A Ball State football coach was hired away from the program yesterday to become another school’s new head coach. No, it wasn’t UConn hiring Pete Lembo; all the rumors of UConn flying into Muncie to interview Coach Lembo or fly him back for his first press conference at UConn were proven false as the day went on. Instead it’s offensive coordinator Rich Skrosky who is leaving Ball State to return to Elon as their new head coach.
Elon fired Coach Lembo’s replacement after only three seasons and are turning to one of Coach Lembo’s longest-tenured assistants to revive the program. Coach Skrosky previously served as a head coach at Ramapo for the college’s final season of football; I think working with Coach Lembo has helped to prepare him to become a head coach again and the staff recruiting North Carolina players to Muncie has helped Coach Skrosky keep his recruiting contacts in the Tar Heel State.
There’s been no word as of yet if Coach Skrosky will serve as the offensive coordinator in the bowl game. My gut feeling is it’s a toss-up but I’m leaning towards thinking he won’t coach in the game. On the one hand, coaches are about to enter a no contact period with recruits so Coach Skrosky wouldn’t be missing out on recruiting by staying for the bowl game. On the other hand, it’s a full-time job in and of itself to identify and interview potential assistants for his staff at Elon. If Coach Skrosky doesn’t coach in the bowl, Coach Lembo has multiple options on his staff to serve as the offensive coordinator for the bowl game and moving forward if the staff returns in 2014. Wide receivers coach Keith Gaither is the most experienced assistant with 17 years, offensive line coach Nick Tabacca was co-offensive coordinator at Butler in 2011, tight ends coach Joey Lynch was Ashland’s offensive coordinator in 2008, and running backs coach Justin Lustig also has coordinator experience as a special teams coordinator.
Congratulations and best of luck to Coach Skrosky at Elon!