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Joe Davis, Jarred Holley join football coaching staff

UAlbany Sports Information   01-30-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football program has announced the hiring of two assistant coaches. Joe Davis has joined the staff as passing-game coordinator/quarterbacks coach, and Jarred Holley has been hired as safeties coach. 

Davis previously served in the same role at Fordham for the past two seasons. In 2017, the Rams ranked third in the Patriot League in total offense (371.7 yards per game), passing efficiency (126.5) and passing yards (238.9 per game). Quarterback Kevin Anderson threw for 1,756 yards and 14 touchdowns.

“We’re very excited about the experience Joe brings to our staff,” UAlbany Head Coach, Greg Gattuso, said. “He has experience coaching quarterbacks, and he’s been an offensive coordinator. Having him on staff will help our offense on the field and help us in recruiting.”

Davis was offensive coordinator at Northern Iowa for the 2015 season, when the Panthers reached the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals thanks in part to a school-record 3,266 rushing yards. He also worked as an offensive coordinator at Shippensburg University and has coached at Wheaton College, North Park University and Wayne State.

A 2002 graduate of Adrian College, Davis played three seasons of professional football in the Arena Football League and National Indoor Football League, starting at quarterback for the Evansville Bluecats, Lubbock Lonestars, Fayetteville Guard, Tampa Bay Storm, Columbus Destroyers and Green Bay Blizzard.

Holley, a two-year starting defensive back at the University of Pittsburgh, comes to the Great Danes from Arizona State, where he has worked since 2015, serving as a graduate assistant on both the special teams and defensive staffs before working as a defensive analyst this past season.

At Pittsburgh, Holley was a two-time Big East All-Academic Football Team Honoree and two-time member of the All-Big East team. He finished his career with 11 interceptions and attended mini-camps with the Pittsburgh Steelers after signing as an undrafted free agent.

“I’ve known Jarred since he was in high school,” Gattuso said. “He was a terrific football player, and we think he’s going to be a great addition to our staff. He’s a very talented young coach.”

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