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Congratulations to New England Patriot Cornerbacks’ Coach, Josh Boyer, Muskingum Class of 2000

JOSH BOYERAs the New England Patriots celebrated their most recent Super Bowl victory, a very interesting Muskingum connection emerged behind the story of Malcolm Butler’s victory-saving interception for the New England Patriots.

Last May, Butler was an undrafted Division II player from West Alabama when he received an invitation to try out for the Patriot’s roster from New England’s cornerbacks coach: Josh Boyer, a member of the Muskingum Class of 2000.

Boyer was the only coach to offer Butler an opportunity to compete for an NFL roster spot and his ability to identify talent led to Butler’s making the team as an undrafted free agent and ultimately changing the course of Super Bowl XLIX.

At Muskingum, Josh Boyer was a scholar-athlete who earned his Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Physical Education and Health. He lettered as a four-year starter for the Fighting Muskies, was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection as a senior defensive back, and was a two-time Academic All-Conference selection. He was a member of three national honorary societies: Beta Beta Beta (biology), Omicron Delta Kappa (academic honorary for juniors and seniors), and the Order of Omega (academic honorary for members of Greek societies). The Heath, Ohio native was also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Intramurals, and the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. JOSH BOYER 2

Boyer joined the Patriots staff in 2006, serving first as a coaching assistant for three seasons, then as defensive backs coach for three seasons, and has now just completed his third season as cornerbacks coach. He began his coaching career in 2000 as an assistant coach at King’s College (PA), and also coached at the University of Dayton, Kent State, Bryant University, and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.