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Tavani Garners Contract Extension

Jan. 22, 2014

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EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani, who just completed his 14th season as head coach at Lafayette and his 27th on the Lafayette coaching staff, has received a contract extension that will keep him at Lafayette at least through the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Tavani and his Leopard program are coming off a 2013 Patriot League championship that accompanied a 4-1 conference mark, including a 50-28 win over No. 15 Lehigh in the 149th meeting of College Football's Most Played Rivalry.

"Frank Tavaniled our program to a remarkable turnaround this season and the program's first outright title in 19 seasons," said Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. "Under Frank's leadership, we've had outstanding student-athletes in our program who compete at a championship level."

During his tenure, Tavani has guided the program to four Patriot League titles (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2013) and all four of the program's NCAA FCS Playoff appearances. Counting his time as an assistant, he has been a part of seven Patriot League titles and has the second most career wins in program history (76).

Tavani's teams also have achieved in the classroom. In 2013, Lafayette football boasted the fourth best Graduation Success Rate in the NCAA. Tavani has coached 29 academic all-district honorees, including two Academic All-Americans in 2013, and five Patriot League Football Scholar-Athletes of the Year, including Mark Rossin 2013.

"I am thankful and appreciative to the College administration, and in particular, President Byerly for supporting my contract extension and our program at unprecedented levels," said Tavani, the longest tenured coach in the Patriot League. "When I took over here in 1999, I was charged with guiding our student-athletes toward a quality education and championship football, and I feel like we have accomplished that."