Mark Richt announces Parkinson's diagnosis, says he'll lean on faith
Former Georgia and Miami coach Mark Richt announced a life-changing diagnosis on social media Thursday night.
Richt said he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and added, “Truthfully, I look at it as a momentary light affliction compared to the future glory in heaven.”
In 2019, Richt recovered from a heart attack when he was a 59-year-old and working for the ACC Network.
Richt previously spent three seasons as Miami coach before he surprisingly retiring from his alma mater in December. Before that he had coached Georgia for 15 years.
At Georgia, Richt was 145-51 overall including an 85-40 mark in SEC play. Georgia won two SEC championships, six SEC East titles and nine bowl games under Richt, and finished the season in the Associated Press Top-10 rankings seven times.
Richt launched his coaching career at Florida State, first as a graduate assistant from 1985-86 and then as a volunteer assistant from 1987-88. He spent the 1989 season as the offensive coordinator at East Carolina before returning to FSU as the quarterbacks coach, according to his Premier Speakers bio.
Richt coached two quarterbacks to the Heisman Trophy – Charlie Ward in 1993 and Chris Weinke in 2000.
Richt played quarterback for the Hurricanes under legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger. He spent most of his career at Miami as a backup to Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly.
— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) July 1, 2021