Offensive Coaching Staff
Associate Head Coach | Offensive Line
Rod Holder enters his first season as a member of the Robert Morris University football staff in 2017. He'll serve as the associate head coach and offensive line coach after spending the previous two seasons at Millersville University where he was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator.
“The thing Coach Holder brings to the table is experience and he’s also real hard-nosed,” said Clark. “At Miami, he played center and I played linebacker, so we were constantly battling and I know what kind of battler and competitor he is. He’s going to bring a fire to the position and he’s a real technician.”
Holder played collegiately at the University of Miami from 1986-89, where he was teammates with Clark. Holder earned over 20 starts on the offensive line and helped the Hurricanes to national championships in 1987 and 1989 under legendary coach Jimmy Johnson. In his four years as a letterwinner there, Holder helped the ‘Canes compile a 45-3 record and three bowl wins, two in the Orange Bowl and one in the Sugar Bowl. He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business. Holder also earned a national title ring as an assistant at Miami in 2002, helping the Hurricanes to a Rose Bowl victory.
Holder joined the Millersville staff prior to the 2016 season. As the running game coordinator, Holder oversaw an offense that improved its running production by 50 percent in one season, jumping to nearly 120 yards per game in 2017. In that same time frame, the Marauders gave up half as many sacks in Holder’s second season of being in charge of the offensive line.
Prior to Millersville, Holder spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Norfolk State, finishing out his time there as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach. He transformed the NSU offensive line into one of the most productive units in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with four Spartans eclipsing 1,000 yards in season over his final eight years.
In 2011, his team allowed the fewest sacks and had the second-best offense in the MEAC. Tackles Blake Matthews and Kendall Noble were both first-team All-MEAC selections and Matthews earned NSU’s first-ever MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year award and was also a second-team FCS All-America selection in 2011. Matthews was a third-team All-MEAC pick in 2013, marking the 11th time that one of Holder’s protégés has been named to the all-conference team.
During his tenure, DeAngelo Branche became the all-time leading rusher at Norfolk State and led the conference in rushing in 2010. The Spartans averaged 174.6 yards to lead the league in 2010. In 2009, three linemen were named to the All-MEAC team. Holder has also spent time on the coaching staffs at Rutgers, Western Illinois, Miami, Northeastern and Bentley.
Greg Hardin enters his first season as a member of the Robert Morris University football staff in 2018 as the wide receivers coach. Hardin comes to the Moon Township campus after spending the previous two seasons with Millersville University.
In his time with the Marauders, Hardin’s guidance turned Kevin Higgins into one of the top receivers in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Higgins was twice named All-PSAC under Hardin’s tutelage. His duties with Millersville were not limited to the field as he also assisted with video review, scouting and practicing. His role extended to recruiting and academic oversight as well.
Hardin earned his bachelor of arts and science from the University of North Dakota in 2014 following a highly decorated career as a receiver for then named Fighting Sioux. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos in 2014 and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2015 after being a three-time all-America selection at UND. He garnered honors from The Sports Network in 2012 and 2013 along with a nod from the Associated Press in 2013. Those plaudits came after earning All-Big Sky First Team honors in his junior and senior seasons.
Hardin finished his career at UND as the all-time leading receiver, setting records for receptions (216), and receiving yards (3,583). His 31 touchdowns rank second. He set the single season record with 2,017 all-purpose yards highlighted by 67 receptions for 1,153 yards and 854 kickoff return yards. As a junior, Hardin was named the College Football Performance Awards FCS Elite Wide Receiver of the Year after accumulating 65 catches for 1,145 yards and 14 touchdowns.
A native of Bellevue, Neb., Hardin was an Omaha World Herald All-Nebraska pick at Bellevue West.
Gabe Luvara was named the offensive coordinator by Robert Morris University head coach Bernard Clark in January of 2018. Luvara spent four seasons at the University at Albany, the last three as the quarterbacks coach and associate offensive coordinator.
“For the last four years, I’ve watched him be very thorough with everything he did at UAlbany with the quarterbacks,” said Clark. “He was very structured and very detailed with everything he did with the offense as the passing game coordinator there. He did a great job, not only working with the head coach but working with the offensive coordinator, and getting everything right and the patterns right. When I got the job, he was one of the guys I really wanted here.”
“More than anything else, Gabe picks defenses apart. He does a great job watching film. He’ll make it simple for our guys while also making it complex for our opponents.”
As the assistant offensive coordinator, he assisted the Great Danes in averaging 24.9 points per contest in 2016 to rank fourth in the CAA, including 36 points in a comeback victory at New Hampshire, en route to a 7-4 overall record.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the program here at RMU,” said Luvara. “Obviously knowing Coach Clark the last four years, I have developed a deep respect for him as a coach and leader. I know his vision for the program will produce not only football teams that will represent RMU at a championship level, but also help develop young me that will make the entire community proud. To be a small part of that process, as well as being included into the great tradition of this program and University, is very humbling. I can’t wait to get to work in both meeting and developing relationships with our current student-athletes as well as help recruit the next class of Colonials.”
Instrumental in developing the Great Danes’ passing game in 2014, Luvara worked with tight end Brian Parker who earned third-team All-CAA honors, as well as signed an undrafted free agent deal with San Diego Chargers.
Luvara came to Albany after four seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Frostburg State University football program. Under his direction, the Bobcats made huge strides on the offensive side of the ball, improving over 130 yards per game from his first season to his second, averaging 376 yards per game and 32 minutes of possession per game. In addition, the 2011 Bobcats threw for 2,234 yards, the fourth most yards in a season in school history, tossed 15 touchdowns, fifth best in school history, and ran for 1,528 yards, the most since 2002.
Prior to Frostburg State, Luvara spent three season as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Ithaca College. While with the Bombers, Luvara helped the team to two NCAA Playoff appearances and a 24-8 overall record. His offenses ranked in the top-30 in the nation in total offense (26th in 2007 and 25th in 2008), scoring offense, 20th in 2008), pass efficiency (29th in 2008), turnover margin (29th in 2009) and fewest turnovers (8th in 2007).
In 2008, Luvara’s offensive line was selected by the Empire 8 as the conference’s player of the week, marking the first time in the league’s history that a weekly award was given to a unit and not an individual player. A total of 18 offensive players were named to the Empire 8 all-conference teams under Coach Luvara’s leadership.
Luvara was an assistant at Juniata from 2005-07 after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Duquesne in 2003 and 2004. On the Bluff, he helped the Dukes to the 2004 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and a 2003 Division I-AA Mid-Major National Championship.
As a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville from 2002-03, Luvara handled scouting reports, running scout teams and assisting the offensive staff. During his time there, the Cardinals posted 16 wins and a made two GMAC Bowl appearances.
Luvara is a 2001 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was a four-year letterwinner an All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) center. He helped lead the Indians to three NCAA Playoff appearances from 1999-2001. He earned his masters of science in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
Jacob Bronowski is in his first season as an assistant with the Robert Morris University football team. He will coach the tight ends and serve as the team’s special teams coordinator.
Bronowski spent the previous four seasons on the staff at The University of New Mexico. In his most recent position which he served in 2016 and 2017, he was an assistant wide receivers and quarterbacks coach as well as the special team graduate assistant. In that role, he was responsible for calling the special teams plays and making adjustments on game day. He also assisted the offensive coaching staff recognize opponent coverage schemes and make pass calls. During the week, Bronowski would handle opponent scouting with a focus on special teams and the Lobos offense.
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Bronowski was a student assistant with the special teams staff at New Mexico. He was responsible for all opponent film breakdowns which he would then prepare for special teams meetings. Bronowski was a walk-on quarterback with the Lobos in the spring of 2013 before joining the staff.