THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2003
Football Names Andy McLeod Offensive Coordinator

March 13, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Andy McLeod as its new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. McLeod replaces Ed Stults, who left JU after two seasons to become the offensive line and tight ends coach at Division I Ball State.

McLeod comes to JU after four successful seasons at Gannon (Pa.) University, where he served as offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. His 2001 squad led all of NCAA Division II in rushing with 312.9 yards per game, while the Golden Knights also ranked 8th nationally in 2002 with 253.2 yards rushing per contest. McLeod helped lead Gannon from a non-scholarship program to scholarship football beginning with the 2000 season and the Golden Knights posted a 5-4 record in 2001. During his four-year tenure, Gannon broke 61 offensive school records, including a school-record low 12 sacks in 289 attempts in 2002.

Prior to joining the Gannon staff, McLeod spent the 1998 season as quarterbacks and fullbacks coach at Saint Joseph's (Ind.) College, where the Pumas ranked in the top-10 of Division II in rushing and posted a 7-4 overall record en route to the Great Lakes Football Conference Championship. He began his coaching career as tight ends coach at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, in 1997. The Hilltoppers, which won the NCAA Division I-A National Championship in 2002, finished the 1997 season ranked No. 7 in I-AA with a 10-2 record after advancing to the Division I-AA quarterfinals. Western Kentucky led the I-AA in rushing with 332.0 yards per game and ranked eighth nationally in total defense, allowing just 299.5 yards per contest.

McLeod was a four-year letterwinner at Western Kentucky from 1993-96, where he played wingback, fullback and tight end. He helped lead the Hilltoppers to 22 wins during his career, posting nine receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 10 times for 58 yards. WKU was among the top 10 teams in I-AA in rushing all four years, including 285.1 yards per game during his senior season in 1996. McLeod graduated from Western Kentucky in 1997 with a B.S. in organizational and corporate communications. The Elkhorn, Neb. native resides in Jacksonville with his wife, Keely.