Andrew Breiner Named Fordham Football Head Coach
Rams former Offensive Coordinator promoted after four years at Rose Hill. (Bob Ahrens : WFUV Sports)
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Fordham's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics David Roach announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Andrew Breiner as the school's new head football coach on Thursday afternoon.
"We are thrilled that Andrew Breiner has agreed to lead the Fordham football program," Roach said in Fordham's press release. "We believe that he is one of the bright young coaches who has done a great job guiding the record-setting offense over the past four years. He has been a big part of the program's recent success and we are confident that Andrew will be able to maintain and build upon that success going forward."
Breiner spent the last four year years working under former head coach Joe Moorhead at Fordham, who stepped down earlier this week to accept the offensive coordinator position at Penn State. Breiner had also spent the three years prior to that with Moorhead at the University of Connecticut.
"I am extremely honored and excited to be selected as the next head Fordham football coach," Breiner said in the release. "To serve as the head coach at Fordham, a program with a great tradition and outstanding recent success, is truly an honor. I want to thank Coach Moorhead for all he has done for me, especially for bringing me to Fordham four years ago, and Father McShane, Jeff Gray and Dave Roach for having the confidence in me. I am eager to get started and keep Fordham football at the forefront of the Patriot League and the NCAA FCS."
This will be the first head coaching job in Breiner's young coaching career. He has spent the last four years at Rose Hill, the last two serving as offensive coordinator. Prior to his time as the Rams' OC he was still a vital part of the offensive staff, serving as the pass game coordinator in 2012 and 2013. During his four years working with the offense Breiner has coached the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year three straight seasons including quarterback Michael Nebrich in 2013 and 2014 and running back Chase Edmonds in 2015. Edmonds was also the recipient of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the FCS subdivision in 2014.
Breiner has also held the position of quarterbacks coach all four years he has been at Fordham, allowing QBs Ryan Higgins, Michael Nebrich and Kevin Anderson to flourish. Higgins’ second year as the starting quarterback was Breiner’s first year on staff in 2012 and the Merrick, NY native threw for just under 3,000 yards while completing 255 passes, then the 2nd most in program history. Michael Nebrich, a Connecticut transfer who followed Moorhead and Breiner to Fordham, started the next two years and rewrote the Fordham record books. In 2013 Nebrich set the school single-season records for completions (353), passing yards (4380) and passing touchdowns (35), while leading the nation in completion percentage (.735) and total offense (376.4 yards/game). He followed that season up with another stellar campaign in 2014, throwing for 3,599 yards and 30 touchdowns. Kevin Anderson, another FBS transfer, took over the reigns in 2015 without skipping a beat. The former Marshall QB threw for close to 3,200 yards with 32 touchdowns in his first year as a starter.
Breiner’s prolific offenses have not just included talented quarterbacks, as those QBs have had plenty of talented weapons around them. Between 2013 and 2014, the Rams enjoyed two straight seasons of a 1,000 yard rusher (Carlton Koonce in 2013 and Chase Edmonds in 2014) and three different 1,000 yard receivers (Brian Wetzel, Sam Ajala, and Tebucky Jones, Jr. in 2013 and 2014). Tight end Dan Light was also a significant contributor, making first team All-Patriot League all three seasons he played in Breiner’s offense. Phazahn Odom stepped in this past season and made second team All-Patriot League.
The 2016 season will be the first time since 2008 that Breiner is not on a staff with Joe Moorhead. Before working with Moorhead at Fordham, Breiner was a graduate assistant for three years at UConn. During his time with the Huskies he worked with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs, as well as the special teams unit. His first coaching job after graduation was as an assistant for two seasons at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, but his career on the sidelines got an early start before that. After suffering a career-ending injury during his senior season as a wide receiver at Lock Haven University, he began working with the wide receivers as an assistant for the Bald Eagles.
**This story has been updated with official quotes from Fordham's press release**