THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2004
Football Names Adam Borrell Secondary Coach
May 20, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Adam Borrell as its new secondary coach, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. Borrell, who will also coordinate the Dolphins' recruiting efforts and special teams units, takes over for former JU associate head coach and defensive coordinator Shap Boyd, who left after six seasons to become the defensive coordinator at Washington University in his hometown of St. Louis. JU linebackers coach Craig Hauser was promoted to defensive coordinator last week.
Borrell comes to JU after four seasons at Gannon University, where the Division II Golden Knights went 9-1 in 2003. He spent the last two years coaching the secondary, which helped produce 29 turnovers last season, including 19 interceptions, as the Golden Knights ranked sixth nationally in turnover margin (+1.4). Gannon also ranked 13th nationally in pass efficiency defense and allowed just 297.6 yards per game, which ranked 28th among the 150 Division II programs. In 2003, the Golden Knights ranked 29th nationally in total defense allowing just 287.6 yards per game and 20th in rushing defense, after yielding just 94.6 yards per contest.
From 2000-01, Borrell served as the Golden Knights' wide receivers coach as Gannon improved its receiving numbers each season. Gannon receivers caught 80 passes for 968 yards in 2000 and then had 85 receptions for 1,241 yards in 2001. In addition, the Golden Knight receivers provided crucial blocking for of the NCAA's top rushing offenses.
"Adam's strength is his ability to teach technique to the defensive backs, which will help our young secondary," said Gilbert, who has hired both Hauser and offensive coordinator Andy McCleod from Gannon. "He is familiar with the PFL from his playing days at Butler, has recruited Florida while on staff at Gannon and is a good personality fit with our current coaching staff."
Borrell started his career as a student-assistant coach in 1995-96 with the linebackers at his alma mater and current PFL North member, Butler. He earned three letters for the Bulldogs, including a breakout senior season in 1995 after switching from strong safety to linebacker. Despite being just 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, Borrell earned Second-Team All-Pioneer Football League honors and was voted Butler's Defensive MVP after leading the team with 119 tackles, which ranked third in the PFL. In addition to 89 solo stops, he also had four tackles behind the line of scrimmage and recovered a fumble. Borrell, who was a college teammate of Hauser at Butler, was a backup strong safety and special teams player his first two seasons, helping lead the Bulldogs to the 1994 PFL Championship.
After completing his B.A. in political science from Butler in December of 1996, Borrell spent a season playing in the Indoor Professional Football League (IFPL) with the Rocky Mountain (Colo.,) Thunder and then played two seasons in the Indoor Football League (IFL) with the Steel Valley (W.Va.) Smash and the LaCrosse (Wis.) River Rats.
The Dolphins open their seventh season of football on Sept. 2 at Florida International at 8 p.m. in Miami.