UR Football head coach Scott Greene will be leaving the team after this season.
Players were shocked to hear the news during an Oct. 10 practice.
“He genuinely cares for his players and wants to see all of us translate the skills we learn on the football field into the classroom, our homes, and the community,” one player said.
Greene began as the UR’s head coach in 2006. In his first two seasons, the ‘Jackets made the ECAC playoffs and had a combined record of 13–9. In the years since, the team has failed to reach the playoffs, and has gone 80–93, including a dismal 1–8 last year. Even still, Greene is the third-winningest football head coach in UR history.
In high school, Coach Greene was the Class V Player of the Year at Canandaigua Academy in 1992. He then played running back at Michigan State and was picked in the sixth round of the 1996 draft by the Carolina Panthers. He played there for two seasons, then moved to the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. 1999 was his final season, and he ended his NFL career with 447 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns.
In terms of coaching candidates, one player was confident in the process.
“The University of Rochester has many selling points to candidates such as a top tier academic institution, newly built facilities, and a rich football history,” said the player, who asked not to be named.
There’s no word yet on who will succeed Greene.
The ‘Jackets have gone 0–2 since the announcement, losing to Union College and St. Lawrence University to fall to 2–5. The team has two games remaining in the season and in Greene’s tenure, the final of which will be at home against Hobart College.