January 23, 2014 at 12:08 am #13243
per Matt Markus LU to announce in about 45 minutes ,a little before 8 pmJanuary 23, 2014 at 12:13 am #13244
It appears to be Kutztown HC Drew Folmar.
As I said in an earlier post, who can argue with an OC who averaged about 40 ppg during his time at the helm. Welcome aboard.
Here is an article from when he was named HC at Kutztown.January 23, 2014 at 12:15 am #13245
Here are some other coaching changes and Lehigh’s PR on FolmarJanuary 23, 2014 at 12:16 am #13246
Heard the same last week but want the wait over particularly before this wkend.January 23, 2014 at 12:21 am #13247
It is Folmar. Good choice. Thank God thats overJanuary 23, 2014 at 12:26 am #13248
Ok, what is a run game coordinator. Glad Sawyer got promo. Defense changes? Perhaps all in house with BottsJanuary 23, 2014 at 12:48 am #13249
I was wondering what a run game coordinator was, too.January 23, 2014 at 3:52 am #13257
Actually, run game coordinator is not completely new. LSU, Auburn, Stanford and recently the Ravens have adopted the position. It seems to usually be manned by the OL Coach who coordinates the play of the offensive line and running back, experimenting on which plays work best with the personnel they have. When a running play is called for, he should be consulted.
Folmar is a former QB and QB Coach as well as OC. I suspect that is his forte in the development process. Sawyer will fill in the holes.January 23, 2014 at 3:56 am #13258
Thanks TMH. Makes sense w your explanation.
January 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm #13264
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Folmar, on paper and as reported as to his personality, seems to be a very good choice. Focusing on coaching up the QB’s. Mechanics and reading defense critical. I see the Sawyer thing as a way of giving him a promotion. I don’t see much changing there. It’s football not the National Security Council where every decision has to be vetted and analyzed. If it’s working, keep hammering them with it. Wish Yosha and Brown and maybe Kee, we could have a fairly good triumvirent in the backfield. Lots of options with the WRs–especially some of the recruits named and last year’s class. Time to shine.January 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm #13265
As an added thought, keep in mind the new OL assistant coach–he was a RB, and a very good one, at Gettysburg. So there will be alot of ‘care and feeding ‘ of the running game as well.January 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm #13266
You are likely far more astute than I am on these issues but I always wondered how much coordination there was between the the OL coach and the running backs coach. In today’s ever more complicated and fluid schemes, it is not simply calling a play, the lineman opening a hole and the RB running through it. As defenses change, blocking schemes need to change, the RB may need to change his direction or timing accordingly. Under Chick, the emphasis was always on the passing game. With Folmar, that emphasis should remain the same but I would not mind seeing more 1,000 yd rushers coming out of Lehigh.January 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm #13267
Given his background, doesn’t appear that LU O will change overmuch. Think it will be great for Nick to continue to learn from another QB coach. Air Lehigh does not preclude 1000 yd rushers,we’ve had many over the years. Brown,Yosha and Kee should blossom in our system. Key for me is stability and depth on OL. Sawyer has done a great job recruiting and molding a very good unit.
My question ( repeated ad nauseum ), can our D be fixed.January 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm #13268
That is the million dollar question. If our defense doesn’t improve we are not going anywhere. It was so bad last year that it shouldn’t be difficult to generate some improvement. I really think we need to make some coaching changes. Let’s see what Andy does on the defensive side of the ball.January 24, 2014 at 1:14 am #13269
Wilcher got blindsided(seemed to be the last one to know he lost his job,only after he got used to get a few of his recruits committed) and Roberts looks like the man on D. There is more returning talent on D, and if the D is the problem next season that would surprise me. When you lose ALL your weapons and get a new OC,lets hope the offense jells and learns quick. With all the D coaching spots open…………If we really wanted to take the next step forward after losing Kotulski, bring Sanders back as DC. Sanders IS the best recruiter and motivator Lehigh has had in many years. Probably will never happen, but really look forward to next season,and will be in the stands for JMU.
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