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COACHING STAFF Michael FERZOCO

Alex MILLER

Kenyon '04 Running Backs 6th year at UNH

Massachusetts ‘07 Offensive Line 3rd year at UNH

Ferzoco is in his sixth season on the UNH coaching staff in 2013, serving as the running backs coach for the fourth straight year. In 2012, Ferzoco oversaw a running attack that ranked third in the CAA in rushing offense (220.8 yards/game). Sophomore Nico Steriti, who earned a place on the All-CAA Second Team, led the way with 921 rushing yards and nine TDs on 140 carries. In 2010, Ferzoco’s protégé Dontra Peters garnered All-CAA Third Team honors after rushing for a team-leading 707 yards on 142 attempts. Ferzoco coached linebackers during each of his first two years in Durham (2008-09). Ferzoco previously coached at Kenyon College (2004-07); he served as offensive coordinator and coached the quarterbacks and receivers during the 2006-07 seasons. In ’07, his offense broke the school record for yardage (460.2 yards per game) and averaged 31.2 points per contest. The Kenyon offense was also explosive in 2006, when the squad averaged 451.4 yards per game and posted 35.4 points per game – 12th-best in the nation. He also served as coach of the offensive line in ‘05 and was the wide receivers coach in ‘04. Ferzoco is a 2004 graduate of Kenyon, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in Political Science.

Miller is in his third season as an assistant coach at UNH and second year in charge of the entire offensive line. In 2011, he served as the the centers/ guards coach. The 2012 season featured a cohesive offensive front that included AllCAA First Team left tackle Seamus O’Neill, Second Team center Mike Coccia and Third Team left guard Chris Zarkoskie. In 2011, Miller helped orchestrate a unit that included All-New England and All-CAA Second Team guard Ricky Archer in 2011. Prior to joining the Wildcats, Miller served a three-year tenure at the University of Oregon, where he began as an intern in 2008 before working as a graduate assistant coach for offense in 2009 and 2010. Miller worked closely with the Ducks’ running game and tutored the offensive line. As a student-athlete, Miller starred as a center at the University of Massachusetts, where he started all 50 games of his collegiate career from 200306. The Fairfax, Va., native was feted as an All-America in his senior campaign and was a two-time member of the All-Atlantic 10 First Team. Miller received his undergraduate degree from UMass in 2007.

Art LINK Florida ‘99 BS, ‘06 MS Linebackers 2nd year at UNH

Chris VAN HORN St. Francis (Ind.) ‘04 Defensive Tackles 3rd year at UNH The 2013 season marks the third for Van Horn on the UNH coaching staff as defensive tackles coach. In 2012, Van Horn developed DT Jared Smith into an NFL prospect; Smith was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, becoming the first Wildcat player drafted in six years. Van Horn previously spent three seasons (2008-10) at the University of North Carolina. In 2010, he was the on-field defensive graduate assistant for the Tar Heels and worked with the defensive line. During his first two seasons in Chapel Hill, Van Horn served in a quality control position, working with linebackers and the secondary. During his three seasons at North Carolina, the team went to three straight bowl games, culminating in a Music City Bowl victory in 2010. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native was a three-year letterwinner at St. Francis University in his hometown and began his coaching career at his alma mater, where he worked for three seasons. After two years as a graduate assistant, Van Horn was elevated to the role of defensive line coach for the 2007 season. During his playing career, Van Horn was an NAIA First Team All-America at defensive end for St. Francis and still holds the school’s all-time record for most sacks in a season and career. Van Horn earned bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education in 2004.

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Link is in his second season as linebackers coach at UNH in 2013. In 2012, Link guided the duo of Matt Evans and Alan Buzbee, both of whom started all 12 games. Evans concluded his illustrious career as UNH’s all-time leader with 460 tackles, including a team-leading 126 stops (No. 2 in CAA) in his final collegiate season. Link spent five seasons (2007-11) as the defensive coordinator/LB coach at Campbell University. Under his tutelage, the Camels ranked fifth in FCS football with 18 interceptions, 13th nationally with 28 forced turnovers and No. 31 in the country in red zone defense during the ‘11 campaign. Link served one year as defensive coordinator/DB coach at D-III Catholic University of America. He turned around a squad that posted the worst defensive season in school history (2005), molding the unit into the school’s best defense in history the very next year. Link served as the graduate assistant at the University of Florida for two seasons (2004-05) under head coaches Ron Zook and Urban Meyer. He spent the 2003 season as the DL coach at Boca Raton (Fla.) High School. He worked for legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger as an intern at Florida Atlantic University, working in video operations and as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. His first coaching job was as a restricted earnings LB coach at D-II Missouri Western State College. During his playing days for head coach Steve Spurrier, Link was part of the National Championship and SEC Championship teams in the 1996-97 season. He received the Fifth-Year Senior Award in 1998. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 1999 and received his master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Florida in 2006.

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