Bob Surace '90, a man who both won an Ivy League title as an All-Ivy center and met his future wife while at Princeton, returned to his beloved alma mater on Dec. 23, 2009 with the goal of restoring the program to its past glory.
Within four seasons, he achieved that mark in record-breaking fashion.
Surace, a 2013 finalist for the Eddie Robinson Jr. National Head Coach of the Year award, led Princeton to the 2013 Ivy League championship while setting Ivy League records in both total offense and scoring offense. Despite being picked to finish fifth in the league, and only two years removed from a 1-9 season, Surace guided Princeton to an 8-2 season and road victories over the top three teams in the preseason poll.
Surace, who will enter his seventh season at Princeton during the fall of 2016, has placed 52 players on the last four All-Ivy League teams, and he has coached a Bushnell Cup recipient in three of the last four years, including 2014 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Mike Zeuli. A former NFL assistant coach at Cincinnati, Surace has also seen two top defensive linemen — Mike Catapano and Caraun Reid — get selected in the NFL Draft over the last four years.