WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross football team has named Walt Housman defensive line coach and Jon Poppe assistant secondary coach, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. With the additions of Housman and Poppe, the Crusader coaching staff for the 2010 season is now complete.
Housman takes on a full-time position with Holy Cross, after serving as a volunteer defensive ends coach for the Crusaders in 2009. He previously spent eight years as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League from 2001-2008. Housman was also the linebackers coach at St. Anselm in 2000 and the defensive line coach at Central Connecticut State in 1999. In addition, he spent seven seasons at South Dakota from 1992-1998, serving as defensive coordinator for the final two years. Housman also has collegiate coaching experience at Tulane and Upsala, and Arena Football League coaching experience with the New England Seawolves, the Miami Hooters and the New Orleans Night. Housman is a 1987 graduate of Upsala, where he was a three-year member of the football team. He previously played at Iowa, and went on to play professionally with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League and in the Arena Football League.
Poppe comes to Holy Cross after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Springfield College during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He coached both the quarterbacks and the fullbacks, in addition to running the defensive scout team. Poppe previously spent one season as an intern assistant coach at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., coaching the cornerbacks and special teams. A 2007 graduate of Williams College, Poppe was a three-year starter in the secondary for the Ephs. He earned first team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors as a senior, in addition to being selected All-East Region by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette.
The Crusaders are scheduled to open spring practice on Thursday, March 18. The annual spring game is set for Saturday, April 17.