Head Coach Bill Garvey
Office Phone: 304-829-7441
Head Coach Bill Garvey is entering his third season at the helm of the Bethany College football program.
2014 saw continued success, as Garvey had the Green & White in the post season for the first time since the 1980 campaign. In 2014, he helped the Bison to a 6-4 regular season record, their best season since the 2001 campaign. The Bison also captured five wins in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play for the first time since 1981. Following the season, Bethany was invited to play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southeast Bowl against Stevenson University, Bethany's first post-season appearance in 34 years.
In his first season at the helm of the Bison, Bethany notched a 4-4 record in conference play for the first time since 2008. That year, Bethany ended a 33-year winless streak against W&J (24-19) while also defeating Waynesburg, 27-20. It marked the first time ever that the Bison had defeated the two schools in the same year in the program’s history.
In his two year tenure with the Green & White, the Bison have improved in each season. He currently boasts a regular season record of 10-10 through the first 20 games of his career, the second best record of any coach through 20 games in the history of the program (H.M. Buland was 12-8 bettwen the years of 1920-1921.)
Constantly getting the most out of his players, Garvey has coached 25 athletes to All-Conference distinction in just his first two seasons at the helm. The Bison boasted 15 players on the All-PAC lists in 2014, including first-team selections Eric Blinn, Wyssmy Despagne, Nadim Raddar and Stephen Amic. Raddar also earned a prostigious AFCA All-American honor, the first athlete to win such an award in Garvey's brief tenure.
Prior to being named head coach, Garvey served as the offensive coordinator of the Bison for the seven years and was the architect of some of the most dominant offensive seasons in school history.
Continuing to serve as offensive coordinator, 69 school records have been broken, re-broken or tied in Garvey's tenure, including three by receiver Eric Blinn in 2014. Blinn, a junior at the time, hauled in a school record 106 receptions for 1,035 yards and nine touchdowns. That season, he also became the Bethany career leader in receptions (251) and receiving yards (3,915).
Under the offensive direction of Garvey, the Bison boasted the most prolific passing offense in the conference in 2013, averaging a league best 311.9 yards per game through the air. Senior quarterback Matt Grimard and sophomore Blinn also shattered the Bison record books. Grimard threw for 3,100 yards and 23 touchdowns, while Blinn hauled in 95 catches for a school-record 1,300 yards and eight scores.
In four years under Coach Garvey, Grimard broke 19 single-game, single-season and career school records. Also, upon his graduation, Grimard was the career active leader in total yards, posting 11,560 in four seasons.
Not only has Garvey built one of the most dynamic offenses in the region, but his work on the recruiting trails has helped the Bison consistently field rosters of more than 140 players over the last several years. The 2014 recruiting class brought in by the Bison coaching staff featured more than 80 players from 18 states, including Alabama, California, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, as well as the tri-state area.
Garvey came to Bethany after spending two seasons as an assistant at Stonehill (Mass.) College, an NCAA Division II program that plays in the Northeast-10 Conference. Prior to his time at Stonehill, Garvey was an assistant at Harvard University from 2000-2004. He started his coaching career at Hofstra University in New York, 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.
Garvey and his wife, Gina, reside in Bethany with their children Emma (11), Will (10), Jack (5), and Grace (4).
Assistant Coach Joe Battaglia
Office Phone: 304-829-7030
Defensive Coordinator Joe Battaglia enters his first season at the helm of the Bison defense for the 2015 campaign.
Battaglia comes to Bethany after serving last season as the defensive coordinator of Brevard College, a Division II institution in the Southern Athletic Conference (SAC). During that season, Battaglia helped Tornadoes rank fourth in the conference in passing yards allowed per game (166.5). Battaglia also helped lead senior linebacker Michael Gruber to a First-Team All-Conference selection after he averaged 10.3 tackles per game and totaled 113 during the season.
Prior to his stint with the Tornadoes, Battaglia served at Midwestern State University, a Division II member of the Lone Star Conference. Battaglia spent his time at MSU with the defensive backs while also assisting the defensive coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Mustangs ranked first in the LSC in interceptions, as well as passing yardage defense and pass efficiency defense. He also coached two different athletes to all-conference honors, including First-Team All-LSC safety Marqui Christian and Taiyon Jackson.
Before his time with the Mustangs, Battaglia spent time at both Stevenson University as well as Juniata College. In his two seasons at Juniata, Battaglia served as the defensive coordinator of the Eagles, helping the defense improve in each of his two seasons. When he took over the helm of the “D”, he dropped the team’s opponent’s points per game from 41.1 in 2010 to 32.3 in 2011. He then once again improved the defense by a touchdown per game again, helping the Eagles allow just 25.6 points per game in 2012.
As a player, Battaglia spent four seasons with Guilford College, where he earned four varsity letters and was named a team captain during his senior campaign. He graduated from Guilford with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management in 2008.
Battaglia currently resides in Bethany.
Assistant Coach Andy Upton
Office Phone: 304-829-7247
Andy Upton is now in his 11th year with the Bethany program. He has been the wide receivers coach for eight seasons and also serves as the assistant head coach.
The 2013 season was a prolific one for the Bison receiving core, as they had two players with eight or more touchdown receptions. Furthermore, First-Team All-PAC selection sophomore Eric Blinn had a breakout season under Upton, leading the league in receptions (9.5) and receiving yards per game (130.0). Blinn also finished the year ranked second in all of Division-III in receptions per game, third in receiving yards, and eighth in all-purpose yards per contest (185.5).
Bethany finished the 2012 season with the top passing offense in the PAC. The team totaled 260.5 yards per game through the air and finished with a 136.7 passing efficiency. Under his direction, three Bison receivers finished in the top five in the PAC in receptions per game, and Blinn was second in the conference in receiving yards per contest (79.0). During Upton’s time leading the wide receivers, that group has accumulated 14 All-PAC honors and broken 16 school records.
Upton came to Bethany after spending five years as an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., where he worked with the wide receivers, tight ends and special teams. He helped lead the Bobcats to the 2002 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Championship.
Prior to his time at West Virginia Wesleyan, Upton worked for a season at his alma mater, West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he coached the wide receivers.
Upton graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with an emphasis on Marketing. He received his Master of Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2001.
Upton, who is also the head men’s and women’s track and field head coach at Bethany, and his wife Rebecca, who is the Bison’s head women’s basketball coach, reside in Wellsburg with their son Christopher (5).
Assistant Coach Chad Boskat
Office Phone: 304-829-7030
Chad Boskat is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Bison defensive line.
In three seasons with the Bison, the defensive line has improved statistically in each season under Boskat’s tutlage. 2014 was arguably one of the best that the front-four has seen as three separate starters were named All-PAC selections, including First-Teamer Nadim Raddar, and honorable mention selection, Eric Campbell.
Boskat also coached Raddar to AFCA All-American status as well as PAC Defensive Player of the Year and ECAC South Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. During the year, Raddar tallied 81 tackles and ranked among the best in the nation in tackles for loss (21.5) and total sacks (12.5).
During the 2014 camapign, Boskat helped lead the defensive front seven to National prominance, as the Bison ranked first in all of Division III in tackles for loss per game (10.9). The team posted 120 tackles for loss and 43 sacks on the season. Seven times in 11 games, the Green & White posted double-digit TFLs, including a season-best 17.0 against Geneva College.
In his three seasons, four different Bison have been named All-Conference selections, including Raddar and Campbell in 2014, Jarrett Rayhmes in '13 and Blake DeBord following the 2012 season. The team has statistically improved against the run in every season under Boskat, ranking fourth in the PAC last season in opponents' rushing yards per game (137.7).
Prior to his time with the Bison, Boskat spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, prior to making the move to Bethany. In addition to being the head defensive line coach, he assisted with the preparation of the defensive game plan, helped breakdown offensive and defensive game film and recruited, concentrating mainly in the Chicago and St. Louis area.
Boskat’s coaching career began in 2010 at his alma mater Washington & Jefferson. He was the assistant defensive line and special teams coach for the Presidents, who finished 9-2 that year and defeated Franklin & Marshall in an ECAC Bowl. Boskat was also a three-year letterman on the field for W&J on the defensive line. The program sported a 40-7 record during his career, won the 2006 and 2007 PAC championships, earned berths in the NCAA Playoffs all four years and reached the 2008 quarterfinals.
A native of Jamestown, N.Y., Boskat graduated from W&J in May, 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. He is currently enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Assistant Coach Zach Gordon
Office Phone: 304-829-7030
Zach Gordon enters his second full season as an assistant coach with the program in 2014. Overall, this is the third season that Gordon has been with the coaching staff, as he served as a student assistant in 2013.
Last season, Gordon worked as a defensive backs coach, helping the Green & White rank among the conference's best in passing yardage defense. In 2014, the Bison ranked third in the PAC, allowing just 205.4 yards per game through the air. Bethany also tallied 12 interceptions in Gordon's first year, doubling their output from 2013.
Following the 2014 campaign, three defensive backs under Gordon were selected as all-conference honorees, including First-Team All-PAC performer, Wyssmy Despagne. Despagne also earned Second-Team All-Star status from the ECAC. Other defensive backs who earned all-conference recognition included Dion Williams and Aaron Frye, who were both selected as Honorable Mention recipiants.
Serving as a student assistant in 2012, Gordon worked on the sidelines as the assistant wide receivers coach. He helped the Bison offense put up great numbers in the passing game, to the tune of 310.0 yards per contest. He also helped sophomore Eric Blinn garner First-Team All-PAC distinction, ranking second in all of Division-III in receiving yards (1,300), receiving yards per game (130.0) and recptions per contest (9.5).
Prior to helping on the sidelines, Gordon was a four-year member of the Bison football team from 2009-2012. During his time as a Bison, he played and started in all 30 games between his sophomore, junior and senior seasons on special teams. He also appeared in all 30 games as a wideout. In 2012, he was honored by the team as the Bison's Special Teams Player of the Year.
A native of Leesburg, Va., Gordon is enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Assistant Coach Gage Lotozo
Office Phone: 304-829-7030
Gage Lotozo enters his second season as a member of the Bethany coaching staff and will be in charge of the running backs in 2015.
During his first season, the Bison running game saw an upswing of production in 2014. Coming off a 2013 campaign that saw the team avearge just 104.0 yards per game on the ground, Lotozo helped lead the Bison to 171.0 yards per contest in 2014, ranking third in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. They also improved in scoring on the ground, increasing their rushing TD number to 18 last season.
In eight of the 11 games during the 2014 campaign, the Green & White tallied at least 100 yards on the ground, compared to just four times in 2013. Bethany also amassed 200 yards in four seperate games and broke the 300-yard plateau, twice. The high water mark for the running game was 336 yards and five touchdowns against St. Vincent College. The yardage mark was the most in a single game by the program since September 11, 2010.
Individually, the Bison saw four-different 100-yard performances, including two each by senior Brandon Hill and sophomore Jalen Holmes. The duo also each eclipsed 100 yards in the same contest in the game against St. Vincent. Under Lotozo's tutlage, the pair helped the Bison average 4.1 yards per carry. Holmes had his best season to date, leading the Bison in total yards (623) and yards per carry (5.1).
Before his time with the coaching staff, Lotozo was a four-year member of the Bison football team. Lotozo was a three-year starter for the Green & White at linebacker. Over the course of his career, Lotozo totaled 126 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He graduated from Bethany with a degree in History in 2012.
A native of Somerset, Ohio, Lotozo is enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Assistant Coach Zach Sterling
Office Phone: 304-829-7377