Former Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year and UMass standout quarterback Liam Coen has been named the quarterbacks coach at Brown in an announcement made by Bears' head football coach Phil Estes.
The former LaSalle Academy standout joins one of the most success football coaching staffs in the nation as its quarterbacks coach following a playing sting with the Alabama Vipers of the new AFL. He will initially work with Brown's first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero, who passed for 2,709 yards in 2009.
Coen enjoyed a successful four-year career at UMass and was won the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as the Outstanding Senior in New England Football. He left UMass as the all-time leading passer in school history with 11,031 yards. Coen was a Walter Payton Award Candidate in 2007 and 2008, a Second-Team All-CAA pick in 2008 after being the CAA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He was a communications major at UMass.
Coen is the 21st quarterback in FCS history to throw for 10,000 or more career passing yards, and holds nearly every career passing record in UMass history. He ranks first in passing yards (11,031) passing efficiency (152.92), completion percentage (63.9), TD passes (90), completions (830), and attempts (1,303). Among all-time FCS quarterbacks, Coen's 11,031 yards ranks 12th all-time, while his 90 touchdowns ranks 14th. UMass was 36-13 in his 49 starts dating to 2005. (36-9 vs. FCS teams).
A standout at La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I., where he played for his father, Tim, Coen was named the Gatorade Player of the Year, Super Prep Magazine All-Region, and an All-State selection as a senior. He led the Rams to four consecutive Division I Super Bowl berths, and was named one of the most prolific passers in Rhode Island high school football history by the Providence Journal.