Liam Coen begins his second year in 2012 at the University of Rhode Island and will serve as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Coen was promoted to passing game coordinator in February of 2012. With two quarterbacks – Steve Probst and Bob Bentsen – receiving significant playing time, the Rams averaged 188.6 passing yards per game in the 2011 season. Bentsen ranked sixth in the conference in total offense (144.4 yards per game), while Probst was right behind him in eighth (128.6 yards per game). Probst also led the team with five rushing touchdowns.
Coen joined the Rams after spending the 2010 campaign as the quarterbacks coach at Brown. The Rhode Island native oversaw the No. 1 passing game in the Ivy League as the Bears averaged 244.3 yards per game.
As a student-athlete Coen became the 21st quarterback in FCS history to throw for 10,000 or more career passing yards, and holds nearly every career passing record at the University of Massachusetts. He ranks first in passing yards (11,031) passing efficiency (152.92), completion percentage (63.9), touchdown passes (90), completions (830), and attempts (1,303). Among all-time FCS quarterbacks, Coen's 11,031 yards ranks among the top 20 all-time, while his 90 touchdowns rank 14th. UMass was 36-13 in his 49 starts dating back to 2005. (36-9 vs. FCS teams).
A standout at La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I., where he played for his father, Tim, Coen was named the Gatorade Player of the Year, Super Prep Magazine All-Region, and an All-State selection as a senior. He led La Salle to four consecutive Division I Super Bowl berths, and was named one of the most prolific passers in Rhode Island high school football history by the Providence Journal.
Coen graduated from Massachusetts in 2009 with a degree in communications.
Updated Sept. 22, 2011