Holy Cross Announces Four Additions to Football Coaching Staff

Holy Cross Athletics   03-15-2019

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney has announced four additions to his football coaching staff for the 2019 season. Israel Abraham has been named the running backs coach, Casey DeAndrade will serve as the safeties coach, Todd Gilcrist takes over as the wide receivers coach and Mike Pucko will become the defensive line coach.

Abraham comes to Holy Cross from American International College, where he served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the last two seasons. Under his direction, halfback Samad Davila earned third team All Northeast-10 Conference honors in 2018. Prior to joining the Yellow Jackets, Abraham spent time in the National Football League as a Bill Walsh minority intern with the Tennessee Titans and an external scout with the Cleveland Browns. Previously, he served as the running backs coach at Susquehanna University in 2015 and the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Stonehill College from 2012-2014. Abraham graduated from Endicott College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.

DeAndrade joins 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 and ninth in rushing yards. DeAndrade was previously a coaching intern for the Wildcats in 2017, working with the strength and conditioning program and in quality control. A 2017 graduate of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, he earned first team All-America honors as a senior and finished his career with 285 tackles, nine interceptions and 53 pass breakups as a cornerback.

Gilcrist comes to Holy Cross from Columbia University, where he was an assistant coach for the last four seasons. He served as the Lions’ running backs coach from 2015-2016, then took over as the wide receivers coach from 2017-2018. Gilcrist coached four All-Ivy League selections during his time at Columbia, including wide receiver Josh Wainwright, who set a school record with 1,001 receiving yards in 2017. Prior to joining the Lions, he spent time as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University (2014), the wide receivers and strength and conditioning coach at Thiel (Pa.) College (2013) and the defensive backs coach at Maine Maritime Academy (2012). Gilcrist is a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in media and professional communications.

Pucko joins 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. Prior to his time at Assumption, Pucko was the head football coach at Holy Name Central Catholic High School from 2005-2015, posting an overall record of 89-42 and winning the Division 2 Super Bowl twice (2005 and 2006) and the Division 1A Super Bowl once (2008). He previously served as the head football coach at West Boylston High School from 2001-2004 and the defensive coordinator at West Boylston (1993-1996, 1998-2000) and Marlboro High School (1997). Pucko earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Connecticut in 1976 and his master’s degree in business administration from Anna Maria College in 1982.

Holy Cross is currently taking part in spring practice, and will play its annual spring game on Saturday, April 13.


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