DURHAM, N.H.-- Christopher L. Phelps, the former head football coach at Siena College, was recently named recruiting coordinator and receivers coach at the University of New Hampshire. The announcement was made today by UNH head football coach Sean McDonnell. Phelps replaces John Perry, who was recently named assistant football coach at Dartmouth College.
Phelps, who was the head man at Siena for one season (1999), returns to UNH after serving as an assistant coach (receivers) for the Wildcats in 1994, the recruiting coordinator in 1994 and as the running backs coach for UNH in 1993. Phelps played a major role in leading the 1994 Wildcats to a Yankee Conference title and an NCAA post-season appearance vs. Appalachian State under former head coach Bill Bowes. At the time, McDonnell was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at UNH.
Prior to his position at Siena, Phelps held several responsibilities on the Hobart College football staff from 1995-1999; including offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator from 1996-99, offensive line coach (1999), and quarterbacks and receivers coach (1995-98).
Prior to his stay in Durham, Phelps' first football coaching experience was gained at the University of Albany from 1991-1993, where he was the varsity receivers coach in 1992 and also served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the junior varsity squad.
Phelps was a four-year starter for the St. Lawrence University gridders from 1987-91. An outstanding quarterback for the Saints, he captained the squad during both his junior and senior campaigns and he was named ECAC Rookie of the Year in 1987. A New Hampshire football product, Phelps was a three-time All-State selection for Laconia High School.
Phelps received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Educations in 1991 and then went on to earn his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from The State University of New York at Albany in 1993.