Football: Kolb and Madden added to coaching staff

Football: Kolb and Madden added to coaching staff

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University head football coach Mark Murnyack has added two new coaches to round out his coaching staff for the 2019 season set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Salve Regina.

Marc Kolb has been hired as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Patrick Madden has been brought on to coach the defensive backs.

"Coach Kolb and Madden have been with us for the last month and have brought a wealth of experience to our coaching staff since their arrival," Murnyack said. "They have been a welcome addition and have hit the ground running working with their positions groups and improving our team and individual players. Their leadership has been invaluable and I'm really excited to have both of them on board this year."

Kolb brings 24 years of football coaching experience to Norwich and was most recently the head coach at Graceland University, an NAIA school in Iowa.  Kolb has overseen offenses that have set 23 NCAA records and 6 NAIA records including 2 All-Division (NCAA and NAIA combined) records.  He has coached 18 All-Americans, including two Harlon Hill Finalist quarterbacks.

Kolb graduated from Brown University in 1994 with a degree in sociology and comes to Norwich from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa where he was the Head Coach.  In 2017 the offense was nationally ranked in several categories including #8 in first downs per game (24.7) and #11 in passing offense.  In 2018 they ranked #9 in passing offense, #10 in first downs, and #27 in total offense.  Individually Preston Compton finished his career as the school's all-time leading passer and was #8 in the country in total offense as a junior and #6 in the country as a senior.  The offense also had a WR who led the country in catches per game in both years including an all-division record 158 catches in a single season.

While at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., Kolb improved their scoring by more than 60 percent during his tenure. Before coaching at Lindenwood, Kolb was at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, from 2007-15. He was the offensive coordinator every season, the Associate Head Coach the last eight years and the recruiting coordinator for two seasons. He helped Tusculum set several NCAA Division II records, and he coached 12 All-Americans, 16 All-Conference performers, three conference Offensive Players of the Year and one conference Freshman Offensive Player of the Year. In 2008, he helped the program make its first NCAA playoff appearance, win the South Atlantic Conference Championship and achieve its highest-ever national ranking.

Kolb coached Bo Cordell and Corey Russell, two Harlon Hill Finalist. Cordell still holds the NCAA Division II records for career total offensive yards and career passing yards. Kolb's 2010 squad led the nation with 424.8 passing yards a game.

Prior to Tusculum, Kolb was the offensive coordinator at Missouri S&T from 2002-06 and the Assistant Head Coach for two years. He helped lead the Miners to their first winning season and back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time in over 20 years. His 2006 offensive led the nation with 350.9 passing yards a game. He helped set nearly every Missouri S&T offensive record during his time there, and set or tied five MIAA records and three NCAA Division II records. While at Missouri S&T, he coached three All-Americans and 13 all-conference players.

From 1998-01, Kolb was an assistant coach at Fairfield University, an NCAA FCS school in Fairfield, Connecticut. He was the defensive line coach his first season, the offensive coordinator from 1999-2001, and was also the assistant head coach in 2001. He helped the program go 31-11 in his four seasons at the school, and the team won the 1999 MAAC Championship. Kolb coached two All-Americans and 16 All-Conference players, including the school's all-time passing and receiving leaders. His offenses ranked in the top 12 in scoring offense in the nation twice in three years, and his 1998 defense was first in the nation in total defense and rushing defense.

Kolb coached at the NCAA Division III level from 1995-97. In 1997, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Framingham State, and in 1995-96, he was the special teams coordinator, offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach at Curry College.

Madden joins Norwich after previously serving as a coach at Elon University. He joined Rich Skrosky's staff at Elon in January 2013 as the defensive line coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach following the 2015 season.

Elon's veteran defensive line accounted for 15.0 of the team's 23 total sacks in the 2015 season.

Following Elon's first season as a member of CAA Football, Madden's defensive line saw one of its members, Dustin Ruff, collect all-league accolades.

Madden spent the previous two seasons with the Jumbos of Tufts. In his time with that program, Madden served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator (2013) and the defensive line coach and co-special teams coordinator (2012). In 2013, Tufts kickers rated fourth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in kickoff yardage, averaging 58.7 yards per kick. That year Madden coached Mike Rando to first-team all-league honors as a return specialist. In his first season with the program the Jumbos ranked near the top of the league in kickoff return average, punt return average and punting average.

Prior to joining the staff at Tufts, Madden spent the 2011 campaign as the defensive coordinator at Lawrence Academy. He has also made coaching stops with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, the University of New Hampshire, Boston College, Columbia University and Wesleyan University. During Madden's time at Boston College as a graduate assistant the Eagles won back-to-back ACC Atlantic Division crowns.

Norwich plays its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 14 when it hosts St. Lawrence University at 12 p.m. on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.

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