Ari Confesor | Air Force

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Team: Air Force
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Wide Receivers Coach


Ari Confesor is in his third season as wide receivers coach at Air Force. He came to the Academy from Holy Cross, where he was the passing game coordinator and receivers coach in 2018.

Confesor had a remarkable debut season with the Falcons in 2019, helping to mentor one of the best wide receiver combos in program history in seniors Geraud Sanders and Ben Waters. The pair combined for 52 catches for 1,404 yards and 14 touchdowns. Sanders had 30 grabs for 746 yards and Waters 22 for 658 yards. They each had seven touchdown catches. Their 52 catches are the most at Air Force since 2015, while their yards and touchdowns are the best in the option era (1980) and best overall since 1970. Sanders led the nation with a 24.9 average and finished fifth in program history for TD catches in a single season. Waters set a school record with a 29.9 yards per catch average and tied with Sanders for fifth in AF history in touchdown catches.

In 2020, Confesor worked with three first-time starters in Brandon Lewis, Daniel Morris and Ben Peterson. The trio was consistent all season and averaged 13.0 yards per catch with a first-time starter at quarterback while providing the outside threat critical to the success of the offense.

Confesor coached wide receivers from 2014-17 and was the co-special teams coordinator at Rhode Island in 2017, where he coached two players who earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors in 2017 (Marven Beauvais and Aaron Parker). His return units produced third-team all-CAA kick returner Harold Cooper and Matt Pires, who earned third-team all-CAA honors at a punt returner.

He also helped the Rams rank 27th in the nation in yards per completion in 2016. He was previously Rhode Island’s linebackers coach in 2013 while working in the scouting department of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. He was also a member of the Rhode Island coaching staff from 2009-2011, coaching wide receivers (2010-11) and assisting with the secondary (2009).

Confesor is a 2004 Holy Cross graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He was a two-time All-America selection as a wide receiver and return specialist, and served as team captain during his senior year. Confesor is still Holy Cross’ all-time leader with 2,352 career receiving yards, 2,267 career kickoff return yards and 5,370 career all-purpose yards. He is also a member of the 2019 Holy Cross Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

Confesor was selected to participate in the 2015 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy. The NFL and NCAA host the Coaches Academy for former NFL players who are current coaches. The highly competitive and intensive program trains selected participants in a variety of areas that encourage effective coaching and improve student-athlete well-being at both the intercollegiate and professional levels. Confesor was one of 30 coaches nationally to participate in the training.

Confesor and his wife, Katie, have two daughters, Nora (6) and Madalina (4) and a son, Camden (1).

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