Alex Bresner completed his third season as defensive coordinator with the Western New England University football team in 2018.
With Bresner leading the Golden Bear defense, Western New England captured its fourth consecutive conference title last fall. Bresner’s unit led CCC Football in both scoring defense (20.3 ppg) and yards per game (315.0) in 2018. Western New England was also the best in the league at forcing turnovers, with 25 (13 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries), and the Golden Bear defense was excellent at getting to the quarterback with a CCC-high 26 sacks. Additionally, WNE's special teams unit led the nation in blocked kicks (12) and blocked punts (eight). Seven of Bresner's defensive players earned All-CCC Football accolades, more than any other team in the conference. Among that group was a trio of first team selections in senior defensive back Matt Anastasi, senior linebacker Kurtis Jolicoeur, and sophomore cornerback Zhaire House. At the conclusion of the season, Bresner was recognized as the Division II/Division III New England Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
In 2017, the Golden Bears claimed the inaugural CCC Football title and the program's third straight conference championship. Bresner's unit ranked second in CCC Football, allowing just 20.6 points per game. The Western New England defense tied for the conference lead with 21 takeaways (11 interceptions, ten fumble recoveries) while also recording 16 sacks. Seven defensive players garnered All-CCC Football recognition, including senior Sam Edouard, the league's Defensive Lineman of the Year, and freshman cornerback Zhaire House, the CCC Defensive Rookie of the Year.
During Bresner's first season at Western New England in 2016, the Golden Bears led the New England Football Conference (NEFC) in nearly every major category, including total defense (288.9 YPG), scoring defense (19.0 PPG), passing defense (178 YPG), rushing defense (110 YPG) and defensive touchdowns (four).
Bresner's unit recorded 31 takeaways (nine fumble recoveries, 22 interceptions), good for 1st in the NEFC and 11th in NCAA Division III, and ranked 17th nationally in total defense through the end of the regular season. Seven defensive players earned All-NEFC accolades, including senior cornerback Obi Etuka, who became the program's first unanimous All-American with his selection to both the D3football.com and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) teams. Additionally, Sam Edouard was named the NEFC Defensive Player of the Year. During Bresner's first year at Western New England, the Golden Bears completed their second consecutive undefeated regular season and won their first ever NCAA Tournament game.
Bresner came to Western New England after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an outside linebackers coach at NCAA Division I FCS member The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. With Bresner on its defensive staff, Holy Cross ranked second in the Patriot League in both total defense and scoring defense in 2015 and produced three All-Conference selections, including junior linebacker Kyle Young.
Prior to his stint at Holy Cross, Bresner served as the defensive line coach at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. for two seasons, after spending one year each at King’s (Pa.) College and East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University.
A 2010 graduate of Salisbury (Md.) University, Bresner earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and was a four-year letterwinner for the Sea Gulls on the defensive line. The Marblehead, Mass. native, who served as team captain his senior season, helped lead Salisbury to a 29-15 record during his collegiate career, and an appearance in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The Sea Gulls also appeared in three ECAC postseason bowl games while Bresner was at Salisbury, winning two of them.
Bresner was a three-time Academic All-Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC) selection, earning second team All-ACFC honors as a senior. He went on to earn his master’s degree in sport management from East Stroudsburg in 2010.