Rams Get Rid of Football Coach Joe Trainer

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island football Head Coach Joe Trainer has been released from the final year of his contract, Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn announced today.

“I would like to thank Joe Trainer and his staff for their hard work
and commitment to the URI football program,” Bjorn said. “Although these
decisions are never easy, I felt it is the right time to make a
coaching change.”

Trainer spent six seasons with the Rams, including five years as head
coach. He came to Rhode Island as the defensive coordinator for Darren
Rizzi in 2008. Trainer departed to take the same position at Bowling
Green but returned three months later as URI's head coach when Rizzi
joined the Miami Dolphins staff.

Over five seasons as head coach, Trainer posted an overall record of
12-44, including an 8-32 mark in CAA Football action. He also was the
CAA Football Coach of the Year when Rhode Island won five games in 2010,
the program's highest win total in 12 years. In 2010-11, the Rams had
four wins over ranked teams, including a 17-14 victory over No. 3
Villanova, the defending national champion at the time.

“I have enjoyed my six years here at the University of Rhode Island,” Trainer said. “I am
thankful for the opportunity to have worked with so many quality people.”

Trainer had a significant impact on the University community. He
organized an annual bone marrow registration drive in conjunction with
the Rhode Island Blood Center and Be the Match. Over five years, more
than 1,100 potential donors have been added to the National Marrow Donor

More impressively, the football drives have produced 10 exact matches
for patients in need of a marrow transplant. Three of the matches were
from the football program, as brothers Matt and John Greenhalgh both completed donations, as did assistant coach Ryan Mattison.

This season, Trainer worked with Team IMPACT! to adopt 13-year-old Evan Huddon
as an official member of the team. Huddon – a Warwick, R.I. native who
was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth – had his own locker in the
team's locker room and was with the team at practices and games
throughout the season.

Trainer had 44 players receive CAA Football All-Academic honors. Twice
under Trainer's watch, the Rams had a program-record 12 academic
all-conference selections in a single season. Matt Rae was a three-time
Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-District First-Team selection,
as well as one of 12 national finalists for the FCS Athletic Directors
Association postgraduate scholarship in 2011. Fellow lineman Kyle
Elliott was a two-time academic all-district first-team selection.

A national search for Rhode Island's next football coach will commence immediately.

No further comment from the athletics department regarding the search will be made until a new head coach has been appointed.