Rich Skrosky, who has spent the last three seasons as Ball State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, has been named the head football coach at Elon.
“It is with mixed emotions I am leaving Ball State to take the head coaching position at Elon,” Skrosky says. “It is an opportunity at this point in my career I could not pass up. Head coaching positions do not come along very often, and when this one did, I felt I had to pursue it.
"I cannot thank the offensive staff and players enough for all they have done over the last three seasons. They epitomize what college athletics is all about. It was a group of people who share a common cause and come to work every day to fulfill that responsibility. This has been the most gratifying three seasons of my professional career. It is because of these people I have the opportunity at Elon. I will be forever indebted. I would like to thank Coach Pete Lembo for all the support he has given me over these past three seasons as well as our time at Elon.
"I would also like to thank Ball State for all the support and giving us this opportunity, and a thank you to all the Ball State community and families of the players that have shown an unbelievable amount of friendship and support to my wife, Suzanne, and myself in our time in Muncie.”
Skrosky has helped the Cardinals to a 25-12 record over the past three years and back-to-back bowl appearances after the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The architect of Ball State’s record-setting offense, Skrosky helped the team to a 10-2 record in 2013 after a 9-4 mark and a trip to the Beef ‘O’ Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg in 2012. The Cardinals will compete in the GoDaddy Bowl Jan. 5, 2014.
“This is an exciting day for both the Ball State and Elon football programs,” Lembo says. “Rich has been a major contributor to our success over the last eight years at both institutions. We are very happy he is getting the opportunity to go back to a special community and become a head coach. We will miss Rich, but he will remain an integral member of our football family.”
Having just completed his 30th year as a football coach, Skrosky coordinated a passing offense that ranked ninth in the nation with 333.3 yards per game this season. He tutored quarterback Keith Wenning and wide receiver Willie Snead, who were semifinalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Fred Biletnikoff Award, respectively, in 2013. Wenning led the Mid-American Conference and ranked fifth nationally in both passing yards (3,933) and passing touchdowns (34) during the 2013 regular season. Snead led the MAC and ranked fourth in the country in receiving yards (1,429) and receiving touchdowns (14) – both Ball State single-season school records.
Wenning holds the Ball State career records for completions, attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns. Under Skrosky's tutelage, the Ball State quarterback posted the top three single-season completions totals in school history along with three of the top five marks for single-season passing yardage and passing touchdowns.
Skrosky engineered a 2013 offense that was the first in Ball State history to feature two 1,000-yard receivers (Snead and Jordan Williams) and the first to boast three receivers with at least eight touchdown catches (Snead, Williams and Jamill Smith). The Cardinals have also featured a potent rushing attack under Skrosky with Jahwan Edwards running for 38 touchdowns in just three seasons to set the school's career record. Edwards rushed for 1,410 yards in 2012, marking the third best single-season total in Ball State history.
Skrosky coached the offensive line under Ball State head coach Pete Lembo at Elon from 2006-08 and was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Elon led the Southern Conference and ranked sixth in the country with 291.5 passing yards per game in 2009 plus ranked in the top 20 nationally in pass efficiency and total offense.
Skrosky, who is married to Suzanne Quentz, served as the head coach at his alma mater, Ramapo, in 1992 after serving as the school's offensive coordinator in 1990 and 1991. He also served as acting head coach at Columbia and Monmouth during his career.