Blake Rolan joined the University of Cincinnati football staff as the wide receivers coach in 2013.
In his three years with the Bearcats, Rolan has been part of the three most prolific offensive units in school history and helped lead UC to bowl games in each of the past three seasons.
WR Shaq Washington ended his career as the school record holder in both career and single-season receptions, tallying 240 career catches and a school-record setting 90 grabs in 2015. Chris MOore leaves UC as the all-time leader in TD receptions with 26.
In 2015, UC ranked among the nation's top offenses and Rolan's wideouts were responsible for 25 of the team's 29 TD receptions and five players had 25 or more catches. Johnny Holton averaged 27.1 yards per reception, a mark which would have led the NCAA, but he was one catch shy of meeting the minimum requirement.
Cincinnati rebounded from a 2-3 start to 2014 and finished the regular season 9-3 on a seven-game winning streak with a share of the conference crown, UC’s fifth league title in seven years and 14th all-time. Eight different receivers crossed the goal line for a TD, three (Mekale McKay, Max Morrison, Washington) had 40 or more catches and McKay and Moore led the way with eight TDs apiece.
Moore had three receptions for 221 yards and three TDs against Ohio State, setting UC, AAC and NCAA FBS records with his 73.7 yards per catch average. His YPC average broke the NCAA mark of 72.7, held by Terry Gallaher of ECU since Sept. 13, 1975. Gallaher had three receptions for 218 yards (82, 77, 59) against App. State.
In 2013, the Bearcats crossed the 6,000-yard mark for the first time in a season with 6,137 yards of total offense and led the American Athletic Conference averaging 472.1 yards per game.
WR Anthony McClung was a Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree and the team’s most outstanding receiver, leading the Bearcats in receiving and finishing fifth in the conference with 939 yards on 72 receptions, including five touchdowns. The wide out pulled in 6.2 receptions per game and tallied seven games of 90 or more receiving yards.
UC’s wideouts tallied 25 of the team’s 28 TD receptions in 2013 with Moore’s nine scores leading the way. Washington and McKay enjoyed breakout years in 2013. Washington had 78 catches, the fifth-best effort in school history while McKay averaged 30.3 yards per catch and had seven TDs. McKay would have led the NCAA FBS in yards per catch but needed five more receptions to qualify.
Rolan came to UC after spending the 2010-12 seasons at the University of Tennessee as the Quality Control intern for Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney while also working with wide receivers’ coach Darin Hinshaw.
Tennessee finished the 2012 campaign with 5,711 yards, ranking second in school history behind only the 5,794 registered by the 1997 squad.
Cordarrelle Patterson, a First-Team All-SEC selection, set UT’s single-season record with 1,858 all-purpose yards. Included in that total were 46 receptions for 778 yards and five TDs. Patterson’s 16.9 yards per catch average led the Vols and was fourth in the Southeastern Conference.
Justin Hunter, who earned Second-Team All-SEC honors, grabbed 73 balls for 1,083 yards and nine TDs, the second-best single-season mark for receptions.
Rolan spent the 2009 season tutoring running backs at the University of West Georgia.
In 2008, Rolan served as an offensive graduate assistant for UC head coach Tommy Tuberville at Auburn University assisting with the tight ends.
Rolan, a native of Rome, Ga., played collegiately (2000-03) as a quarterback and tight end at Division I Middle Tennessee State. There, he helped the Blue Raiders capture a Sun Belt Conference title. Rolan transferred to Louisville and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2005 and a master’s degree in higher education administration and sports management from Auburn in 2008.
He began his coaching career at Kentucky Country Day from 2004-07, serving as both assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
Rolan is married to the former Bennett Sumner. They have a son, Houston and daughter, Liza Reed.
PERSONAL INFORMATION Birthdate: April 1, 1981 Hometown: Rome, Georgia Wife: Bennett Children: Houston, Liza Reed Education: Louisville (2005, B.A.) Auburn (2008, M.A.)
PLAYING CAREER 2000-03: Middle Tennessee State (Quarterback/Tight End)
COACHING CAREER Year: School - Position 2004-07: Kentucky Country Day HS - Offensive Coordinator 2008: Auburn - Offensive Graduate Assistant 2009: West Georgia - Running Backs 2010-12: Tennessee - Offensive Quality Control 2013-: Cincinnati - Wide Receivers
BOWLS COACHED IN Year: School - Bowl 2010: Tennessee - Music City 2013: Cincinnati - Belk 2014: Cincinnati - Military 2015: Cincinnati - Hawai‘i