Rob Schur '98
Alex Niefer '99
Amherst Football Assistant Coaches
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), finished second in the NESCAC in scoring offense
(22.8 ppg), rushing offense (214.6 ypg) and total offense (382.4 ypg)
in 2003 and ranked second in the conference in scoring offense (24.0),
rushing offense (241.2 ypg) and total offense (355.9 ypg) in 2004.
Billy McBride enters his 15th 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 as
a wide receiver, defensive back, kick and punt returner and holder for
extra points and field goals. 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
Amherst graduate Rob Schur '98 returns for his eighth
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 9,230
rushing yards over the last six seasons, highlighted by a 241.2-yard
per game output in 2004. Schur also serves as Amherst's director of
football operations and strength and conditioning coach.
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' tight ends coach.
Matt Ballard enters his second year on the Amherst
staff, serving as the recruiting coordinator, defensive line coach and
special teams coordinator this fall. He took over as defensive line coach
last fall 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.
Stan Dakosty enters his first season at Amherst after
graduating from Colgate University in 2005 with bachelor's degrees in
history and educational studies. A native of Tamaqua, Penn., Dakosty
played two years of varsity football for the Raiders, helping them to
the 2002 Patriot League Championship and a 9-3 record. After a series
of career-ending injuries, he served as a student assistant coaching
tight ends at Colgate in 2003 and 2004, earning a second straight Patriot
League Championship and finishing as the Division I-AA National Runners
Up at 15-1 in 2003. Dakosty will serve as the running backs coach for
the Jeffs and is currently working towards his master's in education
at UMass Amherst.
Pat Foley joins the Amherst staff as the inside linebackers
coach after serving in a similar role at Allegheny College last fall.
A 2004 graduate of NESCAC rival Bates College, Foley was a four-year
defensive starter, earning NESCAC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors
in 2000 and all-conference plaudits as a senior in 2003. He will begin
working towards his master's degree in educational administration at
UMass Amherst in the spring.
Luke Bussard enters his fourth year of collegiate coaching,
but first season at Amherst, and will serve as the outside linebackers
coach for the Jeffs this fall. Bussard has coached for the last three seasons
at Norwich University, where he guided the football team to a pair of ECAC
bowl games and also served as an assistant baseball coach, taking on the
associate head baseball coaching role in his final season. Before Norwich,
he was the director of student activities at the Tilton School in Tilton,
N.H., where he coached football and baseball as well. A native of Wilmington,
Del., Bussard is married to Natalie Blais, and he will earn
his MBA from Norwich in June 2006.