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Surace Announces Staff Promotions

PRINCETON – The Princeton Football Team has made some staff promotions for the 2024 season, Charles W. Caldwell Jr. ’25 Head Coach of Football Bob Surace announced.

Mark Rosenbaum will now be Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, Brian Flinn will be Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, Brandon Cuevas will be Offensive Line Coach/Running Game Coordinator, while Mike Weick is Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach.

Rosenbaum began his career at Princeton in 2018, coaching two future NFL wideouts in Jesper Horsted and Stephen Carlson. After a promotion to quarterbacks coach in 2019, the Tiger assistant had direct impact on the development of Kevin Davidson, Cole Smith, and Blake Stenstrom, all of which had earn All-Ivy honors. As recruiting coordinator, he also brought in nationally ranked classes in each of his four seasons.

“Promoting Mark will allow us to not only maintain continuity with the incredible success our offense has had over the past decade plus, but I am confident he and our outstanding offensive staff will continue to make the adjustments necessary to increase our production in the future,” said Surace. “I couldn’t be more excited for the future of the Princeton offense.”

Since coming from Villanova in 2019, Flinn has helped five wide receivers reach All-Ivy status in Jacob Birmelin, Dylan Classi, Andrei Iosivas, Luke Colella and AJ Barber. Birmelin, Classi and Iosivas were first-team honorees following their senior seasons.

Barber and Collella were honorable mention honorees last season. Colella ranked sixth in the Ivy League in both receptions (47) and receiving yards (620), and he finished third in touchdown receptions (six). Barber wasn’t far behind on the opposite side of the offense; he finished eighth in receptions (42) and seventh in receiving yards (582), and he added three touchdowns of his own.

Iosivas ended his Princeton career ranked sixth all-time in receiving yards (1,909), 12th in receptions (125), and third in touchdown catches (16). Classi ended his time with the Tigers ranked fifth all-time in receiving yards (2,141), seventh in receptions (137), and eighth in touchdown receptions (11).

Iosivas was later drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2023 NFL Draft and caught four touchdowns during his rookie campaign.

“In addition, the strong foundation of our offensive staff gives us the opportunity to better define responsibilities with our coaches,” said Surace. “Brian has been exceptional developing our wide receivers since he arrived in 2019, and he has been instrumental in the upgrades we have made to our offense in the pass game.”

Cuevas helped Collin Eaddy (2021) and Ryan Butler (2022) corral All-Ivy selections at running back before moving over to offensive line coach in 2023. Jalen Travis (second team) made it three straight seasons that a position player under Cuevas nabbed All-Ivy.

“Brandon has made a significant impact with our run game scheme, and has done a terrific job coaching our line,” stated Surace. “These defined responsibilities will put us more in line with the specialization that is being done offensively not only in the Ivy League but also nationally.”

With a defense that finished in the NCAA’s top 10 in five categories, Princeton was led by first-team All-Ivy picks Ozzie Nicholas and Liam Johnson last year, coached by Weick.

Nicholas, who also earned PFF All-American honors and Stats Perform FCS All-American Third Team Commendations, put together one of the most dominant defensive seasons by a Princeton player this century. He recorded 104 tackles, matching the most by any Tiger football player since Zak Keasey recorded 127 stops in 2004. While Nicholas was a dominant run stopper throughout the season, he also terrified quarterbacks in the pass game. He finished fourth in the league with 4.5 sacks; no other player in the Ivy League Top 25 in tackles could match that total.

The 2022 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, Johnson, ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 83 tackles, and he averaged nearly 10 per game over Princeton’s final three weeks, including 11 at Dartmouth. He had three sacks on the season, including one apiece against both Harvard and Yale.

“Mike has been outstanding in every off the field role he is responsible for, especially in how we help our players with Career Development,” said Surace. “He has also played a major role in our top ranked recruiting classes, and I am looking forward to working directly with him as we look to continue to bring in the best scholar-athletes to Princeton.”

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