|Rob Boss just finished his first year on the Finlandia football coaching staff.
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Finlandia athletic director Curtis Wittenberg has announced the promotion of Rob Boss to head coach of the university's football program, effective immediately.
Boss replaces Tim Driscoll, the first coach in the program's history. Finlandia compiled a 5-17 record in Driscoll's three seasons, including 1-3 this season, a year in which Finlandia struggled to find varsity opponents. Finlandia was 0-2 vs. Division III opponents.
"Rob has shown incredible leadership in his one year at Finlandia, and we're confident his abilities, passion and experience are what our football program needs to take the next step," Wittenberg said. "His passion for football in northern Michigan will be a huge asset for our program, our university and our community."
Boss has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, including eight seasons at Division II Northern Michigan. Boss served a wide variety of roles at NMU, including defensive and offensive line coach, academic coordinator, chief financial officer, run game coordinator and in 2016 he was named interim head coach.
"I want to thank the administration for giving me the honor to run the football program here at Finlandia University," Boss said. "I thank Coach Driscoll for laying the foundation of which we will build on. I am excited and anxious to get to work recruiting quality student athletes, developing the men currently on our roster and hiring a highly qualified staff to put a product on the field that makes the community of Hancock and the entire Upper Peninsula proud."
"I want to thank Tim for the work he did getting this program off the ground," Wittenberg said. "When he arrived on campus in 2014 there was no team. Through dedication, hard work and passion he was able to get this program off the ground and we'll forever be grateful for the work he did to make that happen."
Finlandia will join the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association next year as an associate member in football.