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Patriot League Media Day: Andy Coen Can Finally Take A Deep Breath

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Patriot League Media Day: Andy Coen Can Finally Take A Deep Breath

(Photo Credit: Lehigh Athletics)

Despite the meetings with the other coaches beforehand, despite the bustling schedule of Media Day, where coaches are shunted around for two straight hours, fielding video spots, and reporter after reporter with digital recorders in hand, by the time I got to Lehigh head coach Andy Coen, any stress from the commotion was not evident anywhere when I talked to him.

Perhaps part of that came due to his incredible success over the past three seasons.

With a 31-6 record in the past three years, two Patriot League Championships, playoff wins against the CAA and Missouri Valley champs, and last year’s 10-1 record, his three last years at Lehigh can be stacked up against anyone’s in the country.

North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl, who downed Lehigh on their way to their first FCS National Championship in 2010, went 37-7 over that time period.  The coach of the team they beat twice for the national championship, Sam Houston State’s Willie Fritz, sports a 31-10 record over that period.

Heck, Alabama’s Nick Saban led the Crimson Tide to a 35-5 record over 3 years.

A 30 win record over a 3 year period gives you peace of mind, even if last season ended waiting for an at-large playoff bid that never came.
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Patriot League Media Day Q&A: Keith Sherman and Nigel Muhammad

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Patriot League Media Day Q&A: Keith Sherman and Nigel Muhammad

On Wednesday at Patriot League Media Day, I sat down with two senior co-captains, senior RB Keith Sherman and senior LB Nigel Muhammad, and talked to them about the upcoming season.

It’s a credit to Lehigh that year in and year out the expectations are so high.  This season, Lehigh was picked a very close second, right behind defending champions Colgate.

What’s sort of odd about that is only Nigel, and senior OL Ned Daryoush, made the first team all-Patriot list, yet they still were picked second.

What did Keith and Nigel have to say about that?
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