MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head Coach Joe Adam of the Saint Anselm College football team has announced his coaching staff in advance of the 2019 season.
Price Ferguson joins the program as its Running Backs Coach with Lee Griesmer to hold the role of Linebackers Coach. Anthony Rinaudo was selected as the Tight Ends Coach with Chadd Braine taking on the role of Defensive Backs Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. Adam will assume responsibilities as the team's Defensive Coordinator.
Jordan Softcheck will return as Offensive Coordinator with Taylor Lucas and John Trisciani returning to the fold as Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coach, respectively. Lucas will also assume the role of Recruiting Coordinator for the program.
"As a program, we search to find great mentors and teachers of life," said Adam. "I am excited about the skill set and the determination that our staff has. It is a very diverse group of men from across the country that mirrors the national recruiting efforts of our program.
"Collectively, their strength lies in developing player relationships, preparing the student-athletes not only for the next four years, but the next 40 years of their lives," concluded Adam.
Ferguson comes to the Hilltop from Washington State University where he was an Offensive Quality Control Coach after serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach to begin his tenure with the Cougars. Ferguson assisted the Head Coach with practices, game planning and scouting reports while providing in-game statistical analysis for halftime breakdown. [MORE]
Griesmer previously worked at the University of New Hampshire where he served the Wildcats as their Offensive Quality Control Coach. In Durham, Griesmer created and prepared weekly scouting report for the student-athletes, detailing opponents' tendencies and the offensive game plan. [MORE]
Rinaudo was the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at Concordia Preparatory School in Towson, Md. He developed and implemented the team's game plan while overseeing all offensive operations and play-calling duties. Rinaudo helped the squad to the 2018 MIAA Conference title game in just the program's second season. [MORE]
Braine joins the Hawks after a successful stint as the Defensive Coordinator for East Stroudsburg. With the Warriors in 2017, Braine mentored a defensive unit that led all divisions of NCAA college football in forced fumbles per game (3.09) while ranking second in fumble recoveries (23) and fifth nationally with 31 takeaways. [MORE]
In his first season as the team's Offensive Coordinator, Softcheck more than doubled his team's passing yards and touchdowns thrown from the 2017 season while overseeing an increase in the squad's offensive yards per game (323.8 yd/gm in 2018, 229.3 yd/gm in 2017). Under Lucas, the offensive line blocked for a team that averaged 3.2 yards per rush last season.
Trisciani, the longest-tenured coach in the modern-day history of the Hawks football program, has 40 years of coaching experience and has been on the Saint Anselm coaching staff since 2009. The recipient of the prestigious Anselmian Leadership and Service Award in May, he enters his 11th season as an assistant and will continue to guide the team's defensive line.
The Hawks seek to improve a 1-8 record last season against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Three of those defeats came by four or less points. Saint Anselm handed American International a 29-21 loss during Homecoming Weekend and the squad played a triple-overtime contest against Stonehill to open the season. The host Hawks scored 54 points in one of the highest-scoring games in program history.