Head Coach, Kansas Jayhawks
Charlie Weis arrived at the University of Kansas on December 9, 2011, armed with an impressive legacy of success at the highest level of collegiate and professional football. He has his sights set on engineering the effort to turn the KU program into a consistent winner.
The 34-year coaching veteran coached 16 years in the NFL and assisted two of the greatest coaches in NFL history - Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Weis owns four Super Bowl rings and has played an integral role for teams that have appeared in six AFC Championship Games. As a head coach, the 2005 National College Coach of the Year led Notre Dame to back-to-back BCS Bowl Games in 2005 (Fiesta) and 2006 (Sugar).
Weis spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Florida. In 2010 he was the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator, helping guide the team to the AFC West title, its first 10-win season since 2005 and its first playoff berth in four years.
Weis previously served as offensive coordinator for the NFL's New England Patriots (2000-04) and N.Y. Jets (1998-99). He was instrumental in the development of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who entered the league as a sixth-round pick in 2000 and who has since become a two-time Super Bowl MVP and five-time Pro Bowl performer.
Weis demonstrated his ability to tutor quarterbacks with the Fighting Irish as well. Brady Quinn (3,919 yards in 2005) and Jimmy Clausen (3,722 yards in 2009) put up the two most prolific passing seasons in Notre Dame history. Wide receiver Golden Tate also established eye-popping numbers under Weis, setting a Notre Dame record with 2,707 career receiving yards and taking home the 2009 Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in the country. Tate also set single-season school records in 2009, with 93 receptions and 1,496 yards and a school record-tying 15 touchdown grabs.
During Weis' five-year stay with the Patriots - from 2000-04 - the club won three Super Bowls in a four-year span, only the second team in NFL history to accomplish that feat. New England was 53-27 (.663) during Weis' tenure and had a 9-0 playoff record.
Over Tom Brady's first four seasons as a starter in the NFL (2001-04), he ranked fourth in the NFL with 97 passing touchdowns and earned Super Bowl MVP honors in two of New England's three championship victories, while wide receiver Deion Branch earned the other. The Patriots produced two straight 14-2 seasons - in 2003 and 2004 - each capped by Super Bowl victories. New England rushed for 2,134 yards in 2004, the team's highest total since 1985.
In Weis' first stint with the Patriots, he helped the club earn its second AFC Championship in team history, reaching the Super Bowl following the 1996 season. Over the four years of his first tour with New England, Weis coached tight ends (1993-94), running backs (1995) and wide receivers (1996), helping players like Ben Coates, Curtis Martin and Terry Glenn emerge as playmakers.
The Trenton, N.J., native spent three seasons (1997-99) on staff with the N.Y. Jets, working under head coach Bill Parcells. Weis came on staff as the wide receivers coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1998. That season, the Jets advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1982.
Weis first broke into the NFL as an assistant on Parcells' N.Y. Giants staff, first as a defensive/special teams assistant in 1990, then moving to running backs coach in 1991 and 1992. In his first season with the team, the Giants won the Super Bowl. He then helped Rodney Hampton to a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Weis spent time working in the Giants' pro personnel department in 1989 before joining the team on a full-time basis. While doing that, he served as head coach at Township (N.J.) High School and led the team to the state championship.
From 1985-88, Weis worked as an assistant at South Carolina. He began his coaching career at Boonton (N.J.) High School in 1979 before serving five seasons at Morristown (N.J.) High School (1980-84).
In 2003, Weis and his wife Maura created the Hannah & Friends Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. The foundation funds Hannah's Helping Hands, which provides quality-of-life grants to families across the country who care for children and adults with special needs. The Weis family opened the Hannah and Friends Neighborhood, a 40-acre facility north of South Bend, Ind., that provides much-needed housing and care services for adults with special needs.
In the spring of 2008, Weis traveled to the Middle East as part of a contingent of college football coaches who were visiting military personnel stationed in the region.