By Dave Fairbank, firstname.lastname@example.org | 757-247-4637
4:54 PM EDT, March 20, 2013
William and Mary officially announced that well-traveled and highly-credentialed Kevin Rogers will be the football team's new offensive coordinator.
Rogers, a 1974 W&M alumnus, comes full circle after a long and successful career at the highest levels of college football and with the NFL, as well.
Rogers was on Tribe head coach Jimmye Laycock's first staff, from 1980-82. From there, he went on to coach at Navy, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and the Minnesota Vikings. He spent one year at Boston College and most recently was at Temple in 2012.
He did not go to BC as part of Steve Addazio's new staff, and he wasn't retained by new Temple coach Matt Rhule.
Rogers replaces longtime Tribe assistant Zbig Kepa, who was let go after 29 years and consecutive sub-par offensive seasons.
Rogers has been a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for most of his career. He worked with, among others, Donovan McNabb and Marvin Graves at Syracuse, Jarious Jackson at Notre Dame, Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick at Virginia Tech and Brett Favre during a five-year stint with the Vikings.
Laycock was not available for comment, but said in a statement: "He has a proven track record of success in developing talent and has experienced the game at the highest levels. I am excited to have him back in Williamsburg and think he will be a tremendous asset to our program."
W&M finished 2-9 last season and has had back-to-back losing seasons since consecutive playoff appearances in 2009 and '10.
The Tribe's offense, among the most productive and efficient for many years, has fallen off recently and was near the bottom of the Colonial Athletic Association in most major categories. Last season, W&M was ninth in scoring and pass efficiency, eighth in pass offense and total offense. In 2010, it was 10th in scoring and pass efficiency, ninth in pass offense and total offense.
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