Head Coach Joe Conlin
Joe Conlin, who served as associate head coach/offensive coordinator at Yale for four years, was named head football coach at Fordham University on December 22, 2017.
26454In his first season on Rose Hill, Conlin's offense led the Patriot League in passing offense, averaging 200.7 passing yards/game and he saw seven players earn All-Patriot League honors.
Conlin, who spent six seasons at Yale, was named the Joel E. Smilow '54 Offensive Coordinator at the school in 2014.
In 2017, Yale ended a 37-year drought when it beat Harvard 24-3 in the 134th edition of The Game to win the Ivy League Title. Yale improved from 3-7 in '16 to 9-1 in '17 and its offense improved in nearly every key statistical category under Conlin's leadership.
In 2017, the Yale offense ranked 12th in the NCAA FCS in total offense (450.7 yards/game) and 13th in passing efficiency (152.41) while also ranking in the top 22 in the NCAA FCS in red zone offense (14th), rushing offense (14th), scoring offense (14th) and fewest sacks allowed (22nd).
Conlin arrived at Yale as the offensive line coach in 2013 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014. His 2014 season was a great start as the Yale offensive coordinator. The Bulldogs, who went 8-2, led the NCAA FCS in total offense (ranking third among all NCAA schools), while running back Tyler Varga (points per game) and wide receiver Grant Wallace (yards per game) led the FCS in offensive categories. In addition, his quarterback, Morgan Roberts, was tops in the Ivy in almost every statistic before finishing his career in 2015 as one of Yale's all-time best.
Conlin, who also served as the offensive line coach, did great things with the guys up front. The stats tell most of the story, but there are other accomplishments. His 2013 (and 2014) starting five began every game, the only Ivy League school to accomplish that, while three of the five earned All-Ivy League honors. His latest honoree was Luke Longinotti, a first-team All-Ivy center.
26456Conlin arrived in New Haven after spending the 2011 season as the offensive line coach at Harvard, helping the Crimson win an Ivy League title while setting a school scoring record.
Most of Conlin's coaching experience was at FCS power New Hampshire, where he helped the Wildcats to seven straight NCAA playoff appearances from 2004 to 2010. During his tenure at UNH, Conlin served as the offensive line coach in 2009 and 2010 but also worked with the defensive line, safeties and special teams for a program that went 65-25 and won one conference championship.
Conlin, a three-year starter at defensive tackle at the University of Pittsburgh, coached the defensive line at West Virginia Tech in 2003, a year after graduating. His Pittsburgh head coach, Walt Harris, selected him as a game captain four times. Conlin earned a degree in administration of justice in 2002.
He also gained coaching experience at Greensburg Central Catholic High School from 2002-03 where he worked with the tight ends and defensive ends while also handling strength and conditioning.
Conlin, his wife, Karen, and daughters, Hannah and Katie, currently reside in Southington, Conn.