of the season - and took over an offensive unit that ranked 87th nationally in total offense in 2017. But led by true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, Nebraska ranked 25th nationally in total offense in 2018, the program’s first top-25 finish in the category since 2008.
Before returning to Nebraska, it took Frost just a decade to rise from a first-year FCS assistant to head coach of a Nebraska program that ranks fifth all-time in wins. He was successful at every stop along the way, serving as defensive coordinator for an FCS semifinalist, coaching in two national championship games at Oregon - including as offensive coordinator in the inaugural College Football Playoff final - and calling the plays for Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall NFL Draft pick Marcus Mariota.
After nine years as an assistant, Frost accepted his first head coaching job and promptly guided Central Florida to the nation's most improved record in his first year in 2016. The next season, he was the unanimous choice as the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year after leading the Knights to the first undefeated season (regular and overall) in UCF or AAC history. In two seasons, Frost helped UCF become the first team in FBS history to go from a winless season to an undefeated campaign in only a two-year span.
Frost has been a winner throughout his coaching career, winning seven conference championship teams in his 11 seasons as a full-time coach. In addition to coaching in two national championship games, Frost's teams have won 122 games in his 11 seasons, averaging more than 11 wins per season. Frost's winning reputation dates back to his playing days, when he helped Nebraska to a 36-2 record in his three-year career, including a 24-2 record in two seasons as the Huskers' starting quarterback. He won two national titles at Nebraska, while all other 128 FBS coaches combined to win a total of three national championships as players.
After helping his teams to a 103-18 record in his nine years as an assistant, Frost went 19-7 in two seasons at UCF, helping turn an 0-12 team into a 13-0 squad in just two years' time. In Frost's first season, he took the Knights to a bowl game and finished with a 6-7 record. The turnaround was historic, as Frost became the only first-year coach in FBS history to make a bowl game with a team that was winless the previous season.
UCF led the nation with a six-win improvement in 2016 and exceeded that mark in 2017 with a win over No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl to complete a 13-0 season as the nation's only undefeated team. The Knights put together the first undefeated regular season in UCF and AAC history in 2017, posted the longest winning streak in school history (13 games), achieved the highest in-season ranking in program history (10th), highest final ranking (6th) and set an AAC record with 16 all-conference selections.
UCF was led by its high-powered offense and improved defense under Frost. The Knights led the nation in scoring at 48.2 points per game and were the only FBS team to score at least 30 points in every game. Defensively, UCF improved its scoring defense by 65 spots in Frost's two seasons.
In addition to being the unanimous choice as the 2017 AAC Coach of the Year, Frost was honored as the national coach of the year by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, the Touchdown Club of Columbus, the Lombardi Award and FCA in addition to winning the Home Depot, Paul "Bear" Bryant and Eddie Robinson coach-of-the-year awards. He was also a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award in each of his two seasons at UCF, making Frost one of three coaches to be a semifinalist for the award in both 2016 and 2017.
Before taking his first head coaching job at UCF, Frost was a highly accomplished assistant who coordinated both a top-10 offense and defense. He came to UCF after spending seven seasons as an offensive assistant at Oregon from 2009 to 2015, including three years as the Ducks' offensive coordinator (2012-15). Frost helped Oregon post a 79-14 record in his seven seasons, during which time the Ducks won four conference titles and twice played for the national championship.
Oregon never ranked lower than eighth nationally in scoring offense during Frost's seven seasons on staff, and the Ducks led the nation in scoring in 2010. Frost was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2013, and Oregon ranked in the top five nationally in both scoring and total offense each of his three seasons calling plays. The Ducks scored 681 points in 2014, the second-highest total in NCAA history. Oregon made it to the College Football Playoff Championship Game that year, when Frost was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation's top assistant.
Frost's first full-time coaching job came in the FCS ranks at Northern Iowa, where he spent two seasons on the Panthers' defensive staff. He coached the UNI linebackers in 2007 and helped the Panthers to the No. 1 seed in the FCS playoffs and a quarterfinals appearance. Frost was promoted to co-defensive coordinator the next season, when UNI ranked ninth nationally in scoring defense and advanced to the FCS Semifinals. The Panthers finished with a 24-4 record in Frost's two seasons, winning two Missouri Valley Conference titles and earning a No. 4 ranking both years.
The 44-year old Frost began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at Kansas State. He also served briefly on NU's staff as a defensive graduate assistant in 2002, coaching the Huskers in the Independence Bowl.
Frost was also an outstanding player. He spent two seasons at Stanford before returning home to Nebraska for the Huskers' 1995 national championship season. He took over as NU's starting quarterback the next season and was the 1996 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. In 1997, he was a Johnny Unitas Award finalist and an Academic All-American as Nebraska went 13-0 and captured the program's fifth national title. Frost was then selected in the third round of the 1998 National Football League Draft and played six seasons as an NFL safety.
-Head Coach (2018-present)
CENTRAL FLORIDA (2 SEASONS)
-Head Coach (2016-17)
OREGON (7 SEASONS)
-Offensive Coordinator (2013-15)
-Assistant Coach, Wide Receivers (2009-12)
NORTHERN IOWA (2 SEASONS)
-Co-Defensive Coordinator (2008)
-Assistant Coach, Linebackers (2007)
KANSAS STATE (1 SEASON)
-Defensive Graduate Assistant (2006)
NEBRASKA (1 SEASON)
-Defensive Graduate Assistant (2002)
|2007||Northern Iowa||Assistant Coach||12-1||Gateway||4th|
|2008||Northern Iowa||Co-Def. Coord.||12-3||Missouri Valley||4th|
|2016||Central Florida||Head Coach||6-7|
|2017||Central Florida||Head Coach||13-0||American Athletic||6th|
Note: Oregon's 2015 record reflects its regular-season record and ranking, as Frost did not coach in the bowl game after accepting the UCF head job