January 29, 2015

King's Football - Patriots' Boyer got start with King's

From Citizens Voice
The young kid, fresh out of college, came to Wilkes-Barre in 2000 with only the promise of a place to live and a meal ticket.

What Josh Boyer did during his year-long internship with the King’s College football program was completely up to him.

He came intent to learn, never complained about the long days in the football offices and was as prepared as any of the coaches on staff.

Now, so many preseason camps, football games and offseasons removed from his time at King’s under the guidance of former head coach Rich Mannello and assistants Dan Walker and Jim Anderson, Boyer will be up in the booth on Sunday, as an eye in the sky for the New England Patriots secondary in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks.

Boyer, who graduated from Muskingum University in Ohio, is the son of a high school football coach. He wanted to be a high school coach and had a job offer out of college, but he didn’t feel he was ready.

From there Boyer went to work.

He sent letters to colleges across the country. He had an offer to be a graduate assistant, but figured he would take the interview at King’s.

“One thing about King’s was it was all about football and that is exactly what I was looking for,” Boyer said in a phone interview on Wednesday morning from Arizona. “As much time as you could spend on football it was there for you. I liked the discipline of it and the requirements. The foundation I built at King’s, I carried it through my career.”

His one-year internship led him to the University of Dayton, Kent State and Bryant University. He then became the defensive coordinator for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. From there, he landed a job with the Patriots.

He’s in his ninth season and it’s his third as cornerbacks coach. Sunday’s Super Bowl will be his third.

“I believed in the main guys, coach Mannello, coach Walker and coach Anderson,” Boyer said. “I liked everything about the place, the work ethic and the approach to football. I understood they were grinders. That was something I needed at the time.”