Don Faulstick
Don Faulstick




Billy McBride
Billy McBride

Matt Ballard
Matt Ballard

Alex Niefer '99
Luke Bussard

Stan Dakosty
Stan Dakosty

Brendan O'Brien
Brendan O'Brien

Emmanuel Ashamui '04
Emmanuel Ashamu '04

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 52-20 record in eight 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. Since then the Jeffs have continually been among the NESCAC leaders in scoring offense, rushing and total offense, including 391.5 yards per game in 2005, 209.0 yards per game of which came by way of the ground game.

Contact Coach Faulstick 413-542-2303 Alumni Gymnasium

Billy McBride enters his 16th 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 place holder. 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. McBride recently completed his master’s degree in exercise science and Sport Studies at nearby Smith College.

Contact Coach McBride 413-542-7947 Alumni Gymnasium

Matt Ballard enters his third year on the Amherst staff, jumping sides of the ball to head the offensive line after two seasons as the Jeffs’ defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. He joined Amherst two years ago, 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.

Contact Coach Ballard 413-542-2575 Alumni Gymnasium

Luke Bussard enters his fifth year of collegiate coaching, and second season at Amherst, and will serve as the outside linebackers coach, special teams coordinator and director of football operations for the Jeffs this fall. Bussard coached for 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 earned his MBA from Norwich this past June.

Contact Coach Bussard 413-542-5143 Alumni Gymnasium

Stan Dakosty enters his second 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.

Contact Coach Dakosty 413-542-2194 Alumni Gymnasium

Brendan O’Brien joins the Amherst coaching staff as the inside linebackers coach, after helping lead Bentley College to the number one overall defense in the Northeast Ten last season. O’Brien was a linebacker at Norwich University from 1997-2000, and a two-time all conference selection. He returned to Norwich as a coach in 2002 and helped the program reach the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. O’Brien, a native of Waltham, Mass., is also working on a Masters in Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Contact Coach O'Brien 413-542-8458 Alumni Gymnasium

Emmanuel Ashamu ’04 will lead the Jeffs this season in their strength and conditioning sessions after spending a few short years away from Amherst. Ashamu is a product of Charlottesville, Va., where he attended high school before arriving at Amherst.  Graduating with Cum Laude distinction and a degree in Sociology, Emmanuel was a four year student-athlete, playing on the offensive line. Over the past two years, Ashamu has worked at both Georgetown University and, more recently, Howard University where he trained their football, women’s lacrosse, basketball and swimming teams.  Ashamu was a hard worker on and off the field as a student at Amherst, and will surely be an asset as a member of the coaching staff.

Contact Coach Ashamu 413-542-2274 Alumni Gymnasium



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