UConn Assistant Football Coaches

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Hank Hughes

Assistant head coach for defense/defensive line

Hughes joined the UConn staff in 2001 and was promoted to assistant head coach for defense in 2005 after three seasons as defensive coordinator. The Huskies led the Big East in total defense and passing defense in 2004, and in 2005 linebacker Alfred Fincher became the first Husky selected in the NFL draft in eight years. Hughes was the defensive line coach at Memphis (1998-2000), Harvard (1994-1997) and Cincinnati (1993) and spent two years (1991-92) as an assistant coach of the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football (later NFL Europe). He also was an assistant at James Madison (1985-1990), Lafayette (1982-1984), Northeastern (1981), Springfield College (1980) and Albany (1979). A 1979 graduate of Springfield, Hughes and his wife, Jackie, have four children: Raquel Marie, Henry, Jack and Charles.

Joe Moorhead

Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach

Moorhead spent five years (2004-08) as an assistant at Akron. While with the Zips, he oversaw a multiple-set, no-huddle offense that was among the top 50 nationally in all team categories. He previously served as an assistant at Georgetown (2000-03) and was a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh in 1998 and '99 after playing quarterback at Fordham. Moorhead and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Kyra, Mason and Donovan.

Todd Orlando

Defensive coordinator/inside linebackers

Orlando is one of three members of Randy Edsall's original staff (1999) still with the Huskies. He has spent his entire tenure coaching inside linebackers, and the title of defensive coordinator was added in 2005. The Huskies led the Big East in total defense in 2006 and finished seventh nationally. Orlando came to UConn after spending three seasons as the inside linebackers coach at Penn and had previously coached at two high schools near Pittsburgh. He was a linebacker on the 1994 Wisconsin team that won the Big Ten championship and defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

Lyndon Johnson

Special teams coordinator/outside linebackers

A three-year starting offensive lineman at UConn, Johnson returned to his alma mater in 1999 when Randy Edsall was hired as coach. He has coordinated the Huskies' special teams since then and assumed responsibility of the outside linebackers after coaching tight ends in his first two seasons. Johnson spent the 1998 season as an assistant at Fordham and the 1997 season at Sacred Heart after four years as a high school assistant at McMahon-Norwalk. Voted team captain in 1991, Johnson started 33 games for the Huskies from 1989-1992. He and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons: Taren and Trace.

Matt Cersosimo

Wide receivers/recruiting coordinator

A one-time graduate assistant at UConn, Cersosimo returned to the coaching staff full time in 2006 and immediately assumed the roles of wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. The West Hartford native spent two seasons at Harvard, where he was the wide receivers coach in 2004 and the running backs/junior varsity coach in 2005. Cersosimo was a graduate assistant for Randy Edsall in 2002 and 2003 after playing defensive back and lacrosse at Springfield College. He and his wife, Megan, have a son, Brady.

Mike Foley

Offensive Line

Foley arrived at UConn in 2006 after a lengthy coaching career at Colgate, his alma mater, where he was inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Honor in 2004. He was head coach of the Red Raiders from 1987-92. He left to serve as offensive coordinator at Harvard from 1993-1996. Foley returned to Colgate and spent nine years as offensive coordinator, helping the Red Raiders reach the Division I-AA national championship game in 2003. A 1978 graduate, he served in a variety of capacities as an assistant before being named head coach. Foley and his wife, Kathleen, have two children, Erin and Patrick. Foley's father, Patrick, is defensive coordinator at the Merchant Marine Academy.

Scott Lakatos

Defensive backs

A longtime coach in New England and a graduate of Western Connecticut State, Lakatos has served as defensive backs coach since arriving at UConn in 2004. He had the same position from 2001-03 at Rutgers. Lakatos was defensive coordinator at Maine in 2000, where he had been an assistant since 1995, and also spent time at New Haven (1994), Syracuse (1992-1993), Boston University (1990-1991) and Western (1988-1989). Lakatos and his wife, Amanda, have a daughter, Sarah Bailey, and a son, Cole.

Dave McMichael

Tight Ends

McMichael came to UConn in 2001 after 18 seasons as an assistant at West Virginia under Don Nehlen. He has worked with 14 players who went on to the NFL, including former Jets tight end Anthony Becht. McMichael, a special teams coordinator at UConn from 2001-04, began his tenure at West Virginia in 1983 and previously coached at Southern Illinois (1980-1982), Muskingum (1977-1979) and Bowling Green (1976), where he was an offensive lineman and became a graduate assistant. McMichael and his wife, Karen, have a son, John David.

Terry Richardson

Running backs

Randy Edsall recruited Richardson twice — first as a player at Syracuse, then as a coach after he took over at UConn in 1999. Huskies coached by Richardson include Donald Brown, the nation's leading rusher in 2008, Terry Caulley and Cornell Brockington. A 1994 graduate of Syracuse, where he wore No. 44 as a starting running back, Richardson spent five seasons in the NFL before returning home to the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area to coach at Northeast High School in 1998. Richardson has four children: Terrance, Sheenai, Kayla and Tierra.

Tim Pendergast

Director of football operations

A football coach for 25 years, Pendergast began his first season at UConn in 2008 coordinating day-to-day aspects such as travel, player housing and team budgets. An assistant at Ithaca in 2006, where he began his coaching career in 1980, Pendergast was head coach at Cornell from 2001-2003 and at Hamilton in 2000. He also served as an assistant at Memphis (1997-1999), James Madison (1993-1996), Maine (1992) and Northwestern (1990-1992), in addition to an earlier stint at Cornell (1981-89). Pendergast and his wife, Leslie, have three children: Greg, Taylor and Lia.

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