WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross football team has named Neal Boozer assistant secondary coach and Bill McCarthy running backs coach, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore.
Boozer comes to the Crusaders from Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., where he was an assistant coach for the football, basketball and track teams for three seasons. In 2009, he helped lead the Silver Foxes to the South Carolina Class 4A state championship in girls' track. Boozer also spent two years as a special education teacher assistant at Dutch Fork High School. A 2007 graduate of Lehigh University, Boozer was a four-year member of the Mountain Hawk football team, earning second team All-Patriot League honors in 2004. He helped lead Lehigh to an overall record of 36-11 during his four seasons, including two trips to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Boozer went on to play one year with the Bolzano Giants of the Italian Football League.
McCarthy comes to Holy Cross from Springfield College, where he spent the 2008 season as a graduate assistant coach. During his time at Springfield, McCarthy coached the defensive ends and long snappers. He also coordinated the team's video setup and editing for all games and practices. Previously, McCarthy was a coaching intern at Maine Maritime Academy during the 2007 season. He coached the wide receivers and long snappers, in addition to coordinating the defensive, kickoff and kick return scout teams. A 2007 Holy Cross graduate, McCarthy earned two letters for the Crusaders as an offensive lineman and long snapper. He was honored as the 2006 WTAG Special Teams Player of the Year, and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in both 2005 and 2006.
The Crusaders are scheduled to open the 2009 season on Saturday, September 5, when they play host to Georgetown at 1:00 p.m.