Franklin Pierce University Director of Athletics Bruce Kirsh announced on Nov. 4, 2011 that Peter Ewald was named the new head coach of the school’s sprint football program, which will begin competition in the fall of 2012. Coach Ewald brings 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to Rindge, including the past two seasons as head coach of the Post University sprint football program.
“I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to work at Franklin Pierce University and build its sprint football program from the ground up,” Ewald said. “This is a great opportunity to join a very successful athletic department and I’m hoping to add to the success and rich history of Franklin Pierce Athletics.”
Ewald spent the past two years in a similar role at Post in Waterbury, Conn. He was hired as the program’s first sprint football head coach in January 2010 and quickly went to work building the program from its inception. He guided the Eagles to a 33-18 win over Princeton during the team’s first year of competition in 2010 and followed by winning a pair of games against Cornell and Princeton during the program’s second season in 2011. Post was very competitive in several other games this past season including against defending CSFL champion Pennsylvania and traditional league power Army – both games coming on the road.
Ewald was responsible for every facet of the program during its inaugural season, including recruiting 47 student-athletes to the school, purchasing all equipment, monitoring academic progress and supervision of his assistant coaches.
Ewald has also coached at four other colleges during his career and has gained valuable experience coaching a variety of positions. He has served as an offensive coordinator and overseen the quarterback, offensive line, wide receiver and tight end positions. He has also coached on the defensive side of the ball, including the line and secondary.
Ewald first began his collegiate coaching career at Marist in 1991 and then moved onto Bates College in 1995. There, he coached the school’s career passing leader. He also coached at Lebanon Valley College and at Sacred Heart University, a Division I program in the Northeast Conference. While at Sacred Heart, Ewald coached the defensive line and tutored a pair of two-time First-Team All-NEC performers at the position. He also served as the school’s special teams coordinator.
“I’m very pleased to be bringing in a coach of Peter Ewald’s caliber to lead our new sprint football program,” Kirsh said. “Coach Ewald has considerable experience coaching college football at every level, including sprint football, and I believe his passion and drive for coaching will play a major role in helping to develop our sprint football team into a top-notch program in the CSFL.”
Ewald had an impressive college football playing career as he was a four-year letterwinner at Syracuse University. He helped guide the Orange to the 1985 Cherry Bowl and was elected a team captain for the 1986 season.
Ewald is married to his wife, Charlene, and the couple has three children, Benjamin, Nathan and Emma.