Rob Schur '98
Greg O'Neill '00
Alex Niefer '99
Pat McGee '02
||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 37-11 record in six seasons, and his offense has continually been among the conference and national leaders. In 1997, Faulstick's charges led the NESCAC in total offense and points scored and ranked nationally in both categories. His offense has also topped the conference in rushing in each of the last two seasons, averaging 204.4 yards in 2001 and 192.9 yards in 2002.
Billy McBride enters his 13th 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 sixth 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 5,600 rushing yards over the last four seasons, highlighted by a 204.4-yard per game output in 2001. Schur also serves as Amherst's recruiting coordinator.
Former All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic and Cadigan Award winning nose guard Greg O'Neill '00 returns for his third 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.
Luke Thompson enters his second season on the Amherst sideline as the Jeffs' 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.
Alex Niefer ’99 returns to the Amherst coaching staff after a two-year stint as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at NESCAC rival Hamilton College. A 1999 Amherst grad and standout outside linebacker for the Lord Jeffs, Niefer remained with the team in 2000 as a volunteer assistant, working with the offensive line. He played for the Lord Jeffs from 1995 to 1998, was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 1997, won the Cadigan Award as the team's outstanding defensive lineman in 1998 and set a single-season school record with 9.5 sacks as a junior, a record he now shares with All-American defensive tackle Pat McGee '02. He is currently working toward a master's degree in education at UMass Amherst and will serve as the Jeffs' outside linebackers coach.
A 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, Phil Hallahan enters his inaugural season as an Amherst assistant coach. Hallahan served as the running backs and special teams manager as a Syracuse undergrad and was later promoted to head manager for the football program, helping coordinate recruiting, film, day-to-day operations and community service. He accompanied Syracuse to victorious performances in the Homepoint.com Music City Bowl and Insight.com Bowl, and was awarded a varsity letter. He will coach running backs at Amherst.
Former All-American defensive tackle Pat McGee ’02 also joins the staff in 2003, assisting Greg O'Neill '00 with the defensive line. One of the best defensive players in Amherst history, McGee tied a school record with 9.5 sacks and paced the team with 17 tackles for loss as a senior, capping his career as the college's all-time sack leader with 29.5 in four seasons. He earned a wealth of postseason accolades along the way, including NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-NESCAC and First-Team ECAC Division III All-Northeast honors.