Head CoachRead More
A four-time NESCAC Coach of the Year, E.J. Mills has led Amherst to a 51-5 record and four undefeated seasons since 2009, and has solidified himself as one of the top coaches and defensive minds in the country.
Entering his 24th season on the Amherst sidelines and 20th as head coach, Mills has been a part of 137 victories for the Purple & White. He came to Amherst in 1993 and served as a defensive coordinator through the 1996 season, working with former Yale head coach Jack Siedlecki helped the team improve its record in each of his four years as an assistant. When Siedlecki made his move to lead the Bulldogs, Mills was named the interim head coach for the 1997 season, and has been at the helm ever since.
Amherst finished 7-1 three times during Mills' first 12 seasons, and broke through in 2009 by posting its first 8-0 record since 1984, as Mills captured several postseason awards including an AFCA Division III Region 1 Coach of the Year selection. Since then, the Purple & White has gone undefeated three times (2011, 2014 and 2015), and has captured four more NESCAC titles to increase the total to six. In 2011, Amherst led the league in scoring offense, turnover margin, and sacks en route to 13 All-Conference selections and another NESCAC Coach of the Year honor for Mills. In 2014, the squad boasted one of the top defenses in the country as it led Division III in scoring defense (8.9 ppg) and ranked 15th in total defense (273.1 ypg). Amherst racked up 11 All-NESCAC selections, including another league coach of the year honor for Mills, and also received the 2014 ECAC Team of Distinction Award.
Offensive CoordinatorRead More
The 2016 season marks Matt Ballard's third as offensive coordinator as he enters his 13th year on the Amherst sidelines. He will also continue to serve as the offensive line coach, a position he fulfilled for the past nine years. Prior to taking over offensive line responsibilities, Ballard served as the Purple & White's defensive line coach and special teams coordinator.
Amherst's 2008 offensive line was one of the best in program history, as the Purple & White allowed a Division III-best five sacks throughout the year under Ballard's tutelage. The next three years were equally impressive, as Amherst led the NESCAC in fewest sacks allowed in 2009 (8), 2010 (7) and 2011 (6). Last year in 2015, the offensive line paved the way for the top rushing attack in the conference, as it averaged a stellar 201.5 yards per game.
Ballard joined Amherst after five seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, three seasons as the head coach at Cathedral High School in nearby Springfield, Mass., another three-season stint as the offensive line coach at WPI, and two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Albany. While at Albany, Ballard worked on the same staff as Amherst head coach E.J. Mills and earned a master’s degree in education. Ballard graduated from Albany in 1990 and was a two-year starter at offensive tackle, earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as a senior.
Defensive CoordinatorRead More
Luke Bussard enters his 12th season at Amherst and will once again serve as the team's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The 2009 season was Bussard's first attempt at coordinating the defense, and he responded brilliantly by helping the Purple & White lead all of Division III in rushing defense and sacks per game, also finishing third in the nation in scoring defense and fourth in red zone defense. During another 8-0 season in 2011, Bussard spearheaded a defense that surrendered only 12.6 points per game, led the NESCAC in sacks (28) and ranked third in total defense. In 2012, the Purple & White boasted the conference's best run defense (110.6), while ranking second in the league in points (14.9) and yards allowed per game (281.0). The 2013 season was even more impressive as the stingy Amherst defense allowed a league-low 11.8 points per game, while leading the NESCAC in sacks (22) and interceptions (20), and ranking second in yards per game (297.9), while the unit led the country in scoring defense (8.9 ppg) and ranked 15th in total defense (273.1 ypg) en route to another perfect 8-0 season in 2014. Finishing last season with a perfect 8-0 record once again, Bussard helped the Purple & White finish first in the NESCAC in points allowed per game (9.9), and total points allowed (79); and second in yards per game (293.6), and rushing yards per game (90.3).
Prior to Amherst, Bussard coached for three seasons at Norwich University, where he guided the football team to a pair of ECAC bowl games and also served as an assistant baseball coach, taking on the associate head baseball coaching role in his final season. Before Norwich, he was the director of student activities at the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., where he coached football and baseball as well. A native of Wilmington, Del., Bussard earned his MBA from Norwich in 2006. He and his wife, Natalie Blais, reside in nearby Sunderland with their two sons, Shane and Danny.
Special Teams CoordinatorRead More
The 2016 season will be Eddy Augustin's ninth with the Amherst staff, as he will once again work with the Purple & White defensive line and special teams. Under Augustin's leadership, Amherst's 2009 defensive line allowed only 50.9 rushing yards and picked up 4.75 sacks per game, with both averages leading all of Division III. In 2010 his special teams units led the NESCAC in kickoff coverage, touchbacks, field goal conversion rate and PAT percentage, also finishing second in punting average. The 2011 season was equally successful for Augustin, as the Purple & White led the league in sacks (28) and kickoff coverage. In 2013, the Amherst defensive line helped hold opponents to 99.1 yards per game on the ground while recording a league-high 22 sacks, and the special teams unit boasted the league's top placekicker. The defensive line totaled 21 sacks to finish second in the conference in 2014, while the kicking game ranked second in both field goals made (7) and average kickoff (62.3 yards per kick). Last season the Purple & White led the NESCAC in field goal percentage (90%) while recording 18 sacks.
A native of Malvern, Pa., Augustin majored in psychology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams. Augustin’s coaching résumé includes stints at Las Lomas High School in California, Norwich University, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and at his college alma mater.
Off the field, Augustin spent time as an Academic Athletic Advising and Compliance Intern at Sonoma State University and as an Academic Athletic Advising and Recruiting Intern at University of Pennsylvania. Earning a master’s degree in sports psychology at John F. Kennedy University in California. Augustin, Augustin also coaches Amherst's club wrestling team. He and his wife, Georgina, reside in Amherst with their daughters, Morgan and Avelynn Sophia.
Wide ReceiversRead More
Adam Banks returns to the Amherst sidelines for a sixth season after joining the staff to coach the wide receivers in 2011. He played an important role in helping the Purple & White lead the NESCAC in scoring offense (29.9 ppg) during his first season, with five players recording at least one touchdown reception as part of a balanced receiving corps.
Banks came to Amherst after completing a four-year stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Georgetown University. Serving as a part-time defensive assistant in his first year with the Hoyas, Banks was promoted to a full-time assistant in May of 2008. He worked with the team's running backs and wide receivers during the rest of his tenure at Georgetown, while also assisting in head coach Kevin Kelly's recruiting efforts.
A four-year letterwinner with the Hoyas, the Monroeville, Pa., native appeared in 47 games as a defensive back, amassing 84 tackles (61 solo), six interceptions and 13 pass deflections. Following graduation, the English major interned at Virginia's Potomac School, working in the athletic department offices, while also serving as a coach for football, basketball and track & field.
Fucillo returns to Amherst for a fourth season, and third consecutive, after spending the 2013 season at WPI as the Quarterbacks Coach and Pass Game Coordinator. Under his guidance, WPI's quarterbacks threw 50% more touchdown passes than the previous year and rushed for 338 more yards while tripling their total rushing touchdowns. He was promoted to Offensive Coordinator following the end of the season and served in that position for the spring before returning to Amherst in 2014. This fall he will act as Quarterbacks Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Purple & White once again.
During his previous stint with Amherst in 2012, Fucillo worked with the running backs and helped guide the team to the third-best rushing attack in the NESCAC. As a unit, they amassed 1,528 yards averaging 191.0 per game.
A two-time captain and quarterback at NESCAC rival Tufts University, Fucillo put together a remarkable senior season, setting program records for yards (2,475), completions (215), touchdowns (16) and total offense (2,598). Receiving the 2010 Gridiron Club of Boston Gold Helmet Award for a record-breaking performance against Amherst in which he threw for 503 yards and three touchdowns while running for two others, he graduated as the Jumbos' highest rated passer. Continuing his career overseas, he played professionally for the Aalborg 89ers of the Danish National League before returning home to serve as an assistant football coach at Stonehill College, working with the Skyhawks' tight ends and fullbacks.
Running BacksRead More
Donnie McKillop joins the Amherst staff after most recently coaching baseball in the spring of 2016 at his alma mater, Middlebury College.
Prior to the spring at Middlebury he served as a graduate assistant football coach for two seasons in 2014 and 2015 at Springfield College where he coached the secondary and the linebackers respectively. During his time at Springfield, he also did internships in the athletic departments of Amherst and Dartmouth. Prior to Springfield, McKillop was at The Williston Northampton School from 2011 to 2014 as a football, baseball, and basketball assistant coach, while teaching in the history department.
A 2011 graduate of Middlebury, McKillop started all four years in football and baseball, serving as the captain of both programs. McKillop quarterbacked the Panthers to an outright NESCAC championship in 2007. He was the NESCAC and ECAC Football Player of the Year in 2009 and was awarded NESCAC and ECAC Rookie of the Year accolades in 2007. Receiving the 2010 Gridiron Club of Boston Gold Helmet Award for a record-breaking performance against Tufts in which he threw for 6 Touchdowns in his final game, he graduated as the Panthers’ highest rated passer and remains atop most passing statistical categories in the program's history.
Defensive AssistantRead More
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