Bob Surace

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Bob Surace
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Princeton
Conference Ivy League
Record 33–37
Biographical details
Born (1968-04-25) April 25, 1968 (age 49)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1987–1989 Princeton
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1992 Springfield (RB)
1993 Maine Maritime Academy (OL)
1994–1995 Shreveport Pirates (assistant)
1996–1999 Western Connecticut State (OC)
2000–2001 Western Connecticut State
2002–2003 Cincinnati Bengals (off. asst.)
2004–2009 Cincinnati Bengals (asst. OL)
2010–present Princeton
Head coaching record
Overall 51–40
Bowls 1–0
Tournaments 1–1 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Freedom Conference (2001)
2 Ivy (2013, 2016)

Robert J. Surace (born April 25, 1968; pronounced suh-RACE) is an American college football coach. He is currently the head football coach at Princeton University, a position he had held since the 2010 season. Surace was the head football coach at Western Connecticut State University from 2000 to 2001. He had worked as an assistant coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL)

Early life[edit]

Surace was born on April 25, 1968, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Millville, New Jersey, where his father, Tony Surace, was a longtime football and baseball coach at Millville High School.[1][2] He attended Princeton University, where he played on the football team from 1987 to 1989 as a center. In 1989, the Ivy League named Surace to the All-Ivy team. He graduated in 1990.[3] Surace's wife, Lisa, was a former soccer player at Princeton, and practiced psychology in Cincinnati. The couple have a son and a daughter.[1] His brother, Brian, was the offensive coordinator at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Surace began coaching in 1990 as the running backs coach at Springfield College. While there, he earned a Master of Arts degree in sports management.[1] In 1993, he was the offensive line coach at the Maine Maritime Academy.[4] In 1994, he was an assistant coach under Forrest Gregg for the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League.[1] In 1999, he became the offensive coordinator at Western Connecticut State University.[5] In 2000, Surace was promoted to the head coach. In his second season, he led the Colonials to the Freedom Football Conference championship and the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship playoffs.[1] His record at Western Connecticut State was 18–3.[6] Surace then joined the staff of the Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League. From 2002 to 2003, he was an offensive staff assistant, and from 2004 to 2009, an assistant offensive line coach.[1]

Princeton hired Surace in December 2009, which made him the first alumnus as coach since Bob Casciola in 1977.[7] In his first season, Princeton finished with a 1–9 record.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western Connecticut State Colonials (Freedom Football Conference) (2000–2001)
2000 Western Connecticut State 10–1 5–1 2nd W ECAC Northeast Bowl
2001 Western Connecticut State 8–2 5–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
Western Connecticut State: 18–3 10–2
Princeton Tigers (Ivy League) (2010–present)
2010 Princeton 1–9 0–7 8th
2011 Princeton 1–9 1–6 T–7th
2012 Princeton 5–5 4–3 T–3rd
2013 Princeton 8–2 6–1 T–1st
2014 Princeton 5–5 4–3 4th
2015 Princeton 5–5 2–5 6th
2016 Princeton 8–2 6–1 T–1st
2017 Princeton 0–0 0–0
Princeton: 33–37 23–25
Total: 51–40
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bob Surace Bio Archived March 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Princeton University, retrieved January 1, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Millville native Bob Surace finds dream coaching job at Princeton, Press of Atlantic City, October 13, 2010.
  3. ^ 2008 Princeton Football Media Guide, p. 138, Princeton University, 2008.
  4. ^ Marchitello fills big void for MMA Sophomore back tough to stop, The Bangor Daily News, November 10, 1993.
  5. ^ Bob Surace, Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Cincinnati Bengals,, retrieved January 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Princeton Hires Bengals Assistant Surace as Head Football Coach, Bloomberg, December 23, 2009.
  7. ^ Surace replaces Hughes at Princeton, ESPN, December 23, 2009.
  8. ^ Blaze's Patton picks Princeton Archived December 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., The Daily News Journal, December 23, 2010.

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