March 24, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has added six individuals to its football coaching staff, as announced by head football coach Tom Gilmore. The Crusaders have hired David Kotulski as defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach, Pat O'Leary as defensive line coach and Richard Rodgers as secondary coach. In addition, Ryan Mattison has been named assistant secondary coach, Mark McDonough takes over as the outside linebackers coach and Tom Perkovich joins the staff as tight ends coach.
Kotulski comes to Holy Cross from Utah State University, where he served as defensive coordinator for the last two seasons. During his first season at Utah State in 2003, the Aggies placed 46th in the nation in total defense, improving from 111th in the year before his arrival for the second-biggest turnaround in the country. Previously, Kotulski spent eight seasons at Bucknell University, serving as defensive coordinator during his first seven years and interim head coach in his final season. During his time at Bucknell, his teams allowed just 16.9 points and 290 yards per game, while averaging 34 sacks and 26 turnovers per season. He helped lead the Bison to the 1996 Patriot League title, and coached five first team All-Americans during his eight years. Kotulski also served as the defensive coordinator at St. Mary's College (Calif.) from 1990-1994, and was the defensive line and linebackers coach at the University of Utah from 1978-1989. He is a 1975 graduate of New Mexico State University, where he played linebacker and center.
O'Leary makes the move to Holy Cross after serving on the coaching staff at Dartmouth College since 1989. O'Leary coached both the defensive line and the linebackers at Dartmouth, and also served as assistant head coach from 2000-2002. He helped lead the Big Green to four Ivy League titles during his 16 seasons, including a perfect 10-0 record in 1996. Prior to his time at Dartmouth, O'Leary served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Columbia in 1988. He was also the defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Columbia's freshman team from 1985-1987. O'Leary, who is a 1976 graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, played his collegiate ball at Missouri Valley College before joining the United States Army. He has also served with the New York Police Department from 1970-1979.
Rodgers comes to the Crusaders from New Mexico State University, where he spent the last 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 is an 1992 graduate of the University of California, where he was a two-time second team All Pacific-10 Conference selection between 1980-1984. He also played professionally in both the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.
Mattison spent last season as an assistant coach at Assumption College, where he served as the secondary coach and academic liaison. A 2003 graduate of Boston College, Mattison spent five seasons as a defensive back on the Eagles' football team. During his playing days, he was a part of teams which took part in the Insight Bowl (1999), Aloha Bowl (2000), Music City Bowl (2001), Motor City Bowl (2002) and San Francisco Bowl (2003).
McDonough comes to Holy Cross from Springfield College, where he served as inside linebackers coach for the last two seasons. He helped lead the Pride to an overall record of 18-3 and two NCAA Division III playoff appearances over the last 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.
Perkovich has spent the last two seasons at Muhlenberg College, where he served as the running backs coach. Perkovich is a 2003 graduate of Canisius College, where he played the offensive line and earned second team Division I-AA mid-major All-America honors from Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette as a senior. He played in 42 of the team's games during his four-year career, starting the final 31 contests. Perkovich was also a four-year letterwinner on the Canisius basketball team.
The Crusaders, who opened spring practice this week, are scheduled to play their annual spring game on Saturday, April 23. The 2005 season is set to begin on Saturday, September 2, when Holy Cross plays host to Sacred Heart.