April directed the Bills special teams to a number one ranking in the NFL in 2008 to mark the third time in the past five years as compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News and was named to the Coach of Year Award as voted on by his peers and initiated by Ray and Rob Pelfrey, the founders of Professional Kicking Services.
18th YEAR IN NFL/6th with Bills
COACHING EXPERIENCE: April directed the Bills special teams to a number one ranking in the NFL in 2008 to mark the third time in the past five years as compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News and was named to the Coach of Year Award as voted on by his peers and initiated by Ray and Rob Pelfrey, the founders of Professional Kicking Services…the unit finished first in the league in average drive start (32.4), first in punt return average (15.5) and second in opponent kick return average (19.8)…set a season-high mark for most punt return yards in an AFC game when Roscoe Parrish had 120 vs. Seattle (9/7)…Parrish is the all-time punt return leader in NFL history with a 14.0 avg.…Leodis McKelvin led all rookies in ’08 with 1,468 kick return yards which set a team record for a rookie/first-year player…April was also selected as a 2008 member of USA TODAY’s All-Joe Team…in 2007 established a number of career records under April’s watch…Parrish set the team single season punt return yardage record with 440 yards and set a team record and led the NFL with a 16.3 punt return average…K Rian Lindell set a team record with 18 consecutive made field goals…the punt coverage unit led the NFL allowing 5.3 yards per opposing punt return…P Brian Moorman held the longest active streak in the NFL with 25 games with a punt inside the 20…April was named to USA TODAY’s All-Joe Team in 2007…Lindell was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in week 13 following his game-winning field goal against Washington…in 2006 Bills special teams finished second in the NFL with a 39.2 net punting average, fifth in punt return average at 10.8 and sixth in kickoff return average at 23.9…Moorman earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl bid, Lindell set a team record with a 92 percent field goal percentage (23 of 25)…Moorman, Parrish and Coy Wire each won AFC special teams player of the week honors during the season…in 2005 the unit led the NFL in four categories – kickoff return average, average drive start, gross punting average and net punting average…also led the AFC in opposing kickoff return average…finished in first place in the annual Dallas Morning News special teams rankings…the Bills are the first team to ever finish first in the rankings in consecutive years…April was also named to the 2005 USA Today All-Joe Team…Moorman and LS Mike Schneck each earned their first Pro Bowl bids…Moorman’s 45.66 average was a club record…Lindell’s 29 field goals ranked second-best in the AFC and kick returner Terrence McGee led the NFL with a 31.0 return average…special teams returned to prominence in 2004 finishing with the No. 1 special teams unit in the NFL according to the Dallas Morning News special teams rankings…was voted Special Teams’ Coach of the Year by his peers and was also SI.com Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback Special Teams Coach of the Year as well as being named to the USA Today All-Joe Team…the group scored five touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns, tying an NFL record…the unit also added a sixth TD on a blocked punt…Pro Bowl KR Terrence McGee set a franchise record with three KOR touchdowns in ’04.
PERSONAL: April was a four-year letterman as a linebacker at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, Louisiana from 1972-75…a native of New Orleans, Bobby and his wife, Charlene, have one son, Bobby, and four daughters, Julie, Jamie Lee, Angela, and Jaclyn…he and his family reside in Orchard Park.