March 16, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has named its new offensive and defensive coordinators, as announced by head football coach Tom Gilmore. The Crusaders have named Chris Pincince as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Richard Rodgers has become the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Pincince replaces Bob Griffin, who retired last month, while Rodgers takes the place of David Kotulski, who took a position at Lehigh University. Three other current members of the coaching staff have also been promoted, as Mike Pedone has been named assistant head coach, Dave Patenaude has become the wide receivers and special teams coach, while Mark McDonough takes over as the linebackers coach. In addition, Holy Cross has hired three individuals to join the coaching staff. Jeremy Bandy has been named tight ends coach, Rob Coppola is the new running backs coach, and Karl Maslowski has become the defensive ends coach.
Pincince will be entering his third season at Holy Cross, after serving as the wide receivers and special teams coach for the last two years. Over the last two seasons, Pincince led a group which included All-Patriot League wide out Sean Gruber, who finished his career as the Crusaders' all-time leader with 22 career touchdown catches. Pincince came to Holy Cross from Ursinus College, where he served as offensive coordinator in 2003. Prior to his time at Ursinus, Pincince served as the quarterbacks coach at Brown University in 2002. Previously, Pincince spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator at the University of New Haven. His offense at New Haven averaged 30.1 points and 355.2 yards per game during his three-year tenure. Pincince also served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fairfield University (1997-1998) and the wide receivers coach at New Haven (1995-1996). He helped lead Fairfield to the 1998 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, while in 1995 he helped New Haven to an appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Pincince is a 1994 graduate of Boston University, where he was a member of the Terriers 1993 Yankee Conference Championship team, while playing on squads which made two trips to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
Rodgers is entering his second season at Holy Cross, after serving as the secondary coach in 2005. Last year, he led a defensive backfield which totaled 11 interceptions, with cornerback Casey Gough earning All-Patriot League honors. Rodgers came to the Crusaders from New Mexico State University, where he spent four years working with the secondary. During his time at New Mexico State, the Aggies improved from 87th to 40th in the nation in total defense. Previously, Rogers spent four seasons at Portland State University, where he coached the cornerbacks and special teams, in addition to serving as the team's strength and conditioning coordinator. During the 2000 season, Rogers helped lead Portland State to an overall record of 8-4 and a trip to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs. He also spent two years as an assistant coach at San Jose State University, working with the secondary and special teams. Rodgers graduated from the University of California, where he was a two-time second team All Pacific-10 Conference selection from 1980-1984. He also played professionally in both the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.
Pedone adds the title of assistant head coach to his responsibilities as offensive line coach. During his 10 seasons at Holy Cross, Pedone has developed several All-Patriot League players, including Chris Conley, Jefferson Exil, Steve Fox, Jamie Grabowski and Patrick Quay. Prior to coming to Holy Cross, Pedone spent one season working as an assistant offensive line and tight end coach at Boston University in 1995. Pedone is a graduate of Boston University, earning his bachelor's degree in 1994 and his master's degree in 1996. He had a distinguished career playing for the Terriers, serving as captain of the 1993 and 1994 teams which advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. He began his career as a defensive lineman, but after switching to the offensive line in 1993, he earned All-Yankee Conference, All-East and honorable mention All-America honors in 1994.
Patenaude will be in his third season at Holy Cross, after serving as the running backs coach in 2004 and 2005. He helped direct the career of two-time All-America tailback Steve Silva, who led the nation in all-purpose yards last fall. Patenaude came to Holy Cross from the University of New Haven, where he served as head coach for two seasons. He developed a number of talented players during his time with the Chargers, sending two standouts on to the National Football League. Prior to his time at New Haven, Patenaude spent four years at Columbia University, serving as the the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach for three years before taking over as the offensive coordinator in 2001. During the 2001 season, his offense averaged 344 total yards per game, including 219 passing yards per contest. Previously, Patenaude spent four seasons as an assistant at Fordham University, where he coached the quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends and special teams. He also coaching the running backs and wide receivers at Springfield College (1992-1993) and the running backs at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1991). Patenaude is a 1990 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, where he was a three-year starting quarterback and free safety.
McDonough will be in his second year on the Crusader coaching staff, after serving as the outside linebackers coach in 2005. McDonough came to Holy Cross from Springfield College, where he served as inside linebackers coach in 2003 and 2004. He helped lead the Pride to an overall record of 18-3 and two NCAA Division III playoff appearances during those two years, with the 2003 squad posting a 10-0 mark in the regular season and earning the top seed in the NCAA East Region. McDonough is a 2002 graduate of Ithaca College, where he earned third team Division III All-America honors from Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette as a senior.
Bandy comes to the Crusaders from Allegheny College, where he served as the offensive line coach for the last four seasons. Last year he guided an offensive line which paved the way for the Gators to rush for 1,657 yards and 16 touchdowns, with tackle Mike Nemeth earning first team All-NCAC honors. A 2001 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, Bandy played both center and guard on the offensive line for the Yellow Jackets. During his undergraduate days at Baldwin-Wallace, he also served as a recruiting assistant in the football office.
Coppola comes to Holy Cross from Middlebury College, where he served as the running backs coach last season. A 2005 graduate of Wesleyan University, Coppola was a three-year starter at defensive back on the Cardinal football team. He recorded 113 tackles and four interceptions during his senior season, and received the Eck Memorial Award for his spirit, sportsmanship and devotion to the team. Coppola was also a two-year member of the track team at Wesleyan.
Maslowski spent last year at Western Kentucky University, where he served as a volunteer assistant coach. He also coached football in Australia for one year. Maslowski is a 2004 graduate of Western Kentucky, where he was a starting linebacker for the Hilltoppers. He was named first team All-Gateway Conference as a senior in 2003, and helped lead Western Kentucky to the Division I-AA National Championship during his junior season in 2002.
The Crusaders are scheduled to open spring practice on Wednesday, March 22, with the annual spring game set for Saturday, April 22. The 2006 season is set to begin on Saturday, September 2, when Holy Cross travels to Georgetown.