Former Marshall star Bartrum joins Eagles as assistant
HUNTINGTON — Seven months ago, Mike Bartrum was preparing for the River Valley High School Raiders, but now will get a different set of players ready for the Oakland Raiders.
Bartrum, head football coach at Meigs High School, resigned to accept a position as assistant tight ends coach with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he played from 2000 though 2006. Bartrum also resigned his position as a Meigs County commissioner.
“This is where God has led us,” Bartrum said of he and wife Jennifer. “It’s a great organization with wonderful people and I’m excited and thankful to have this opportunity. It was a God thing.”
Bartrum, 48, played in the NFL from 1993 through 2006 before a neck injury forced him to retire. A NCAA Division I-AA All-American on Marshall University’s 1992 national championship team, Bartrum signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent in 1993. He played for Green Bay in 1995, New England from 1996 through 1999 and then Philadelphia.
In Green Bay, he was a teammate and friend of quarterback Doug Pederson, now the Eagles’ head coach. Bartrum joins a staff that includes former Thundering Herd quarterback Press Taylor as quarterbacks coach and fills one of the openings created when former Marshall assistant Gunter Brewer left for the University of Louisville.
Bartrum said he is working hard to get up to speed in his new job.
“I’m taking football 101 again,” Bartrum said. “The game has changed so much even since I played. These guys are so big and so fast. They do things we never did.”
Bartrum played tight end and long snapper in the NFL, catching 11 passes for 65 yards and six touchdowns in 171 games. Bartrum was among the better long snappers in the league. He will assist tight ends coach Justin Peelle, who has been with Philadelphia since 2013.
“It’s my job to be an assistant and that’s what I’ll do,” Bartrum said. “When I was hired, coach Pederson told me what was expected of me and I’ll meet those expectations.”
Bartrum compiled a 34-36 record as head coach at Meigs, his alma mater.
Bartrum said Jennifer and son Ty and daughter Taylor plan to join him in the Philadelphia area at the conclusion of the school year. The Bartrums lived in southern New Jersey during Mike’s playing days with the Eagles. His son, Cody, completed his freshman football season with the Charlotte 49ers and his son Zach, a senior at Meigs, signed to play at Ohio Dominican University.
Bartrum said he felt right at home in the Eagles’ offices, receiving warm welcomes from Pederson, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and the Laurie family that owns the team.