Ben Albert is in his second season on Mark Whipple’s staff as inside linebackers and special teams coach. During his first year on the UMass staff, Albert helped the Minuteman defense to allow only 345.6 total yards and 20.8 points per game.
Albert came to UMass after spending one season as the defensive line coach at Rutgers. Prior to his time with the Scarlet Knights, Albert spent four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond. He coached the Spiders’ linebackers his last three years, after serving as defensive line coach in 1997. In his four seasons at Richmond, the Spiders posted a combined mark of 32-17, highlighted by two Atlantic 10 championships and two NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances.
Albert played an integral role in helping the Spiders develop one of the top defensive units in the Atlantic 10. In 2000, Richmond boasted the top defense in the Atlantic 10, allowing just 16.7 points per game. Richmond also led the Atlantic 10 in rushing defense, yielding just 92.5 yards per game, and was second in the conference in turnover margin, forcing nine more miscues than it committed.
Albert previously worked at UMass in 1995 and 1996, spending the 1996 season as the defensive tackles coach and 1995 as an academic counselor. He has also earned two degrees from UMass, a bachelor’s in education in 1995 and a master’s in education in 1997. A three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Minutemen on the defensive line, Albert was named first team All-Yankee Conference and second team All-ECAC as a senior in 1994. During his collegiate career he collected 187 tackles (109 solo) and made 14 quarterback sacks. He was a co-captain of the 1994 team, which finished the year ranked first in the Yankee Conference and 13th in the nation in total defense, allowing 284.7 yards per game.
A native of Paterson, N.J., Albert and his wife, Lisa, reside in South Hadley.
Albert's Collegiate Coaching File
Years School Assignment 1996 Massachusetts Defensive Tackles 1997 Richmond Defensive Line 1998-2000 Richmond Linebackers 2001 Rutgers Defensive Line 2002-2003 Massachusetts Inside Linebackers/Special Teams