Category Archives: Brett Sawyer

Spring Season: Offensive Line and Tight Ends

It's not exactly a secret that the foundation of Lehigh's offense in the Andy Coen era is an exceptional pass blocking unit.

With graduates from this unit like OL Keith Schauder, OL A.J. Hood, OL Troy McKenna, C Matt Lippincott and OL Will Rackley, who earns his paycheck on the offensive line of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, it's clear that offensive line is always a priority for Coen and offensive line coach Brett Sawyer.

This year sees Lippincott and Hood graduate, but also sees a lot of excitement with a lot of returning starting talent - including a bookend tackle in senior OL Ned Daryoush.

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Coen Taps His Merchant Marine Coaching Background To Find Lehigh’s Offensive Coordinator

Picture this.

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.
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The Next Lehigh Offensive Coordinator Star?

So Dave Cecchini has left to be the new head coach at Valparaiso.

I think in this day and age, one can't help think of devising a Hard Knocks/Next Food Network Star sort of situation in regards to who the next offensive coordinator might be, even if the reality is way different than the Reality Show method of choosing a new coach.

"Each week, we'll find out who gets voted out by the panel of Andy Coen, celebrity head coach Chip Kelly, and Condolezza Rice as they pass a variety of tests on pass/run ratio, offensive game plan management, and an overall knowledge of the history of Lehigh and college football!  Tempers will flare, and you'll be there!"

We certainly won't see that in the mad dash to find out who the next great Lehigh offensive coordinator might be.  But we can come up with a few biographies of folks we might want to see in this position - and maybe, just maybe, one of them will be the guy.
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