Spotlight on the UMass football offensive line at practice on April 1
UMass team comes together to volunteer at and run in the Amherst Center event
Football coaches are invited to join the UMass coaching staff for this great weekend.
Head coach Charley Molnar invites coaching staffs to attend this three day event
Shane Waldron joined the UMass staff as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2012 - bringing with him experience at the professional level as a coach in the NFL and UFL. He also served three seasons on the coaching staff at Notre Dame, helping the Fighting Irish to a pair of bowl appearances.
UMass redshirt-junior Rob Blanchflower developed into a reliable target for quarterbacks Mike Wegzyn and A.J. Doyle during Waldron's first season leading the tight ends. Blanchflower finished with career-highs in receptions (43), yards receiving (464), receptions per game (4.3) and yards per game (46.4). His season-long success under Waldron's guidance culminated in a 10-catch, 100-yard game in the 2012 season finale, becoming the first UMass tight end to record a 100+ yard receiving performance in 14 years.
In 2010, Waldron served as the wide receivers coach for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.
Prior to his stint in the UFL, Waldron worked with the New England Patriots for a number of years. Beginning in 2002, Waldron served as an operations intern, helping to prep game plans and playbooks, as well as assisting in the day to day running of an NFL team. In 2004, Waldron was promoted to the title of an operations assistant, handling special teams quality control duties and overseeing the completion of weekly game plans.
After leaving the Patriots to coach at Notre Dame, Waldron returned to New England in 2008 where he served as a Quality Control Coach for the offensive. Here, he helped to implement and develop the offensive system. In 2009, he served as the tight ends coach creating and implement a strategic and successful offense. From 2005 until 2007, Waldron worked at Notre Dame as an Offensive Graduate Assistant, evaluating recruits, helping to run special teams, and assisting with the coaching line. With the Irish, he was a part of two of the most explosive offenses in school history as both the 2005 and 2006 units averaged at least 31 points per game and 389 yards. During his time there he helped coach an offense that included Brady Quinn, Darius Walker and Jeff Samardzija.
Most recently, Waldron worked as an offensive coordinator at the Buckingham Browne and Nichols High School in 2011 and also as a Northeast Sports Consultant. In both jobs, Waldron gained experience working with high school talent.
A native of Portland, Ore., Waldron is a 2002 graduate of Tufts University where he was a three-year letterman as a tight end and long snapper.
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