Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lafayette's Holcomb Moves On, As Does Fred Mariani

As we wait to find out all the total number of names in Lehigh's incoming class of 2013, some more movement in the coaching ranks in the Patriot League these days.

Following the departure of Lafayette offensive coordinator Bob Heffner to Northwestern last week, this week Leopard defensive line coach Al Holcomb recently announced that he accepted a postition with the NFL's New York Giants.

"I think it's a tribute to what we have built here with Lafayette football that members of our coaching staffs are highly sought after by institutions and organizations at the highest levels of football," Tavani said. "I'm confident that we will continue to work with some of the top coaches in the country."

Coach Tavani is right, of course: it's a great tribute that both of these coaches are moving to big-time positions. But it's equally true that as a Lehigh fan, I'm pretty happy to see the back of two coaches that played a big part in giving me nightmares the past seven years about the third weekend in November. Still, we wish them the best in their new positions.

Holy Cross reportedly announced their new schedule for 2009 at their postseason banquet, which includes home dates against Sacred Heart, Harvard and Dartmouth while their two out-of-conference road games are short trips to Brown and Northeastern. A link to the full schedule is here at the Any Given Saturday message board.

Finally, former Lehigh assistant coach Fred Mariani, who was formerly the head football coach at Iona College, had a nasty surprise after this season when the Gaels abruptly announced they were discontinuing football. After by every account going the extra mile to find homes for the players on his former team in other college football programs, coach Mariani got a great reward: he was hired by Rutgers as director of football recruiting operations.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

adam scheier to bowling green.... another good lehigh coach departs