Assistant Football Coaches
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker
Paul Darragh enters his 13th season at Bloomsburg.
Prior to BU Darragh worked for two years at Indiana (PA) as the linebackers coach. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Temple from 1987-89. From there, Darragh was the linebackers coach at Northeastern and Gannon before being promoted to defensive coordinator at Gannon. He moved from Gannon to the defensive coordinator post at William Paterson College before joining the IUP staff. A three-year starter and captain for Temple, he graduated in 1985 after earning All-East honors as an inside linebacker.
Under Darragh's leadership the Huskies' defense has ranked in the top-half of the PSAC in total defense five of the past eight seasons, including back-to-back second place finishes in 2000 and 2001. The Huskies have also ranked among the best in the PSAC in run defense finishing first or second three times and were fourth in 2008. The 2000 NCAA national finalist team led the PSAC and was eighth in Division II in rushing defense with a school-record mark of 85.1 yards per game. In 2006, the Huskies finished 23rd in the country against the run with a mark of 103.8 yards per game.
Darragh and his wife Yelena live in Orangeville with their children Sasha, Lemuel and Gabriel.
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Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks-Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator
Tom Pajic begins his sixth season at Bloomsburg as offensive and recruiting coordinator. He also coaches the quarterbacks and receivers.
Pajic has been integral to the success of the Huskies offense by guiding the offensive unit to the school single-season record last year in rushing yards and in 2005 for total offense, points and touchdowns.
In addition, BU ranked fifth nationally in rushing yards per game in Division II in 2004 (299), eighth in 2005 (284), ninth in 2007 (261) and fourth in 2008 (266). In 2007 the Huskies were 24th in total offense (439) and ninth in scoring offense (39.8), while in 2006 the Huskies were fifth nationally in passing efficiency (171) and 23rd in rushing offense (177).
Since 2004 the Huskies offense has produced seven All-Americans, four All-Region selections, two Harlon Hill nominations, two PSAC East Player of the Year awards, three PSAC Rookie of the Year awards, 34 PSAC East All-Conference selections and have set 28 school and conference records.
The Huskies led the PSAC in rushing yards per game in 2008 and have been in the top four in total offense and scoring two of the last four years.
Pajic, a 1991 Bloomsburg graduate, came to the Huskies after spending four years as the wide receivers coach at South Florida (USF). Prior to working at USF, Pajic spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Wilkes University, and has also worked at Hofstra, Fordham and Gettysburg.
While at USF, Pajic coached the receivers for the Bull's spread offense as well as the kick and punt returners. Under his leadership the Bulls' were ranked nationally in both categories. While coaching these units 29 school records in receiving, all-purpose yards, punt and kick returns were established. During his tenure he coached two All-Americans and an Academic All-American.
At Wilkes in 1999, Pajic helped the Colonels to a 7-4 record and the ECAC Southeast title.Wilkes was ranked third in the Middle Atlantic Conference in total offense and passing; and number five in rushing. Post season honors included an MAC Player of the year, five MAC selections and two Academic All-Americans.
In 1998, Pajic spent one season coaching the wide receivers at Hofstra. He was also the recruiting coordinator, running backs coach and tight ends coach at Fordham from 1995 to 1998. He began coaching in 1994 at Gettysburg College where he coached the wide receivers, tight ends and punters.
While a player at Bloomsburg, Pajic set a school record for most receptions in a game with 17 against Lock Haven.
Pajic, his wife Julie, daughter Grace Caraline (4)and son, Thomas Anthony, Jr. (3), reside in Bloomsburg.
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Offensive Line/Assistant Offensive Coordinator
Brian McBryan begins his 17th season at Bloomsburg.
He previously coached the offensive line for one year at Bucknell, was the defensive line coach at Susquehanna University for six seasons, and served prior stints at Milton, Danville and Renovo-Bucktail high schools. McBryan is a 1980 graduate of Lock Haven, where he was a three-year starter as an offensive lineman. He was a member of the Bald Eagles' 1979 PSAC championship squad.
At Bloomsburg McBryan has coached eight offensive linemen to All-American honors, including current NFL standout Jahri Evans, who was a two-time All-American and finalist for the Upshaw Award as the nation's best small college lineman.
McBryan resides in Bloomsburg with his wife Cindy and their two children, Laura, and Matthew.
Chet Henicle starts his sixth season at Bloomsburg after previously coaching three years at Wingate (NC) University where he was the defensive backs coach along with recruiting coordinator and camp director.
Prior to working at Wingate, Henicle spent four years at Lenoir-Rhyne College (NC), two years as receivers coach and two years as the defensive backs coach. He started his college coaching career in 1996 at Bloomsburg where he was in charge of the receivers. He also spent one season at Waynesboro High School coaching the running backs and defensive backs.
A Bloomsburg graduate, Henicle was an All-American in two sports. During his career he was recognized as the schoolís Undergraduate and Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
As a catcher and center fielder on the baseball team, Henicle was named team MVP twice along with garnering All-PSAC honors three times. As a sophomore he was fifth in the nation in batting with a .456 average. He captained the Huskies 1995 squad to the only Division II World Series appearance in school history. He is still the career record holder for doubles in a season and in a career.
As a starting safety on the Bloomsburg football team, Henicle was named the team's MVP and defensive MVP along with garnering All-Region and All-PSAC honors twice. As a junior he finished second in the nation in interceptions with eight. As a senior he was named an All-American and was chosen to play in the Snow Bowl, the top Division II all-star game in the country.
Henicle will be inducted into the BU Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2009.
At native of Waynesboro, Pa., Henicle and wife Jane Marie reside in Bloomsburg.
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Defensive Line/Strength & Conditioning
Bill Perkins is in his 16th season as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach.
During his tenure as defensive line coach, Perkins has helped coach 20 players to first team All-PSAC East honors and one player to All-American honors.
A 1989 graduate of Slippery Rock, Perkins is a health and physical education teacher and athletic director in the Bloomsburg School District. At Slippery Rock, Perkins played in 38 of 40 games as a defensive tackle for the Rock from 1986-89. He registered 129 career tackles and was honored as a PSAC West second team selection in 1989.
Perkins and his wife Debbie are the parents of two daughters, Leighnah and Willow.
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Moe Daly begins his 11th season as assistant linebackers coach. Prior to coaching at Bloomsburg, Coach Daly had a short stint with Central Columbia H.S.after relocating to Pennsylvania from Michigan.
In Michigan he was the head football coach at Holy Redeemer H.S. for the 1994 season. A native of New York City, Daly attended Queens College in Queens N.Y.
Daly lives in Sunbury Pa. and is the father of three children, daughters and Bloomsburg University alumni Allison and Andrea and his son Maurice who is a freshman at Liberty University. Coach Daly is employed at Geisinger Medical Center, Outpatient Surgery Woodbine Lane.
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Running Backs/Kickers/Special Teams
Ed Rush begins his sixth season at Bloomsburg after a 38-year career working for the NBA.
At BU Rush coached All-American Jamar Brittingham, the all-time career rushing leader in both Bloomsburg and PSAC history, for four years. Brittingham went on to set nearly 30 school and conference records and is currently a member of the NFLís Atlanta Falcons.
In 2006 Rush did a tremendous job preparing the Huskiesí running backs despite numerous injuries to his personnel. Overall, Rush used three starting tailbacks with each back gaining more than 100-yards in a game at least once. Also, Rush prepared three starting fullbacks and saw eight different runners (not counting quarterbacks and receivers) carry the ball at least once during the season.
Prior to coming to Bloomsburg, Rush was an NBA official from 1966 to 1998 and officiated over 2000 games, including NBA All-Star Games. In 1998, he then joined the NBA Basketball Operations department as the NBA/WNBA Director of Officiating.
Prior to his work with the NBA, Rush worked as a teacher and football coach for Marple-Newton High School in suburban Philadelphia. He is a graduate of West Chester University where he played varsity football. He is also a nationally recognized motivational speaker specializing in leadership.
Rush was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in sports officiating and in the summer of 2008 was awarded the Medallion Award by the National Association of Sports Officials for having given back the most to sports officiating.
In addition to his football duties with the Huskies, Rush is a special adviser to the commissioner of the Pac-10 conference on officiating.
A native of Philadelphia, Rush and his wife Trudy, the parents of four children, reside in Bloomsburg and have five grandchildren.
Rush also runs a public speaking business called Rush Hour Speakers. The website is available at: http://www.edtrush.com.
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