DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire head football coach Sean McDonnell announced Friday that Scott James has been hired as the Wildcats' safeties coach, effective immediately. James brings 14 years of coaching experience to the UNH sidelines, including the previous five seasons coaching at the University of New Haven.
James, a native of Eliot, Maine, served as the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at New Haven last year under the tutelage of head coach Peter Rossomando, the 2012 Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year. The Chargers posted an undefeated regular season, defeated all D-II opponents for the second straight year and claimed a third consecutive Northeast-10 Conference championship. The defense ranked third nationally in total defense (274.36 yards/game), fourth nationally in scoring defense (14.0 points/game) and fourth nationally in rushing defense (81.73 yards/game). James installed a new defensive scheme last season, his first year overseeing defensive backs, and the unit responded with significant improvement and the NE-10's top-ranked passing defense (192.64 yards/game).
The Marshwood High School product joined New Haven's staff as defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach in 2008, one month after the program was reinstated following a five-year absence. His squad led the NE-10 in sacks in 2010 and 2011.
Previously, James served as the outside linebackers coach at Northeastern University for three seasons (2005-07); he spent his first season as the Huskies' defensive tackles coach and video coordinator.
Before his arrival at Northeastern, James worked two seasons as an assistant coach with linebackers at Boston College. During his time with the Eagles, the team brought home bowl victories in the Diamond Walnut Bowl (2003) and the Continental Tire Bowl (2004).
James spent one season at College of the Holy Cross, working with the defensive ends in 2002. In 2001, he served as the defensive tackles coach at the University at Albany.
James' first coaching job was at his alma mater, Norwich University, in 1999 and 2000. There, he oversaw the defensive line and strength and conditioning program.
James graduated from Norwich in 1999 with a degree in Sports Medicine and received his master's in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technologies from Albany in 2002. He collected a second master's in Administrative Studies from Boston College in 2005.
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