Joe Appelbaum is entering his first season on the Minuteman coaching staff, where he will serve as wide receivers coach. He comes to UMass from Northeastern University, where he served as the running backs coach last year. During the 2003 season, Appelbaum helped direct a Husky offense which led the Atlantic 10 Conference in total offense with an average of 431.8 yards per game, while ranking second in scoring offense with an average of 34.5 points per contest. He also directed the career of first team All-Atlantic 10 tailback Tim Gale, who in 2003 became only the third player in Northeastern history to rush for over 1,000 yards (totaling 1,061 yards).
Appelbaum's previous collegiate coaching experience came at Plymouth State College, where he served as offensive line coach in 1993, and offensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995. He was also the wide receivers coach at Hofstra in 1992, where he guided the career of current New York Jets star Wayne Chrebet, and served as secondary coach at Hamilton College in 1991.
From 1996-2002, Appelbaum was away from football, working with a pair of children's services which he founded. He owned and operated Kid Interest Development Services, a day school and day camp in Smithtown, N.Y., which he directed from 1996-2000. Appelbaum then founded Oasis Children's Services, a company which worked with the New York City Board of Education to offer day camp and after-school programs to children. He served as the chief operating officer from 2000-2002.
Appelbaum is a 1990 graduate of Yale University, where he was a strong safety on the football team, playing under defensive coordinator Don Brown.
Appelbaum's Collegiate Coaching File
Years School Assignment 1991 Hamilton Secondary 1992 Hofstra Wide Receivers 1993 Plymouth State Offensive Line 1994-1995 Plymouth State Offensive Coordinator 2003 Northeastern Running Backs 2004 Massachusetts Wide Receivers