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Don Faulstick
Don Faulstick

Billy McBride
Billy McBride

Rob Schur '98
Rob Schur '98

Greg O'Neill '00
Greg O'Neill '00

Alex Niefer '99
Alex Niefer '99

Phil Hallahan
Phil Hallahan

Matt Ballard
Matt Ballard
    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 41-15 record in seven seasons, and his offense has continually been among the conference and national leaders in a variety of statistical categories. In 1997, Faulstick's charges led the NESCAC in total offense and points scored and ranked nationally in both categories. His offense then topped the conference in rushing in both 2001 (204.4 ypg) and 2002 (192.9 ypg) and finished second in the NESCAC in scoring offense (22.8 ppg), rushing offense (214.6 ypg) and total offense (382.4 ypg) in 2003.

Billy McBride enters his 14th season mentoring Amherst’s 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, earning NESCAC and Russell Athletic/WBCA District 1 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 seventh year as an assistant coach, tutoring a strong offensive line. As an undergrad, Schur started at right tackle for two seasons (1996-97) 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 7,300 rushing yards over the last five seasons, highlighted by a 214.6-yard per game output in 2003. 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 fourth season as an assistant and first as the Jeffs’ inside linebackers coach, following three seasons as Amherst’s defensive line coach. The Weymouth, Mass., native also coached outside linebackers as a graduate assistant at NESCAC rival Trinity College during the 2000 season and currently doubles as an assistant coach for Amherst's indoor and outdoor track teams.

Alex Niefer ’99 returned to the Amherst coaching staff in 2003 after a two-season stint as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at NESCAC rival Hamilton College. A standout outside linebacker for the Lord Jeffs, Niefer remained with the team in 2000 as a volunteer assistant, working with the offensive line. As an undergrad, Niefer was voted Amherst’s 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 mark he now shares with former All-America defensive tackle Pat McGee '02. Niefer is currently working toward a master's degree in sport management at UMass Amherst and serves as the Jeffs' outside linebackers coach.

A 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, Phil Hallahan enters his second season as running backs coach at Amherst. He 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. Hallahan accompanied Syracuse to victorious performances in the Homepoint.com Music City Bowl and Insight.com Bowl, and was awarded a varsity letter for his efforts.

Matt Ballard is the lone newcomer on the Amherst staff, taking over as defensive line coach after five seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at WPI, three seasons as the head coach at Cathedral High School in nearby Springfield, Mass., another three-season stint as the offensive line coach at WPI and two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Albany, where he worked on the same staff as Amherst head coach E.J. Mills, while earning a master’s degree in education. Ballard graduated from Albany in 1990 and was a two-year starter at offensive tackle, earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as a senior.

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