Head Football Coach
Nick Bobeck leads the University of Central Oklahoma football program into the 2017 season.
Bobeck is in his sixth year at the helm and has a 22-33 record with the Bronchos. Last season, Central Oklahoma finished 3-8.
Bobeck led the Bronchos to a wins over Missouri Western, Missouri Southern, and Northeastern State in 2016. In the win over Southern, the Bronchos scored 63 points. It was the most points scored in a win for Central since scoring 66 points in 1955.
Central Oklahoma also beat Northeastern State to retain the President’s Cup. UCO won against its rival for the 47th time in school history, more than 60 percent of the all-time meetings.
Prior to 2016, the Bronchos put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2003-04.
Nick led the team to a 7-5 finish in 2015, with the Bronchos rebounding from an 0-4 start to win seven of their last eight games. UCO ended the season with a five-game winning streak, capped by a 38-21 win over long-time rival Southwestern Oklahoma in the Live United Texarkana Bowl.
It was the second consecutive post-season appearance for the Bronchos, who went to the Mineral Water Bowl in 2014 while going 8-4 and finishing third in the rugged Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association after the team was predicted to come in 10th in the 12-team league by conference coaches.
It was UCO’s first winning season since 2008 and the first eight-win campaign since 2004.
Bobeck became UCO’s 13th head coach on Jan. 4, 2012 following a sparkling four-year head coaching stint at junior college powerhouse Navarro (Texas) College.
Nick, who played at UCO and then was a graduate assistant coach for the Bronchos, compiled a sensational 42-5 record at Navarro. The Bulldogs won the 2010 national championship along with three regular season Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) titles during his tenure there.
Bobeck was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at fullback for UCO from 1999-02, earning first-team All-Lone Star Conference North Division honors as a senior.
He stayed on with the Bronchos as a graduate assistant coach the next three seasons, helping UCO go 20-12 during that stint while making the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2003.
Bobeck went to Texas A&M as an offensive line coach in 2006 when the Aggies finished 9-4 and earned a berth in the Holiday Bowl. He moved on to Navarro the following season and served as offensive coordinator in 2007 when the Bulldogs went 9-3 and won the conference crown.
Nick took over as head coach the next year, with his first squad finishing 10-1 and ranked fourth in the final poll. An 11-1 campaign and No. 3 ranking followed in 2009.
Bobeck and the Bulldogs put it all together in 2010, following a season-opening loss with 11 consecutive wins to finish 11-1 and capture the NJCAA national championship. Navarro was 10-2 in 2011, finishing fifth in the final ranking.
Nick and his wife, Keely, have three children – a son (Tucker) and two daughters (Miller and Parker).