Liam Coen returned to the Brown coaching staff in 2012 as its quarterbacks coach after spending a year as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Rhode Island (2011).
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 2008 and a playing stint with the Alabama Vipers of the AFL in 2009, Coen launched his coaching career as quarterbacks coach at Brown in 2010, before moving across the state to the University of Rhode Island as its quarterbacks coach in 2011.
At Brown, he worked with All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero and, following a season ending injury, with quarterback Joe Springer, helping the Bears to a second place finish in the Ivy League standings with a 5-2 league mark.
Coen enjoyed a successful four-year career at UMass and was won the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as the Outstanding Senior in New England Football. He left UMass as the all-time leading passer in school history with 11,031 yards. Coen was a Walter Payton Award Candidate in 2007 and 2008, a Second-Team All-CAA pick in 2008 after being the CAA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He was a communications major at UMass.
Coen was the 21st quarterback in FCS history to throw for 10,000 or more career passing yards, and holds nearly every career passing record in UMass history. He ranks first in passing yards (11,031) passing efficiency (152.92), completion percentage (63.9), TD passes (90), completions (830), and attempts (1,303). Among all-time FCS quarterbacks, Coen's 11,031 yards ranks 12th all-time, while his 90 touchdowns ranks 14th. UMass was 36-13 in his 49 starts dating to 2005. (36-9 vs. FCS teams).
A standout at La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I., where he played for his father, Tim, Coen was named the Gatorade Player of the Year, Super Prep Magazine All-Region, and an All-State selection as a senior. He led the Rams to four consecutive Division I Super Bowl berths, and was named one of the most prolific passers in Rhode Island high school football history by the Providence Journal.