Former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall returns to college football

Mendenhall is taking over at New Mexico after leaving Virginia in 2021.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall shakes hands with Arizona's Dominic Patrick during the second half of the game in 2007. Mendenhall is taking over as head coach of New Mexico.

Former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is leaving his Montana ranch to get back into college football.

Mendenhall will be the next head coach at New Mexico, taking over a program that hasn’t won more than four games since 2016.

The last time Mendenhall coached was in 2021 at Virginia. He unexpectedly resigned after six years as head coach of the Cavaliers.

Mendenhall was the head coach at BYU for 11 years and made a bowl game each year. He had five double-digit win seasons and won 11 games back-to-back years in 2006-07. The Cougars finished the year ranked in the top 15 three times.

Mendenhall left for Virginia in 2015. Current BYU head coach Kalani Sitake took over for Mendenhall after he departed.

The former BYU head coach does have some ties to New Mexico. He was the defensive coordinator there from 1998-2002.

New Mexico has won a total of 19 games in the last seven years.