Real Talk Season 2 with QBV #4 Ed Borden Current Tight Ends Coach at the University of New Hampshire
Updated: Dec 19, 2020
On this Episode of Real Talk, our guys got to talk with Current Tight ends coach at the University of New Hampshire! Before being at UNH, Coach Borden Ran the number two offence in all of Division 3 at Mass Maritime!
During his time at Mass Maritime, the Buccaneers had over 1300 yards of total offense under coach Borden. Along with coaching at UNH and Mass Maritime he spent time coaching at Mount Ida, Umass, and Curry College.
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You are currently at UNH, so talk about your role, position, recruiting?
“Thanks for having me on, I am the tight ends coach at UNH. Last year I came on after we were let go of UMass where I was the offensive intern analysis, I was able to move into the tight ends role after some staff shakeup with COVID, people deciding to move on and get out of coaching, so I was able to hop in and I was lucky for that. It has been a big blessing for me because of learning a new system of new ideas.
Coach Ferzoco our offensive coordinator a brilliant mind, coach Miller our o-line coach does a lot with the offensive line, and coach Santos our associate head coach and QB coach just being able to learn under those guys have been awesome.”
How have you guys transitioned as a team during these unusual times?
“UNH has done a great job being at the forefront of testing and kids safety you know a typical day for a student-athlete on campus is they are coming into the building getting a temperature check making sure they don’t have symptoms going to lift in small groups and then you know from there after a couple of weeks of making sure that there was no COVID or spread on campus then we were able to get on to the field in small groups of work whether it would be running or ladders.”
“We have progressed on and on the NCAA gave us the okay to do full practice now, 15 practices you know the kids get tested twice a week, they have to drop off their test at different locations, we made a good decision to keep meeting to small numbers and if we have bigger numbers, we go virtual. We bought masks to help protect with COVID and plastic shields on the helmet, and when the kids take their helmet off, they need to put a mask on. Big-time credit to our training staff, being on top of everybody because when you get into that mode on the field you kind of forget what is going on in the world.”
“It is a great place to be because you forget about all the craziness in the world and they have done a great job going around telling us hey separate or hey make sure we have our mask on. You need that, it's one of the situations where if not taken seriously, you can see some of the bigger program’s leagues shutting down. We have been fortunate and lucky that the campus has been good at protecting the students.”
What is one good thing that has come out of COVID?
“Everything in the world especially us on campus it has been about unifying. All the kids must sacrifice differently now, whether that be not being able to go to the cafeteria and get the food they would normally get or picking people up and getting them to different locations of practice. It's been good to see the leadership of our team step up from our standpoint and really take care of the younger kids. T
hey are in a scary situation, they are at school for the first time, can't really meet anyone because all the classes are online, so all our older guys did a great job with that. Then from a Whole or outside world perspective for us, it's been great to see different people come together in the coaching world and outside it.
I have been hearing from people I haven’t heard from in years, former guys I coached, and they just are checking in seeing how things are going and making sure people are safe. It's been nice to make sure everyone is still on the same path and hearing from old people.”
What do you expect your athletes to do off-campus to stay safe during these times?
“Well obviously, being a college coach, and going through college, with this past weekend being Halloween it can be a crazy time. We get to see the commitment level of our team, are they going to be going out making poor choices or are they going to be committed to the team and do the right things?