Coach Vaas, who spent the previous two seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame, helping the Irish to a 19-6 record with consecutive BCS bowl game appearances -- Fiesta & Sugar. He coached record-setting QB Brady Quinn, who won the Maxwell Trophy and Johnny Unitas Award this past season after throwing for 3,426 yards and 37 touchdowns.
Vaas also has experience as a head coach, serving in that capacity for five seasons as a head coach in NFL Europe, guiding the Berlin Thunder to World Bowl championships in 2001 and 2002 before directing the Cologne Centurions for two seasons. His previous experience also includes head coaching stints at Allegheny College and Holy Cross.
In his playing days, the native of Westwood, Mass., was a walk-on quarterback at Holy Cross. He was a three-year starter and set nine individual school passing records in his senior season. As a senior he completed 135 passes for 1,631 yards and 13 touchdowns (and five touchdowns in one game). His career numbers included 2,642 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes.
Born April 26, 1952, in Westwood, Mass., Vaas and his wife Rosann have two daughters, Katelyn , and Kelly.