UNH HEAD FOOTBALL COACH SEAN MCDONNELL COMPLETES COACHING STAFF WITH TWO NEW HIRES
DURHAM, N.H.-- Rob Keys was named assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire working with the defensive backs and safeties. He comes to UNH after serving for four seasons at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa. The announcement was made today by UNH head coach Sean McDonnell.
While at Slippery Rock, Keys coached the defensive backs, was special teams coordinator and was also recruiting coordinator.
Prior to his work at SRU, Keys served one season as safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Indiana State, five seasons as co-defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at University of Findlay (Ohio) and one season in that same role at Glenville State (W.Va.) College.
A native of Jefferson, Pa., and graduate of Jefferson Morgan High School, Coach Keys started his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant from 1996-98 at West Virginia University.
As a player at WVU, Coach Keys earned the special teams MVP award in 1995 (the same season in which he served as a team captain), was selected as the top walk-on player in 1994 and was named to the Mountaineer Club (the highest honor a WVU player can achieve) in 1994 and 1995.
He was a member of Mountaineer teams that won the 1993 Big East Conference championship and played in the 1994 USF&G Sugar Bowl and 1994 Carquest Bowl games.
Coach Keys earned both his bachelor and master of science degrees in physical education at WVU and also has a post-graduate degree from the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.
Coach Keys and his wife, Jenifer, are the parents of two daughters, Katie (12) and Casey (9).
Patrick Madden comes to the University of New Hampshire from Boston College, where he served as a defensive graduate assistant from 2007-2009. He enters his first season as the UNH assistant working with strong safeties and outside linebackers.
Madden was responsible for all opponent and self-scouting, coordinated and ran special teams and offensive scout teams, and assisted the linebacker coach at BC.
Prior to his work with the Eagles, Madden served as the secondary coach/special teams coordinator at Columbia University in 2005 and worked as the defensive assistant for the Lions from 2003-2005. From 2000-2003, he was the assistant secondary coach at Columbia. He began his coaching career at Weslyan University, where he served as secondary coach from 1999-2000.
A 1999 graduate of Weslyan University, Madden earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies.
“We are very pleased to add both of these talented and experienced coaches to the UNH staff. Both will play an important role while working on the defensive side of the football,” said McDonnell.