|Position:||Wide Receivers Coach|
Recruiting Areas: Florida (Southeastern), Massachusetts (Western), Oklahoma, Texas (Eastern)
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Darren Paige is in his first season on the Holy Cross coaching staff in 2017, serving the wide receivers coach.
Paige came to Holy Cross from Midwestern State University, where he served as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2013-2016. The Mustangs went 31-12 during his four years on the staff, while advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2015 and 2016. Midwestern State also averaged at least 30 points and 400 yards of total offense during each of Paige’s four seasons. His players earned All-Lone Star Conference honors six times, with DeAndre Black being named a second team All-American in 2016.
Prior to his time at Midwestern State, Paige served as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Kent State during the 2012 season, working with the wide receivers. He helped the Golden Flashes to an overall record of 11-3 and the 2012 Mid-American Conference East Division championship. Paige was previously the wide receivers coach at Gannon (Pa.) in 2011, and the co-offensives coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Haines City (Fla.) High School in 2009.
Paige earned his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Findlay in 2008, and went on to receive a master’s degree in sports and recreation management from Kent State University in 2013. During his time at Findlay, he led the Oilers in receptions and receiving yards for three seasons, totaling 117 catches for 1,461 yards and eight touchdowns. He previously spent one season at Miami (Ohio), playing in seven games as a true freshman.
Following his graduation, Paige played two seasons for the Peoria Pirates of Arena Football League 2 in 2008 and 2009. He also earned an invitation to mini-camp with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 2009, and participated in training camp for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League in 2010.