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Robert Morris searches for offensive coordinator

Paul Schofield
| Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, 10:11 p.m.

Robert Morris football coach John Banaszak was out on the recruiting trail Wednesday looking for more players to fit his program.

The second-year coach also was searching for a new offensive coordinator to fit the personnel on the team.

Darrin Hicks, whom Banaszak brought in when he was hired in 2013, resigned his position recently.

Robert Morris won two of its final three games and showed improvement by finishing 4-7 — three games better than 2014 (1-10).

The biggest improvement came on the defensive side of the ball where the Colonials allowed 21.6 points per game, down from 34.3 in 2014. But the offense averaged only 14 points, up from 9.9.

“Darrin is a great guy, and he made a decision to step away,” Banaszak said. “Darrin stepping away now is a good thing for the program so we can move on.

“My phone and email has been blowing up this week. I've already talked to some candidates, and we have to find someone who fits what we're doing and move us in the right direction.”

Banaszak, who won three Super Bowls playing for the Steelers, started his coaching career as a player-coach for the USFL Memphis Showboats in 1985. He was coach at Washington & Jefferson (1999-2002) prior to joining Joe Walton's staff at Robert Morris in 2003.

He said he prefers a balanced offense.

“In today's game, you have be able to run the ball, throw the ball and spread teams out,” Banaszak said. “Part of our problems offensively this past season was due to youth and injuries. We had to start three different freshmen quarterbacks.

“The new offensive coordinator will have adapt to the personnel we have on the roster.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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