Barainyak takes over as head coach of Widener Football

Matt Leon
February 13, 2019 - 1:48 pm
New Widener University football coach Mike Barainyak stopped by the KYW Newsradio studios.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Division III Widener University in Chester has a new head football coach.

Mike Barainyak is the new leader of the Pride. He replaces Mike Kelly. It was announced after the 2018 season that Kelly wouldn't be back with the program. Barainyak was Widener's offensive coordinator last season and had been serving as the interim head coach until getting the job on a permanent basis this week. He stopped by the KYW Newsradio studios on Wednesday.

"It's an absolute dream come true," Barainyak said. "To be a college football head coach at 32 years old, in my wildest dreams I would have never imagined being here. Right now, I'm just so blessed to be at Widener University. To be honest, when the job was offered to me, I took five minutes to reflect on long nights as a (graduate assistant), sleeping in the office, doing those types of jobs. To be where I'm at now, I just hope I can pay it forward to everyone who has helped me along my career and just put a great product out on the field that Widener's alumni and student body and our players deserve."

Barainyak's resume also includes stints as an assistant at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and his alma mater Delaware Valley University. He takes over a team that went 4-6 in 2018 (4-4 in the Middle Atlantic Conference) and talks about what fans can expect out of the Pride going forward.

"Expect consistency," he said. "We're going to have a message from the top down, through our staff to our players about consistency. I've been lucky to be on some great football teams under some great football coaches and that's a constant. We're going to be consistent in the way we work, consistent in the way we prepare. Saturdays, when we go out there, we want to be physical, we want to be an attacking style offense and an attacking style defense. We want to dictate the pace of play on both sides of the ball. We're just going to play with tremendous effort, tremendous attitude. We're going to play inspired football the way Widener football should be played, the way it was played before we got there and we're going to uphold the tradition."

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