Thursday, February 02, 2006

Lehigh Commitments - Known and Rumored

We won't get an official list until later this month (I think), but you can tune back to this space to find out the list of commits that are known as of this time. (Consider all of these names as not 100% until the official announcement.)

[UPDATED 2/19/2006]

If I find out more names - firms, almosts or otherwise - I'll post them here.

Firms (printed in local press):
Dane Trotter (Blair Academy, NJ), WR/DB
Dan Parrish (Valley Forge Military, PA), RB/DB
David Ackler (Council Rock North, PA), TE/DE
Matt Cohen (Allentown CC, PA), LB
Joe Dancho (Bethlehem Catholic), DL
Jesse Sanchez (Bergen Tech, NJ), QB
Anthony Fossati (Northern Highlands, NJ), FB/LB (PICTURED)
Sean Lezgus (Morris Catholic, NJ), OG
Stephen Brown (Wesleyan School, GA), DT
Chris Bokosky (Daniel Boone HS, PA), QB
Ben Harden (St. Francis DeSales, OH), OL

Possible Only (unconfirmed):
Mike Berta (St. Mary's, OH) C (did not orally commit to Rutgers or Colgate)

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Offensive Coordinator Named: Trey Brown

Today, it was announced on that our new Offensive Coordinator is another coach from Penn's coaching ranks.

Coach Trey Brown coached wide receivers at Penn, including two of the best wideouts the Quakers have ever known in Dan Castles (holds the career TD receptions total with 27) and Rob Milanese (holds the career receiving yardage lead with 3,407). Before that, he spent some time with Division I-A Stanford as an offensive assistant, and during his tenure Stanford captured their last Pac 10 title.

He's replacing Chris Rorke, who chose to return to Trinity College (D-III) in Connecticut. 48 hours after it was announced at the football awards dinner that he was leaving, coach Coen struck fast and got his man.

It's exciting that coach Coen is making Lehigh's staff with a guy with big-time experience like coach Brown, and who worked well with coach Coen at Penn. He seems like a great hire - a guy on the rise who was seen how things work at two other high-academic institutions, and brings a fresh new perspective on offense.

In the release, coach Coen had some intriguing quotes:

I am very excited to have Trey join our staff,” said Coen. “During our time together [at Penn], he has shown a clear understanding of not only the passing game, but the run package as well.”

LFN's take: "We are going to put emphasis on downfield blocking as well as pass receptions".

“Trey is a great teacher, and an excellent recruiter, who had a strong relationship with our student-athletes [at Penn],” Coen explained. “The Lehigh players will enjoy having Coach Brown as a part of our staff.”

LFN's take: "Coach Brown will be a real players' coach that connects with the offensive players." Such strong stuff certainly indicates that you've arrived!

But it's also going to be interesting who stays from Lembo's old staff and who goes. You've got to wonder if some of the other names on the staff, especially offensively, will be staying or going. Furthermore, it also remains to be seen if there will be significant changes on the defensive side of the coaching staff.

Still, as for me personally, I'm very encouraged that coach Coen appeared to pick a great qualified offensive coordinator so quickly - and fast. I openly wonder what the folks down at Penn are saying about losing such a huge chunk of their staff to Lehigh this offseason.
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