Andrew Dees Named Running Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
June 3, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass Football Coach Kevin Morris announced Friday the hiring of Andrew Dees as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. A veteran collegiate coach, Dees has 15 years of experience including the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Temple University where he served as the Offensive Line/Tight Ends Coach.
"Another great addition to the UMass football staff with the hiring of Andrew Dees. Andrew will serve as our recruiting coordinator and running backs' coach," said Morris.
"Coach Dees' last two coaching stops have been in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with his coaching experience at Buffalo, and most recently at Temple where he was a major part of the revitalization of that football program. He also had a stellar playing career going from Syracuse to the NFL."
Dees graduated from Syracuse in 1992 where he was a captain as a senior and helped the Orange to four bowl game appearances. He played for Cincinnati and Seattle following graduation.
"Andrew and I worked together at Stony Brook," Morris continued. "I am excited about the wealth of football knowledge, energy and recruiting expertise he brings to the staff."
The pair spent the 1999 campaign together at Stony Brook where Morris served as the offensive coordinator and Dees coached the offensive line and was the recruiting coordinator.
During his tenure at Temple, Dees, 41, helped the Owls to a 17-8 record over the last two seasons highlighted by the 2009 appearance in the EagleBank Bowl against UCLA and a first-place tie in the MAC East.
That same season, Dees was a finalist for the 2009 Offensive Line Coach of the Year by FootballScoop as a school-record five offensive players were named All-MAC, including four linemen.
In the spring of 2008, Dees took over coaching the entire offensive line after having instructed the tackles and tight ends for the previous two seasons. That year, his offensive line helped the Owls to their most wins in nearly two decades. The Owls out-scored their opponents for the season for the first time since 1990.
All told, his five years in Philadelphia corresponded with four of the most successful consecutive seasons for the Owls in the last 25 years.
Before his arrival at Temple, Dees spent five seasons as tight ends coach at MAC opponent Buffalo.
At Buffalo, Dees assisted with all aspects of the run and pass game and was responsible for the extra point and field goal units under head coach Jim Hofher. The team's pro liaison, he recruited in New York, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey. Under his direction, tight end Chad Bartoszek became the Bulls' first two-time All-MAC selection (2001-02). During his stay in the Queen City from 2001 to 2005, Dees also performed two NFL Minority Fellowship summer coaching internships, serving with Pittsburgh in 2005 and with Miami in 2004.
Dees was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Stony Brook from 1998 to 2000. In the position, he organized the run game as well as the pass protection and other specific aspects pertaining to the offensive line, tight ends and running backs. He coached three all-conference players.
Additionally Dees served NFL Minority Fellowship summer coaching internships with Buffalo in 2000, New Orleans in 2007, and Philadelphia in 2007.
Dees began his coaching career as offensive and defensive line coach at Saint John the Baptist High School in West Islip, N.Y. in 1996 before serving as the graduate assistant and tight ends coach at Wagner College for one season in 1997.
Dees was a four-year letterwinner at Syracuse from 1988-91, helping the Orange to a 35-12-2 record and four straight bowl appearances under head coaches Dick MacPherson (1988-90) and Paul Pasqualoni (1991). A three-year starter for the Orange, he spent the first two as a tight end and his final year at offensive tackle. He was named a Preseason All-American by The Sporting News in 1990. As a senior, he was elected team captain and helped lead SU to a 10-2 record, a Hall of Fame bowl victory over Ohio State and a No. 11 ranking in the final polls. After graduation, he spent the 1992 season with the Cincinnati Bengals and the 1993 campaign with the Seattle Seahawks.
A native of Babylon, N.Y., Dees earned his bachelor's degree in child and family studies from Syracuse in 1992. He is due to complete his coursework toward a master's of special education from Wagner. He is married to the former Kimberly Falkner. They have two children, Drew and Kara.
Stony Brook (1998-00)
St. John the Baptist HS (N.Y.) (1996)