Bartolain tabbed interim head football coach

Aaron Bartolain  2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Aaron Bartolain 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel Director of Athletics Paul Moyer has announced the promotion of Aaron Bartolain '01 to interim head football coach, assuming all duties of running the program immediately while a national search is conducted for Tim Keating's successor.

"Anytime you go through a change like this, it's important to make sure you have a quality person in charge and someone who can provide stability and Aaron gives us both," Moyer said. "Aaron has been associated with the program as a player and a coach for a long time and we think he's the right person to manage the program through the transition period."

Bartolain spent the last 11 seasons on Keating's staff, including the last four as the Green Terror's offensive coordinator.

Bartolain has worked with nearly every aspect of the offense. He spent three seasons with the offensive line (2005-07), two seasons with the running backs (2008-09) and the last two working with the quarterbacks.

Since being commissioned to call the offense in 2008, Bartolain's offense has produced five All-CC selections on offense, including the first-team running back and conference's leading rusher in 2011. That same runner was ninth in the nation.

As a team, his rushing and total offense has been in the conference's top five twice since he took over as coordinator. McDaniel has also ranked in the top three in passing offense during his tenure and his scoring offense has been in the top five.

Prior to his stint with the line, he spent his first four seasons as the outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

As special teams coordinator, 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.

He is also a certified strength and conditioning coach, and oversees McDaniel'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 in 2000. He was also a Hewlett-Packard All-America selection that season.

During his tenure as a player, Bartolain recorded 163 tackles, including 44.0 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks. He also had an interception, 13 passes defended, a forced fumble and blocked kick.

His sack total is still ranked fourth all-time while his tackles-for-loss total is listed fifth in the Green Terror record book.

Bartolain is a native of Sarasota, Fla., and graduated from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in physics with a minor in sports coaching. He added his Masters of Science in exercise science with an emphasis in sports administration in 2003. He lives in Sykesville with his wife Tara, who teaches in the exercise science and physical education department, with four-year-old daughter, Addisan, and two-year-old daughter, Emmalea.