Rob Schur '98
Greg O'Neill '00
||Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Don Faulstick came to Amherst in 1997 after a pair of stints at Division III power Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and a successful tenure at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). In four seasons at RPI, Faulstick's Engineers cruised to a 31-8 record and a trio of ECAC Championships. While at WPI, Faulstick developed a high-powered attack that helped spearhead an impressive 15-3-1 mark and an ECAC Northeast Championship in 1991.Faulstick graduated in 1986 from Mansfield University and has since coached at a variety of high-profile programs, including Shippensburg University, Union College and Princeton University. Since arriving at Amherst, Faulstick has helped lead the Jeffs to an impressive 31-9 record in five seasons.
Billy McBride enters his 12th season mentoring Amherst wide receivers. Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers after a standout playing career at Tennessee State University, McBride played six years in the Canadian Football League and saw time in several NFL training camps. He also serves as head coach of the Amherst women's basketball team and earned NESCAC and District 1 Russell Athletic/WBCA Coach of the Year honors in 2000-01 after leading the Jeffs to a school-record 23 wins.
Amherst graduate Rob Schur '98 returns for his fifth year as an assistant coach, tutoring a strong offensive line. As an undergrad, Schur started at right tackle for two seasons (1996-1997) and helped lead the Jeffs to consecutive 7-1 records. He also captained the Amherst indoor and outdoor track teams and served as an assistant coach for both programs from 1998 through the spring of 2002. Under his tutelage, the offensive line has paved the way for more than 4,100 rushing yards over the last three seasons, highlighted by a 204.4-yard per game output in 2002.
Former All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic and Cadigan Award winning nose guard Greg O'Neill '00 returns for his second season as defensive line coach. The Weymouth, Mass., native also coached outside linebackers as a graduate assistant at NESCAC rival Trinity College during the 2000 season. O'Neill doubles as an assistant coach for Amherst's indoor and outdoor track teams.
Brendan O'Reilly enters his first season coaching outside linebackers after teaching and coaching defensive backs and special teams at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. A 1996 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, O'Reilly was a two-year starting defenseman on the Rams' lacrosse team and is currently working toward a master's degree in educational administration at UMass-Amherst.
Luke Thompson will make his first appearance on the Amherst sideline as the Jeffs' newly hired inside linebackers coach. He was a standout offensive and defensive lineman at Assumption College before graduating with a degree in foreign affairs in 1998. Thompson has since coached at Holy Cross and NESCAC rival Bowdoin College and is currently working toward a master's degree in education at UMass-Amherst.
Yale University graduate Jake Borden enters his first season coaching running backs at Amherst after a one-year stint as a wide receiver and coach in the German Football League. Borden graduated from Yale with a degree in history in 2000 and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1999 Ivy League Championship.