Sean Goldrich has been promoted to wide receiver coach for the Yale football team and has started training with the players ahead of practice resuming later this spring.
With years of experience coaching receivers at a collegiate level, Goldrich brings a strong record to the program. Goldrich — whose promotion was announced by head coach Tony Reno at the beginning of February — is leaving his position as an offensive quality control coordinator, where he supervised off-the-field improvements for the team.
“Sean did a lot of off the field work, a lot of behind the scenes stuff,” Reno said. “He did a great job for us, so when the opportunity came for a possible promotion he was the first guy I thought of. We interviewed him, took some time to look over his sheet, and I think he’ll make a great fit for the receiver position. Sean brings a ton of energy, he’s very detailed, extremely hard-working, and I believe he’ll make a great addition to the receiving team.”
Before coming to Yale in February 2019, Goldrich was previously the wide receiver coach for the University of New England. There, he worked with UNE head coach Mike Lichten in leading two first team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference wideouts.
After making these connections with players, Lichten quickly anticipated that Goldrich was ready to move on to a DI school. He was highly supportive of Goldrich signing with Yale to work off-the-field as a quality control coordinator, and is excited to see what Goldrich can do with the receiving team.
“Sean has an ability to relate to his players in a manner that provides them with confidence,” Lichten said. “He understands the work ethic needed to perform at the highest level on and off the field and identifies with the challenges that come along with being a student-athlete. His players at UNE trusted him to put them in a position to succeed consistently. Sean will make sure that receivers at Yale are well prepared, hardworking and understand the entire offensive system. He brings an energy to practice that his position group has to work to match. He will have his receivers improving every day.”
Reno cited Goldrich’s unique ability to connect with players as his greatest potential to assist the Bulldogs. In his late twenties, Goldrich is one of the youngest among the coaching staff. Some players see this as a unique opportunity for Goldrich to bring fresh eyes to the Bulldogs’ game, expressing enthusiasm for Goldrich’s promotion and future with the receiving team.
“I believe that the ties and relationships Coach Goldrich has already made with each receiver, personally and athletically, last year definitely made him the perfect fit for our system and what we’re ultimately trying to accomplish, as a receiver group as well as a team,” wideout Darrion Carrington ’21 said. “Coach Goldrich personifies what it means to be dedicated and goal-oriented, and someone who I know would make me become a better man and a better student of my craft.”
As a part of the Bulldogs for their 2019 Ivy League championship, Goldrich assisted senior wideouts JP Shohfi ’20 and Reed Klubnik ’20 in finishing first and second in the Ivy League in receptions and receiving yards last season, respectively, while also wrapping up their Yale careers as the top-two receivers in the history of the program.
Goldrich played quarterback at the University of New Hampshire where he was a four-year starter, compiling over 7,500 yards passing and over 1,100 yards rushing for 71 total touchdowns. He continued his career with the Colorado Crush before quickly moving into collegiate coaching.
Goldrich said he is eager to coach the receivers and believes that he’ll have a long stint with the Bulldogs that will last a number of seasons.
“This is an amazing opportunity and I am extremely excited to grow with this football family,” Goldrich said in a statement accepting his new position, “I can’t think of a better place to be.”
The Elis will kick off their 2020 season on Sept. 19 against Holy Cross.
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