February 1, 2013
Bethany promotes Garvey as Weaver heads to Delaware
Bethany College president Scott D. Miller announced Friday that
long-time assistant coach and offensive coordinator Bill Garvey has
been promoted to head football coach, effective immediately. Garvey
is the 36th head football coach in program history.
He will replace Tim Weaver, who stepped down to become the
defensive coordinator at Delaware. Weaver departs after seven
seasons at the helm of the Bison and has served as athletic
director the past five years.
Miller also announced that director of sports information Brian
Rose will serve as the acting athletic director. Rose graduated
from Bethany in 1998 and is in his 15th year in sports
information, with over 13 of those serving at his alma mater.
"While we are sad to see Tim leave, we are deeply appreciative of
the many contributions he has made to the overall athletic
department during his time here," Miller said. "The program has
grown to 22 intercollegiate sports and an equestrian club team and
we have raised the competitive level of the overall program.
Likewise, he has played an instrumental role in raising funds for
extensive facility construction, upgrade and expansion."
That expansion includes construction of new locker rooms, weight
and fitness facilities, artificial turf and all-weather track and
Garvey has served as the offensive coordinator of the Bison for
the last seven years and is the architect of some of the most
prolific offensive seasons in school history. During his tenure, 47
school records have been broken or tied, including 16 this past
fall. One of Garvey's greatest strengths is his ability to adapt
his system to the players in the program. In 2008, the Bison set a
new single-season record for passing yards, but then shifted gears
in 2010 and the team rushed for 2,024 yards, second-most in one
year at the school.
"We are elated to have Bill Garvey with his track record of
success as the next head football coach at Bethany College," said
Miller. "Not only has the offense here flourished under his
direction, as evidenced by the nearly 50 school records that have
been set during his tenure, but he will also provide continuity
with the current players and potential recruits. We were extremely
pleased with the direction of the program under coach Weaver and
believe Bill Garvey is the perfect fit to continue to build upon
In addition to being the offensive coordinator, Garvey also
oversees the quarterbacks. His work with rising senior quarterback
Matt Grimard has seen a rewriting of the Bethany record books.
Grimard was a freshman in 2010 and rushed for 882 yards and 11
touchdowns, both BC records for a quarterback. This past fall,
Grimard's development continued under Garvey's tutelage, as he set
Bethany single-season records for passing completions (226), yards
(2,605), completion percentage (62.1) and touchdown passes (23), as
well as setting a new total yards record (3,127) for the second
The team record book has also added some new chapters under
Garvey's watch. Bethany scored 301 points in 2012 to break the
single-season standard for scoring for the second time in the last
five years. The team's 2,605 passing yards also broke a
single-season record and the team rolled up 3,911 total yards last
fall, which was second in the PAC for yards per game (391.1) and
the third-highest total in a year at BC.
Not only has Garvey built one of the most dynamic offenses in the
region, his work on the recruiting trails has helped the Bison
consistently field rosters of more than 140 players over the last
several years. The 2012 recruiting class brought in by the Bison
coaching staff featured more than 90 players from a dozen states,
including Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina, as well
as the tri-state area.
Garvey came to Bethany after spending two seasons as an assistant
at Stonehill (Mass.), a Division II program that plays in the
Northeast-10 Conference. Prior to his time at Stonehill, Garvey was
an assistant at Harvard from 2000-2004. He started his coaching
career at Hofstra, working as a graduate assistant from
Garvey, who lives in Bethany with his wife Gina and their four
children, attended Iona, where he was a three-year member of the
football team and was on the 1993 squad that captured the MAAC
championship. He went on to earn his bachelor of business
administration in management information systems.
"I am honored to be appointed to this position," Garvey said. "I
have enjoyed my time as an assistant here and welcome the challenge
of continuing the growth and prosperity of this historic program. I
want to thank Dr. Miller and the entire administration for the
confidence they have shown in me and for the opportunity to lead
this program at an exciting time in Bethany history.
"I also thank Coach Weaver for his leadership and building the
program to where it is so I can hit the ground running," said
Garvey. "Everything is in place to have continued success and I am
truly looking forward to start working with our staff and players
in preparation for next season."
The Bison program has risen from the bottom of the PAC and
contended with the top teams in the conference over the last few
years. While Garvey's main goal every year will be to finish the
year in the playoffs, he wants to build a consistent winner year in
and year out while continuing the type of recruiting that attracts
top level student-athletes to Bethany College.
"Our ultimate goal every year is to win the conference
championship and get to the NCAA playoffs," said Garvey. "But we
also want to focus on contending in the conference every year and
building a consistent winner. And we want to continue our current
direction in recruiting. We want smart student-athletes that can
perform in the classroom, on the field and in the community and
will represent themselves, their families and Bethany College in
the best possible way."