Rhode Island Rams head football coach Joe Trainer talks to the media after a Rhody win in 2010. Mandatory Credit: photosports.com

Rhode Island Football: Joe Trainer Will Not Return As Rhody Head Coach

The University of Rhode Island announced today that head football coach Joe Trainer has been released from the final year of his contract. Coming off a dismal 0-11 campaign in 2012, Rhody showed some improvement this season, compiling a 3-9 (2-6) record this year. But the final four games of the 2013 season were nothing short of disastrous, and a change at the helm doesn’t come as a huge shock to fans.

From the official press release:

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.”

Per the school, a nation-wide search for a new head coach will begin immediately, and the school will make another announcement when a hire has been made… but not before then.

Ideally, URI would like to hit another home run with this hire, the way they did with Dan Hurley. It’s way too early to get the rumor mill cranking, but who’s on your list? Let us know in the comments.

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