Dave Rackovan joined the Ursinus football staff as co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach prior to the 2016 season, bringing with him a quarter-century of collegiate coaching experience.
Rackovan, who served as head coach at Central Bucks South High School from 2010 to 2014 before taking the same role at The Hill School for the 2015 campaign, spent 25 years coaching in four collegiate programs, including three Ivy League teams, before moving to the high school level in 2010. In his third season as head coach, Rackovan guided the Titans to a 10-2 record and a district playoff berth. His cumulative record over four years at CB South was 26-18, the most wins in any four-year period in program history. Additionally, his high-powered, no-huddle spread offense rewrote the program’s offensive record book.
After concluding his playing career at Millersville University, Rackovan began his coaching journey at the Division II level, working for two years as an assistant coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the offensive line coach in 1984 and as wide receiver/tight ends coach in 1985.
Rackovan joined the staff at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and spent the next 23 years coaching Ivy League football, serving on the staffs of five Ivy League championship teams. He coached Penn’s freshman team from 1986-89 before joining the varsity squad as the defensive backs coach for the 1989 season. During his time at Penn, Rackovan also directed the program’s summer camp and got his start as a recruiter. Rackovan moved on to Dartmouth College in 1992, spending nine seasons as special teams coordinator for the Big Green.
In 2000, Rackovan took over as the offensive coordinator at Princeton University, ultimately helping the Tigers to claim the Ivy League championship in 2006. After that season, Rackovan was a recipient of the Mike Campbell Award, a national award recognizing the nation’s top assistant college football coaches.