Jeff Vartabedian has 14 years of college coaching experience at Division IAA, II, and III schools including the Ivy League and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). He has been Head Coach of the Titans football program since 2006. After a 2-6 record his first year, the revitalized Varsity team’s 7-1 regular season record in 2007 led to a coveted invitation to the Lorden Samson Bowl, the Titan’s first postseason appearance since 1996. They lost a fiercely contended game to Hopkins Academy in that game for an overall record of 7-2.
Jeff began his career as a graduate assistant coach in the NCAA Division-II Springfield College program while earning a master’s degree in athletic administration. From Springfield, he went to Princeton University, where he was tight ends coach to the 1994 and 1995 teams with a record of 15-4-1 and the 1995 Ivy League Championship to their credit.
The teams at Trinity College and SUNY Cortland, both Division-III schools where he was offensive line coach in 1996 and 1997, had winning records and postseason appearances, with Trinity crowned NESCAC Co-Champions in 1996.
In 1998, Jeff moved to Division-III Bates College, where he was offensive coordinator for eight years before joining the Wilbraham & Monson faculty. During his tenure, Bates took the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Championships twice, in 1999 and 2002. He coached two exceptional players during his years there. In 2002, running back Sean Atkins set two NESCAC records, rushing yards in a game (302) and rushing touchdowns in a game (7). In 2004, quarterback Brandon Colon was named NESCAC Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Jeff is an athlete in his own right. He played football, basketball and outdoor track at Arlington High School from 1984 to 1988, and football at Springfield College, where he was the Keith Scholar-Athlete Award winner and the recipient of the Coaches’ Award. Jeff lives on campus with his wife, Danielle, and children Savannah, Laurel and A.J.
Jim Irzyk played football at Westfield High School and Deerfield Academy. He was selected to All-Western Mass. football team as a senior at WHS. Coach Irzyk began his coaching career at Cushing Academy, where he was an assistant before being hired as the head coach. He left Cushing for a coaching job in Brussels, where his teams won two international school football titles. He was hired as the head coach at Choate in 1998. During his 15 seasons, Choate won the Class A title in 1990, 1991 and 1994. Two of Coach Irzyk's players from Choate (Jim Pyne and Tim Fleisher) played professional football.
Bruce Strange is a 1983 graduate of WMA. Coach Strange earned his degree and played football on scholarship at the University of Massachusetts. He has been employed for the past 26 years at the Department of Corrections for the State of Connecticut, serving as a Correctional Lieutenant since 1996. Coach Strange volunteered as a coach in the Falcon Youth Football program for 10 years. He began coaching at WMA in 2014. He resides in Wilbraham with his wife, Joanna, two sons, Demetri and Alexander '17, and their daughter, Krystianna.
Michael Harrison played football at Greenfield High School in the 1990s. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, he was instrumental is starting the youth football program in Greenfield. Upon moving to Wilbraham, he was hired to run the Academy's food service program, and also served as an assistant coach for Boys' Basketball. Michael joined the Football staff when Coach Vartabedian was hired in 2007. Michael lives in Wilbraham with his wife, Jane, and three daughters, Sydney, Shea and Peyton.