|(updated 10:40 a.m.) BG names Scheier interim coach|
|Written by Jack Carle Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:08|
He’s in his fifth season with the Falcons, serving as the team’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.
Scheier takes over for Dave Clawson, who has accepted the head coaching position at Wake Forest.
Scheier will coach the Falcons in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 against Pittsburgh.
‘‘I found out (Monday) night,’’ Scheier said Tuesday morning. ‘‘It’s an honor and it’s a privilege to stand here before these young men who have put some much in this program, and gotten us to where we are.
‘‘The opportunity to lead them over the next two weeks into the bowl game in Detroit is something I am truly thankful for.’’
Chris Kingston, Bowling Green’s athletics director, picked Scheier to coach in the bowl game.
‘‘I felt Adam is going to do a great job leading the team and continue to prepare for the bowl game. He will provide great continuity and leadership. That’s what I was looking for in my decision,’’ Kingston said.
Scheier is a graduate of Dartmouth with a degree in psychology, and he earned a master’s degree in education at Columbia.
He has been in coaching since 1996, spending time at Dartmouth, Columbia, Princeton, and Lehigh before joining Clawson at Bowling Green in 2009.
Under Scheier’s tutelage, BG’s special teams unit has been one of the most aggressive and innovative in the Mid-American Conference, blocking 16 kicks, returning three kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns, while executing several fake punts to perfection.
Scheier has produced six All-MAC special teams performers — punter Brian Wright (2010 second team), punt returner Eugene Cooper (2010 second team), kick returner Jerry ‘BooBoo’ Gates (2011 second team), punter Brian Schmiedebusch (2011 first team, and 2012 second team) and punt returner Ryan Burbrink (2013 second team).
The Falcons’ tight ends have become one of the most dynamic aspects of the Falcon offense over the past several years, in both the run and pass game.
Tight end Alex Bayer, a third team All-MAC performer, is second on the team with 34 receptions. Bayer, Tyler Beck and Chris Pohlman, are used in all aspects of the Falcon offense. The trio has combined for 48 catches and six touchdowns this season.
Scheier has produced All-MAC tight ends on three occasions — Jimmy Scheidler (2009 second team) and Bayer (2012 second team, and 2013 third team) both being recognized during his tenure
‘‘He’s a great leader, and a great man,’’ BG fifth-year senior Ronnie Goble said about Scheier. ‘‘He’s funny, he’s charismatic, he’s a good coach. We all love him; so he’s a great fit for the interim coach.’’
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 13:24|
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