Bethlehem, Pa. - Penn's Offensive Coordinator Andy Coen was named Head Football Coach at Lehigh this afternoon at a press conference. Coen becomes the 28th head football coach in Lehigh history, replacing Pete Lembo, who recently departed for Elon University. The announcement marks Coen’s return to Lehigh, where he spent six seasons as an offensive line coach including four as the team’s offensive coordinator.
"We are really happy for Andy," said Penn head coach Al Bagnoli. "He is a terrific football coach, a terrific human being, and there is no doubt he is ready to be a head coach. Andy is passionate, bright, and innovative, and he is a hard worker and an excellent recruiter. He has inherited a great program at Lehigh, and that was a job he aspired to get."
Coen spent the past six seasons as the offensive coordinator with the Quakers. In his six seasons in Philadelphia, the Quakers captured three Ivy League titles, including a top-10 finish in 2003. At Penn, Coen’s offense annually ranked at or near the top of the Ivy League statistical charts, and the Quakers ranked in the top-10 in scoring three times. In 2000, the Quakers set a school and Ivy League record for points in a season, eclipsing that mark in 2002.
On an individual level, the Penn offense produced the school’s all-time leading rusher (Kris Ryan, 3,181 career yards), passer (Gavin Hoffman, 7,542 career yards), and receiver (Rob Milanese, 3,405 career yards) under Coen’s tutelage. All-American offensive lineman Jeff Hatch, a former defensive lineman, was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2002 NFL draft. After the Quakers posted an undefeated 2003 campaign, all five starting offensive linemen garnered All-Ivy League recognition.
Prior to his coaching stint in Philadelphia, Coen spent six seasons as the offensive line coach at Lehigh, including four as the Mountain Hawks’ offensive coordinator (1996-1999). In his first stop at Lehigh, Coen was a part of two Patriot League championship teams, including the 12-1 1998 squad. That team set a school mark for the most wins in a season, while reaching the NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals.
A native of Cherry Hill, N.J., Coen earned his bachelor’s in history from Gettysburg College in 1986. Coen and his wife Laura, have two children: a daughter, Molly (2), and a son, Nolan (three months).