Recruiting Coach Map

Football Coaching Staff

Football Coaching Staff

Bob Chesney

Bob Chesney

Head Coach

Head Coach
Bob Chesney
Bob Chesney is in his second year as the head football coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2019. The 28th head coach in the history of the program, he has posted a winning conference record in each of his nine seasons as a collegiate head coach with an overall career mark of 72-31 over nine years. During his first year with the Crusaders in 2018, Chesney guided his team to a second place finish in the Patriot League with a 4-2 mark in conference games, while going 5-6 overall. Holy Cross set school single-season records with seven blocked kicks, six blocked punts and four blocked punts returned for touchdowns, in addition to posting the two largest comeback victories in school history. The Crusaders also had seven All-Patriot League selections, with four players making the first team.   FULL BIO
 

Scott James

Scott James

Defensive Coordinator

Defensive Coordinator
Scott James
Scott James is in his second season on the Holy Cross football coaching staff in 2019, serving as the defensive coordinator. During the 2018 campaign, James led a unit that ranked third in the Patriot League in scoring defense (26.0 points/game). Prior to joining the Crusaders, James spent five seasons as the safeties coach at the University of New Hampshire.   FULL BIO

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Offensive Coordinator

Offensive Coordinator
Patrick Murphy
Patrick Murphy is in his second season as the offensive coordinator at Holy Cross in 2019. During the 2018 campaign, he led an offense that ranked second in the Patriot League in scoring (24.4 points/game), total offense (327.3 yards/game), rushing (132.5 yards/game) and pass efficiency (129.1 rating). Murphy also coached quarterback Geoff Wade to All-Patriot League honors.   FULL BIO

Israel Abraham

Israel Abraham

Running Backs Coach

Running Backs Coach
Israel Abraham
Israel Abraham is in his first season on the Crusader coaching staff in 2019, serving as the running backs coach. Abraham came to Holy Cross from American International College, where he served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons. Under his direction, halfback Samad Davila earned third team All Northeast-10 Conference honors in 2018.   FULL BIO

Anthony Barese

Anthony Barese

Secondary Coach

Secondary Coach
Anthony Barese
Anthony Barese is in his second season on the Holy Cross coaching staff in 2019, serving as the secondary coach. Barese joined the Crusaders after spending 10 seasons on the coaching staff at Assumption College from 2008-2017. He served as the Greyhounds defensive coordinator from 2014-2017, helping the team to an overall record of 38-11 during that time.   FULL BIO

Drew Canan

Drew Canan

Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach

Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach
Drew Canan
Drew Canan is in his second season on the Crusader coaching staff in 2019, serving as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. During the 2018 campaign, he led a special teams unit that set school single-season records with seven blocked kicks, six blocked punts and four blocked punts returned for touchdowns. Canan came to Holy Cross from Assumption College.   FULL BIO

Casey DeAndrade

Casey DeAndrade

Cornerbacks Coach

Cornerbacks Coach
Casey DeAndrade
Casey DeAndrade is in his first season on the Holy Cross coaching staff in 2019, serving as the cornerbacks coach. DeAndrade joined the Crusaders after spending the 2018 season as the running backs coach at the University of New Hampshire. Under his guidance, tailback Carlos Washington ranked sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing touchdowns.   FULL BIO

Todd Gilcrist

Todd Gilcrist

Pass Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach

Pass Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach
Todd Gilcrist
Todd Gilcrist is in his first season on the Holy Cross coaching staff in 2019, serving as the wide receivers coach. Gilcrist came to Holy Cross from Columbia University, where he was an assistant coach for four seasons. He served as the Lions' running backs coach from 2015-2016, then took over as the wide receivers coach for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.   FULL BIO

Mike Pucko

Mike Pucko

Defensive Line Coach

Defensive Line Coach
Mike Pucko
Mike Pucko is in his first season on the Holy Cross coaching staff in 2019, serving as the defensive line coach. Pucko joined the Crusaders after spending two years at Assumption College as the linebackers coach (2016) and defensive line coach (2017). He helped the Greyhounds to an overall record of 20-5 during that time, with two trips to the NCAA playoffs.   FULL BIO

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Offensive Line Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

Offensive Line Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Smith
Chris Smith is in his third season on the Crusader coaching staff in 2019, serving as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Over the last two years he has coached three players who have earned All-Patriot League honors in James Murray (2017), Brett Boddy (2018) and Brian Foley (2018). Smith came to Holy Cross from the University of New Haven.   FULL BIO

Brian Vaganek

Brian Vaganek

Linebackers Coach

Linebackers Coach
Brian Vaganek
Brian Vaganek is in his third season on the Crusader coaching staff in 2019, serving as the linebackers coach. He helped Nick McBeath earn All-America honors during the 2017 season, while McBeath (2017) and Ryan Brady (2018) were both selected first team All-Patriot League. Vaganek has an extensive coaching background with over 20 years of experience.   FULL BIO

Chris Grautski

Chris Grautski

Strength & Conditioning / Pro Liaison

Strength & Conditioning / Pro Liaison
Chris Grautski
Chris Grautski is in his second full academic year as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the College of the Holy Cross in 2019-2020, working primarily with the football team. He also serves as the pro liaison for the football program.   FULL BIO

Ashton Grant

Ashton Grant

Volunteer Special Teams Quality Control

Volunteer Special Teams Quality Control
Ashton Grant
Ashton Grant is in his first year as a volunteer with Bob Chesney's staff in 2019, handling special teams quality control. Grant is a 2019 graduate of Assumption College with a bachelor's degree in sociology.   FULL BIO

Tyler Loftus

Tyler Loftus

Volunteer Offensive Quality Control

Volunteer Offensive Quality Control
Tyler Loftus
Tyler Loftus is in his first year as a volunteer with Bob Chesney's staff in 2019, handling offensive quality control. During the 2018 season, Loftus served as a volunteer assistant coach at Wagner College.   FULL BIO

Josh Maurer

Josh Maurer

Volunteer Recruiting Quality Control / Analytics

Volunteer Recruiting Quality Control / Analytics
Josh Maurer
Josh Maurer is in his first year as a volunteer with Bob Chesney's staff in 2019, handling recruiting quality control and analytics. Maurer is a graduate of Penn State with a degree in health policy and administration.   FULL BIO

Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin

Volunteer Defensive Quality Control

Volunteer Defensive Quality Control
Kevin McLaughlin
Kevin McLaughlin is in his first year as a volunteer with Bob Chesney's staff in 2019, handling defensive quality control. McLaughlin is a graduate of Western New England University with a degree in sport management.   FULL BIO

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Volunteer Defensive Quality Control

Volunteer Defensive Quality Control
Mike Murphy
Mike Murphy is in his first year as a volunteer with Bob Chesney's staff in 2019, handling defensive quality control. Murphy is a 2019 graduate of Nichols College with a bachelor's degree in sport management.   FULL BIO

Mike Vulcano

Mike Vulcano

Volunteer Director of Operations

Volunteer Director of Operations
Mike Vulcano
Mike Vulcano is in his first year as a volunteer with Bob Chesney's staff in 2019, handling football operations. Vulcano joins the Crusaders after spending 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Assumption College.   FULL BIO