Frank Sheehan, who now has three Ivy League Championship rings as a coach at Brown, begins his 10th season as offensive coordinator of the Bears, 15th season as offensive line coach, and his 19th season on College Hill. He was previously Brown's recruiting coordinator from 2001-2005. Sheehan has coached 32 All-Ivy offensive linemen at Brown, including 12 First Team All-Ivy honorees. In addition, Sheehan has coached two First Team Academic All-Americans.
In 2010, Brown's offense led the Ivy League in passing (244.3 yards per game), with three All-Ivy offensive linemen, including first team All-Ivy Patrick Conroy, who went on to be a first team Academic All-American. Sheehan's 2009 offensive unit once again led the Ivy League in total offense with 396.6 yards per game and featured three All-Ivy offensive linemen, including first team All-Ivy Paul Jasinowski, a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Finalist.
On the way to the Ivy Championship in 2008, Sheehan's offensive unit led the Ivy League in scoring with 29.3 points per game and ranked second in total offense. The Bears' offensive line featured three all-conference players including two first-team All-Ivy tackles in Paul Jasinowski '10 and Shane Kelley '09 - and allowed a league-best seven sacks all year, ranking sixth best in the nation, while passing 384 times.
Sheehan's 2007 offensive unit featured the nation's fourth-leading passing offense (310 yards per game), and the Ivy League's top passing offense, total offense (424.2 yards per game) and scoring offense (31.2 points per game).
As offensive line coach, Sheehan completely rebuilt the offensive line in 2005 after graduating four starters. The result was an Outright Ivy League Championship, three All-Ivy players, and an offense that led the Ivy League in scoring with 36.8 ppg (ranked 9th nationally), rushing offense (248.6 yards per game), total offense (409.2 yards per game) and surrendered a league-best 5 sacks (ranked 2nd nationally). The unit also blocked for national rushing leader Nick Hartigan (172.7 yards per game). Overall, Sheehan¹s offensive line blocked for Hartigan¹s five Ivy League and 22 Brown records.
In 2003, Sheehan completely revamped Brown¹s offensive line, molding a young senior-less group, and guiding them to block for Nick Hartigan¹s school-record and nation-leading 1,498 yards on the ground, the fourth best rushing performance in Brown football history.
Under Sheehan¹s direction, the offensive line finished first in the league in pass offense 2001, and second in rushing offense in 2001 and 2004. His line cleared the way for Brown¹s leading rusher, Michael Malan, to run for 117.7 yards per game with a league-high 6.2 yards per carry. As the running backs coach in 2000, Sheehan coached Malan to a then record 1,213 yards rushing, including a then school-record-tying 90 points on the season.
Before he began his responsibilities with the offensive line in 2001, Sheehan coached the running backs in 2000 and tight ends in 1999. Prior to that, he assisted the offensive line for two years.
In addition to his responsibilities with Brown¹s talented offensive line, Sheehan also handled the recruiting coordinator duties from 2001-2005, serving as liaison to admissions and financial aid as well as overseeing the staff’s national recruiting efforts.
Sheehan came to Brown from the University of New Haven, where he coached for two seasons as assistant offensive line and tight ends coach. At New Haven, he helped to design and implement all phases of the coaching plan for the offensive line and tight ends while also handling recruiting responsibilities.
A 1996 graduate of the University of New Haven with a Criminal Justice degree, Sheehan was a four-year offensive lineman, starting his last three years at center. He played for former Brown and current UMass head coach Mark Whipple '79 and finished his career for veteran NFL coach Tony Sparano. Sheehan was tri-captain his senior year, earning CoSIDA All-Northeast Region, All-ECAC and All-New England honors.
Sheehan has a daughter, Ryanne, and resides in Providence, Rhode Island.
All-Ivy Players Coached by Sheehan
- 2000 Mike Malan (First Team RB), Mike Borgonzi (Second Team FB)
- 2001 Nick Bardo (Second Team OL), Daniel Startsman (Second Team OL)
- 2003 Will Burroughs (HM OL)
- 2004 Will Burroughs (First Team OL), Alex Jury (Second Team OL)
- 2005 Alex Jury (First Team OL), Alex Doty (Second Team OL), Noori Abdul-Ghani (Second Team OL)
- 2006 Michael DiBartolo (Second Team OL), James Tull (HM OL)
- 2007 Paul Jasinowksi (Second Team OL), James Tull (Second Team OL), AJ Tracey (HM OL)
- 2008 Shane Kelley (First Team OL), Paul Jasinowski (First Team OL), Matt Adkins (Second Team OL)
- 2009 Paul Jasinowski (First Team OL). Mark Callahan (First Team OL) , Tim Danser (Second Team OL)
- 2010 Patrick Conroy (First Team OL); Brian Ellixson (Second Team OL); Jack Geiger (Honorable Mention All-Ivy)
- 2011 Jack Templeton (First Team OL); Jack Geiger (Second Team OL)
- 2012 Cole Hooper (First Team OL; Nathan Bernstein (First Team OL); Dan Austin (Honorable Mention OL)
- 2013 Cole Hooper (First Team OL); Daniel Austin (Second Team OL); Clayton Paino (Second Team OL)
- 2014 Nick Codrea (First Team OL); John Heile (Honorable Mention OL)