Improving with each season, the Jeffs have taken their direction from Head Coach Jack Siedlecki. In his first three seasons at Amherst, the Jeffs have re-established a winning tradition with a 13-10-1 record, including the first piece of the Little III title in a decade. With his first four-year class of players, Siedlecki anticipates the Jeffs to be competitive with the best teams in the league.
Coach Siedlecki came to Amherst through several winning programs, most recently WPI. During Siedlecki's tenure, the Engineers went 36-11-1 and qualified for post-season play in his last two years. In 1991, the Engineers won the Northeast Division III ECAC Championship.
In 1992, Siedlecki was named District One Kodak Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. He was also honored as the Coach of the Year by the Boston Gridiron Club in Massachusetts.
Before taking the helm at WPI, Siedlecki served as the offensive coordinator for six years and the defensive coordinator for one year at Lafayette.
Assisting Siedlecki will be Defensive Coordinator E. J. Mills. A 1988 graduate of the University of Dayton, Mills began his coaching career at Midlakes H.S. in Clifton Springs, NY. Two years later, Mills joined the staff of SUNY-Albany, where he coached the defensive secondary. In 1992, Mills became the defensive coordinator at Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ). Last year, the Jeffs posted shut-outs in three of their last four games, including matchups against both Little III foes.
You will also hear Mills called "Coach" on the softball field, where last spring he led the women's softball team to an 15-13-1 record in their second varsity season.
Adding some ties to the Jeffs of yore is Quarterbacks Coach Tracy Mehr. Returning to the staff in 1993 after a three-year hiatus (in which he coached three-time Division III National Women's Golf Champion Amy Hooks '91), Coach Mehr brings 26 years of experience to the Jeffs' leadership. After serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Boston College, Mehr was the Amherst offensive coordinator from 1965 to 1989. He helped lead the Jeffs to six consecutive Little III titles from 1981-1986, including the undefeated season of 1984.
Mehr knows a little something about basketball, too. While an undergraduate at Holy Cross, he played with future Celtic Hall of Famer Bob Cousy.
Entering his seventh year as an Amherst football and men's lacrosse coach is Defensive Line Coach Jim McKeon. A 1982 graduate of NESCAC foe Middlebury College, McKeon has coached the defensive line at Washington & Lee and the offensive line at NESCAC rival Trinity. Last spring, his lacrosse team finished the season in the ECAC finals with a 10-5 record, the team's best since the ECAC Championship team of 1988.
Also entering his seventh year at Amherst is Defensive Backs Coach Billy McBride. Drafted out of Tennessee State University by the San Francisco 49ers, McBride played six years in the Canadian Football League, where he played for the British Columbia Lions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the Ottawa Rough Riders. McBride is also head coach of the women's basketball team at Amherst, who last year posted an 18-7 record on a run to the semi-finals in the ECAC tournament. Before coming to Amherst, McBride served as the athletic director at the Allen Stevenson School in NYC.
In his fourth campaign with Amherst, Joel Lamb will guide the quarterbacks. Lamb was a four-year letterwinner while playing quarterback for the Harvard Crimson, graduating in 1993. He now attends the University of Massachusetts Sports Management School.
Rob Elwood, Class of 1996, is the current Hitchcock Fellow and will coach the receivers. While at Amherst, Elwood pitched for the baseball team, striking out 29 hitters in the team's 20-11 season, culminating in its first appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Brad Goddes is another recent graduate and will coach inside linebackers. As a quarterback with Ursinus College, the Philadelphia native earned a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. This fall, Goddes begins his master's degree at the University of Massachusetts School of Education.