Andrew Aurich '05, a former two-year starter on the Princeton offensive line, has returned to his alma mater and will serve as the running backs coach for the Princeton football team. He replaces E.J. Henderson, who accepted a job as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Davidson.
Aurich spent his last two years as an assistant coach at Rutgers, where he served one season on offensive quality control and player development before moving to the defensive side of the ball last season. During his first season, he worked with each member of the offense and also helped produce offensive scouting reports for each upcoming game.
"I am excited that we were able to add a terrific coach to our staff in Andy Aurich," Princeton head coach Bob Surace said. "He did an excellent job in his interview with our staff and I was impressed with his schematic knowledge, passion for coaching, and attention to detail. I know we are getting a "gym rat" that has been around football since he was young, as his dad was the head coach at Concordia Academy in Minnesota for 25 years, and he also has been well prepared coaching at Rutgers the last two years. As a Princeton football alum, I know how important it is for him to return and help us build this program to a consistent winner."
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 recruiting coordinator for two years.
"I am very excited to be coming back to Princeton," Aurich said. "It is a special place where you can challenge yourself both academically and athletically. I look forward to helping the student-athletes on our team have the same fulfilling experience that I had when I played football here."
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.