UMass AD Bamford addresses football coaching search in letter to boosters


Staff Writer
Published: 11/29/2018 7:04:53 PM

AMHERST — UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford broke his silence about the school’s search for a new football coach Thursday in a letter to the UMass Gridiron Club.

The letter, which was sent via email Thursday morning to the booster club, explained why Bamford chose to stay quiet publicly about the coaching search. He wrote he felt he has had more success during his time at UMass when he has limited the number of people involved in the process.

He pointed to men’s basketball coach Matt McCall, women’s coach Tory Verdi and hockey coach Greg Carvel as examples of what secrecy in the process can provide. He said by keeping those names out of the news, it helped strengthen UMass’ position to hire those coaches away from other Division I schools.

Bamford declined to name the close group of associates advising him during the search, but said he appreciated the feedback he has received from the public in helping him figure out the most important attributes in the new coach.

“I am pleased that in the last 10 days I have secured feedback from many of you regarding the attributes you desire in our next head coach,” Bamford wrote in the email, which was posted on the online message board “This feedback has been crucial as I form the profile for our next head coach. I can’t thank those individuals enough for offering their insights and positive encouragement during this process.”

The only update Bamford provided on the search was that he has been flying around the country to interview candidates and those discussions will take place outside western Massachusetts. He reiterated that there is no timeline for the school to name its next football coach even with the beginning of the early signing period for next year’s recruiting class fast approaching on Dec. 19.

Bamford’s letter came on the same day rumors began circulating that he interviewed or plans to interview Mississippi offensive coordinator Phil Longo. In anticipation of those types of potential leaks, Bamford said he has taken the sole lead on the search and will not share any details until an agreement has been reached between both parties.

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