Molnar Completes Bronco Staff

Charley Molnar, Jr., a 19-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, has been named quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan University, head coach Gary Darnell announced today. Molnar replaces Dan Enos, who was named offensive coordinator at North Dakota State on March 17.

Molnar's hiring completes the Bronco coaching staff, which added new hires during the off-season in defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas, defensive line coach J.C. Harper and tight ends coach Tony Kimbrough.

"We have played against Charley when he was at Eastern Michigan and Kent State, and his units have always presented problems," said Darnell. "He was endorsed by a lot of people on our staff, and has shown an ability to produce quality student-athletes. As a coach, I think it's most flattering when you are hired by those people you have coached against."

Molnar served as quarterbacks coach last year at Eastern Michigan, helping the Eagles finish seventh in Mid-American Conference passing offense with 246.8 yards per game, an improvement on its 191.9 average of a season ago. EMU quarterbacks threw eight more touchdowns in 2002 and helped raise the team's scoring average from 17.9 points per game in 2001 to 23.8 points last year.

In 2001, Molnar worked at Eastern Illinois as receivers coach. The Panthers captured the Ohio Valley Conference Championship, finished the regular season ranked third in the nation, and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

Molnar was a member of the Kent State coaching staff for seven seasons (1994-2000), serving the last five as offensive coordinator. He also oversaw quarterbacks and receivers. During the 1997 campaign, Molnar's units played a large part in setting school records for touchdowns (7) and passing yards (551) in a game, along with season marks for total offense (4,866) and points (337). While at KSU, four of his offensive players were chosen in the NFL Draft: TE O.J. Santiago, C Bob Hallen, WR Eugene Baker and TE Jason Gavadza.

Other coaching stops for Molnar included four seasons at Illinois State (1990-93), serving as offensive coordinator for three of those years, a year coaching quarterbacks and calling offensive plays at Western Carolina (1989) and two graduate assistant years at Virginia (1987-88).

The 41-year-old Molnar (DOB: 7-23-61) started his coaching career at Lock Haven, where he played four years of football and earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1984. Following graduation Molnar instructed receivers, tight ends and running backs at Lock Haven from 1984-86.

A native of Morris Plains, N.J., Molnar and his wife Meg are the parents of Charley, III (18), Gillian (16), Tate (14), Bryce (12), Mitch (9), Gemma (7) and Gianna (2).

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