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Joe Conlin Named Head Football Coach at Fordham


Joe Conlin, who served as associate head coach/offensive coordinator at Yale for the past four years, was named head football coach at Fordham, it was announced Dec. 22 by director of athletics Dave Roach.

“After an extensive search, we are excited to welcome Joe Conlin to Fordham,” said Roach. “We believe he is one of the top young coaches in the country who truly cares about the welfare of the student-athlete which makes him a perfect fit for Fordham. We look forward to Joe translating the great success he had at Yale where he led the Bulldogs to the 2017 Ivy League title, to Rose Hill. It’s an exciting day for Fordham and I look forward to working with Coach Conlin as he takes over the helm of our program.”

“In Joe Conlin we will have a coach who knows how to win, how to hold his student athletes to the highest standards on and off the field, and who understands the importance of academic excellence in athletics,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “I am deeply pleased that the team will be in good hands.”

“Karen and I are honored to be a part of the Ram family and I’m excited to lead a Patriot League program that has been as successful as Fordham is recent years,” said Conlin, whose grandfather was a cousin of Fordham basketball Hall of Famer Ed Conlin. “From step one of this process to its culmination, I have been nothing but impressed by the University and all who support Ram Football. We’re eager to get started, get to know the men on the team, and hit the recruiting trail.”

Conlin, who completed his sixth season at Yale in 2017, was named the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Offensive Coordinator at the school in 2014.

In 2017, Yale ended a 37-year drought when it beat Harvard 24-3 in the 134th edition of The Game to win the Ivy League Title. Yale improved from 3-7 in ’16 to 9-1 in ’17 and its offense improved in nearly every key statistical category under Conlin’s leadership.

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