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Jun 18, 2020
Patrick Rotchford has been hired as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the SUNY Cortland football program, according to Red Dragon head coach Curt Fitzpatrick. Rotchford will begin his role at Cortland on June 25.
Rotchford spent the past six seasons working under Fitzpatrick at Morrisville State. He was responsible for coaching the offensive line and was the team's running game coordinator, served as the program's recruiting coordinator, and was promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2018.
Rotchford helped lead the Mustangs' offensive unit that ranked second in the Empire 8 last season in scoring and total offense and was first in passing offense. Morrisville also rated second in the league in scoring and rushing in 2017, third in rushing in 2016, and led the conference in total offense and rushing in 2015. In his first season at Morrisville in 2014, the Mustangs claimed a share of the New Jersey Athletic Conference title and led the conference in scoring and total offense while ranking 13th nationally in Division III in total offense and rushing. Morrisville won an ECAC bowl game in 2014 and also earned ECAC postseason berths in 2018 and 2019.
Prior to Morrisville, Rotchford was an assistant coach for three seasons at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in California. He served as offensive coordinator for two years and also held the positions of offensive line coach (2013), quarterbacks coach (2012) and running backs coach (2011). From 2009-11, Rotchford was a graduate assistant, assistant offensive line coach and JV head coach at St. Ambrose University in Iowa, and he served as offensive line coach at MacMurray College in Illinois during the 2008-09 school year.
A native of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Rotchford is a 2007 graduate of St. John Fisher College. During his four-year career as an offensive lineman with the Cardinals he helped the program post a combined 38-10 record, win two Empire 8 titles and make four postseason appearances. The Cardinals went 12-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals in his senior year in 2006, went 10-2 and advanced to the NCAA second round in 2004, and qualified for ECAC bowl games in 2003 and 2005.
Following graduation in 2007, Rotchford enjoyed an internship with the Buffalo Bills as a player personnel/scouting intern before beginning his collegiate coaching career. He earned a master's degree in organizational leadership from St. Ambrose in 2011.