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They're members of the AMCC in other sports (except NEAC for lacrosse) but say they are seeking other affiliations for football and women's ice hockey.  All new sports will begin next year at off-campus facilities; a fundraiser is underway for a new T&F/football facility.  The new head coach of the football program will be announced next Tuesday.

With enrollment that has declined over the years to "Approx 800 students" and a tiny endowment ($7m according to this link; not in NACUBO reports) this is likely an attempt to shore up those numbers. 

https://hilberthawks.com/news/2021/11/4/general-hilbert-to-add-three-athletic-programs.aspx


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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2021, 03:08:33 pm »
Football in fall 2022 is an aggressive timeline, even though they say they have a coach to announce on Nov. 9.

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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2021, 03:29:45 pm »
Yeah, I think the whole thing is kind of crazy with the school hemorrhaging cash and enrollment the way it is.  "Hey, come play football at a school with zero track record (and no track to boot) that will play at some high school field for the duration of your time here, unless the school folds while you're here."  Plus they have to try and get games scheduled which as we all know is difficult when you do it years in advance. 

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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2021, 04:20:05 pm »
 "Providing our students with these additional opportunities for growth in both mind and body aligns well with teh College's strategic plan and mission and will increase access to a Franciscan education for deserving students in our region who are interested in these sports."

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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2021, 05:13:49 pm »
Yes. Generally bad form to misspell a word in a quote attributed to the chair of a board of trustees.
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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2021, 07:58:12 am »
Forgot to check back up on this:  Hilbert announced that Jim Kubiak will be their first head coach.  He is the all-time passing leader at the Naval Academy, played a couple season in NFL Europe and later in the Arena Football League.  His coaching experience consists of a number of one year stops at a community college, in the AFL, at Mansfield University, and five years with the AFL Georgia Force - all as either QB coach or offensive coordinator.  He's been out of coaching since 2017 and is director of the WNY Quarterback Academy.  This will be his first head coaching gig. 

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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2021, 11:12:17 am »
No head-coaching experience, but a pretty long and varied c.v. in his coaching background. Plus, he's a native Buffalonian who still lives in WNY, which gives him a huge head start on establishing a recruiting presence; he has WNY media visibility as a Bills feature writer for the Buffalo News; and his background as a Naval Academy QB and graduate and as a former naval officer is the kind of thing that appeals to parents in terms of the whole looking-for-a-role-model-for-my-son thing.

First head-coaching gig or not, it looks like a home run for a school that, given its situation and the rushed timetable of its football program's inception, was probably expecting potluck in terms of applicants for the job.
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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2021, 09:59:12 am »
No head-coaching experience, but a pretty long and varied c.v. in his coaching background. Plus, he's a native Buffalonian who still lives in WNY, which gives him a huge head start on establishing a recruiting presence; he has WNY media visibility as a Bills feature writer for the Buffalo News; and his background as a Naval Academy QB and graduate and as a former naval officer is the kind of thing that appeals to parents in terms of the whole looking-for-a-role-model-for-my-son thing.

First head-coaching gig or not, it looks like a home run for a school that, given its situation and the rushed timetable of its football program's inception, was probably expecting potluck in terms of applicants for the job.

Agree. Even Nick Saban had a first head coaching job, University of Toledo.

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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2021, 10:20:56 pm »
Funny you should mention Nick Saban in the context of a Buffalo-based football hire, Ralph, since my first memories of football as a little boy in the Buffalo suburbs were of watching the Bills play under head coach Lou Saban, Nick's father.
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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2021, 11:31:13 pm »
Funny you should mention Nick Saban in the context of a Buffalo-based football hire, Ralph, since my first memories of football as a little boy in the Buffalo suburbs were of watching the Bills play under head coach Lou Saban, Nick's father.

Lou and Nick are distant relatives, at best.  Definitely not father and son.
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Re: Hilbert College (NY) to add football, women's ice hockey, M/W T&F
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2021, 12:12:29 am »
Hmm, you're right, they're second cousins. I always thought that they were father and son.
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