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Mike Willis Named Head Coach Of Marist Football

PRINCETON – Mike Willis has been named the head coach at Marist Football, the team announced this morning.

Willis, who had spent nine years coaching the Tigers and as an offensive lineman on the 2013 Ivy Champions has helped Princeton its last four Ivy crowns.

“I couldn’t be more excited for Mike to take the next step in his coaching career,” said Charles W. Caldwell Jr. ’25 Head Coach of Football Bob Surace said. “Mike is tremendous coach and will do a great job at Marist!”

In 2016, he returned to his alma mater as one of the youngest position coaches in Division I football, and he again helped the Tigers win the Ivy title.

An experienced Willis helped lead Princeton to one of its most historic seasons in program history in 2018. The Tigers produced the program’s first perfect season since 1964, and they reached the #8 spot in the national rankings.

The 2021 season saw Princeton go 9-1 and earn an Ivy League title, its third in five seasons. The Tigers had 16 All-Ivy selections including 10 first-team honorees, a program record. The offense ranked first in the Ivy League in scoring (33.4), second in passing offense (265.5), second in passing efficiency (147.0) and third in total offense (392.4).

Princeton went 8-2 and was in contention for the Ivy League title into the final week of the 2022 regular season. The Tigers had 16 All-Ivy selections tied for second-most at Princeton since 2013. The Tigers had the No. 1 passing offense (274.2) and No. 2 scoring offense (27.6) in the Ivy League. 

In 2017, Willis helped Princeton produce an offense that ranked in the Top 5 of the FCS in passing, scoring and total offense. He also oversaw the development of Graham Adomitis, who overcame injuries to produce an All-Ivy League season in his first year as a starter. In 2018, Adomitis developed into one of the league’s most versatile tight ends, and he earned first-team All-Ivy honors for an offense that set an Ivy League record for total points scored (470).

After spending the 2015 season as a coaching intern at his alma mater, Willis became the tight ends coach at Princeton before the 2016 Ivy League championship season. He helped Princeton produce the Ivy League’s top scoring and total offense, and he coached Scott Carpenter to an All-Ivy League season.

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