PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rod Holder has been named offensive line coach at Rutgers University, it was announced by Scarlet Knights Head Coach Greg Schiano.
Holder comes to Rutgers after two seasons as offensive line coach at Western Illinois University. The Leathernecks’ offense averaged over 36 points per game in each of the past two seasons, and finished in the top two of the Gateway Conference in total offense both seasons. In that time, Western Illinois compiled a 20-6 record and finished No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I-AA Coaches Poll in both 2002 and 2003.
Holder has been a part of three national championship teams as a player and coach. He served as assistant offensive line coach at the University of Miami in 2002 when the Hurricanes won the Rose Bowl and the national title. As a player at Miami from 1986-89, he earned over 20 starts on the offensive line and was a member of the Hurricanes’ national championship teams in 1987 and 1989.
“ Rod is a proven winner who brings a wealth of experience to our program,” said Schiano. “He has had great success as both a player and a coach. Rod is an accomplished offensive line coach and a terrific recruiter. We’re excited to have Rod as a member of our staff.”
In Holder’s first season at Western Illinois in 2002, the Leathernecks compiled an 11-2 record, leading the Gateway Conference in total offense with 396.1 yards per game. Western Illinois’ quarterbacks threw for a league-high 243 yards per game, and the line allowed just 22 sacks in 13 games. Last season the Leathernecks were 9-4 and averaged 416.7 yards per game, scoring 36.3 points per contest. Holder tutored Leatherneck lineman Fred Layne to All-America honors last season.
In his four years as a letterwinner at Miami (1986-89), Holder helped the ‘Canes
compile a 45-3 record, win two Orange Bowls and one Sugar Bowl title, and the
national championship in 1987 and 1989.
Following his career at Miami, Holder played for one season in the WLAF with the New York/New Jersey Knights in 1991. Holder began his coaching career as an offensive line coach for three Miami, FL., area high schools from 1992-97. He then served as the graduate assistant offensive line coach at the University of Illinois in 1997-98, while earning his master’s degree.
Holder then coached at Northeastern in 1999, and at Bentley in 2000. He joined the XLF as offensive line coach of the Chicago in 2001, before returning to Miami later that year.