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Andrew Aurich '06, a former two-year starter on the Princeton offensive line, has returned to his alma mater and serves as both the special teams coordinator and the tight ends coach. His first year in that position saw Princeton produce the 2013 Ivy League championship in record-breaking fashion.
Last season, Princeton put three special teams players on the All-Ivy League team. Placekicker Nolan Bieck went 13-14 in field goals, including two makes from 46 yards, to earn first-team honors, while kick returner Dré Nelson, who led the Ivy League with two kick returns for touchdowns, finished on the second team. Punter Tyler Roth earned honorable mention.
Despite being picked to finish fifth in the league, the 2013 Princeton squad broke the Ivy League total offense and scoring records and won the title with an 8-2 record. Along the way, senior tight end Des Smith, who made several key touchdown catches throughout the season, earned his first All-Ivy honors.
Another All-Ivy honoree under Aurich's tutelage was sophomore return specialist Max Lescano. He was one of only two players in the league to average more than five years per return with at least 20 attempts, and he took over kickoff return responsibilites during the final three games of the year. Though he did not have enough kickoff returns to qualify for the league stats, his 25.1 yards per return would have ranked second in the league.
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.
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.
|Position:||Special Teams Coordinator & Tight Ends|