On Jan. 15, Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin named Jeff Behrman as Union’s new head football coach. This decision comes just weeks after Union’s former coach John Audino announced his retirement to pursue “other coaching opportunities,” after serving 25 years as Union’s head coach.
In a statement, McLaughlin said, “We are extremely proud to welcome Jeff Behrman to Union College. His success as an NCAA Division III coach and student-athlete will resonate not only with the student-athletes, but also our alumni and entire campus community. He understands the role of athletics within an elite academic institution where scholar-athletes excel in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. Jeff was selected from a national pool of outstanding candidates. He appreciates the remarkable Union College football tradition and we look forward to Jeff playing a key role in building upon the tradition and preparing our students to be contributors to our society in the future.”
Behrman comes to Union after serving 10 seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Stony Brook University on Long Island. While on the coaching staff at Stony Brook, Behrman also directed the football program’s Leadership Council, served as an academic liaison for student-athletes and put together multiple alumni network events.
On top of coaching for Stony Brook, Behrman has worked with teams at Clarion University, Glenville State College, Blackburn College, Trinity College and Hofstra University throughout his 20-year coaching career.
At Trinity, Behrman served as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. During his time there, the team posted two consecutive undefeated seasons and led the NESCAC in scoring, averaging 34.5 points per game.
Behrman received his education at John Carroll University, graduating in 1995 with a bachelor’s in physical education. He later went on to receive a master’s in community health promotion from West Virginia University. While at John Carroll, Behrman played football, serving as the team’s captain and quarterback.
In an interview with the Times Union regarding his new position, Behrman said, “I made it clear in my interview process, it wasn’t any coaching job I wanted, it was about the right coaching job. That’s why, in doing my research on Union College, this was the best job for me. It had to be the right fit, and I felt that during my interview process.”
The Dutchmen are coming off a winless season, their first since 1959, and Behrman plans on watching game tapes in order to decide what approach to take in modifying the team’s play next season.