Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College Head Football Coach Jeff Devanney has announced the promotion of Geoff Rhatican to the position of passing game coordinator in recognition of his outstanding efforts as the team’s quarterbacks coach over the last three seasons. The Bantams finished 2017 season with an 8-1 record and repeated as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Champions.
“Geoff brings so much value to our football program. His work with our quarterbacks is visible and easily identified, but he does so many other things to help our program be successful,” said Devanney. “Geoff is very bright and creative, running all of Trinity Football’s social media and bringing fresh ideas to what we do as a program. He works very well with our offensive coordinator, as they create game plans, and then handles our offense on the sidelines on game days. I thoroughly enjoy working with Geoff and am glad that we are able to recognize his value to Trinity with this promotion.”
This fall, Trinity’s passing attack helped the offense score a league-high 305 points, average 33.9 points per game, and also topped the conference in passing yards per attempt (8.7). Senior quarterback Sonny Puzzo posted the best pass efficiency among the league's quarterbacks at 155.2, threw 17 touchdowns with just five interceptions, and totaled 1,857 yards on 130 pass completions in 214 attempts and 332 rushing yards with five scores on the ground in 84 attempts. Over the last four seasons, Puzzo was only the second Bantam signal caller to eclipse 6,000 passing yards (6,060) and 1,000 rushing yards (1,005) and the first to reach both milestones. In 2016, Trinity’s air attack also ranked first in scoring offense, averaging 38.1 points per contest. Puzzo completed 60.1 and recorded a pass efficiency rating of 153.1 (2nd in NESCAC).
Currently in his second coaching stint with the Bantams, Rhatican returned to coach in Hartford where he previously served as Trinity's running backs coach from 2010 to 2012. He coached running backs at Bates College and Bowdoin College, respectively, in 2013 and 2014. Rhatican is a 2008 graduate of Brown University, where was a member of Brown's only outright Ivy League Championship team in 2005. His resume also includes a coaching stint at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy