|Title:||Assistant Coach (LB)|
Art Link is in his second season as linebackers coach at UNH in 2013.
In 2012, Link guided the dynamic senior duo of Matt Evans and Alan Buzbee, both of whom started all 12 games in the middle of the Wildcats' 4-2-5 defense. Evans concluded his illustrious career as UNH's all-time leader with 460 tackles, including a team-leading 126 stops (No. 2 in CAA) in his final collegiate season. Buzbee ranked third on the team with 69 tackles, including a pair of interceptions, and sophomore Shane McNeely showed signs of what's to come with his 33 tackles in a reserve role.
Link joined the Wildcat coaching staff as linebackers coach in April 2012 following five seasons (2007-11) as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach for head coach Dale Steele at Campbell University. Under his tutelage, the Camels ranked fifth in FCS football with 18 interceptions, 13th nationally with 28 forced turnovers and No. 31 in the country in red zone defense during the '11 campaign.
He was responsible for recruiting the Carolinas, the entire state of Florida and Texas junior colleges. Link also coordinated Campbell's punt-return unit and was heavily involved in special teams coaching.
Prior to coaching at Campbell, Link served as defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach for head coach Dave Dunn at D-III Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Art turned around a squad that posted the worst defensive season in school history (2005), molding the unit into the school's best defense in history the very next year. He added special teams duties, focusing on punt team and kickoff coverage.
Art served as the graduate assistant at the University of Florida, his alma mater, for two seasons (2004-05) under head coaches Ron Zook and Urban Meyer. He was responsible for outside LBs, conducted scout team preparation, aided opponent breakdown efforts and assisted in the recruiting process.
In 2003, he spent the season as the defensive line coach for head coach Rick Swain at Boca Raton (Fla.) High School. He worked for legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger as an intern at Florida Atlantic University, working in video operations and as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
His first coaching job was as a restricted earnings LB coach at D-II Missouri Western State College for head coach Jerry Partridge.
During his playing days at Florida for head coach Steve Spurrier, Link was part of the National Championship and SEC Championship teams in the 1996-97 season. He received the Fifth-Year Senior Award in 1998.
He earned his bachelor's degree in
Exercise and Sports Science in 1999 and received his master's
degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Florida in 2006.
Link and his wife, Megan, have two children: son, Ryan, and daughter, Ava.