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Romp At Home Shows "Back To The Future" for Lehigh Offense

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Romp At Home Shows "Back To The Future" for Lehigh Offense

It is not my favorite movie by a longshot, but this week my family and I watched Back to the Future, the seminal Robert Zemeckis coming-of-age movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

I’ve always felt it’s an OK, meh movie.  It seems to rely on gimmicks and time gags (“What’s a rerun?”) to get its yuks, and it has no business being as beloved as it remains to this day.  My wife and my son loved it, as they have their own minds and, in our family, you’re allowed to like what you like without criticism.  I watched it, happy they were happy, and amused.

In the back of my mind while watching Christopher Lloyd attach the cable to the tower clock, I was worried about Penn.

The consequences of a loss in this game to the 2015 season would have been severe.  The Mountain Hawks were already coming off a rough 55-17 loss to James Madison, one where criticisms of the team, the coaches, and players were starting to be heard.  A 1-2 start heading into two tough out-of-conference games versus Princeton and Yale could have the Mountain Hawks staring down a 1-4 start going into conference play.

Instead, Lehigh would crack 40 points at home in a 42-21 win over Penn, scoring six touchdowns and for the most part controlling the game in a way that wasn’t seen in a while at Murray Goodman Stadium.

With a three touchdown win and the Mountain Hawks dropping 40 points at home, are we… Back to the Future?
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Lehigh Offense Mic’Ed Up And Jacked Up For The Season

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Lehigh Offense Mic’Ed Up And Jacked Up For The Season

Lehigh’s newest online multimedia involves the Lehigh coaching staff on microphone.

This week it was newly-promoted defensive coordinator Joe Bottiglieri, and in the video below you see the coach in various stages of instruction.

The piece of the video that relates to the offense, though, is the highlight of the piece.

Sophomore TE Zach Bucklin, “built like a small Volkswagen”, as coach Bott himself mentioned, barreled into Lehigh’s defensive coordinator, sending them both to the ground.

In an odd sort of way, Bucklin’s tire tracks over Bottiglieri’s back signifies what Lehigh’s offense hopes to be in the 2014 season as well.

Sure, Lehigh will still have the type of offense that will work fast and spread things out.  Sure, the playbook will still be as think as a phone book.  But to think of this as a finesse team may be a mistake.  They may very well be a team that simply is also going to try to out-run and out-muscle you more often.

And, if necessary, run you over.
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(Unofficial) Preview of Lehigh Signing Day, 2014

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(Unofficial) Preview of Lehigh Signing Day, 2014

The forecast in Eastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley tonight may call for snow and ice, but that’s unlikely to keep a lot of happy families heading to high school libraries and gyms in this area.

That’s because tomorrow is National Signing Day, the college football equivalent of Christmas.

Across the country, in some of those high school libraries and gyms, some of those students will be posing with a Lehigh hat next to them, or on their heads, to indicate that they’ve chosen Lehigh as the place they will be attending college.  (Like rising junior WR Derek Knott, above, a few years ago at his signing day.)

Anticipating an announcement tomorrow, we look back.  What do we know?  How are we doing?  Is the next LB Nigel Muhammad, RB Keith Sherman, FS Tyler Ward or WR Lee Kurfis in this class?

Everything we know thus far will be revealed below the flip.
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Coen Taps His Merchant Marine Coaching Background To Find Lehigh’s Offensive Coordinator

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Coen Taps His Merchant Marine Coaching Background To Find Lehigh’s Offensive Coordinator

Picture this.

You’re Lehigh head coach Andy Coen.  Your offensive coordinator, Dave Cecchini, tells you he’s taking over at another Division I program, Valparaiso.

Dave is not just any old coordinator – Cecchini identifies as a critical part of Lehigh’s offensive success over the last few years.  Mentor of WR Ryan Spadola, WR Lee Kurfis, QB Chris Lum, QB Brandon Bialkowski, QB Mike Colvin.  Filling those shoes will not be easy.

What you do is give a call to some guys that you know, to find names, like the 35 year old head football coach at Kutztown, Drew Folmar.

Folmar and Coen both served as coaches at the Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point ten years apart, Coen as offensive coordinator in 1992, and Folmar as quarterbacks and receivers coach in 2002.  Andy put in a call to the folks there.

“The people at King’s Point spoke volumes about him,” Andy told me, “and then as he took over the offense at Kutztown I certainly noticed his success.”

Andy never kept his eyes off of Drew’s coaching career, and it’s a big reason why he’s now Lehigh’s offensive coordinator today.
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