Bobby Petrino (born March 10, 1961(1961-03-10) in Lewistown, Montana) is an American college football coach and the current head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He previously served a majority of the 2007 season as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and four seasons at the University of Louisville. Petrino is considered by many to be one of the most innovative offensive minds in the college game today.
Petrino grew up in Helena, Montana, and graduated from Capital High in 1979. He attended hometown Carroll College, graduating with degrees in math and physical education in 1983. While at Carroll College he played quarterback and he began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant during the 1983 season. The next year he moved to Weber State College in the Big Sky Conference, coaching quarterbacks as a graduate assistant under head coach Mike Price. Petrino returned to his alma mater in 1985 as offensive coordinator. In each of his two seasons in that position, Carroll had the top-rated offense in NAIA football.
Petrino became a full-time assistant in the Division I ranks as wide receivers and tight ends coach at Weber State in 1987. In 1989 he moved to the University of Idaho, spending a year as quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator under head coach John L. Smith. In 1992 he took a step up the coaching ladder when he became quarterbacks coach at Arizona State. During his two seasons at ASU, he oversaw the development of future All-American and former NFL QB Jake Plummer.