Tyler Drob is looking to bring back Cherry Hill East football to when he was playing at the school. Drob, a 2013 graduate of Cherry Hill East is making his head coaching debut. The last time the Cougars posted a winning record was in 2011 when they went 7-3. That was Drob’s junior season.
“Andrew (Daley) did a good job and now we have a lot of numbers and we are looking to start winning,” Drob said about Daley, who was East’s coach the previous three years.
Drob was also an assistant at East the last three years, so he has an in-depth knowledge of the personnel. He also said that there were 65 youngsters grades 10-12 signed up for football, a solid nucleus to start with.
Drob was a standout lineman at East and in addition to coaching the linemen, he added offensive coordinator duties last season, when the Cougars went 3-7.
After graduating from East, Drob attended West Chester University and played football for the Division II Rams, who play in the highly competitive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
He was injured one season so Drob spent an extra year at West Chester, where he also earned his master’s degree.
He was an offensive lineman at West Chester and a team captain his last two years.
“I loved playing at West Chester,” he said. “It was a great experience.”
Drob redshirted as a freshman at West Chester in 2013. In 2014 he appeared in 11 games, making one start.
Then the next two years he was a starter at right guard and earned ALL-PSAC East Division honors both year.s
He was sidelined the entire 2017 injury due to injury and then he played in 2018 as a graduate student.
That season Drob was a first-team Division II All-American.
West Chester beat Slippery Rock, 33-10 in the PSAC championship game and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II tournament, losing 35-28 to New Haven in the first round.
“It was an awesome year, we had a lot of team success and it was a great way to end of my career there,” Drob said.
In the spring of 2019 he served as a volunteer graduate assistant at West Chester. Drob also attended some Pro Days in the state where he auditioned at center. When nothing materialized, he decided to pursue teaching and coaching.
He is a math teacher at Harrington Middle School in Mt. Laurel. Drob began teaching at Harrington and coaching at East in 2019.
Now he is taking over the program at his alma mater.
“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I am really looking forward to this season.”