Liam Coen and Spencer Whipple to serve as Co-Passing Game Coordinators; Steve Costello promoted to tight ends coach
From the September 13, 2014 episode of UMass Sports Insider on Comcast SportsNet New England
A look at the squad ahead of the season-opener versus Boston College on Saturday
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2008 Liam Coen Photo Gallery
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A former four-year starter at Massachusetts, Liam Coen is regarded by many as the greatest quarterback in school history. Coen had previously served as quarterbacks coach at Brown University (2010, 2012-2013) and Rhode Island (2011). He also spent time as a quarterback with the Alabama Vipers of the Arena Football League in the 2009 season.
In 2010, Coen helped Brown to a second-place finish in the Ivy League with a 5-2 record. Under his watch, the Bears maintained the Ivy League's top passing game, averaging 244.3 yards per game.
In his only season at URI, his first and second-string quarterbacks both ranked in the top 10 in the Colonial Athletic Association in total offense.
The Newport, R.I., native rewrote the record books during his time as a student-athlete. He holds nearly every career Massachusetts passing record, including most yards gained (11,031), highest passing efficiency (152.92), completion percentage (63.9), completions (830), attempts (1,303), and most touchdowns (90). Coen led the Minutemen to conference championships and NCAA playoff berths in 2006 and 2007, which included an appearance in the NCAA championship game in 2006. In total, he led UMass to a 36-13 record during his collegiate playing career.
During his career, he was honored with the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as the Outstanding Senior in New England Football. He was a two-time Walter Payton Award Candidate in 2007 and 2008 and was a 2008 All-CAA Second-Team selection.
Coen was the 21st quarterback in FCS history to throw for 10,000-or-more career passing yards. Among all-time FCS quarterbacks, Coen ranked 12th all-time in yardage and 14th all-time in touchdowns.
Prior to his playing days at UMass, Coen earned a number of accolades at La Salle Academy (R.I.). He was named Gatorade Player of the Year, Super Prep Magazine All-Region, and led La Salle to four consecutive Division I Super Bowl appearances. As a senior, he also received All-State honors.
He holds a Bachelor's degree from UMass in Communications.
LIAM COEN PLAYER BIO:
As a redshirt senior in 2008: 2008 second-team All-Conference ... Earned Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award for most outstanding senior in New England, including FBS schools. Last year, Matt Ryan from Boston College earned the award ... 2008 Walter Payton Award candidate ... 2008 CAA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year ... 2008 Lindy's Prseason Off. Player of the Year ... 2008 Preseason Lindy's second-team All-American ... 2008 CAA Preseason first team ... Listed on more than 30 record charts in UMass history ... Become 21st QB in FCS history with 10,000 career passing yards in the win over Bryant. Has 11,031 to date ... Holds nearly every career record in UMass passing history. First in passing yards (11,031) passing efficiency (152.92), completion percentage (63.9), TD passes (90), completions (830), and attempts (1,303) ... Among all-time FCS quarterbacks, 11,031 yards ranks 12th all-time and 90 touchdowns ranks 14th all-time in history ... Among all active QBs in FCS, ranks first in career touchdowns (90), second in yards (11,031), second in completions (830), third in attempts (1,303), fifth in career pass efficiency (152.92), sixth in completion pct. (63.9) ... Third among all QBs in Division I in TD passes to Texas Tech's Graham Harrell (128) and Missouri's Chase Daniel (92). Stands fifth in overall passing yards in Division I ... UMass is 36-13 in his 49 starts dating to 2005. (36-9 vs. FCS teams) ... This season, ranks 16th in NCAA in pass efficiency (145.5) on 206-of-334 for 2749 yards with 24 passing touchdowns and just 15 interceptions ... In 12 games, pass efficiency (145.5) is third in a single-season, touchdowns (24) is fifth in a single-season, yardage total (2,749) ranks as sixth-best single season at UMass. Completions (206) mark is sixth-best season. 334 attempts is tied with his seventh-best mark from 2006 ... Second 2008 CAA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3 ... Decorated week two after Holy Cross game earning New England Football Writers (fifth time in career), CAA Offensive Player of the Week (third time in career) and UMass Athlete of Week ... Has 12 career games with 300 passing yards, 12 games with three of more TDs and five with four or more TDs ... Closed career at UMass with two touchdowns on 13-of-18 and 79 yards in win over Hofstra (11/22) ... Threw for 211 yards on 22-of-41 at #13 New Hampshire (11/15) ... On his 23rd birthday, threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-33 vs. Maine (11/8) ... In final college game in homestate of Rhode Island (11/1) had second-best accuracy mark in a game in UMass history, completing 15-of-17 for 88.2 percent. Threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half of action ... In just over a half of action, tossed for 389 yards on 11-of-18 against Bryant (10/25). Tied school record for touchdowns in a game with five. Threw for 224 yards in first eight minutes of game with three touchdown passes ... Threw for 165 yards on 18-of-30 and a touchdown vs. #9 Richmond (10/18). Went down with injury in second half ... Scored game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard rush at Northeastern (10/11) with 6:42 left in regulation. Was 20-of-30 for 265 in the win ... Threw for 228 yards on 18-of-32 and a touchdown in win over #16 Delaware (10.4) ... Over six games (spanning to last three of last season (Nov. 17-2006 to Sept. 13, 2007) threw for 1975 yards (329 per game) on 135-of-209 and 20 touchdowns.Threw for more than 300 yards in five of those six games ... Tossed three touchdowns for the third time in as many games this season at #7 James Madison (9/13). Threw for 339 yards on 26-of-39 including season-long 69-yard bomb ... Threw for 395 yards (fourth time in five games over 300 yards) at Holy Cross (9/6) on 25-of-37 and three touchdowns. Also had second-career rushing touchdown (first since 2005) in the second quarter ... Opened 2008 with 10-of-20 for 92 yards with three touchdowns against Albany (8/30).
COEN'S CAREER HONORS
2008 CAA All-Conference Second Team
As a redshirt junior in 2007: Walter Payton Award Candidate as the top offensive player in FCS football ... Named CAA Second-Team Quarterback ... Sports Network's No. 6 Quarterback in 2007 ... Continued to set and add to his more than 30 passing records in UMass history as a junior ... In just three seasons holds virtually every career record in UMass passing history: First in passing yards (8,282) passing efficiency (152.43), first in completion percentage (64.5), first in touchdown passes (66), first in completions (624), and first in attempts (968) ... Among all active QBs in FCS in 2007, ranked fourth in touchdowns (66), fifth in yards (8,282), sixth in career pass efficiency (152.43), eighth in completion pct. (64.5), ninth in yards per game (217.9) ... Ranked second in CAA and ninth in the nation in pass efficiency in 2007 (156.29) ... Sixth in NCAA in total passing yards with 3,091 ... Tied for fifth in NCAA and led CAA in touchdown passes with 30 ... In 13 starts in 2007, had, 3,091 yards on 232-of-360 passing with 30 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions ... Efficiency rating of 156.29 was second-best in a season to his mark of 160.52 set in 2006 ... 30 TDs, ranked as second-best single-season. 3,091 yards is third-best season ... 232 completions is third-best single-season. 360 attempts is sixth-best season total ... Set third-best single-season with 237.8 yards per game ... Five games with 300-plus yards in 2007, including last three games of season ... Had 1,149 yards in last three games (383 per game) ... Won third New England Gold Helmet after Villanova win ... For the second-week in a row, set UMass single-game record for passing yards with 421 at #4 Southern Illinois (12/1) in NCAA Quarterfinal. Completed 28-of-42 with three TDs ... Named UMass Athlete of Week on Nov. 26 after Fordham ... Set UMass single-game passing record with 419 yards in NCAA First Round win over Fordham (11/24). Threw for four TDs on 24-of-37. Threw for 306 yards in first half ... Third 300-yard passing games in 2007 with last one coming at Hofstra (11/17) with 309 yards on 22-of-34 with four TDs ... Became UMass' career passing leader in win over #14 UNH (11/10) with 191 yards on 21-of-28 and a TD. His 8-yard pass to Ian Jorgensen in third quarter put him past Bankhead ... Set UMass record for career touchdown passes at William & Mary (10/27) as he threw three on 17-of-27 for 218 yards ... Playing just the first half vs. Northeastern (10/20), threw for 191 yards on 13-of-17 and two touchdowns. Tied career TD passing record held by Todd Bankhead with 51st ... Fifth career 300-yard game with 355 yards in 4OT win over Villanova (10/13). Completed 21-of-34 with two touchdowns. Completed longest pass of the season for 54 yards to J.J. Moore in third quarter ... Completed 12-of-21 for 151 yards and two TDs at Boston College (9/29) before re-injuring his knee ... Over two weeks was 78 percent (31-of-40) from Sept. 15-22 ... Completed 15-of-19 for 142 yards and one TD at Maine (9/22) ... Was efficient completing 16-of-21 for 196 yards and two touchdowns in win over #23 Towson (9/15) ... Threw four touchdowns for the second time in his career at Colgate (9/8) as he was 17-of-26 for 204 yards ... Opened year with 272 yards on 19-of-32 with two TDs vs. Holy Cross (9/1).
As a redshirt sophomore in 2006: Atlantic 10 Third-Team Quarterback ... Ranked sixth in the nation in pass efficiency rating at 160.52 in 2006 after leading for most of the season ... Mark set a new UMass single-season record ... On UMass' single-season charts with 2006 numbers, had second-best passing yardage season with 3,016, third-most TDs in a season with 26, fourth-best completions mark with 217 and sixth in single-season attempts with 334 ... His completion percentage for a season at 65.0 set a single-season record. Completed 217-of-334 passes for 3,016 yards and 26 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions ... Did not throw an interception for five weeks from Towson (10/14) until Lafayette (11/25) ... Ranked sixth in the A-10 in total offense (196.93) ... Awarded New England Football Writers Golden Helmet twice in 2006 on Oct. 17 and Sept. 20 ... Two-time A-10 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 15, Sept. 18) ... In NCAA Final vs. Appalachian State (12/15) threw for 221 yards on 20-of-33 with a TD pass to Brad Listorti ... At #2 Montana (12/8) threw for 234 yards on 21-of-33. Did throw two interception in a game for the first time since the season opener vs. Colgate (9/2) ... In NCAA Quarterfinal vs. #9 UNH (12/2), completed 19-of-28 for 231 yards and two touchdowns ... Tossed three TDs on 9-of-15 for 151 yards vs. Lafayette (11/25) in NCAA First Round ... Threw for 218 yards on 18-of-31 and two TDs vs. Hofstra (11/18) ... Against #19 Maine, the top total defense in the A-10, was just 10--of-20 for 106 yards with one TD pass to Rancher ... At #9 New Hampshire threw for 193 yards on 11-of-15 and two TDs. Had a sensational play eluding many UNH defenders on his way to a 15-yard TD pass from J.J. Moore ... In the rain was just 7-of-12 for 77 yards at Northeastern (10/28) ... Threw two TDs and was 14-fo-19 for 176 yards vs. homestate Rhode Island (10/21) ... Tied school-record for touchdown passes in a game with five at Towson (10/14). Also threw for 303 yards, his fourth-career 300-yard passing game. Completed 21-of-27 ... Completed 12-of-17 passes for 275 yards and a 29-yard TD to J.J. Moore vs. William & Mary (10/7), passed Greg Landry for sixth in career passing yards at UMass ... Playing just the first half vs. Stony Brook (9/23), completed 6-of-8 for 177 yards and two TDs. Hooked up with Rasheed Rancher for an 89-yard TD, the second-longest pass play in UMass history. Coen and Rancher also have third play (84 yds) ... Honored with New England Football Writers Golden Helmet on Sept. 20, named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week and UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of Week on Sept. 18 after huge game at Villanova (9/16) ... Threw for 350 yards -- eighth most in a game at UMass -- on 21-of-28 and two TDs at Villanova (9/16). Was the first QB in the A-10 to throw for more than 300 yards this year ... At Navy (9/9) was 17-of-31 for 187 yards. His 37-yard TD pass to J.J. Moore was ESPN SportsCenter's No. 7 Play of the Day ... Opened 2006 season with 11-of-19 for 117 yards and two touchdowns vs. Colgate (9/2). Began completing seven of first eight passes in first quarter as UMass built 14-0 lead.
As a redshirt freshman in 2005: Highly-recruited quarterback who took over staring role in third game of year vs. Albany ... Began the year as a back-up to Tim Day for the second season in a row after redshirting in 2004 ... Ranked fifth in the A-10 and 22nd in the NCAA in passing efficiency at 137.4 ... In 10 games, had a 63.9 completion percentage on 175 -of-274 for 2175 yards ... Passing yardage total was second most in a season by a UMass freshman, record held by Matt Guice (2,236) in 2001 ... Three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week -- three weeks in a row (Oct. 22-Nov. 5) ... Pass efficiency rating was third-best all-time at UMass in a season at 137.48, and best by a freshman ... 175 completions this season is sixth-most in a season in UMass history ... Passing yardage of 2175 is sixth-best in a season at UMass ... Went over 2,000 yard passing mark with 204 yards on 19-of-30 at Hofstra (11/19) ... Threw for 213 yards on 21-of-34 at Army (11/12), also intercepted three times including first pick-off in span of 12 quarters he played, over five games ... Named A-10 Rookie of the Week for third week in a row on Nov. 6 after leading UMass to win at Delaware (11/5) ... Completed 21-of-26 for 318 yards and a touchdown at Delaware (11/5). The touchdown pass for 84-yards to Rasheed Rancher was the second-longest in UMass history ... Earned second straight A-10 Rookie of Week honor on Oct 30 after New Hampshire game ... Threw for 401 yards, tying the second-most in school history in a game vs. New Hampshire (10/29). Completed 31-of-50 passes in the game with two touchdowns, both to Brandon London. Completion total is the third-most in a game at UMass ... Named Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week on Oct. 23 after game at Maine ... Threw for 236 yards and career-high three touchdowns at Maine (10/22) on 21-of-31 passing without an interception ... Did not thrown an interception for 13 quarters spanning from Colgate (9/10) through JMU (10/15) game) ... Before leaving with a concussion, threw for 54 yards on 5-of-15 vs. No. 4 James Madison (10/15), threw two interceptions to end streak without one ... In rain storm vs. Northeastern (10/8), completed just 5-of-9 passes for 53 yards including a 6-yard TD pass to Kyle Harrington ... Playing against his home-state team Rhode Island (9/24), threw for 290 yards on 18-of-24. Named UMass Co-Athlete of Week with Shannon James after Rhode Island win ... In first collegiate start, completed 14-of-20 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown, directing UMass to 40-0 win over Albany (9/17) ... Made collegiate debut at Colgate (9/10), throwing for 193 yards on 20-of-35 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. Lead UMass to near win in the fourth quarter as he threw two TDs, when UMass was down 17-0. Completed 10 of passes to J.J. Moore, who set UMass record with 13 catches in the game.
As a freshman in 2004: Redshirted.
Before UMass: Played for Coach Tim Coen (his father) at La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I. ... Gatorade Player of the Year, Super Prep Magazine All-Region, and an All-State selection as a senior ... Threw for 2,341 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior, while leading the team to a 10-2 record ... Over his final three seasons, threw for 5,335 yards and 66 touchdowns, while completing 370 of 520 passes ... Named one of the most prolific passers in Rhode Island high school football history by the Providence Journal ... Led the Rams to four consecutive Division I Super Bowl berths.
Personal: Liam Patrick Coen ... Born November 8, 1985 in Warwick, R.I. ... Son of Timothy and the-late Elizabeth Coen, who passed away in the winter of 2006 ... His father played baseball at Eckerd College (1972-75) and his grandfather, Philip Coen, played football at Boston College, serving as a captain, from 1947-51 ... His favorite athlete is Tom Brady ... Majoring in Communications.
CAREER STATISTICS (Passing) Year GP Att. Cmp. Yards Pct. TD Int Lg. 2005 10/9 274 175 2175 63.9 10 7 84 2006 15/15 334 217 3016 65.0 26 10 89 2007 13/13 360 232 3091 64.4 30 14 71 2008 12/12 334 206 2749 61.7 24 15 80 Totals 50/49 1303 830 11031 63.9 90 45 89
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