BETHANY, W.Va. – New Bethany College head football coach Tim Weaver took one more step in filling his staff for next season when current Stonehill (Mass.) College offensive coordinator Bill Garvey was named the offensive coordinator.
“I am really glad he is joining our staff,” said Weaver. “We have a history together from our time at Harvard, so I am really happy to have someone I’m familiar with in that role. I also liked his experience of working with two of the most productive offenses in I-AA and being part of a major turnaround at Stonehill, so I believe he will be a good fit for the program.”
Garvey comes to the Bison after spending two seasons at Stonehill, a Division II program that plays in the Northeast-10 conference. This past season, which saw the Skyhawks post a 4-6 record for their most wins since the 2001 season, Garvey played a large role in the development of freshman QB Cruz Parsons. He earned the conference’s Freshman of the Week award twice, including after Stonehill crushed Merrimack in the season finale, 48-28.
In that game, Parsons threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for a fifth score. On the season, the first-year signal caller recorded a 125.76 efficiency rating, while throwing for 823 yards and 13 touchdowns, compared to just six interceptions.
Prior to his time at Stonehill, Garvey was at Harvard University from 2000-2004 and worked with Weaver for three seasons. Garvey served as assistant offensive line coach for his first two campaigns before taking over as wide receiver coach in 2003 and 2004. Weaver and Garvey also share another connection on their resumes, as they both worked at Hofstra University, although at separate times. Weaver was the defensive line coach there from 1992-96, while Garvey started his coaching career with the Pride, working as a graduate assistant from 1997-99.
Garvey attended Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he was a three-year member of the football team and was on the 1993 squad that captured the MAAC championship. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems.
For Garvey, joining the Bethany program was not only a chance to work with Weaver again, but also an opportunity to work with an offense that has a lot of potential.
“I saw this as a situation with better players than what I had at Stonehill when I started there,” said Garvey. “It was also a chance to be in a familiar situation with Tim, who is someone I want to work for and have enjoyed working with in the past.”
Garvey’s offensive philosophies will include running a balanced attack and going right at opposing defenses.
“Our goal is to be as balanced as we can be running and throwing the football,” said Garvey. “We will also try to attack on the perimeter and not let defenses relax against us. But we will also have to see what we can do with the personnel here.”
Trying to find a balance was something that Bethany struggled to accomplish last season. The Bison ranked fourth in the PAC in passing offense, averaging just under 175 yards per game through the air and accounting for 14 passing touchdowns. While BC had three different quarterbacks take snaps under center during the year, their receiving corps is a definite strength. Junior T.J. Parker (Austintown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) broke the school’s single-season record with nine touchdown receptions and finished with 43 receptions, as did sophomore Milton Joyner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Westinghouse).
Bethany did not have as much success running the football, as they averaged just 87.6 yards per game on the ground and scored six touchdowns, both ranking seventh in the conference. Although the numbers aren’t outstanding, Garvey is still encouraged by what he sees and is anxious to get started with the players in the spring.
“I think we have good skill but we will have to plug some holes on the offensive line,” said Garvey. “The stats here are nearly doubled to what they were in my first year at Stonehill, so it’s encouraging to be a few steps ahead of when I started there. We will just have to see what we have and who’s going to work hard in the spring.”