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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Following a comprehensive national search, Joe Susan, a veteran of more than 30 years in the college coaching profession, has been named the Bob Odell Head Football Coach at Bucknell University, it was announced Wednesday by Bucknell director of athletics and recreation John Hardt.
Susan, 54, is Bucknell's 26th head coach since the program's inception in 1883, and he takes over a program that ranks 17th all-time in Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) victories with 564.
Susan, a 1977 graduate of the University of Delaware, has served near-decade-long stints at Bucknell (1981-1990), Princeton (1991-1999) and Rutgers (2001-2009). He has had tenures at both the Football Bowl Subdivision (Rutgers, Memphis) and Football Championship Subdivision (Bucknell, Princeton, Davidson) levels.
Record of success
"Coach Susan brings to Bucknell a track record of success working with top student-athletes to help them succeed both inside and outside the classroom," Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell said. "We are delighted to welcome him back to Bucknell, and look forward to his leadership of the Bison."
A native of South River, N.J., Susan returns to Bucknell from Rutgers, where he has spent the last nine years as an assistant coach on Greg Schiano's staff. Schiano, a three-time letterwinner at Bucknell, was recruited by Susan, played for the Bison teams Susan coached and served as co-captain as a senior in 1987.