HEAD COACH FRED FARRIER
Fred Farrier returns for his second season as Morgan State’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2015 after an inaugural season in which the Bears offense broke or established new records in 35 statistical categories.
Farrier’s first offensive unit at MSU in 2014 set single-season school records for total plays (840), first downs (251 – ranked T-45th in FCS) and tied the record for most touchdown passes (18). The offense finished the regular-season third in the MEAC with an average of 378.8 yards per game and ranked second in scoring (27.8 avg).
Farrier’s prize pupil was redshirt-junior Moses Skillon, who helped lead the Bears to share of the first MEAC Championship since 1979, including its first-ever appearance in the Division I FCS Playoffs. Skillon started in seven games and set school records in passing touchdowns (11), touchdowns responsible for (17), passing yards per game (198.9 ypg) and passing efficiency (123.6). Skillon also tied the MEAC record for most touchdowns passes in a game (5).
Farrier’s ground unit was led by sophomore Herb Walker Jr., who produced a school single-season rushing record with 1,408 yards (ranked No. 14 in FCS), averaged 117.3 yards per game (ranked No. 12 in FCS) and accounted for 15 touchdowns (13 rushing). Walker, who also posted a school single game record of 271 rushing yards (ranked No. 5 in FCS), capped the season being named to the All-MEAC first team.
A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Farrier joined the Bears after spending a pair of seasons as the passing game coordinator at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). His tutelage of the quarterbacks was instrumental in the Engineers’ offensive resurgence. Under his guidance in 2012, senior Mike Hermann earned Liberty League Player of the Year after compiling 2,366 passing yards (262.8 avg/g), 23 TDs and completed 60 percent of his passes. Hermann was also selected to the D3Football.com All-Region Third Team and was a BSN All-America Honorable Mention.
Prior to joining RPI, Farrier served four seasons as the head coach of Kentucky State (2005-09). He coached the Thoroughbreds to an average of over 30 points and 375 yards per game. He also had a punting unit that earned national rankings and saw nearly 30 student-athletes capture postseason honors for athletic and academic achievements.
Farrier also has college experience at Shaw University, where he was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator in 2004. While at Shaw, the Bears won the CIAA conference championship and Pioneer Bowl. The Bears were successful offensively in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference and placed two offensive players on the All-CIAA First Team, one player on the Second Team and two players on the Daktronics All-Southeast Region Team. The Bears were able to win the CIAA championship two years after reviving the program in 2002.
Prior to his stint at Shaw, Farrier was the wide receivers coach and the recruiting coordinator at Tennessee Tech University from 2001-03. He joined the Tech coaching staff shortly before the 2001 season to work with the team’s receivers and had a huge impact on the record-setting success of the Golden Eagle passing game for three seasons. In his three seasons at Tech, Farrier helped the Golden Eagles offense establish 29 school records with standout receivers such as Derek Lee, Antonio Carter, Anton Thomison, Tedarrell Scott and Stevland Sills. During his tenure at Tech, receivers posted nine 100-yard games.
Farrier broke into coaching at Michigan State University where he served two seasons as a graduate assistant coach. He coached the wide receivers in 1998 and 1999 under head coach Nick Saban, now head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. While at Michigan State he worked with NFL standout Plaxico Burris.
He moved to Saginaw Valley State University to become recruiting coordinator and to coach the receivers in 2000. There he coached Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and All-America selection Brian Dolph. In 2000, the Cardinals won the GLIAC title and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Before pursuing a career in coaching, Farrier spent three-and-a-half years as a senior accountant with Price Waterhouse L.L.P. in Cleveland.
Farrier was an all-conference athlete in football and basketball during his prep career at Cleveland Heights High School, and played football at the College of the Holy Cross. During his collegiate playing career, Farrier earned two letters as a wide receiver. The Crusaders posted an 11-0 mark in 1991, while garnering the ECAC Team of the Year Award and sporting a 20-game winning streak from 1990-91. Farrier also played basketball for two seasons and received his bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting in 1994, and earned his master’s degree from Tennessee Tech in 2004, majoring in Instructional Leadership.
Farrier has also had fellowship coaching opportunities in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals and most recently the Detroit Lions. He is a frequent presenter at the American Football Coaches Association Convention.
Farrier and his wife, Danita, have a son, Fred II, and daughter, India.