University of Toledo head football coach Tim Beckman has created a new position within the Rocket football program. The new position is Director of High School Relations. Andy Boyd, who played football at Toledo and then coached at Toledo under former head coach Tom Amstutz, will assume the role as the Director of High School Relations.
Andy played in the Rocket secondary as a player, and then immediately became a Graduate Assistant for Tom Amstutz and the Rockets in the spring of 2002. After spending a couple of years as a Graduate Assistant, Andy was promoted to a position coach for the 2005 season. He coached for the Rockets through the 2008 season this past fall.
In his new position as Director of High School Relations, Boyd will not be a position coach and will instead be in more of a desk job. "It has a lot to do with recruiting," Andy told Rocket Digest in a phone interview this evening. "I will be handling a lot of the film that comes in. It (the position) will be important in getting an idea of who's on the radar screen. I will also be helping out when kids get on campus for official and unofficial visits."
In this position, Andy will not be going to the high schools and doing the actual recruiting though. "This is more of an office position," said Boyd. "That stuff (recruiting at the high school) will be left up to the assistant coaches to do."
Andy will also be very valuable to the program in regards to the football camps that will be run. Andy will set them up and help run the summer camps, as well as the junior day events.
"Coach Beckman is a tremendous recruiter and good communicator," said Boyd. "He is going to open up spring practice for high school athletes, coaches, and their staffs to come in and watch us. We want to get high school teams to campus to participate in camps. Recruiting is going to be a very big part of the program."
On top of working on various recruiting aspects, Andy will be dealing with former Rocket football players as well. "I will be dealing with football alumni and showing them how important they are to the program. I will be working to get them to golf outings, spring games, practices, and home games to get involved with the program. As a former player myself, that will help me in this aspect of the job."
Andy said that he won't be left out on his own to get the job done. "Despite each coach having individual duties, no one will be doing it all by themself. Everyone will be helping everyone out. It's a team effort."
As the lone coach left from the previous staff, Andy feels very lucky to be the Director of High School Relations. "I am very thankful to be a part of the football program," Andy said. "I really appreciate that Coach Beckman has given me the opportunity to continue to be part of the football program.
As a senior free safety for Toledo in 2001, Boyd was 5th on the team in total tackles with 82. He also had one interception, forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles, and blocked two kicks. Andy was a huge contributor in the Rockets winning the MAC Championship that year, as well as beating Cincinnati in the 2001 Motor City Bowl. As a junior the previous year, Boyd was 2nd on the team with 92 total tackles. He also had 3 interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery on a team that went 10-1. As a freshman, he was named First-Team Freshman All-America by the Football News.
Andy has been married to his wife, Lori, since 2002. They have two children, a three year old son named Easton and a one year old daughter named Mara.