Bob Surace Completes Offensive Staff, Hires Brian Flinn To Coach Receivers, Moves Rosenbaum To QBs

  • February 22, 2019

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Following two years of record-setting offensive output, Princeton head coach Bob Surace is excited about the recently completed offensive staff that will guide the 2019 Tigers. Brian Flinn, who spent 12 seasons as the wide receivers coach at Villanova, will join the Princeton staff to coach that same positional group, while previous receivers coach Mark Rosenbaum will make the transition to quarterbacks coach.

This is not the first time Surace has overseen similar moves within his offensive staff. Sean Gleeson, who was recently hired as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, made the move from running backs coach to quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator prior to the 2017 season. Both Gleeson and Rosenblatt were quarterbacks at the Division III level.

These moves followed the announcement that Andrew Aurich ’06 will take over the role of offensive coordinator, while still overseeing the offensive line.

During his time with at Villanova, Flinn has produced a steady stream of all-conference performers. His most notable honoree was Matt Szczur, the Most Outstanding Player in the 2009 FCS national championship game, which Villanova won 23-21. Szczur was the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and a consensus first-team All-American.

“I am excited that Brian Flinn will be joining our staff as our receivers coach,” Surace said. “One of the main core themes of our coaching staff is that we have to be able to recruit, develop and scheme. As recruiting coordinator, Brian has led Villanova to be the one program outside of the Ivy League that has brought in classes that rival ours nationally the past two years.

“He has a strong track record of developing receivers at Villanova as well, as his position group has consistently been among the best in their conference,” Surace added. “Our coaching staff has spent a lot of time with Villanova and particularly Brian in my nine years here, and he is exceptional in that area.”

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Flinn arrived at Villanova from Eastern Illinois where he served as an assistant coach from 2002-05. Flinn also has coaching experience at the University of Maryland (graduate assistant, 2001-02), Drake University (wide receivers, 2000), and Mount Union College (linebackers, 1999/wide receivers, 1998).

As a player, Flinn was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference tight end at Mount Union College where he was part of Division III National Championship teams in 1993 and 1996. While at Mount Union, he earned a double major in Business Administration and Philosophy in 1997.

“Over the past ten years I’ve had the chance to visit with Bob Surace and his offensive staff on a number of different occasions,” Flinn said. “During these visits it became obvious to me that Princeton is a special place. I am excited to learn and be a part of one of the top offenses in all of football.”

Rosenbaum enters his second year on the Princeton staff following a historic run with the 2018 Tiger offense. Under his leadership, Jesper Horsted earned All-America honors, was named a finalist for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and broke Princeton’s career receptions record. Classmate Stephen Carlson earned All-Ivy honors as well for an offense that broke the Ivy League scoring record.

“Mark is an outstanding teacher of quarterback fundamentals and, as we saw last year, the level of detail in his coaching is terrific,” Surace said. “I believe he will make a smooth transition, especially knowing the verbiage and how both James Perry and Sean Gleeson taught the reads to our quarterbacks, which include four Bushnell winners in our nine years.

“Andy Aurich is already off to great start coordinating our record-breaking offense this winter,” Surace added. “These additions will no doubt help us continue to progress moving forward.”

Rosenbaum, who previously worked at Rutgers, Moravian and his alma mater, Susquehanna, was a four-year letterwinner for the Crusaders as a quarterback; he was named Team MVP as a senior after completing 87 of 132 passes for 1,129 yards with eight touchdowns.