Nov 15, 2003
Bryant College Head Football Coach To Resign After 2003 Season
Fifth-Year Coach Jim Miceli To Step Down After Saturday’s Home Finale
SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Bryant College Head Football Coach Jim Miceli has announced that he will resign from his position as coach of the Bulldogs following this Saturday’s final football game against Gannon University. Miceli’s resignation comes at the end of his current contract with the college.
Miceli, in his fifth season as coach of the Bulldogs, has overseen the Bryant College football program since its inception. Hired in 1997, Miceli built the Bryant program from scratch since arriving on campus from the University of Maryland where he was previously an assistant coach. In his first two years, Miceli added assistant coaches to his staff, fielded a full team roster of over 80 players, and built a recruiting network spanning from the Northeast, to the Mid-Atlantic region, and as far away as Florida and Texas as Bryant College prepared for its first varsity season of football in the fall of 1999.
Miceli has established the Bryant College football program into a significant player in the Northeast-10 Conference.
“Jim has done a remarkable job of starting the program from concept to reality and brought Bryant football to its current level of competition,” said Bryant College President Ronald Machtley. “We are indebted to Jim for the respect he has brought to the program and we wish him the best as he moves on in his career.”
Miceli’s tenure at Bryant has been marked by a solid record of producing scholar-athletes. On the field, the Bulldogs have posted an overall record of 21-27 overall and 16-25 record as members of the Northeast-10 Conference and its precursor, the Eastern Football Conference. In the classroom, the Bryant football program has produced seven Verizon District I Academic All-America selections, including Scott Kennedy, and the ECAC Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2001, Greg Wolyniec. Wolyniec went on to earn his master’s degree from Bryant during his final year of eligibility in 2001.
In 2002, Bryant College posted its highest win total with a 5-6 overall record (5-5 record in the Northeast-10) and ranked second in the conference with 242.7 yards rushing per game. Four players were named first team all-conference and two were named second-team all-conference last fall. In four seasons, Bryant has earned 16 Northeast-10 All-Conference honors, including seven first team selections.
During each of the past two seasons, Bryant has led the Northeast-10 Conference in average home attendance including an average of 2,516 in five home contests in 2002.
Miceli’s nine-year overall career coaching record is 54-36 entering Saturday’s game. A 1979 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Miceli was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1980-83); head coach at Norwalk (Conn.) High School from 1984-86; head coach at Old Tappan (N.J.) High School from 1986-87; head coach at Ramapo College (1988-90); assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1991-92), and assistant coach at Maryland from 1993 to 1996 before arriving at Bryant College in 1997.
Bryant is currently 3-6 overall this season (3-6 in Northeast-10). A national search will begin immediately to fill the head coaching position.
BRYANT: Announced the resignation of head football coach Jim Miceli, effective Nov. 15.