Charley Molnar appeals to the UMasses http://w w w .bostonherald.com/sports/college/football/view /20220510molnar_appealsto_the_umasses/
May 10, 2012
Charley Molnar knows this is just the beginning. But before the first-year UMass football coach settles on his roster or makes a crucial call on a fourth-and-1, Molnar must play the role of recruiter to a large alumni fan base ready for the school’s long-awaited move to the Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision ranks. And that’s exactly what Molnar was doing last night. Dressed neatly in a suit, instead of coaching attire, Molnar boisterously spoke to a room full of alums at the UMass Club in downtown Boston to preach the goals of a program headed into territory it has never seen before on a full-time basis. “Anytime I can reach out to the fans and the supporters of UMass, I think it’s a great day for me,” Molnar said. “We have so many people who want to be involved with our program and this gives me a chance to look them in the eye, shake their hand and talk to them about the goals that we have for the program, and to also hear their needs and their wishes from us.” Molnar’s 28-year journey to his first head coaching position has featured many stops, including in the Mid-American Conference, which the Minutemen will join starting next year. His last two posts as an offensive coordinator have been with Brian Kelly at the University of Cincinnati and Notre Dame. The Minutemen have played against the nation’s highest-tiered competition at times in the history of the program, but never for a full season. With games slated on the road against Michigan, Miami of Ohio and Connecticut on opening week, the expectations are high, but tempered. “Is it going to be pretty the first year?” Molnar jokingly mused to the crowd. “I can’t guarantee that. . . . But we believe that if we get you to a game, then we are going to get you there again, and again, and again.” The Minutemen have a two-year deal to play their home games at Gillette Stadium. The UMass Building Authority is in the process of making a major overhaul to McGuirk Alumni Stadium on campus, including a new press box and a 38,000 square-foot football facility, to get up to FBS standards so games may be played on campus in 2014. The transition is going to come all on fronts, according to Molnar, and judging by the amount of handshakes shared, and names he is having to store in his memory, the job is truly just beginning. “It’s going to take a greater commitment, not only from the players, but from the people that support the program,” Molnar said. “We need to develop a base of fans and we want to develop a culture where they are early to games and really make an event out of it.”
But before the first-year UMass football coach settles on his roster or makes a crucial call on a fourth-and-1, Molnar must play the role of...