Eddie Allen Named Special Team Coordinator
Comes to UConn Football Program After Spending Four Seasons at Delaware
STORRS, Conn. - Three additions were made to the UConn football coaching staff on Monday afternoon, as announced by head coach Randy Edsall. Eddie Allen has been named special teams coordinator while Mike Moyseenko has been named to the post of offensive quality control coach and Ben Chapman will take over as the new offensive graduate assistant, working with the offensive line.
Special Teams Coordinator Eddie Allen
Eddie Allen has been named special teams coordinator for the UConn football team as announced by head coach Randy Edsall on Monday afternoon. Allen joins Edsall's coaching staff after serving as the special teams coordinator for the University of Delaware since 2014.
"Eddie's aggressive approach to special teams was exactly what I was looking for in our special teams coordinator," Edsall said. "His teams have shown the ability to block kicks and be very fundamentally sound in the core four units involving special teams. He has delivered very good results as a special teams coordinator in all the places he has worked."
2017 saw Delaware tie for the top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association with a net punting average of 38.8 yards.
In 2016, Delaware ranked No. 4 in the CAA in kickoff returns (21.5 yards per return) and kickoff coverage (39.1 net average), was No. 6 in net punting (37.0), and did not have a punt blocked while blocking four kicks on the season.
During his time with the Blue Hens, Allen coached two-time All-CAA punter Eric Enderson, who earned third team All-America status during the 2014 season. Additionally, Allen coached punter Nick Pritchard to a spot on the All-CAA Third Team during the 2017 season.
"I am extremely excited to join Coach Edsall's staff," Allen said. "Being from the Northeast, I have followed the program closely through the years and I am looking forward to getting around our players and doing my part in the future of success of the program."
During his first two seasons at Delaware, Allen was also responsible for coaching the tight ends and helped develop All-American Nick Boyle at that position. Boyle was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Allen enjoyed great success during a six-year stint at the University of Rhode Island from 2008-13. During his tenure as a member of former head coach Joe Trainer's staff, he helped the Rams lead the CAA in fewest blocked kicks allowed and ranked No. 2 in kickoff return average (22.3) during the 2013 campaign. Rhode Island also ranked No. 3 in the CAA in kickoff returns (20.9) and allowed the second fewest return yards in the league during the 2012 season.
In 2011, Rhode Island averaged 21.5 yards per kick return while allowing an average of just 18.9 yards per return. In 2010, under the direction of Allen, URI ranked in the CAA's top five in four special teams categories and held the league's top kickoff return average (23.8).
Among the highlights was a blocked punt that was returned for the game-winning score over 2009 defending champion Villanova. In 2009, Rhode Island punter Tim Edger led the CAA in punting with a 41.5-yard average, and in 2008, the Rams blocked nine kicks on the season.
Prior to arriving at Rhode Island, Allen spent three seasons as a member of Greg Schiano's coaching staff at Rutgers. He joined the Scarlet Knights' football program in 2005 as a player development assistant and worked as a graduate assistant in 2007.
Allen began his collegiate coaching career as the offensive graduate assistant and video coordinator at Hofstra University in 2003. The following season, Allen moved on to Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan., where he served as wide receivers coach.
A native of Somerville, N.J., Allen graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven in 2003. He was a four-year letterwinner at quarterback for the Chargers.
He and his wife, Kristin have a daughter, Makayla, and two sons, Austin and Jackson.
Offensive Quality Control Coach Mike Moyseenko
Mike Moyseenko begins his first season as the offensive quality control coach for the UConn football team. Moyseenko comes to UConn after spending the last four seasons as the wide receivers coach at Towson University. Moyseenko served as the offensive quality control coach at Towson during the 2013 season.
Prior to his time at Towson, Moyseenko served as the wide receivers coach at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
From 2008-2010, he served as the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association with the Mariners posting a perfect 16-0 record en route to winning the AIFA Championship in 2010.
Following his stint with the Mariners, Moyseenko was the quarterbacks coach for Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md. Good Counsel earned the WCAC Championship and finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally in 2011.
Moyseenko walked on to the University of Maryland football team as a quarterback and worked with the offensive scout team during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He finished his final two years as an undergrad working as student assistant for the Terps. Moyseenko earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Maryland in 2007.
Offensive Graduate Assistant (Offensive Line) Ben Chapman
Ben Chapman begins his first season as an offensive graduate assistant, working with the offensive line, for the UConn football team. Chapman, who earned his bachelor's degree in social science and sport from the University of Connecticut in 2012, returns to the Huskies after spending the 2017 season as assistant defensive line coach at Stonehill College in Easton Mass.
Prior to his time at Stonehill, Chapman was a graduate assistant coach for the inside linebackers at Castleton University in Castleton, Vt. and spent the 2013 and 2013 seasons as the offensive and defensive lines assistant coach at Stonington High School.
Chapman spent March-September 2013 in Melbourne, Australia as a player/assistant offensive and defensive line coach for the Monash Warriors Football Team.
During his time as an undergrad at UConn, he was an assistant to the recruiting department during the 2011 and 2012 seasons and was a member of the scout team from 2008-11. Chapman was a member of UConn teams that earned spots in the 2009 International Bowl, the 2010 Papa John's Bowl and the 2011 Fiesta Bowl and was part of the squad that won the 2010 Big East Championship.
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