April 7, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross football team has named Pete Carmichael running backs coach and Pete Leonard assistant secondary coach, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. With the hirings of Carmichael and Leonard, the Crusader coaching staff for the 2008 season is now complete.
Carmichael has over 40 years of coaching experience, on the professional, collegiate and high school levels. He most recently spent two seasons as the wide receivers coach at Louisiana Tech from 2005-2006, and one year as the wide receivers coach at Pittsburgh in 2004. From 1994-2003, Carmichael worked in the National Football League for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, helping the Jaguars to appearances in the AFC championship game in both 1996 and 1999. Prior to his time in the NFL, he spent 13 seasons at Boston College from 1981-1993, coaching the secondary for 11 years and the wide receivers for two seasons.
Carmichael was the head coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy from 1977-1980, and at Trenton State in 1973. He has also served as an assistant coach on the collegiate level at Columbia, New Hampshire and Virginia Military Institute. The teams he has coached have appeared in seven bowl games and made five trips to the NFL playoffs. Carmichael is a 1964 graduate of Montclair State College with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education.
Leonard comes to Holy Cross after spending the last six seasons on the coaching staff at Assumption College. For the last four years, Leonard served as the Greyhounds' defensive coordinator and secondary coach. In addition to his duties running the defense, he was also heavily involved with recruiting, academic advising and assisting with the team's strength and conditioning program. Leonard began his career at Assumption as a graduate assistant coach in 2002, then served as linebackers coach in 2003, before being promoted to defensive coordinator.
Leonard earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Assumption in 2001, and went on to receive a mater's degree in business administration in 2004.
The Crusaders are scheduled to play their annual spring game on Saturday, April 19. The 2008 season is set to begin on Saturday, September 6, when Holy Cross plays host to Massachusetts.