Joe Conlin, who coached his fifth season at Yale in 2016, completed his third as the Joel E. Smilow '54 Offensive Coordinator last fall.
His 2014 season was a great start as the OC. 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 quarterback, Morgan Roberts '16, was tops in the Ivy in almost every statistic before finishing his career in 2015 as one of Yale's all-time best.
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 (and 2014) starting five began every game, the only Ivy League school to accomplish that, while three of the five earned All-Ivy League honors. His latest honoree was Luke Longinotti, a first-team All-Ivy center.
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 daughters, Hannah and Katie, reside in Southington, Conn.