Friday, January 24, 2014
You're Lehigh head coach Andy Coen. Your offensive coordinator, Dave Cecchini, tells you he's taking over at another Division I program, Valparaiso.
Dave is not just any old coordinator - Cecchini identifies as a critical part of Lehigh's offensive success over the last few years. Mentor of WR Ryan Spadola, WR Lee Kurfis, QB Chris Lum, QB Brandon Bialkowski, QB Mike Colvin. Filling those shoes will not be easy.
What you do is give a call to some guys that you know, to find names, like the 35 year old head football coach at Kutztown, Drew Folmar.
Folmar and Coen both served as coaches at the Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point ten years apart, Coen as offensive coordinator in 1992, and Folmar as quarterbacks and receivers coach in 2002. Andy put in a call to the folks there.
"The people at King's Point spoke volumes about him," Andy told me, "and then as he took over the offense at Kutztown I certainly noticed his success."
Andy never kept his eyes off of Drew's coaching career, and it's a big reason why he's now Lehigh's offensive coordinator today.