WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore has been selected as the 2009 New England Coach of the Year, as announced by the New England Football Writers. Gilmore becomes the fourth individual in Holy Cross history to earn New England Coach of the Year honors, joining Ed Doherty (1971), Mark Duffner (1986 and 1991) and Dan Allen (2000). Gilmore will accept the Coach of the Year award at the New England Football Writers Banquet on Dec. 10 in Wilmington, Mass.
Earlier this season, Gilmore was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, after previously winning the award in 2006. He led the Crusaders to their first conference title since 1991, with Holy Cross posting an overall record of 9-3 and a 5-1 mark in the league. Gilmore also led the team into only the third postseason appearance in school history, when it faced Villanova in the the NCAA playoffs. He has also been named a finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award as the National Coach of the Year.
Gilmore’s 2009 squad won nine games for only the ninth time in school history, while posting a 3-1 record against ranked opponents. He has also led Holy Cross to winning records in five straight seasons, including 7-4 marks in 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with winning streaks of six games (in 2008) and five games (in 2006 and 2009). Two of Gilmore’s players, Dominic Randolph (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Steve Silva (2005), have been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with Silva also earning first team All-America honors.
Gilmore’s career record now stands at 39-28 over six seasons, including a 36-20 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant coach at Lehigh (2000-2003), Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.