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Offensive Coaching Staff

Aaron Bartolain
Offensive Coordinator

Now the assistant with the longest continuous tenure on the Green Terror staff, Bartolain enters his 15th season on staff but his first coaching on the same side of the ball he excelled as a player.

After seven years as offensive coordinator, Bartolain was elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2015 season and joins his head coach on the defensive side with charge of the linebackers. Bartolain will also return to coordinating the special teams.

In his initial tenure with special teams, Bartolain’s players worked his system to success with three of his return specialists ranking in the top 45 in the nation in 2003 while his punt returner ranked 19th in the NCAA in 2004. His kicker and punter each earned All-Centennial Conference (CC) first-team honors in 2003 as did his return specialist in 2004.

After spending the previous three seasons with the reins of the offensive line, Bartolain was commissioned with calling the offense in 2008. After two years working specifically with the running backs, Bartolain shifted duties once again and took control of the quarterbacks in 2010, which he relinquished in 2014 to focus solely on the overall oversight of the offense. Prior to his stint with the line, he spent his first four seasons as the special teams coordinator.

He is also a certified strength and conditioning coach, and oversees the Green Terror’s physical training regimen and serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

A four-year starter for the Green Terror, Bartolain was the CC’s Defensive Player of the Year as a linebacker in 2000. He was also a Hewlett-Packard All-America honorable mention selection that season.

Bartolain is a native of Sarasota, Fla., and graduated from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) with a degree in physics. He lives in Sykesville with his wife Tara, who teaches in the exercise science and physical education department, with eight-year-old daughter, Addisan, and six-year-old daughter, Emmalea.

Chris Bassler
Offensive Line

Following a successful career at West Virginia, Bassler returned home to join the Green Terror staff in 2008.

After seven years with charge of the offensive line, Bassler takes over the reins of the entire offense in 2015 and call plays for the first time in his coaching career. He will still coach the position he played during his college days.

Bassler was a scholarship member of Mountaineers from 2003-06, playing offensive tackle on the 2004 and 2006 Gator Bowl teams and 2005 Sugar Bowl championship squad.

A 2003 graduate of Francis Scott Key, Bassler returned to his high school alma mater as the offensive and defensive line coach for the varsity squad prior to coming to the Hill.

During his playing days at Key, he was a four-time All-MVAL selection and three times earned all-county honors. A member of the 2003 Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 team, he was a two-time all-state tight end and was named to the all-metro team by the Baltimore Sun.

Bassler graduated from West Virginia in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in history.

Ricky Conner
Running Backs

Conner joins the Green Terror staff in 2015 and will coach the running backs.

Originally from Mt. Airy, Conner played four years at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan.

He was a standout defensive back and quarterback at Linganore, helping the squad win the MPSSAA 3A State Championship in 2009.

Connor, playing for his father – a Western Maryland standout return man and defensive back from 1980-83, earned all-state and all-county honors at Linganore and played in the 2009 Crab Bowl.

Conner also earned all-county honors in track and field at Linganore.

Conner graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2014 with a bachelor’s in physical education.

John Dunford
Tight Ends / B-Backs

Dunford took over coaching the Green Terror tight ends in 2014 and will add responsibility for the B-Backs in 2015.

A four-year member of the McDaniel football team, Dunford has spent the two years since graduating assisting Coach Bassler with the offensive line. During this career on the Hill, Dunford spent time on both the offensive and defensive lines.

Numerous injuries limited his time on the field but helped him gain valuable coaching experience during his undergraduate days.

Originally from Frederick, Md., Dunford graduated from McDaniel with a degree in exercise science with a coaching minor.

Ty Reid

Reid returns for his second season on the Green Terror staff with oversight of the quarterbacks – a position he knows well.

A four-year member of the Bowie State football team, Reid saw action during each of his four seasons on the team, including time during the Bulldogs’ CIAA championship season when he was a freshman.

He spent the 2013 season coaching the quarterbacks at his alma mater.

Reid earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Bowie last spring and is currently pursing his master’s in athletic administration.