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Football - Fri, Nov. 25, 2016
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College Director of Athletics Tim Curry promoted longtime assistant Andre Linn as the new head coach of the Bulldog football program.

"Andre has been a big part of our football program as Union, and he is ready for the challenge of leading our program into the future," said Curry. "I am looking forward to watching our program continue to grow and develop under Coach Linn's leadership as we continue to work toward building a championship football program."

Linn recently completed his 16th season with the Bulldogs. For the last three seasons, he served as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator. Linn has also coached the defensive line and the linebackers and served as the defensive coordinator for a number of years.

"I am very excited about taking over this program. I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about running a program from several coaches with different styles," said the new Bulldog coach.

"Union College has been a blessing to me," Linn continued. "I met my wife here, and we started our family here. I have coached about every position here, so it is only fitting I start my head coaching career here."

Linn took over as the interim head coach for the final two regular-season games of the 2016 campaign, going 1-1. Union finished 2016 with a 5-6 overall record and went 4-2 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) East play.

Union recently had 10 players earn All-MSC East Team honors, including three on the first team and with Izayah Riettie (FR/Lakeland, Fla.) and Justavious Robinson (FR/Alexander City, Ala.) earning MSC East Offensive and Defensive Freshmen of the Year honors.

"The program is definitely on the upswing," Linn said. "We need to add depth at several positions to get to where we want to go. It's a process, and I know how hard our kids and coaches have worked to make it this point, and I feel I can lead them to the next step in this process."

The Bulldogs tallied 291 total points (26.5 points per game) this season, ranking eighth most in program history. Union also set a program record for kickoff return yards average at 26.6, surpassing the previous mark set in 1994 by 2.6 yards.

Offensively, Union racked up nearly 4,500 yards in total offense, averaging 405.9 yards per game. The Bulldog defense recorded a program-best 35.5 total sacks along with 84.0 tackles for a loss.

"I would like to thank my wife for all of her support as well as all of the players who allowed me to coach them in helping me get to this point in my career," Linn said.

Linn and his wife Amy Jo have three children – two daughters, Lillian and Lilah, and son, Logan.