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Photos from the 2013 Fordham football spring game on Jack Coffey Field on April 26
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Photos of the Fordham-Cincinnati football game in Nippert Stadium on October 13, 2012
Photos from the Fordham-Georgetown Patriot League football game on Jack Coffey Field on October 6, 2012.
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As an English major at Fordham, Joe Moorhead surely read Thomas Wolfe's "You Can't Go Home Again." But fortunately for Fordham football fans he didn't take it to heart as Moorhead returned to his alma mater to assume the position of head football coach in December of 2011, and immediately made a difference, leading the Rams to one of the top turnarounds in NCAA history.
Inheriting a team that had gone 1-10 in 2011, Moorhead guided Fordham to a 6-5 record in 2012, the second best turnaround in the NCAA FCS last fall. The six wins were the most for a first-year Fordham head football coach since Jim "Sleepy" Crowley also won six games in his first season at Fordham in 1933.
The Rams showed tremendous improvement on the offensive side of the ball under Moorhead's tutelage which came as no surprise as Moorhead was a record-setting quarterback at Fordham in the 1990's. Last fall, the Fordham offense averaged 435.7 yards/game, second best in the Patriot League and 20th best in the NCAA FCS while the Rams scored 31.2 ppg, second in the league and 31st in the NCAA FCS.
On the ground in 2012, Fordham was led by Carlton Koonce who broke the school's single season rushing record with 1,596 yards, leading the Patriot League and ranking fourth in the NCAA FCS in rushing yards/game. Through the air, the Rams had the second-ranked passing offense in the Patriot League, averaging 279.6 yards/game, 18th best in the NCAA FCS.
Moorhead arrived at Fordham with 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Connecticut where he coached the previous three years. He served as the offensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010, leading an offensive unit that was second in the BIG EAST Conference in scoring offense and rushing offense in 2010, as the Huskies won the conference title and appeared in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. Following the season, running back Jordan Todman was named Second Team All-America and BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Additionally, two other offensive players were named First Team All-BIG EAST with Todman (San Diego/sixth round) and Anthony Sherman (Arizona/fifth round) being selected in the NFL draft.
In 2009, the UConn offense finished the season as the third most productive offense in the BIG EAST, second in scoring, and Moorhead was nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, presented annually to the Top Assistant Coach in the NCAA FBS. The Huskies finished the season 8-5 and defeated South Carolina in the PapaJohns.com Bowl.
Prior to his stay at Connecticut, Moorhead served as an assistant coach at Akron for five years (2004-2008), the final two as the offensive coordinator. In 2008, Akron was one of 17 schools nationally to be ranked among the top 50 in rushing offense (45th at 165.7 yards per game), passing offense (46th at 231.50), total offense (40th at 396.97) and scoring offense (36th at 30.0 points per game).
Akron was the most improved school in the nation in 2008 in terms of total offense and was the sixth-most improved in scoring offense. In the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Akron was third in points per game and turnover margin (plus 0.5) and fourth in rushing yards per game.
In 2006, Moorhead was the Akron quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, where he mentored Luke Getsy, who left Akron with 24 different school records.
The Zips won the school's first-ever Mid-American Conference championship and played in the Motor City Bowl in 2005 with Moorhead serving as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Current New York Giant Domenik Hixon set a school single-season record that fall with 1,210 receiving yards under Moorhead's tutelage.
Moorhead also has Patriot League experience, serving as an assistant at Georgetown for four seasons from 2000 through 2003, where he had stints as the running backs coach, quarterbacks coach and the offensive coordinator, in his final year.
As a collegiate performer at Fordham, Moorhead was a three-year starter at quarterback and was a team captain as a senior. He was a Second Team All-Patriot League pick as a senior, finishing 13th nationally in total offense, and graduated with school single-season records for completions and passing yards.
Following his collegiate career, Moorhead spent time in the training camp of the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League after playing the 1996 season for the Munich Cowboys of the E.F.A.F.
Moorhead, a native of Pittsburgh, received an English degree from Fordham in 1996. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: daughter Kyra (12), son Mason (10) and son Donovan (5).