Damian Mincey begins his fifth season as the assistant linebackers coach at UMass. Mincey joined the Minutemen in the summer of 2006 and aided Keith Dudzinski over the last three years in coaching numerous all-conference linebackers.
In 2009, Tyler Holmes was the team leader in tackles with 101 (second in CAA) and also led the team in interceptions with four and pass deflections with nine. He has been named onto the 2010 CAA Preseason First Team.
In 2008, Josh Jennings was among the league leaders in tackles all season as he was named an All-CAA selection and three-time time CAA Defensive Player of the Week. Mincey also worked with senior starters George Byrd and Andrew Resende-Gomes.
In 2006, Mincey helped coach Jason Hatchell, Charles Walker, and Brad Anderson combined to pile up nearly 400 tackles, as the Minutemen reached the National Championship game.
In 2007, Mincey continued to work with the linebackers as UMass had two first-team All-Conference linebackers in Hatchell and Walker. They piled up 115 and 116 tackles, respectively. Hatchell was a Buchanan Award Candidate and All-American.
Mincey came to UMass after serving as an assistant football coach at his alma mater Passaic High School in New Jersey from 2004-05. He worked in a variety of roles at Passaic including Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Line Coach, Assistant Offensive Line Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coach.
He is a 2002 graduate of the University of New Haven where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication. He played for the Chargers for four seasons. He was an offensive lineman from 1999-2001 and played his final season on the defensive line where he made 14 tackles.
In high school at Passaic, he was a decorated player earning All-County by the Star-Ledger, Herald and News & Record. He was also a PrepStar and played in the East-West All-Star Game.
Mincey's Collegiate Coaching File Years School Assignment 2006- Massachusetts Asst. Linebackers