Andrew Aurich '06 is coming home. Again.
Aurich, both a former two-year starter on the Princeton offensive line and a member of Bob Surace's coaching staff, has returned to his alma mater and will serve as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator for the Princeton football team. He replaces Ryan Roeder, who was named an offensive assistant coach with the New York Giants.
Aurich served as running backs coach at Princeton during the 2011 season and helped Chuck Dibilio to a historic season. Dibilio became the first true freshman in the Ivy League to rush for more than 1,000 yards, and his season total of 1,068 yards was sixth-best in program history.
Aurich left after the season and joined Greg Schiano, his former boss at Rutgers, as a defensive coaching assistant with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2012 NFL season.
"I am excited that we were able to bring Andy Aurich back home," Princeton head coach Bob Surace said. "He did a fantastic job during his first year on our staff, and his knowledge of the offense will allow him to get going immediately this spring. He has a terrific work ethic and knowledge of the sport, and he will do a great job with both our tight ends and special teams."
Aurich's coaching career began at Concordia Academy, where he was an assistant coach for the 2006 season. He moved to Albright College, where he coached tight ends and served as assistant recruiting coordinator for two years.
Aurich helped turn the program around during his playing days. After going through a 2-8 season his sophomore year, he moved to the starting lineup and led the Tigers to a 5-5 record in 2004 and a 7-3 record in 2005; the seven wins during his senior year was the most at Princeton for more than a decade.