Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Paul Rice, a former assistant coach at Yale, was named Fordham's Defensive Coordinator in February of 2018.
In his first year at Fordham, Rice saw three players earn All-Patriot League honors, including linebacker Glenn Cunningham, who led the conference in tackles for loss with a school single season record of 21.5. Overall, the Fordham defense led the Patriot League in tackles for loss and was third in red zone defense.
26457Rice arrived at Rose Hill after serving with Fordham head coach Joe Conlin as an assistant coach at Yale University for five years, serving as the Defensive Backs Coach and Special Teams Coordinator in 2017.
Rice helped the Yale defense rank number one in scoring defense in the Ivy League in 2017 as well as number two in defensive pass efficiency. He coached two First Team All-Ivy players and one Second Team honoree, and was selected as one of the top 30 coaches under the age of 30 in the NCAA/NAIA/High School ranks by the AFCA.
Prior to his stint in New Haven, Rice served as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Georgia Tech in 2012, where he helped the Yellow Jackets to a 7-7 season and a 2012 Sun Bowl victory over Southern California.
The captain of the 2009 Yale football team, Rice was named the Bulldogs’ outside linebackers coach in February 2013. He took over as special teams coordinator in 2015 and was selected by the American Football Coaches Foundation® for the AFCA 30 Under 30 Coaches’ Leadership Institute in 2016. The former Yale star coached a pair of All-Ivy performers in 2015 in punter Bryan Holmes and linebacker Matt Oplinger, who repeated in 2016.
Rice was a four-year Yale starter who began his career as one of the biggest cornerbacks in the country and finished his collegiate career as a first-team All-Ivy linebacker. He accumulated 196 tackles, six interceptions and numerous big plays with the football in his hands while earning league honors three seasons.
A former Ohio Division III co-defensive player of the year and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete at University High School in Cleveland Heights, Rice helped the Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring defense consecutive seasons.
Rice played one season for the L’Hospitalet Pioners (Barcelona, Spain) in the spring of 2011. He served as a player/coach, competing on both sides of the ball and helping the Pioners to a national championship.
Rice, who received a degree in political science from Yale, was a volunteer with the Yale football team in the fall of 2011.
Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Mike Burchett was named Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at Fordham in March of 2018.
Burchett had an immediate impact in his first year on Rose Hill as the Fordham passing game ranked first in the Patriot League while freshman quarterback Tim DeMorat set a school freshman record with eleven touchdown passes, completing 148 passes for 1,633 yards, both second best all-time among Fordham freshmen.
26459Burchett arrived at Fordham after spending three years at West Virginia University, the plast year as the Offensive Analyst where he was responsible for advanced scouting, preliminary game planning, and offensive self-scout. He also assisted in developing weekly game plans, specifically the pass game plan, and scripted the defensive scout team based on the offensive game plan.
In his first two years in Morgantown, Burchett served as an Offensive Graduate Assistant where he was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks under the supervision of head coach Dana Holgorsen. He also conducted all position meetings and daily drills with the Mountaineer quarterbacks and assisted in developing weekly pass game plans. Burchett’s in-game duties included assisting with play calling and communicating with the head coach and quarterbacks.
Prior to his stint at West Virginia, Burchett was an Offensive Graduate Assistant at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky, in 2014 where he assisted the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in providing detailed breakdowns of opponent’s coverage tendencies, first down tendencies and opening drive tendencies. He also compiled opponent scouting reports, composed daily quarterback cut-ups for position meetings and coached the scout team, defensive secondary and linebackers.
A 2014 graduate of Kentucky with a degree in mathematical economics, Burchett was a preferred walk-on for the Wildcats in 2010 and 2011, being a part of the 2011 team that appeared in the BBVA Compass Bowl. He transferred to West Virginia in 2011 where he served as the backup to Geno Smith for two years as the Mountaineers won the 2011 Big East championship and the 2012 Orange Bowl.
Burchett returned to Kentucky in 2013 where he served as a student assistant while finishing his undergraduate degree. He also earned a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication from West Virginia in 2016.
Assistant Coach - Special Teams/Running Backs
Shane Fogarty, who served as offensive coordinator at Colby College in 2014, returned for his second stint at Fordham as an assistant with the football program in 2015. Fogarty, who previously served under former Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Fordham in 2012, will be responsible for the Rams’ special teams and running backs again in 2018.
Under Fogarty's tutelage, running back Chase Edmonds compiled 5,862 career rushing yards along with 74 career touchdowns and 67 career rushing touchdown, all school and Patriot League records. His 5,862 career rushing yards is fifth best in NCAA FCS history while his 67 career rushing touchdowns is fourth best and his career rushing yards/game average of 133.2 is 14th best. He also amassed 7,374 career all-purpose yards, a school and Patriot League career record, tenth best in NCAA FCS history.
The Fordham special teams was also among the nation's best in 2017, leading the NCAA FCS in punt return defense (2.75) and ranking 27th in punt return average (10.11).
Fogarty tutored Edmonds to consensus All-American honors in 2016. The junior finished fourth in voting for the 2016 Walter Payton Award, presented to the NCAA FCS offensive player of the year. Edmonds led the NCAA FCS in rushing yards per game (163.5) and was second in total rushing yards as well as ranking second in all-purpose yards per game (194.6) and third in rushing touchdowns. The 1,799 yards was just 39 yards shy of Edmonds’ school single season record set in 2014.
15299In 2015, Fogarty helped Edmonds earn consensus All-America honors as the sophomore, who was also named the 2015 Patriot League and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, rushed 251 times for 1,648 yards and 20 touchdowns while also catching 31 passes for 383 yards and five scores. He led the Patriot League and was third in the NCAA FCS in rushing yards and led the league and was fourth in the NCAA FCS in rushing yards/game (137.3) and rushing touchdowns. Edmonds led the league and was fourth in the NCAA FCS in all-purpose yards/game (184.18) and was second in the nation in scoring (12.5 points/game).
Between his first stretch at Fordham and his year at Colby in 2014, Fogarty served as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut in 2013, working with the safeties and assisting with the special teams.
In 2012 with the Rams, Fogarty coached tight end Dan Light at Fordham, who was named First Team All-Patriot League as he hauled in 45 passes for 388 yards, the most for any Patriot League tight end and the most receptions for a tight end in Fordham history.
On special teams, Fogarty coached placekicker Patrick Murray, who earned All-America honors and led the NCAA FCS with 25 made field goals while ranking second in punting average (46.0).
Light signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs following graduation and was on the Denver Broncos practice roster in 2015 while Murray served as the placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014 and signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Brown in 2016.
Fogarty was a graduate assistant for the Huskies in 2010 and 2011, coaching the defensive backs and linebackers for the 2010 BIG EAST championship team, who appeared in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and the 2011 squad.
Prior to his stay in Storrs, Fogarty spent the 2009 season as an assistant at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. He coached the wide receivers that year and helped the Cadets to the 2009 East Coast Football Conference championship.
Fogarty was an assistant coach at Trinity College in Hartford from 2006-08 working with the running backs and special teams in 2008 and leading the Bantams to the 2008 NESCAC championship. In 2006 and 2007, he coached the outside linebackers.
From February through June of 2008, Fogarty served as a head coach and offensive coordinator for the Carinthian Black Lions in the Austrian Football League.
A 2006 graduate of UConn with a degree in history, Fogarty was a member of the Husky football program from 2002-05, earning a letter in his senior season. While at UConn, he earned the Joseph M. Giannelli Unsung Hero Award as well as the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes Award for Academic Excellence in the football program.
A native of West Virginia, Fogarty led Morgantown High School to the 2001 championship in the state’s biggest division. He had a 25-2 record as a starting quarterback in high school and was a two-time All-State pick.
Fogarty and his wife Samantha are the parents to two young children, Maggie and Colin.
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Vincent Natali, a former member of the University of New Mexico football staff, was named Fordham's offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in February of 2018.
In his first year with the Rams, Natali helped the Fordham offense lead the Patriot League in passing yards/game and saw Nick Zakelj earn Second Team All-Patriot League honors.
26462Natali arrived at Fordham after serving as the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico, for two years.
At New Mexico, Natali directed all aspects of the football recruiting program and also worked in conjunction with the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations on New Player Orientation, housing, football camps, and advance travel.
As the director of recruiting, his responsibilities included the organization of all recruiting efforts. Natali also worked with compliance regarding initial eligibility and admissions with incoming recruits.
In his first year at New Mexico, the Lobos went 9-4, earned a co-Mountain Division championship and a New Mexico Bowl title.
Prior to his stay at New Mexico, Natali spent three seasons as the offensive line coach for the Indiana State Sycamores, including spending the 2015 season as the run-game coordinator. In his one year as the run-game coordinator, the Sycamores showed tremendous improvement in rushing offense by going from 115th nationally in 2014 to 45th nationally in 2015. Natali was a part of the 2014 staff at Indiana State that saw the Sycamores reach the NCAA FCS playoffs for the first time since 1984, and picked up their first playoff win since 1983.
In 2012, Natali served as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Utah State. That year, the Aggies won the WAC Championship and defeated Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Prior to entering the coaching profession, Natali worked for two of the world's largest accounting and advising firms at KPMG in Albuquerque, NM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, IL.
Natali played for the Lobos from 2004-07, defeating Nevada in the 2007 New Mexico Bowl. Natali earned First Team All-Mountain West honors and Second Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American as a senior. Overall, Natali was a three-time Academic All-MWC honoree and graduated in 2006 from UNM with a degree in Finance. He then earned his MBA from New Mexico in 2008.
Assistant Coach - Defensive Line
Scott Vallone, a former assistant coach at St. Lawrence University, was named Fordham's defensive line coach in February of 2018.
In his first year at Fordham, Vallone guided a defensive line that helped the Rams lead the Patriot League and rank 20th in the NCAA FCS in tackles for loss (7.5/game).
26465Vallone joined the Fordham staff after spending two years at St. Lawrence University as the team’s defensive coordinator. He also coached the linebackers in 2017 and the defensive line in 2016.
In 2017, Vallone saw linebacker Skyler Williamson earn Liberty Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Region honors along with three other players who earned All-Liberty Conference accolades. The St. Lawrence defense led the Liberty Conference in fourth down conversion (seventh in the NCAA), tackles for loss (12th in the NCAA), first downs defense (41st in the NCAA), third down conversion and sacks.
In 2016, Vallone led the Saints defense to one of the most dominant seasons in program history. St. Lawrence was the top-ranked team in the Liberty League in 13 defensive categories and ranked in the top 10 in the nation in five categories, including scoring defense (second, 11.0 points allowed per game), defensive touchdowns (third, six in 10 games), first downs defense (seventh overall and third among teams that played more than eight games, 129 allowed), red zone defense (seventh, .500), and tackles for loss (ninth, 9.1 per game).
Among the Saints’ defensive leaders was Chyron Brown-Wallace '17, the most decorated St. Lawrence football player in nearly 35 years. He earned the highest vote total among NCAA Division III athletes for the Cliff Harris Award, which recognizes the best small college defensive player in the nation. A two-time American Football Coaches Association First-Team All-American, Brown-Wallace was the 2016 Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year and earned D3football.com All-American honors. He was a three-time First-Team All-Liberty League selection and earned St. Lawrence’s Martha Finch Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award.
Vallone also lent guidance to Alec Dietsch '17, a linebacker from Clarence, New York. Dietsch finished the 2016 season with 73 tackles including 37 solo stops, 10.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and was named a member of D3football.com’s All-East Region Third Team, All-Liberty League First Team, ECAC All-North Region Second Team and the Liberty League All-Academic Team.
Vallone served as the defensive line assistant coach at his alma mater, Rutgers University, in 2015 and started his coaching career as St. Lawrence’s defensive line coach in 2014.
Vallone graduated from Rutgers in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. A four-year starter for the Scarlet Knights at defensive tackle, he was a First Team All-Big East selection and the school’s Best Rush Lineman Award winner as a senior after posting a team-high 12.5 tackles for loss. He finished his career with 195 tackles and made 51 consecutive starts. A Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America in 2009, he scored a touchdown against North Carolina Central after recovering a fumble in the end zone in the first game of the 2011 season.
Following graduation, Vallone had professional stints with three NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots. He also spent time in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes.
Assistant Coach - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Darrell Perkins, a former assistant coach at the University of Maryland, was named an assistant football coach at Fordham University in August of 2016. He will again serve as the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the second straight season in 2018 after coaching the corner backs in 2016.
Last fall, Perkins saw Dylan Mabin earn all-Patriot League honors after leading the team with ten pass breakups while the Fordham defense led teh Patriot League in tackles for loss with 7.5/game..
In his second year coaching the safeties in 2017, Perkins saw strong safety Antonio Jackson garner Second Team All-Patriot League honors after leading the team, and ranking second in the league, with four interceptions while also finishing third in total tackles with 63.
In 2016, Perkins guided a Fordham defensive back unit that was tops in the Patriot League, and fifth in the NCAA FCS, in defensive passing efficiency (106.61) and finished third in the league in passes intercepted with 13 which helped the Rams lead the Patriot League and rank 12th in the NCAA FCS in turnovers gained (26).
The 2016 Fordham safeties were led by Caleb Ham, who garnered First Team All-Patriot League honors after tying for the team lead with three interceptions and finishing second with 62 total tackles.
18802Perkins coached the defensive backs for the Terrapins in 2015 and spent the 2014 season as cornerbacks coach at Old Dominion University, overseeing a senior-laden group led by Eriq Lewis and Reggie Owens. Lewis led the unit with 47 tackles and a sack, while Owens had 26 tackles and a sack.
Perkins coached at Connecticut for four years (2010-13), working with the secondary. While at Connecticut, Perkins helped develop Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz, who were both selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
In 2012, Perkins’ safeties helped the Huskies defense to rank ninth in the country, and first in the BIG EAST, in total defense.
In 2010, Perkins helped the Connecticut defense rank tied for fifth nationally in interceptions and rank 28th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. The Huskies went 8-5 that year, winning a share of the BIG EAST and earning a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
Perkins served as the defensive backs coach at Louisiana-Monroe in 2008 and 2009. He helped lead the Louisiana-Monroe defense to the top ranking in the Sun Belt Conference in 2009.
Prior to his stint at Monroe, he was the defensive coordinator at Charleston Southern in 2007. He was the linebackers and special teams coach at Northern Colorado in 2006 and was the defensive backs/special teams coordinator at Charleston Southern from 2004-05.
In 2004, Charleston Southern was ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision in pass defense at 131 yards per game.
15465Perkins was the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Ferris State from 2002-03 as the Bulldogs finished first in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in pass defense at 161 yards per game.
Perkins served as a defensive graduate assistant at Purdue in 2000 and 2001. He started his football coaching career at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where he was an assistant coach from 1997-99 at his alma mater.
He was the head basketball coach at Legacy High School in Fort Collins, Colo., from 1993-96 and led the team to two state playoff appearances.
A 1990 graduate of Wyoming where he earned a degree in business marketing, Perkins was a two-year starter at running back for the Cowboys and a three-year letter winner from 1985-89.
At Wyoming, Perkins played in the 1987 and 1988 Holiday Bowls and with Purdue coached in the 2001 Rose Bowl, following the Boilermakers’ 2000 Big Ten championship, and the 2001 Sun Bowl.
Perkins is married to the former Elena Zbitskaya and the couple has a son, Spencer, who played soccer at Iona.
Assistant Coach - Tight Ends/Co-Recruiting Coordinator
Ian Pace, who spent four years at Bowling Green State University, was named Fordham University tight ends coach in June of 2013. He completed his sixth season with the unit at Rose Hill in 2018.
Last year Pace continued his streak of coaching an All-Patriot League player as Isaiah Searight earned First Team All-League honors, the sixth time a Ram earned All-Patriot honors under Pace's guidance, the second for Searight. Searight, who had 42 catches for 479 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, made 89 career receptions for 1,119 yards with ten touchdowns. He tied the school record for career touchdowns by a tight end and is just the fourth Ram tight end in school history with more than 1,000 career receiving yards.
In 2017, Pace Searight earned Second Team All-League honors after finishing the year with 33 catches for 452 yards and four touchdowns. Searight caught eight passes for 129 yards and two scores, setting a school record for most receiving yards in a game by a tight end in school history.
In 2016, Searight earned Second Team All-League honors after catching 13 passes for 181 yards (13.9 yards/reception) and two touchdowns and providing solid blocking for consensus All-American running back Chase Edmonds.
In 2015 Pace coached a tight end who earned All-Patriot League honors for the third straight year as Phazahn Odom was named second team all-conference. Odom caught a team-high 37 passes for 492 yards (13.3 yards/catch) and a team-best seven touchdowns. The seven touchdown receptions set a school record for a tight end, surpassing the old mark of six set by Stephen Skelton in 2009 and matched by All-American Dan Light in 2014.
15317In 2014, Pace helped tight end Dan Light earn All-America honors for the second straight year as the senior caught 43 passes, a record for Fordham tight ends, for 385 yards and six touchdowns, leading all Patriot League tight ends in receptions and receiving yards. Light, who was named second team Capital One Academic All-America® and to the Academic All-Patriot League team in 2014, graduated fourth on the Fordham career reception list (177) and tenth on the career receiving yards list (1,594).
In 2013, Pace guided Light to All-America, All-ECAC and All-Patriot League honors as the junior received Third Team All-America accolades from Beyond Sports Network and First Team and Academic All-League honors from the Patriot League. He led all league tight ends with 66 receptions (a school record for tight ends) for 588 yards (the second most receiving yards for a Fordham tight end) and two touchdowns. He ranked second among all NCAA FCS tight ends in receptions per game (4.7) and was third in receiving yards per game (42.0) and ranked eighth in the Patriot League in receptions per game (4.7) and tenth in receiving yards per game (33.2).
Pace, who was a letterman with the Fordham football program from 2005-2008, returned to Rose Hill after serving on the staff at Bowling Green under former Fordham head coach Dave Clawson. Pace served as a graduate assistant coach for three years with the Falcons, assisting in daily meetings, practice planning, and game planning for the offensive line. His responsibilities included preparing scouting reports and tendency breakdowns for the offensive staff, maintaining offensive and junior college recruiting boards and running daily meetings for the freshmen offensive lineman. Pace was also assigned to recruit the New York, Southeast Ohio and California areas.
Pace was named a Footballscoop.com Graduate Assistant of the Day (May 16th, 2012) and helped the Bowling Green offense average 153.4 rushing yards per game in 2012, after the Falcons averaged 62.8 yards/game in 2010. The Bowling Green offensive line ranked 17th nationally in sacks allowed and 42nd nationally in TFLs allowed in 2012.
Prior to his on-field experience, Pace served as the football academic coordinator from July 2009 until August 2010 where he designed semester academic schedules for returning student-athletes, evaluated and instructed football personnel in all phases of academics and prepared and operated weekly study hall.
In his four years at Bowling Green, Pace coached five All-MAC Offensive linemen, and the Falcons appeared in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl and 2012 Military Bowl.
A 2009 Fordham College at Rose Hill graduate, Pace was a four-year member of the offensive line, starting at left tackle and left guard as a senior. He also earned a masters in education with a specialization in Sports Administration from Bowling Green State University in December 2012.
A graduate of Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, Ohio, Pace was an Honorable Mention All-Southwestern Conference and First Team All-County selection for the Shoremen. He was also a Second Team All-Cleveland Plain Dealer pick and was a member of the 2003 Division II state champions and 2004 Division II state runner-ups.
Assistant Coach - Outside Linebackers
James Lenahan joined the Fordham football staff in March of 2018. He will be responsible for the outside linebackers for the Rams again in 2019.
26468Last year, Lenahan's linebackers helped the Rams led the Patriot League and rank 20th in the NCAA FCS in tackles for loss with 7.5/game. He also saw one of his student-athletes, Glenn Cunningham, earn First Team All-Patriot League accolades after setting a school record with 21.5 tackles for loss.
Lenahan arrived at Fordham after serving as the Defensive Assistant/Assistant Defensive Line Coach at Yale in 2017 where he worked with Fordham head coach Joe Conlin and Fordham defensive coordinator Paul Rice. At Yale he was responsible for weekly full opponent film breakdown, assisting the defensive line coach during individual periods, creating and editing the defensive playbook and new installations and assisting the defensive coordinator in drawing all scout cards and running the scout team during practice.
Prior to his stay in New Haven, Lenahan was a graduate assistant coach at Utica College in 2015 and 2016, guiding the cornerbacks in his first year with the Pioneers and the outside linebackers during his second. He handled daily positional meetings, and structured individual periods during practice and assisted the defensive coordinator with defensive pass game schematics based on weekly opponents. Lenahan also was responsible for weekly opponent breakdowns with other graduate assistants and assisting on all aspects of special teams in accordance to the head coach. He also served as the junior varsity defensive coordinator/head coach in 2016.
A 2015 graduate of Utica College where he received a degree in cyber security, Lenahan was a three-year starter for the Pioneers. He was named to the Empire 8 All-Conference Team in 2013 and 2014 and was voted defensive player of the year by his coaches and teammates in 2012. He holds school career records for most interception return yards (172) and interceptions/game while his six interceptions in 2014 is the second best single season total at Utica.
Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
Chris Batti begins his second season on the Fordham staff in 2019 where he will be responsible for the Rams' wide receivers.
Last year, Batti's wide receivers helped the Rams lead the Patriot League in passing yards/game and he saw one of his charges, Austin Longi, earn First Team All-Patriot League honors. Longi led the Patriot League in receptions/game (5.5) and was second in receiving yards/game (65.1).
26470Batti joined the Fordham staff after spending seven years at Harvard University as the team’s running backs coach.
The Crimson's rushing attack ranked in the top half of the Ivy League in 2017 and was led by first team all-league selection Charlie Booker III, who rushed for 81.4 yards per game, third in the conference.
In 2015, Harvard finished the season with a 9-1 record and its 17th Ivy League championship. Batti helped lead senior Paul Stanton, Jr. to a unanimous All-Ivy first team selection. Stanton finished second in the Harvard record books with 38 career touchdowns and 36 career rushing scores. He ranked fourth with 2,906 career yards and third with 228 career points. During his senior campaign, Stanton led the Ancient Eight in rushing with 809 yards.
With a deep running corps for the 2014 season, Batti helped the Crimson to a perfect 10-0 season and its 16th Ivy League championship. Led by Stanton, who totaled 990 yards rushing, the Crimson running backs ranked 14th in the NCAA with 230.5 yards per game. Stanton, a first-team All-Ivy League, and All-New England selection, ranked second in the Ancient Eight.
Batti's running backs contributed to Harvard's 15th Ivy League title in 2013 by notching 173.6 rushing yards per game in the Ancient Eight and notched 100-plus rushing yards in all but one game, while breaking over 200 yards on three occasions. Stanton, who tied the Harvard record for touchdowns in 'The Game' with four scores (two rushing, two receiving), earned a spot on the All-Ivy League team.
In Batti’s first season in Cambridge, Harvard averaged 217.3 rushing yards per Ivy game, the best mark in the league by a 42-yard margin. The Crimson ranked 17th nationally in overall rushing at 214.3 yards per game. Treavor Scales ’13 earned first-team All-Ivy League honors while ranking 43rd nationally with 81.6 rushing yards per game.
Batti arrived at Harvard after spending four seasons at Northwestern, including the last two as a graduate assistant and wide receivers coach while earning a master’s degree in sports administration. He initially came to Northwestern in 2008 as a quality control intern while assisting with the offensive line.
In 2011, Northwestern ranked second in the Big Ten in total offense and led the 12-team league in passing offense at 254.2 yards per game. The Wildcats completed a conference-best 71.0 percent of their passes, leading the league with 289 completions. Wide receiver Jeremy Ebert became the first Wildcat since 1998 to top 1,000 yards receiving (1,060) and hauled in 11 touchdowns on 75 receptions while earning second-team All-Big Ten accolades from the media and honorable mention from the coaches.
In 2010, Northwestern ranked third in the Big Ten in passing offense with 242.6 yards per game in the regular season. Quarterback Dan Persa broke the Big Ten record for completion percentage by connecting on 73.5 percent of his throws and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in the process.
A Glenview, Illinois native, Batti earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2008. Batti played quarterback at Harper College in Palatine, Ill., in 2004-05 and was a member of Harper's 2004 NJCAA national championship club. He earned conference scholar-athlete honors while at Harper and then transferred to Illinois. There, he worked with the Fighting Illini football program in 2007-08 as a student manager.
Assistant Defensive Backs/Safeties
Steve Thames joined the Fordham staff in April of 2017. He will serve as the assistant defensive backs/safeties coach again in 2019.
Last fall, Thames led a unit that featured Dylan Mabin, who earned First Team All-Patriot League honors after leading the conference and ranking 19th in the NCAA FCS in passes defended (1.2/game). Mabin was joined in the defensive backfield by Jesse Bramble who was second in the league, and 22nd in the nation, in passes defended.
26474Thames arrived at Fordham after serving as an assistant at Dartmouth College for wo years. In 2016 he served as the offensive quality control/assistant wide receivers coach for the Big Green before being elevated to the running backs/returners coach in 2017. The Big Green closed out the 2017 season with a 54-44 win over Princeton where running back Jared Gerbino gained 202 yards and scored four touchdowns, becoming the first Dartmouth player in six years to top 200 rushing yards in a game. Dartmouth finished the year ranked third in the Ivy League in rushing, averaging 180.0 yards/game. Following the season two Big Green running backs received All-Ivy honors with Hunter Hagdorn placed on the second team and Ryder Stone being named honorable mention.
In his first year in Hanover, Thames assisted the offensive coordinator with the day-to-day objectives and helped mentor Ivy League Rookie of the Year Hunter Hagdorn.
A 2015 graduate of New Hampshire with a degree in sociology, Thames was a valuable defensive back throughout his four years, playing in 46 games while collecting 122 tackles and intercepting seven passes, three of which he returned for touchdowns. The Wildcats reached the FCS Playoffs in each of his four seasons, winning CAA titles in 2012 and 2014, advancing as far as the semifinals during his junior campaign. He earned All-CAA honors as a senior in 2014.
Thames quickly got into college coaching after finishing up at UNH, serving as an intern with the football team at James Madison, which shared the Colonial Athletic Association crown in 2015. He worked directly with the Dukes’ secondary and was responsible for weekly film breakdown and scouting reports.
Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations
Evan Ostrow, former scouting assistant with the Denver Broncos, joined the Fordham Football program as the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations in July of 2017.
Ostrow is responsible for day to day management of the football program, team travel, budget management, summer camps, coordinating the football alumni, supervising office staff, interns and volunteers and managing pre-season training camp.
Ostrow arrived at Fordham after serving as a scouting assistant with the Denver Broncos in 2016-2017 where he was responsible for player evaluation and updating and maintaining team boards and depth charts for the coaches and personnel department.
Prior to his stint with the Broncos, Ostrow served as the assistant recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Penn State, from 2014-2016. He directed and entertained all prospects and their families during on-campus visits and created, organized and disseminated outbound and internal recruiting materials for the Nittany Lions. Ostrow also communicated with prospects and parents/guardians through proper social media channels and over the phone.
In the spring of 2014, Ostrow was a ticket sales and services specialist with the New York Mets while from August of 2013 until February of 214 he served as a producer intern with NFL Films. He created reports on team tendencies, personnel groupings and player involvement for NFL Films and was a weekly producer of live television shoots for NFL Network's "Around the League Live" through NFL Team Cam.
A 2013 graduate of Penn State with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Ostrow served as undergraduate assistant with the football team where he provided information about student life, academics, facilities and the football program in 2012-2013.