Joe Conlin, who will coach his fourth season at Yale in 2015, completed his first as the Joel E. Smilow '54 Offensive Coordinator last fall.
His 2014 season was a great start. The Bulldogs, who went 8-2, led the nation in total offense while his RB (Tyler Varga, points per game) and WR (Grant Wallace, yards per game) led the FCS in offensive categories. In addition, his QB (Morgan Roberts) was tops in the Ivy in almost every statistic.
Conlin, also the offensive line coach, has done great things with the guys up front. The stats tell most of the story, but there are other accomplishments. His 2013 starting five began every game that fall, the only Ivy League school to accomplish that, while three of the five earned All-Ivy League honors.
Conlin came to New Haven after spending the 2011 season helping Harvard win an Ivy title while setting a school scoring record.
Most of Conlin’s coaching experience was at FCS power New Hampshire, where he helped the Wildcats to seven straight NCAA playoff appearances from 2004 to 2010. During his tenure at UNH, Conlin also worked with the defensive line, safeties and special teams for a program that went 65-25 and won one conference championship.
Conlin, a three-year starter at defensive tackle at the University of Pittsburgh, coached the defensive line at West Virginia Tech in 2003, a year after graduating. His Pittsburgh head coach, Walt Harris, selected him as a game captain four times. Conlin earned a degree in administration of justice.
He also gained coaching experience at Greensburg Central Catholic High School from 2002-03 where he worked with the tight ends and defensive ends while also handling strength and conditioning.
Conlin, his wife, Karen, and daughter, Hannah, reside in Southington, Conn.