University of Connecticut head football coach Randy Edsall announced that offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee will not return to Storrs for the 2018 season after being named to the same position at Southern Methodist University.
“I really appreciate Rhett’s contribution to our program this year and want to wish Rhett and his family well with his new opportunity at SMU,” said Edsall.
The Husky offense scored 283 points in 2017 as compared to 178 the previous season and the squad posted 27 or more points five times under Lashlee after reaching that total only once in 2016. In a much improved passing attack, UConn receivers caught 256 balls for a 21.3 yards per game average in 2017 and quarterback Bryant Shirreffs recorded back-to-back 400-yard passing games.
“My family and I can’t thank Husky Nation enough for an incredible experience this past season,” Lashlee said. “I want to personally thank David Benedict, Beth Goetz and Coach Edsall for the opportunity to be a part of this great program. The players, coaches and staff were tremendous and I will always be grateful for my time at UConn.
“At the end of the day, the draw to be closer to home for Lauren and I (with four young kids) was something we could not pass up at this time. There is no doubt in my mind the UConn program is moving in a great direction under Coach Edsall’s leadership. The future in Storrs is definitely bright.”