Head Coach, Massachusetts Minutemen
Mark Whipple was named the Browns’ quarterbacks coach on January 31, 2011.
During his career, he has spent 24 years as a collegiate coach, winning the 1998 NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship as the head coach at the University of Massachusetts. In his four seasons as an NFL assistant coach, he has been a member of teams that have made three playoff appearances, claimed one division title and won a Super Bowl.
Whipple most recently spent the 2009-10 seasons as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami. In 2010, the Hurricanes’ offense totaled 5,493 yards and produced 5,199 yards in 2009, becoming only the eighth and ninth teams in school history to amass 5,000 yards. During the 2009 season, quarterback Jacory Harris completed the second-most passes (249), compiled the fourth-most passing yards (3,352) and posted the sixth-most total touchdowns (24) in a single-season in school history.
Prior to joining the Hurricanes staff, Whipple spent the 2008 season as an offensive assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles. That season, quarterback Donovan McNabb set single-season franchise records for passing yards (3,916), completions (345) and attempts (571) en route to leading the club to an appearance in the NFC Championship game.
Whipple entered the NFL coaching ranks in 2004 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, spending three seasons (2004-06) as the team’s quarterbacks coach. Under Whipple’s tutelage, in 2004 quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set an NFL rookie record for completion percentage (66.4%) and passer rating (98.1%), while becoming the first rookie quarterback in league history to win his first 13 regular season starts. The following year, he became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. By leading the Steelers to an AFC Championship game appearance as a rookie in 2004 and then winning the Super Bowl following the 2005 season, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to guide his club to a conference championship game in each of his first two seasons.
Before joining the Steelers’ staff, Whipple spent six seasons as the head coach at the University of Massachusetts (1998-2003). As head coach of the Minutemen, his teams posted an overall record of 49-25 (.662), won the 1998 NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship and captured two Atlantic 10 Conference titles. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 1998 and the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2003.
Whipple also spent four seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, Brown University (1994-97), where he led the Bears to a four-year composite record of 24-16 (.600). He also served six seasons as the head coach at the University of New Haven (1988-93), where he guided the Chargers to a mark of 48-17 (.738).
Whipple began his coaching career in 1980 as a graduate assistant at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. He subsequently held collegiate assistant coaching positions at Union College (1981-82), Brown (1983) and New Hampshire (1986-87). He held his first professional coaching position with the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL in 1984.
A three-year letterman at Brown University (1976-78), Whipple was the Bears’ starting quarterback for two seasons (1977-78), leading the team to a 13-5 record as a starter. In 1976, he was a member of the school’s first-ever Ivy League championship team. He was also a four-year letterman on the Bears’ baseball team. He was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. A native of Tarrytown, N.Y., Whipple and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Spencer and Austin. Spencer is in his senior season as a quarterback on the University of Miami football team.