STEINIGER BACH, NY – Stony Brook Football Head Coach Chuck Priore announced the discontinuation Andrew Dresner as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Seawolves. Dresner joins Stony Brook after five years with his colleague from the CAA Football Conference in Maine, where he spent the last four seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
“With the hiring of Andrew Dresner, let’s bring one of the bright young coaches from the Northeast to our team as our offensive coordinator. Andrew is creative, had great success at the University of Maine and will help lead us to success here at Stony Brook,” said coach Priore when discussing the hiring of coach Dresner.
During their time in Maine, the Black Bears’ offense ranked in the top five in the CAA by scoring in four of Dresner’s five seasons on staff. In 2019 and spring of 2021, Maine’s passing offense was #1 in the CAA under Dresner’s tutelage. In 2019, the Black Bears recorded over 5,000 yards in offense and set a school record with 3,558 passing yards and 29 passing touchdowns while Dresner oversaw the offense.
“As a veteran of the CAA Football Conference, I know what it takes to win football games week after week. Offensively, we’ll excel in the running game, have an exciting and explosive passing game, while preaching ball security. I can’t wait to start with the coaching staff to work together and develop the players.
Stony Brook offers a tremendous experience to its student-athletes. We offer world-class academics; As members of the CAA Football Conference, we play FCS’ best football in an unbeatable venue. I would like to thank Coaches Priore and Shawn Heilbron for the opportunity to be part of the program. Go Seawolves!” said Coach Dresner when he took over as the Seawolves’ offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
Dresner’s leadership was fully demonstrated when he was named Maine’s interim head coach in December 2021. During that time, the Black Bears were able to bring in a senior class for early signings and retain key elements of their roster ahead of the 2022 campaign.
While in Maine, Dresner helped develop three student-athletes who went on to sign professional contracts in the NFL and CFL. The trio of Earnest Edwards (Rams), Andre Miller (Giants) and Liam Dobson (Blue Bombers) shone under Dresner’s tutelage as he helped prepare them for the next level.
Last season, Maine ranked second nationally in red zone offense (29/30 with 26 touchdowns), fourth in fewest interceptions thrown (six INTs in 368 passes thrown), and fifth in fewest turnovers (nine out of 739 games in total). At the CAA game, the Black Bears ranked first in the conference in red zone offense, third in down offense and the fewest turnovers, and they finished third in rushing offense (175.4 yards per game).
During his time in Maine, Dresner coached 16 All-CAA football selections, nine of which came in the last two seasons. One of those 16 All-League players was quarterback Joe Fagnano, who was an All-Conference selection for the spring 2021 season and had 5,655 passing yards and 46 touchdown passes in 27 games. On the ground, he was responsible for 535 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Before being promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in January 2019, Dresner began his tenure at Maine as wide receivers coach prior to the historic 2018 campaign. In 2018, he helped lead Maine to a CAA championship and an FCS Final Four appearance to lead.
Prior to Orono, Dresner served as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Pace University from January 2017 to March 2018. At Pace, he helped lead the team to its best record in ten years as the team increased its points per game by 50 percent. While at Pleasantville, he coached three All-Conference selections and the first 1,000-yard rusher in program history.
Dresner spent four seasons as a staffer at Merrimack College before joining Pace. While at Merrimack, Dresner served as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to passing play and recruiting coordinator for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
At Merrimack, Dresner led All-American Jere Brown into the top 12 nationally for yards and catches per game. He also mentored All-American quarterback Joe Clancy to a Northeast 10-record 4,000 yards passing and 48 touchdowns. Clancy was named a Harlon Hill finalist after leading the nation at the Division II level in virtually every passing category.
Earlier in his career, Dresner spent a year coaching quarterbacks at Worcester Polytechnic Institute after beginning his career for two seasons as a staffer at his alma mater, Union College.
Dresner played three seasons at Union College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2010. In 2016, Dresner earned a Master of Science in Management from Merrimack.
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