BLOOMSBURG -- Jack Lydic is going back to Bloomsburg University.
Bloomsburg's athletic department has announced several changes to its football coaching staff for the 2012 season.
Named as the quarterbacks and receivers coach is former Huskies standout quarterback and Selinsgrove High grad Lydic after having served as the quarterbacks coach at Susquehanna and as the offensive coordinator for the new program at Misericordia.
In addition some current assistant coaches have had some change in their assignments. Defensive secondary coach Chet Henicle will assume the role of recruiting coordinator, while Brian McBryan, who had been the assistant offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, has been named the offensive coordinator and will stay.
Lydic graduated in 2005 (and 2006 with a master's degree) and was a three-year starter for Bloomsburg. During his career the Huskies won four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division championships.
As a senior team captain in 2005, Lydic led the Huskies to an undefeated regular season and a Division II playoffs appearance. He earned second-team all-PSAC honors in 2004 and 2005. He is currently ranked fourth on the all-time passing yards list at Bloomsburg with 5,186 yards and is ninth in career touchdown passes with 31.
Following his playing days at Bloomsburg he went on to play quarterback for the Hamburg Blue Devils of the German Football League and Budapest Cowboys of the Central European Football League and was a member of the offensive coaching staffs for both teams. He led the GFL with 31 touchdown passes while throwing for more than 2,700 yards in 2007.
In 2008 Lydic was named the quarterbacks coach at Susquehanna University where he helped the Crusaders to a conference championship in 2009 and was part of the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year.
In 2011 he was named as the offensive coordinator at Misericordia University which will play its first-ever game this September.
"I'm very excited to be back at Bloomsburg with some familiar faces," said Lydic. "It will be great to be able to work with coach (Danny) Hale. It should be an easy transition."
The Huskies enter 2012 looking for a new starting quarterback. Lydic feels the Huskies have quality players battling for the job.
"Spring ball will be competitive, but I feel we have four solid red-shirt freshmen who are all capable of taking over for Pat Carey (the starter the last two years)," Lydic said. "I can't wait to meet with all the players and get to know them on a more personal level."
The Huskies also announced their 2012 schedule, which features five home and six road contests, including a season-opening game at first-time opponent Stonehill College. The Huskies will take on the Skyhawks, which play in the Northeast-10 Conference, on Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. Stonehill will make a visit to Bloomsburg during the 2013 season.
Following the Stonehill game the Huskies will have their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 8 against PSAC West-rival Edinboro. Kutztown, the defending PSAC East champions, will play at Bloomsburg on Sept. 15 in a Parents Day game before the Huskies go to Long Island to face C.W. Post on Sept. 22.
Bloomsburg comes back home on Sept. 29 to face Gannon, then visits Millersville on Oct. 6. The Huskies will play their Homecoming game on Oct. 13 against East Stroudsburg before going to Cheyney and Shippensburg on back-to-back weekends.
On Nov. 3 the Huskies will close out their home regular season with a game against PSAC East-rival West Chester before making a trip to Slippery Rock to end the year on Nov. 10. That final Saturday could also be the PSAC Championship game should the Huskies win the PSAC East.