Fordham Football Coaching Staff Additions

chase-edmonds_fordham-observerFordham University head football coach Andrew Breiner announced the addition of three assistant coaches today with the appointment of John Bowes as the defensive coordinator/safeties coach, Andrew Jackson as the defensive line coach and Jordan Orlovsky as the linebacker coach.

“We are excited to welcome the three coaches to the Fordham football staff,” said Breiner. “Each brings his own unique strengths and experiences to the program and I’m confident all will be great assets to the team. I look forward to working with all three coaches.”

Bowes has been a member of the Bucknell University coaching staff the past four years, the last three as the secondary coach/special teams coordinator. Last fall, Bowes coached a pair of first team All-Patriot League defensive backs in Bret Burg and Bryan Marine, two of five All-League selections for Bowes in his time in Lewisburg.

Bowes started his coaching career with the Bison as the linebackers coach/special teams coordinator in 2013, helping Bucknell to an 8-3 overall record, 4-2 in the Patriot League, its best season in nearly two decades.

Prior to Bucknell, Bowes spent five years as an assistant coach at William & Mary from 2008-2013 where he coached the Bison linebackers and special teams in his first year on staff before being named the special teams coordinator and safeties coach prior to 2014 spring practice. He started his tenure at William & Mary as a defensive assistant and special teams coordinator.

He served in that role from 2008 to 2010 before being promoted to defensive backs coach and assistant special teams coordinator, a role he held for two seasons. Bowes helped the 2009 squad advance to the NCAA FCS Championship semifinals, where the Tribe fell to eventual national champions, Villanova, while the 2010 squad won the CAA title and earned a second straight appearance in the NCAA FCS Championships.

A 2006 graduate of The Catholic University of America with a degree in finance where he was a three-year starter at cornerback and safety, Bowes got his start in coaching at his alma mater in 2006. He then spent a year as a graduate assistant at Clarion University.

Jackson joins the Fordham staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Penn State University over the past two years where he was a member of the staff that led the Nittany Lions to the 2016 Big Ten title and an appearance in the Rose Bowl.

He was responsible for weekly film breakdowns and scouting reports and was in charge of preparing the scout team before practice and running cards during practice.  Jackson also worked with the defensive tackles during individuals.

Prior to his two years in State College, Jackson served as a graduate assistant/assistant defensive line coach at Stony Brook University from 2013-2014.

Jackson started his coaching career at his alma mater, LIU Post, where he served as a graduate assistant /assistant to the defensive line coach in 2013.

A 2011 graduate of LIU Post with a degree in physical education science and coaching, Jackson was a three-year starter and three-year captain for the Pioneers and earned second team All-PSAC honors as a senior after recording 36 total tackles, 20 solo, including 12 for loss and five sacks. He also had five quarterback hurries.

Orlovsky just completed his third season as at Old Dominion University where he worked primarily with the linebackers and special teams. He helped the Monarchs to a 10-3 record in 2016, including a win over Eastern Michigan in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Orlovsky started his coaching career at his alma mater, Miami (Fla.), as the quality control coach where he worked with the offensive coaching staff in 2008 and 2009, helping develop game plans and daily practice schedules.

A 2009 Miami graduate with a degree in business management with a minor in sports administration, Orlovsky moved on to the University of Connecticut where he started by helping the offensive coordinator and director of operations.  The following year he coached the linebackers and assisted with the secondary.

Orlovsky earned a masters in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2014 and is completing a second masters in sports management from Old Dominion.

Additionally, Breiner announced that current assistant coach Darrell Perkins, who coached the Fordham safeties last year, will move to cornerbacks in 2017.

The Rams are scheduled to open their 118th season of varsity football on Friday, September 1, as they travel to West Point, N.Y., to face the Army West Point Black Knights. Fordham is entering its 28th season as a member of the NCAA FCS Patriot League.

 

 

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