Tuesday, May 13, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dave Rader, 46, was hired today by Alabama head coach Mike Shula as the Tide's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. He will assume his duties immediately.
No stranger to Alabama, Rader was the Tide receivers coach from 1983-85 while Shula was an Alabama quarterback.
"I have worked with Dave and followed his coaching career," Shula said. "He is an excellent coach and will bring a wealth of coaching experience to this position. I'm excited to have Dave as part of our staff."
"It is exciting to return to Tuscaloosa," Rader said. "My wife and I have fond memories of our first stop here and we look forward to returning to this community. I would like to publicly thank coach Shula for bringing us back."
Rader was head coach at Tulsa from 1988-99 where he posted a 49-80-1 mark in 12 seasons. He guided the Golden Hurricane to the Independence Bowl in 1989 and the Freedom Bowl in 1991.
His 1991 team was ranked 21st nationally and he was selected as Region 4 Coach of the Year and a finalist for National Coach of the Year. While head coach at Tulsa, he produced four All-Americas, three first-team Academic All-Americans and 11 NFL draft picks.
Rader began his coaching career at Alabama, as one of the first coaches hired by Ray Perkins in 1983. The two had been together with the New York Giants when Perkins was head coach and Rader a quarterback. While serving on that staff, the Tide went 22-12-1 and played in the Sun and Aloha Bowls.
Rader then moved to Mississippi State under Rockey Felker where he spent one season as offensive coordinator.
He moved to Tulsa, his alma mater, in 1987 as assistant head coach in charge of quarterbacks under George Henshaw. A year later he was appointed head coach and spent the next 12 seasons at Tulsa.
For the next four years, Rader worked in private business in Tulsa.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Rader graduated from Rogers High School in Tulsa, where he was a football and baseball standout. He played collegiately at Tulsa and was the Golden Hurricane starting quarterback in 1977 and 1978. He threw for 2,674 career yards and guided Tulsa to a 9-2 record in 1978, passing for 1,683 yards and 14 TDs.
He was drafted in the eleventh round of the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers but was later picked-up by the Giants.
A board member of the FCA, Big Brothers & Sisters and Heritage Family Services, Rader has served on the American Football Coaches Association's Football Issues and Ethics committees.
Rader earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tulsa in 1980. He and his wife Janet, have three children, sons Daniel and Jordan and daughter Kendal.