Sean Gleeson, who has been a member of the Princeton offensive coaching staff for each of the two Ivy League championship seasons over the last four years, has been promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, it was announced Tuesday by head coach Bob Surace.
Gleeson replaces James Perry, who was recently named the head coach at Bryant University. Not only did Perry serve as offensive coordinator during his first four years at Princeton, but he was also Gleeson’s quarterback coach at Williams College.
Sean Gleeson has done an exceptional job in every responsibility he has had at Princeton,” said Surace, the Ivy League Head Coach of the Year and a three-time FCS National Head Coach of the Year finalist. “He has had a big role in the success of our offense as the running backs coach, he did a tremendous job calling plays in our J.V. games the previous three years, he was an outstanding offensive coordinator for my brother Brian at Farleigh Dickenson, and our special teams units were consistently the best in the Ivy League last fall.
“Our offense has not only been an Ivy League leader, it has broken all-time records for points scored and yards gained over the last four seasons,” Surace added. “Sean combines the understanding of the pass game as a former quarterback — who played for James Perry at Williams — with the run game that he helped implement. Most importantly, Sean is a tremendous teacher that will lead the quarterbacks and our offense with great passion.”
Since Gleeson’s arrival, the Princeton offense has averaged 34.1 points per game, the highest output for a Tiger offense over a four-year stretch in program history. Princeton broke the Ivy League records for both scoring offense (43.7 points per game) and total offense (511.6 yards per game) during its historic 2013 Ivy League championship season.
This past fall, Princeton ranked first in the Ivy League in scoring offense (34.6 points per game), total offense (415.5 yards) and rushing offense (183.2 yards) en route to the 2016 Ivy League title.
“I’m infused with tremendous excitement in the face of this new responsibility,” Gleeson said. “Over the past four years, Coach Surace has displayed great trust in me, and I plan on continuing to work hard to honor his confidence. It also goes without saying that my longtime friend, James Perry, will have a lasting impact on me, as well as this offense.
“To those wondering, the Tigers will be playing fast next fall,” Gleeson added. “I can’t wait to challenge our guys to keep up.”
Gleeson has coached multiple All-Ivy League running backs, including two-time honoree Joe Rhattigan, though he will now work with the quarterbacks while also serving as offensive coordinator. While at Williams College, playing under James Perry, Gleeson was the highest rated passer in the NESCAC in 2005, minimum 100 attempts, with a rating of 163.6. His team finished 8-0 on the year in 2006, and was part of a two-quarterback system that threw for more than 4,000 yards over a two seasons.
He received the Farley Award in 2006, which is awarded to the member of the football team who demonstrates superior qualities of dedication, loyalty and sacrifice for the betterment of the team.
Gleason and his wife, Lauren, have a son, Eamon.