Mike Kruczek, offensive coordinator for the UMass football team, has left the program. The news comes from the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Matt Vautour.
Vautour spoke to head coach Charley Molnar, who said Kruczek wanted to be closer to his family in Florida. Molnar also indicated that he would ”be happy to take over the role. We’ll have to see what’s out there and then decide.”
Kruczek has a long history in the Sunshine State. Back in the early ’80s, he was quarterbacks coach for Florida State and the Jacksonville Bulls, a defunct USFL team. He later worked his was up the ranks at the University of Central Florida before becoming head coach in 1998. He is well known for his first season with the team, when the Knights went 9-2 behind quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
While UMass will lose some of Kruzcek’s recruiting ties, it will still have Florida inroads with wide receivers coach Allen Suber. Suber has been heavily recruiting the Tampa Bay area and has prior relationships from his time at Bethune Cookman.
Kruczek was brought in to replace Nick Rolovich, who came to UMass from Hawaii and then quickly left to become offensive coordinator at Nevada.