Maryland's Matt Hachmann Named Lafayette's Running Backs Coach
April 22, 2000
Easton, Pa. - The Lafayette College football program has named Matt Hachmann its new running backs coach. Hachmann has served on the football staff at four different NCAA Division I-A programs, most recently as the offensive assistant and director of football operations at the University of Maryland.
Current Lafayette assistant football coach Mark Reardon was promoted to special teams coordinator. Also the recruiting coordinator for the Leopards' gridiron program, Reardon will coach the defensive backs this season. He replaces Mike Joseph, who resigned after eight seasons on Lafayette's staff to enter the business world.
First-year Head Coach Frank Tavani also added to his staff by hiring Kevin Keating and Bryan Cook as part-time assistants. Keating, who compiled a record of 94-62-7 as the head coach at Pottsville (Pa.) Area High School, will serve as an offensive assistant, while Cook will assist with the defensive staff.
The hiring of Hachmann is Tavani's third new assistant from a Division I-A program. Former Bowling Green offensive coordinator Mike Faragalli was named the Leopards' offensive coordinator on Jan. 13, and former Army linebackers coach John Loose was named defensive coordinator on Feb. 3.
"All five new Lafayette football staff members are a testament to Frank Tavani's commitment to restoring the tradition of excellence in our program," said Lafayette Director of Athletics Eve Atkinson. "I am really excited about the new football staff that is now in place, and I believe the three newest members are excellent additions."
"Matt Hachmann, Bryan Cook and Kevin Keating really complete our staff in a great way," said Tavani, who was named Lafayette's 27th head football coach on Dec. 11, 1999. "Matt came very highly recommended and was integrally involved in Maryland's offense. We are very fortunate to have added Kevin to the staff. His background speaks for itself. With Bryan, we have another outstanding young coach from a great program at Ithaca. Plus, I am really excited for Mark Reardon. He has a lot of responsibilities now, but he is someone who can not only handle it, but perform extremely well."
While at Maryland, Hachmann was involved with all game plan sessions and offensive strategy meetings. He was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the football office, and directed the in-house operations in regards to recruiting.
"I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Lafayette football program," said Hachmann. "I think we can do some great things here."
"I think Lafayette made an excellent choice in Matt Hachmann," said Maryland Offensive Coordinator Bob Heffner, Lafayette's offensive line coach from 1988-89 and offensive coordinator from 1994-95. "He did a great job here at Maryland and I think he will do a great job at Lafayette as the running backs coach. He is a detail-oriented individual and a tremendous recruiter."
A 1993 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. with a bachelor of arts degree in marketing management, Hachmann was a three-year letterwinner for the football team that was a Division III quarterfinalist in 1990. He was also a two-year letterwinner for the baseball team, earning the most improved player award his senior season.
Prior to arriving at Maryland, Hachmann served as the assistant offensive line coach at the University of Oklahoma for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He spent the 1995 and 1996 seasons at Northern Illinois University, also serving as the assistant offensive line coach. While associated with both Oklahoma and Northern Illinois, he pursued a master of science degree in sports management.
Following graduation from St. Thomas, Hachmann served as the recruiting assistant at Northwestern University for the 1994 season.
Born in Queens, N.Y., and a native of Chicago, Hachmann and his wife, Kimberly, are the proud parents of a three-year old daughter - Rein Anne.
Keating, who served as Pottsville Area High School's head football coach from 1986-99 and as an assistant coach from 1980-85, led his squads to two Eastern Football Conference AAAA Championships and a 94-62-7 overall record. He coached seven teams into playoff appearances, and led his 1994 squad to a victory over Oviedo High School in Orlando, Fl. at the Rotary Bowl, becoming the first out-of-state team to defeat a Florida high school in the then 22-year history of the game. Seventeen of his players earned scholarships to Division I-A or I-AA college programs, while four earned Big 33 honors and two received Associated Press Big School All-State accolades.
"As a high school coach for the last 20 years, I have always looked at the Patriot League and the Ivy League in a special way," said Keating. "When the opportunity came along to help Coach Tavani out, I jumped on it. This is a great program and I am really excited to be a part of it."
Keating earned his bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Gettysburg College in 1978, playing two seasons of football for the Bullets before a torn ACL ended his playing career.
A full-time English teacher at Pottsville High School, Keating and his wife, Teresa, are the proud parents of three children - Kevin, 18, Alicia, 14, and Patrick, 3.
Cook arrives at Lafayette with experience as a player and a coach at Ithaca College. He served as the wide receivers coach this past season, as well as coordinating all video, computer, and scouting duties for the program. He coached two Ithaca receivers to the first and second spot on the program's career reception list.
"It is great to be on board and part of this new era in Lafayette Football," said Cook. "The program's commitment is evident in everyone's enthusiasm."
A four-year Dean's List student at Ithaca, Cook graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education. He played both football and lacrosse for the Bombers, earning first-team all-conference honors in lacrosse as a senior. A starting strong safety on the gridiron, Ithaca captured ECAC Championships in 1996 and 1998.
A native of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Cook is pursuing his master of science degree in exercise science at Ithaca.
Lafayette concluded its 118th season of college football with a 4-7 overall record, and 2-4 and fifth place in Patriot League play. The Leopards' spring practices began April 1, and culminate with the Maroon-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m. Lafayette opens the 2000 season by hosting Towson on Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m.
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