University of Akron Appoints Joe Moorhead as New Football Coach

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron has a new football head coach after appointing Joe Moorhead to replace recently-sacked coach Tom Arth.

Moorhead will return to the Zips after serving the past two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Oregon, a total of six seasons as head coach between Mississippi State and Fordham University.

Moorhead was a member of the Zips coaching staff from 2004 to 2008 and Akron’s Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach from 2006 to 2008.

While coaching, Moorhead was play-caller for five programs that won a conference championship, including Oregon in 2020, Penn State in 2016, Fordham in 2014, Connecticut in 2010, and Akron in 2005.

Among the players Moorhead helped develop are the New York Giants resetting Saquon Barkley, in addition to three other first-round picks and a total of 20 players selected in the last five NFL drafts.

“We are determined to create a championship-level football program at the University of Akron and I am confident that we have found the right leader at the right time to deliver on that promise,” said University of Akron President Gary L. Miller . “I believe the Zips fans have been patient long enough and I have no doubt that Joe will deliver consistently winning football to our community, in our world-class stadium and throughout the season, whether at home or on the go, and motivate ours student athletes to be the best version of themselves in the classroom, on the field, and in the Akron community. “

Moorhead has an overall record of 52-25 as head coach and has received awards including National Offensive Co-ordinator of the Year, AFCA Regional Co-Coach of the Year, Patriot League Coach of the Year, and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the year awards.

Akron needed a new head coach after firing Arth in November. Arth had played 3:24 with the Zips in more than two seasons. Inside Linebackers coach Oscar Rodriguez served as interim coach for the remainder of the season after Arth was fired.

Upon approval by the University of Akron’s Board of Trustees, Moorhead will officially be unveiled to Spips Nation on Thursday, December 9th in Akron. The press conference will be broadcast live on GoZips.com at 10 a.m.

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