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Lehigh’s soon to be winningest coach.

Been following Lehigh football for fifty years. Am well aware that Andy Coen is about to become the school’s winningest football coach in its history. That should be a big deal, yet why is it I feel a sense of emptiness when I think of the Coen years?

Maybe it’s because of the extremes during his tenure. Example, Andy has coached four Patriot League champs in 11 years, yet he should have EIGHT! Head to head battles in 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2015 resulted in nothing.

How about the “Either, or” attitude as he builds teams? Either he has a good defense with a week offense (2007, 2008, 2009), or a decent offense and a propensity to allow 45 + points, as has been the recent habit since the Fordham game in 2013.

How about his inability to hire and retain good coordinators?

Yes, sometime soon Coach Coen will have the name etched next to Bill Leckonby, but why do I also see him as being comparable to Mike Cooley?