Joe Moorhead, FCRH '96, Named Head Football Coach at Fordham University
Dec. 16, 2011
New York, N.Y. -
Fordham University announced today that Joe Moorhead is the new head coach of its football program. Moorhead, who was a three-year starter for the Rams in the 1990's, signed a multi-year agreement. He becomes the fourth alumnus since 1920 to serve as head football coach at Rose Hill, the first since Jim Lansing, who served as the Rams' mentor from 1966-71.
"We are very pleased to bring Joe Moorhead back to Fordham as head coach," said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. "As an alumnus of both the University and its football program, he understands, and embodies, the values of a Jesuit education. We believe his experience and leadership will bring new energy to the Rams, on and off the field."
"I'm extremely humbled and enthused to be named the new head football coach at Fordham University," said Moorhead. "Very few people are afforded the opportunity to be a collegiate head football coach, much less the head coach at their alma mater. I am truly grateful to Father McShane, Vice President Gray, Frank McLaughlin and the rest of the committee for giving me this opportunity."
Moorhead arrives 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 past 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 Papa John's.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 year 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.
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 received an English degree from Fordham in 1996. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: daughter Kyra (8), son Mason (6) and son Donovan (2).
"We are excited to be able to find a coach of Joe Moorhead's caliber to lead our football program," said Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Frank McLaughlin. "Not only does he have a wealth of coaching experience but he is a Fordham man and has a great understanding of what it's like to play for such a tradition-rich program. We are extremely confident that Joe will take the program the next level in the NCAA FCS."
Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City's Jesuit University. With 22 men's and women's varsity sports teams, the Fordham Rams are members of the NCAA Division I and compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, women's rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. The Fordham Rams compete in the NCAA FCS Patriot League for football, winning the 2003 and 2007 Patriot League championship.