Ed Mestieri enters his third season as the linebackers coach at Husson in 2017.
Mestieri helped coordinate a 2016 defense that led the nation in total defense (181.7 ypg), rushing defense (43.2 ypg), pass efficiency defense (84.81), third down defense (19.9 percent conversion rate) and first down defense (86), while ranking 12th in tackles for loss per game (8.9). The defense also put opposing passers on their backs 34 times this fall (3.40 per game), 14th most in the nation and most in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
Mestieri’s linebacker corps returned several experienced veterans at linebacker including seniors Ellis Throckmorton and Alzono Connor, who turned in fantastic final campaigns, combining for 115 tackles, 29.0 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions and eight quarterback hurries. Throckmorton earned first team All-ECFC honors for the second time in career, becoming the first linebacker in program history to be named to the All-ECFC squad in all four years as a letter winner of the Husson Football program.
In 2015, Mestieri oversaw a group of linebackers that were among the best in the ECFC led by the 2015 ECFC Defensive Player of the Year and a Cliff Harris Award finalist Bryant Wade and All-ECFC first team defense selection Ellis Throckmorton combined to help the Eagle defense rank first in the ECFC in total defense (226.1 ypg), rushing defense (60.4 ypg), scoring defense (17.6 ppg), turnovers gained (29), first downs defense (122), 3rd down conversion pct. defense (0.223), team passing efficiency defense (93.84), 4th down conversion pct. defense (0.231) and second nationally in total defense, rushing defense, first downs defense and 3rd down conversion pct. defense, while producing top ten finishes in team passing efficiency defense (10th), 4th down conversion pct. defense (4th) and fumbles recovered (6th). Throckmorton and Wade finished first and second on the team in total tackles.
Mestieri served as director of football operations and defensive assistant for two seasons from 2012-13 at the University of Maine, and the Black Bears claimed the CAA Championship in 2013 and a berth in the FCS playoffs, losing to long-time rivial University of New Hampshire 41-27.
Mestieri was the head coach for eight seasons from 2004-11 at Colby College and totaled 23 years from 1989-2011 with the Mules as the offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time at the helm of Colby, Mestieri led the Mules to a 31-33 record, finishing as the runner-up in the NESCAC on two occasions. In 2005, he was honored as the New England Division II/III Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston after leading Colby to a 7-1 record. During his 23 seasons, the Mules compiled a 96-87-1 record and won 12 Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Championships outright.
Mestieri came to Colby from Norwich University, where he was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the football team and coach of men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Prior to Norwich, he was the assistant defensive backs coach at Dartmouth College and before that an assistant defensive line and linebacker coach at Kent State University. He was a graduate assistant at Norwich in 1977.
Mestieri was a four-year letterwinner on the Springfield College football team from 1972-75. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Springfield in 1976 and a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Norwich in 1977.
A native of Wareham, Mass., Mestieri attended Wareham High School and then Bridgton Academy. Ed and his wife, Becky, live in Fairfield, Maine with their golden retriever, Tucker. The couple has three children: Michael, 31, Lindsay, 26, and Samantha, 19. Michael is a coaching assistant with the New York Giants.