Brian Vaganek Named Linebackers Coach

Holy Cross Athletics   03-08-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross football team has added Brian Vaganek to its coaching staff, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. Vaganek, who has an extensive coaching background with over 20 years of collegiate experience, will serve as the linebackers coach for the Crusaders. 

Vaganek comes to Holy Cross from the University of New Haven, where he served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the last three seasons. He helped lead the Chargers to a 19-8 record in Northeast-10 Conference play during that time, with the team finishing either second or third in the league standings every season. New Haven ranked in the top two in the Northeast-10 in rushing defense during each of Vaganek’s three seasons, while totaling 10 All-Conference selections on the defensive side of the ball.

Vaganek previously spent three seasons at the University of Rhode Island from 2011-2013, including two years as the defensive coordinator. During his tenure with the Rams he coached five All-Conference selections and two players who earned All-New England honors.

Prior to arriving in Kingston, Vaganek spent four years at Christopher Newport University as the associate head coach. During his four-year tenure, the Captains posted a 26-15 mark, including trips to the NCAA Playoffs in 2008 and 2010. In 2008, his defense limited opponents to just 20.1 points per game and forced 24 fumbles.

Vaganek began his coaching career at Highland (Kan.) Community College as the defensive line coach in 1993. He later served six years on the staff at William & Mary (1995-2000), including one year as defensive coordinator after previously coaching the defensive line and linebackers. Vaganek then moved to Hofstra University from 2001-2003, where he coached the defensive line. He also spent one year as the linebackers coach at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College in 1994 and eventually returned for a two-year stint as head coach from 2004-2005.

Vaganek is a 1993 graduate of Temple University, where he played four years as an offensive lineman and long snapper.


The Crusaders will look to contend for the Patriot League championship in 2017 with the return of 12 starters! Holy Cross is set to play five games at Fitton Field this fall, beginning with the home opener against New Hampshire on Sept. 16. Other key home dates will come against Lafayette (Sept. 30), Monmouth (Oct. 7), Colgate (Oct. 21) and Georgetown (Oct. 28).

To make sure you are there for every minute of the action this fall, purchase your 2017 season tickets today! For details, click here or call 1-844-GOCROSS.


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