Head Coach Bill Garvey
Office Phone: 304-829-7441
Bill Garvey just wrapped up his first season as the Bison head coach, where he led the squad to four conference victories for the first time since 2008.
The 2013 year was one to remember, as the Bison defeated Presidents' Athletic Conference foes Washington & Jefferson (24-19) and Waynesburg (27-20) in the same season for the first time in program history.
To add to the excitement of 2013, Bethany was able to rewrite the record books, breaking 13 offensive records. Four-year standout quarterback Matt Grimard was able to break 17 single-game, single-season, or career records under Garvey's eye, while sophomore receiver Eric Blinn set four Bison single-game or single-season records.
He also displayed his ability to get the most out of his players, having 10 Bison named to All-PAC teams, including first-teamers Blinn and junior defensive back Wyssmy Despagne.
Garvey previously served as the offensive coordinator of the Bison for the last seven years and is the architect of some of the most prolific offensive seasons in school history.
During his tenure as the offensive coordinator, 47 school records have been broken or tied, including 16 in 2012. One of Garvey’s greatest strengths is his ability to adapt his system to the players in the program. In 2008, the Bison set a new single-season record for passing yards, but then shifted gears in 2010 and the team rushed for 2,024 yards, second-most in one year at the school.
Garvey and his wife, Gina, reside in Bethany with their children Emma (9), Will (8), Jack (3), and Grace (2).
Assistant Coach Jacoby Watkins
Office Phone: 304-829-7030
Jacoby Watkins just completed his third year on the Bison staff and his second as the defensive coordinator. It was also his third season in charge of the defensive backs.
The 2013 season saw the Bison defense have five players garner All-PAC honors, including First-Team selection junior defensive back Wyssmy Despagne.
Watkins' work with the defensive backfield helped Bethany rank as the #1 pass defense in the PAC in 2012 with 155.5 passing yards per game. Teams also completed just 53 percent of their passes during the year, the second-lowest percentage in the league. Following the year, Despagne was named a Second-Team All-PAC selection.
Watkins came to Bethany after serving three years as the assistant athletic director at Seventy First High School in Fayetteville, N.C. In addition to his administrative duties, Watkins was the defensive passing game coordinator and receivers coach and helped lead the Falcons football program win the 2008 North Carolina 4A State Championship, as well as the 2010 Mid-South Conference title. The 2008 title team, which finished 14-2 that year, was the top-ranked scoring defense in the state and ranked in the top five in total defense.
Also the track and field coach at Seventy First, three relays and three individuals were finalists at the state championship meet and four others were finalists at the regional championship meet under Watkins’ tutelage.
Watkins attended the University of North Carolina and was a four-year letterman for the Tar Heels’ football team. His top season statistically was his sophomore year in 2004 when he posted 61 total tackles and was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week after making five stops and picking off two passes in a 34-13 victory over Georgia Tech. That season, Watkins helped UNC earn a bid to the Continental Tire Bowl and for his career, he recorded 136 tackles and 14 pass broken-up.
Following his collegiate career, Watkins signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He also had a stint with the Hamilton Tiger-cats of the Canadian Football League.
Watkins graduated from North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration in December, 2006. He is currently enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Assistant Coach Andy Upton
Office Phone: 304-829-7247
Andy Upton is now in his tenth 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).
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 effeciency. 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 13 All-PAC honors and broken 12 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.
In addition to his football responsibilities, Upton handled the coordination of advertising and fund-raising programs for the Bobcats and worked with the sprinters as an assistant track and field coach for one season.
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 (3).
Assistant Coach Chad Boskat
Office Phone: 304-829-7030
Chad Boskat is in his second year at Bethany as the defensive line coach.
The 2013 season saw sophomore defensive lineman Jarret Rahymes named as an All-Conference honorable mention under Boskats eye. The line also improved from the previous year, notching 19 sacks.
In 2012, Boskat helped coach senior Blake DeBoard to an All-Conference honorable mention selection, and also coached a defensive line that improved in opponents third down percentage and collected 16 sacks on the year.
Before his time at Bethany, Boskat spent time 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 Steve Terlesky
Office Phone: 304-829-7242
Steve Terlesky just finished up his first season with the Bison football program and was in charge of the linebackers for the 2013 campaign.
Terlesky demonstrated his coaching ability from the start, having sophomore linebacker Larry Kapadehyea receive an All-PAC honorable mention nod.
Prior to his time at Bethany, Terlesky was an assistant at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. where he coached the defensive backs. During that two year stretch, Terlesky coached three All-ODAC defensive backs. The defense also ranked first in interceptions in the ODAC during a 5-5 campaign in 2012.
Prior to his stint with Guilford, Terlesky spent four seasons with Ursinus College where he served in multiple facets, including coaching the linebackers, defensive line and defensive backs during different times of his tenure. During that time he coached three different players to All-Centennial Conference distinction, and helped the team to three-straight winning seasons between 2009 and 2011.
As a player, Terlesky spent three seasons at West Virginia University before play his final year at Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania.
Terlesky, a 2004 graduate of West Virginia University, will be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program during his time with the Bison.
Assistant Coach Cory Potter
Office Phone: 304-829-7259
Cory Potter returns to Bethany as a coach after finishing a successfull playing career with the Bison. A graduate of Bethany’s Bachelor of Arts in Education program, Potter was a four-year player for the Bison.
In his first year, he quickly assembled one of the best offensive lines in the conference, enabling the offense to rank first in the league in passing offense (311.9).
During his tenure at Bethany, Potter racked up a number of impressive accomplishments. The three-time all-PAC offensive lineman, set the Bethany record for most consecutive starts at 36 and was named a second-team all-conference selection following his senior campaign.
Potter was part of the Bethany offenses that have been burning up the record books over the past few seasons. He helped lead the offense to some of its most productive seasons, including last year, when the team ranked first in the PAC in passing yardage, and Matt Grimard paced everyone in the conference in total offense per game.
On the coaching side, Potter will handle the offensive line. He will also be enrolled in the college’s Master of Arts in Education program while coaching.
Assistant Coach Anthony Pedrotti
Office Phone: 304-829-7377
Anthony Pedrotti is in his second season with the Bison football program, with the task of coaching the running backs.
In 2013, Pedrotti improved the ground game, having two backs average five yards or more per carry.
Prior to coming to Bethany, Pedrotti was a four-year member of the offensive line at SUNY-Cortland, where he was a member for four, winning seasons and two NCAA playoff appearances.
During his time with the Red Dragons, Pedrotti helpped the program to a 38-10 overall record in four seasons.
Prior to his college experience, Pedrotti was a member of West Genesee High School’s, 2007 state championship program, the first championship in the school’s history.
A graduate of SUNY-Cortland, Pedrotti will be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Assistant Coach Zack Gordon
Office Phone: 304-829-7030
Zack Gordon officially joins the Bison coaching staff after serving as a student assistant last season. In 2013, Gordon was an assistant wide receivers and special teams coach where he helped run both individual and group drills during practices.
During game days, Gordon worked on the sidelines as the assistant wide receivers coach, where 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 yard (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.