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AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron quarterbacks coach A.J. Milwee has been promoted to offensive coordinator, Zips head coach Terry Bowden announced on Wednesday. The decision has been approved by the University's Board of Trustees.
"I'm excited to give A.J. this opportunity," said Bowden, who assumed the role of offensive coordinator during the 2012 season, his first as UA's head coach. "He has a great mind for the style of offense we run and worked really well with our quarterbacks this past season. He and I shared much of the play calling duty this past year and I will continue to work closely with the offense."
At age 26 (born Jan. 19, 1986), Milwee is the second-youngest coordinator in the Football Bowl Subdivision behind Utah offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, who is 25.
Milwee, who had a record-setting career as a quarterback at Division-II North Alabama, oversaw the record-setting season of Zips' fifth-year senior transfer quarterback Dalton Williams in 2012. Williams set the program's single-season record for touchdown passes (25) and pass completions (326-for-522), while his 3,387 passing yards ranked as the third most in a season in school history.
Additionally in 2012, the Zips set a program record and led the Mid-American Conference in passing yards (3,753) and touchdown passes (30). The team's school-record 312.8 passing yards per game ranked 17th nationally, while its 427.2 yards of total offense per game ranked 45th. UA's 5,126 yards of total offense was second most in program history behind the 2003 squad's 5,643.
"I'm extremely excited that Coach Bowden has given me this opportunity and I'm prepared for the challenge," said Milwee, who will continue to tutor the program's quarterbacks. "I look forward to improving what was a productive offense this season and helping to grow our program into a MAC champion."
Milwee came to Akron after one year on staff at East Mississippi Community College, helping the program to an NJCAA national championship. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons on Bowden's staff at UNA as a graduate assistant that worked with the quarterbacks. In that time on the Lions staff the program went a combined 20-6, made back-to-back playoff appearances and were 2009 Gulf South Conference champions.
Having compiled a 33-5 mark as UNA's QB during the 2006-08 seasons, Milwee set all-time school records for career passing yards (8,436), pass completions (677), pass attempts (1,030), touchdown passes (73) and total offense yards (9,401). He earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior and is a member of the program's all-decade team (1999-2008).
At UNA, he was a two-time finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top player at the NCAA Division-II level.
Milwee spent his freshman year of eligibility as a member of the Alabama football team. He holds an undergraduate degree in finance from North Alabama.