Ted Daisher
Ted Daisher

Inside Linebackers Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

3rd Season at UMass

Alma Mater:
Western Michigan '77


Minutemen Football Supports Autism Awareness 3K/5K Run And Walk

UMass team comes together to volunteer at and run in the Amherst Center event


Football To Host Coaches Clinic On April 4-6

Football coaches are invited to join the UMass coaching staff for this great weekend.


Football To Host Inaugural Coaches Clinic April 12-14

Head coach Charley Molnar invites coaching staffs to attend this three day event



FB PRACTICE-DAY 1 Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB SPRING GAME Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB vs. UCONN Photos by Thom Kendall '93

An experienced collegiate and professional football coach, Ted Daisher (pronounced DASHER) brings a wealth of knowledge to the UMass secondary as the safeties coach. Daisher has coached football since 1978 at all levels, including six years in the National Football League and one year in the United Football League. Entering his second season with the program, Daisher will serve as the inside linebackers coach while also taking on the roll of special teams coordinator.

During his first campaign with the Minutemen in 2012, Daisher helped produce an All-MAC and Phil Steele Magazine All-Conference standout in free safety Darren Thellen, who finished the campaign with the second-most tackles (79) on the squad to go with grabbing a pair of interceptions and defending five passes overall. Daisher also guided and developed a core of young, talented players in first-year Minutemen Joey Colton and Khary Bailey-Smith alongside redshirt-sophomore Ed Saint-Vil. Daisher's group hauled in eight interceptions to help UMass finish with the fourth-most in the 13-team Mid-American Conference on the year.

In 2011, Daisher coached at Bryant serving as the defensive backs coach following his seven years working in professional football. While in the professional ranks, he worked on the staffs of the Philadelphia Eagles (2004-05 & 2009), the Oakland Raiders (2006), the Cleveland Browns (2007-08) and the Hartford Colonials (2010, UFL). During his first stint with the Eagles, he worked as the special teams quality control coach and assistant defensive line coach for Andy Reid's squad that reached the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

At the collegiate level, the Michigan native has spent time at Illinois, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati, Army, Indiana, and East Carolina. He helped Northern Illinois win the MAC Championship in 1983 and the California Bowl. He repeated those wins in 1987 with Eastern Michigan. In 2001, he served with East Carolina as the Pirates played in the GMAC Bowl.

Daisher graduated from Western Michigan where he was a letterwinner from 1975-77 as a wide receiver and defensive back. He and his wife Danielle have three children: Nicole, Ted and Taylor.


Year Team Position Record Postseason Note
1979 Illinois Graduate Assistant 2-8-1 -
1980 Northern Illinois Wide Receivers Coach 7-4 -
1981 Northern Illinois Wide Receivers Coach 3-8 -
1982 Northern Illinois Defensive Line Coach 5-5 -
1983 Northern Illinois Defensive Line Coach 10-2 California Bowl
1984 Northern Illinois Defensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator 4-6-1 -
1985 Eastern Michigan Linebackers Coach 4-7 -
1986 Eastern Michigan Linebackers Coach 6-5 -
1987 Eastern Michigan Linebackers Coach 10-2 California Bowl
1988 Eastern Michigan Linebackers Coach 6-3-1 -
1989 Cincinnati Defensive Line Coach 1-9-1 -
1990 Cincinnati Defensive Line Coach 1-9-1 -
1991 Cincinnati Defensive Line Coach 4-7 -
1992 Cincinnati Defensive Line Coach 3-8 -
1995 Army Defensive Line Coach 5-5-1 -
1996 Army Defensive Line Coach 10-2 Independence Bowl
1997 Army Defensive Line Coach 4-7 -
1998 Indiana Defensive Line Coach 4-7 -
1999 Army Defensive Line Coach 4-7 -
2000 Indiana Defensive Line Coach 4-7 -
2001 East Carolina Linebackers Coach 6-6 GMAC Bowl
2002 East Carolina Linebackers Coach 4-8 -
2004 Philadelphia (NFL) Spec. Teams Quality Coach/Ast. Def. Line Coach 13-3 Super Bowl Finalist
2005 Philadelphia (NFL) Spec. Teams Quality Coach/Ast. Def. Line Coach 6-10 -
2006 Oakland (NFL) Special Teams Coordinator 2-14 -
2007 Cleveland (NFL) Special Teams Coordinator 10-6 -
2008 Cleveland (NFL) Special Teams Coordinator 4-12 -
2009 Philadelphia (NFL) Special Teams Coordinator 11-5 NFC Wild Card Game
2010 Hartford (UFL) Defensive Line Coach 3-5 -
2011 Bryant Defensive Backs Coach 7-4 -
2012 Massachusetts Safeties Coach 1-11 -
2013 Massachusetts Inside Linebackers Coach/Spec. Teams Coordinator 1-11 -


    Event Calendar

    Saturday, Aug 30
    vs Boston College 3:00 PM gametracker
    Saturday, Sept 6
    vs Colorado 3:00 PM gametracker
    Saturday, Sept 13
    at Vanderbilt 12:00 PM gametracker
    Saturday, Sept 20
    at Penn State TBA
    Saturday, Sept 27
    vs Bowling Green 3:00 PM gametracker
    Saturday, Oct 4
    at Miami (Oh) TBA
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