Offensive Coaching Staff
Andrew Richardson is entering his 10th season as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University and coaches the offensive line. In addition to tutoring the line, Richardson was named as the program's recruiting coordinator, elevated into the role after serving as the assistant recruiting coordinator for multiple years, before the 2014 season.
Richardson spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as a graduate assistant coach for RMU before being elevated to a full-time assistant in January of 2009.
Richardson helped his unit to admirable performances against some tough foes in 2015. The Colonials had a stellar game at No. 6 South Dakota State as they ran for 228 yards, the second-highest figure the Jackrabbits allowed that season against FCS opposition. RMU also did not yield a sack in that contest, marking the first time in program history it did not allow a sack against a nationally ranked foe. The offensive line also helped Rameses Owens rush for 152 yards at No. 17 Youngstown State, the most rushing yards the Penguins allowed to a single FCS athlete all season. With Richardson’s assistance, Robert Morris ran for 200+ yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010. The offensive line ended the year strong as it did not allow a sack in either of its final two games, marking the first time in over five years that a RMU team had gone back-to-back games without yielding a sack. After the season concluded, center Nick Faraci, who started 44 consecutive games, earned a second straight Academic All-America honor.
Richardson helped Faraci reach new heights in 2014 as he became the first offensive player in school history to be named an Academic All-American. Faraci and his teammates on the line in 2014 helped block for Rameses Owens, a true freshman who twice surpassed 150 rushing yards in just six starts. In fact, the Colonial offensive line helped make 2014 the first year since 1998 that more than one Colonial contributed multiple 100-yard rushing efforts.
In Richardson’s nine seasons on staff, RMU offensive linemen have claimed seven All-NEC honors, including left tackle A.J. Dalton earning a First Team award after the 2013 season. Dalton went on to claim All-America honors from The Sports Network in 2013, becoming the second All-American Richardson produced in four seasons.
Richardson helped Dalton improve at his craft and transition from guard into tackle in becoming a professional prospect who signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions in May 2014.
Under Richardson, Faraci was named Academic All-District First Team on three occasions. He was the second Colonial offensive lineman to claim that honor in a three-year span. Faraci was part of an offensive line that helped Robert Morris win the time of possession battle in every one of its conference games in 2013.
Center Logan Miles also earned Academic All-District First Team honors in 2011. Miles was a two-time all-league honoree and was a main component to RMU’s championship run in 2010.
Former Colonial Brad Rodgers (2008-11) became the fifth student-athlete to earn All-NEC recognition under Richardson's watch when he was tabbed to the 2011 All-NEC First Team.
The offensive line flourished under Richardson's guidance in 2010 with the Colonials securing their sixth Northeast Conference regular-season championship and the league's inaugural bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs.
Behind the strength of an offensive line that combined for a total of 125 career starts in 2010, running back Myles Russ rushed for 1,363 yards and 10 touchdowns, was named the 2010 NEC Offensive Player of the Year and became the program's all-time leading rusher. Russ also became the first player in school history to post three straight 1,000-yard rushing campaigns.
Led by All-NEC performers Corey Konycki and Carlos Andrade, the offensive line that Richardson tutored in 2010 allowed just 14 sacks, the third lowest total in school history. The group also helped the Colonials establish a new team record for rushing yards with 2,021, an average of 183.7 per game that ranks third all-time in school history.
Konycki concluded his career in 2010 by being named to the All-NEC First Team and also earned FCS All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Associated Press and Phil Steele. Andrade was named to the 2010 All-NEC Second Team.
In 2009, Richardson molded an offensive line that allowed Russ to post his second straight 1,000-yard rushing campaign, compiling 1,059 yards on the ground on 212 attempts, an average of 5.0 yards per carry.
Richardson coached two juniors and three sophomores on the offensive line in 2009, a group that was an integral part of RMU's five-game winning streak to close out the year. During the final five games of the 2009 season, the offensive line paved the way for the Colonial running game to average 159.0 yards rushing per contest.
In 2008, Richardson coached an offensive line that blocked for the program's first 1,000-yard rusher in five years, as Russ finished with 1,255 yards on 215 carries, an average of 5.8 yards per rush. That offensive line featured two seniors, a pair of sophomores and a freshman and at times late in the season started two sophomores and a pair of freshmen.
A 2005 graduate of Penn State University, Richardson was a four-year letterwinner for the Nittany Lions at offensive tackle.
During the 2005 campaign, Richardson started the final seven games at right tackle for a Penn State program that finished 11-1 and garnered a 26-23 overtime victory over Florida State in the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl.
A 2001 graduate of North Hills High School, Richardson played tight end and appeared in the 2001 "Big 33" contest while earning All-American and all-state honors. He was also named the 2000 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year as well as being named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 squad.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Richardson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in recreational management from Penn State in 2005 and a Master of Science degree in instructional leadership from Robert Morris in 2009.
He and his wife, Gina, reside in Wexford, Pa.
Robert Morris University head football coach John Banaszak announced the hiring of Nick McVay as an assistant coach in March 2014.
McVay will work with receivers for the second consecutive season in 2016. He worked with H-backs and tight ends in 2014, where he helped true freshman Ben Line take on a sizeable role in the position as a rookie.
McVay helped rookie Kyle Buss to a record-breaking 2015 season as the latter thrived with the former’s guidance. Buss was tabbed as the Northeast Conference Offensive Rookie of the Year and also became the first Colonial to be named a finalist for National Freshman of the Year. He surpassed six RMU freshman records as he caught 50 passes for 742 yards. With McVay’s support, Buss finished the regular season second nationally in receiving yards among freshmen and third in rookies in receptions per game.
During the 2013 season, McVay was an intern with the RMU program, assisting the defensive coaching staff in areas such as film breakdown and scouting reports. He also helped the program’s recruiting coordinator from an operational perspective.
McVay was a student assistant with Otterbein in 2012 and primarily worked with receivers. He helped the squad to an 8-2 overall record.
McVay was a three-year letterwinner in football while attending both Ohio Wesleyan and Otterbein. He led the Battling Bishops in punt return yardage during the 2009 campaign and served as both a receiver and a defensive back in his collegiate career.
McVay was also a two-year lettermen in lacrosse for Otterbein. He played in 20 career contests and helped the Cardinals reach their first NCAA Tournament in the program’s young history in 2013.
McVay attended Olentangy High School where he was an all-conference receiver.
A native of Lewis Center, Ohio, McVay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in health and physical education from Otterbein in 2013.
Robert Morris University head football coach John Banaszak announced the hiring of Mike Miller as offensive coordinator in January 2016.
Miller, who owns 13 years of experience on National Football League offensive staffs, returned to the place where his coaching career began as a graduate assistant on Joe Walton's 1997 staff.
Miller most recently coached in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals where he served as a wide receivers coach (2007-08) and then passing game coordinator (2009-10) before being promoted to offensive coordinator (2011-12). Miller's unit of receivers was key in the Cardinals reaching Super Bowl XLIII, the organization's first appearance in the Super Bowl. In that 2008 season, Miller helped three different receivers surpass 1,000 receiving yards, marking only the fifth time in NFL history that a team achieved that feat.
One of Miller's top protégés was Larry Fitzgerald, as Miller guided the receiver to a Pro Bowl selection in each of his seasons on staff. Nearly all of Fitzgerald's statistics improved in Miller's first year compared to the year prior, and the receiver led the National Football Conference in receptions and receiving yards in both 2007 and 2008 under Miller. To this day, Fitzgerald's career highs in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and yards per reception all came under Miller's guidance, and the latter helped the former to three All-Pro selections.
Miller also assisted Anquan Boldin, who was named a Pro Bowl starter in 2008 despite starting only 11 games. Boldin's career highs in receiving touchdowns (11) and receptions per game (7.4) came under Miller's watch.
Before a two-year stint as the tight ends coach with the Buffalo Bills, Miller had begun his professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers under Bill Cowher as an offensive quality control coach. He helped his hometown team rank among the top five in the NFL in total yards in both 2001 and 2002.
Miller has also enjoyed success in his prior collegiate stints, including at RMU. His last collegiate stop came at Edinboro, where he helped quarterback Cody Harris rank second nationally in completion percentage in 2014 while sitting among the top 15 in completions per game. Harris also led the league in touchdown-to-interception ratio, which helped Miller's 2014 offense rank among the top 10 nationally in fewest turnovers.
Miller most recently was at RMU in 2006 when he coached the defensive line and helped RMU finish second in the league standings after it was picked seventh in the preseason poll. The Colonials led the nation in total defense while setting school records in fewest first downs, rushing yards and total yards allowed. Miller helped two Colonial defensive linemen earn All-America nods as Matt Brunck and Ray Gensler collected hardware with the latter tying the single-season RMU sack record.
The announcement of his hiring brought Miller full circle in a sense as he started coaching football at Robert Morris in 1997 and 1998. He helped RMU claim a Northeast Conference title in each of those seasons, including an ECAC Bowl win in 1997. Miller coached running backs in his first two seasons and helped Colonials post 100-yard rushing efforts on 15 occasions in his 21 games as the coach for that position group.
RMU rushed for over 2,000 yards in 1997 under Miller, one of only three occurrences in school history that they have surpassed that mark. The following season Miller helped RMU set single-season school records that still stand in both rushing yards per game (187.3) and average yards per rush (4.96). Miller helped Donald Dorsey earn Mid-Major All-America honors that season after he guided Archie Wannamaker to All-NEC honors the year prior.
Miller also has experience coaching in NFL Europe, with the Berlin Thunder, and in the Canadian Football League, where he helped the Montreal Alouettes reach the playoffs in 2013.
A native of Pittsburgh, Miller earned a Bachelor's degree in communication from Clarion in 1992 after graduating from Plum High School. He proceeded to obtain a Master's degree in education from Robert Morris in 1998.
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