March 2, 2011

Crusaders Announce Changes To Offensive Coaching Staff

WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross football team has named Andy McKenzie offensive coordinator, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. In addition, Matt Fanning has been selected as the new running backs coach, and Bill McCarthy has been chosen as the tight ends coach.

McKenzie served as the Crusaders' quarterbacks coach for the last three seasons, and will continue to coach the quarterbacks along with his new duties as offensive coordinator. During his time at Holy Cross, he was instrumental in the development of 2008 and 2009 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Dominic Randolph, and helped the team to the 2009 Patriot League championship. Prior to his time with the Crusaders, McKenzie spent six seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Allegheny College. During his time at Allegheny, McKenzie helped lead the Gators to the 2003 North Coast Athletic Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Division III Playoffs, with a perfect 7-0 mark in league games. His 2003 offense set 17 school records, while in 2006 his offense posted 2,505 passing yards, the second-most in school history. Previously, McKenzie spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator and Williams College, where he was also an assistant baseball coach. He was also an assistant coach at Northeastern University from 1997-2000, working with the wide receivers for three seasons and the secondary for one year.

Fanning comes back to Holy Cross from Boston College, where he was a graduate assistant coach during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. During his two years with the Eagles, he helped the team to an overall record of 15-11 and a pair of bowl game appearances. Fanning previously served as Holy Cross' running backs coach during the 2008 campaign. During the 2008 season, he helped lead the team to an overall record of 7-4 and a 5-1 mark in the Patriot League, with tailback Mike Kielt earning second team All-Patriot League honors.

McCarthy returns to Worcester after spending the last year as a defensive assistant coach at Villanova. During his only year on the staff, he helped lead the Wildcats to an overall record of 9-5 and a trip to the NCAA semifinals. Previously, McCarthy served as Holy Cross' running backs coach during the 2009 campaign, as the Crusaders won the Patriot League title with an overall record of 9-3. Prior to his first stint at Holy Cross, he spent the 2008 season as a graduate assistant coach at Springfield College, coaching the defensive ends and long snappers. He was also a coaching intern at Maine Maritime Academy during the 2007 season, coaching the wide receivers and long snappers, in addition to coordinating the defensive, kickoff and kick return scout teams.

The Crusaders are scheduled to open spring practice on Saturday, March 19. The annual spring game is set for Saturday, April 16.