Bobby Acosta joined the Bucknell football coaching staff just prior to 2017 spring practice. The veteran coach will serve as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Acosta has been involved in coaching at various levels – from high school to the NFL – for 18 years. Recently, he spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Syracuse before moving on to Cornell prior to last season. At Syracuse in 2015, he served as the Orange’s recruiting coordinator, where he helped attract 18 three-star recruits and five players ranked among the top 50 at their positions in the country, according to 247 sports.
Prior to his stint at Syracuse, Acosta spent one year as head coach at Widener (2013) and five seasons as assistant coach at TCNJ (2008-12), the last four as offensive coordinator. That came on the heels of two seasons as the tight ends coach at Delaware, helping the Blue Hens to the 2007 FCS National Championship game and assisting in the development of future Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco. He served as head coach at both Marlboro HS (2002-04) and Monmouth Regional HS (2006-07), sandwiched around three years as wide receivers coach at TCNJ. Acosta began his coaching career at Rowan (1999-2001) as the team's defensive backs and special teams coach. In addition, he spent the 2008 (Cleveland Browns) and 2010 (New York Jets) NFL preseason serving coaching internships.
In his one season as head coach at Widener, the Pride went 6-4, and averaged 439.7 yards and 31.8 points per game. At TCNJ, his offense set school records for passing yards (2,491) and completions (269) in a season in 2012. During the 2009 campaign, the offense scored the most points in a single-season in program history (309), as well as yards in a game (708 vs. FDU-Florham).
Acosta played four seasons at Rowan, helping the team to the Stagg Bowl -- the Division III national championship game -- each year. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in health and exercise science.