Holy Cross Adds Two To Football Coaching Staff

Bill Samko & Dakota Allosso

WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross football team has added Dakota Allosso and Bill Samko to its coaching staff, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. Allosso will serve as the team's assistant secondary coach, while Samko will be a volunteer assistant coach working with the offense.

Allosso graduated from Holy Cross in December of 2010 with a degree in history and political science. During his days as an undergraduate, Allosso was a member of the football team from 2006-2010 as a defensive back. Following the 2010 campaign, he received the Connor Award as the Holy Cross senior who was the person the players were most proud of as a teammate, in a vote of the varsity squad. Allosso previously took home the team's Unsung Hero Award in 2009, as the player who supported the squad spiritually, emotionally and physically for the good of the team.

Samko joins the Crusaders after spending the previous 17 seasons as the head coach at Tufts University from 1994-2010. He posted a 57-79 record during his time at Tufts, and is tied for second on the school's all-time list for coaching victories. Samko was previously the head coach at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., from 1987-1993, going 35-27-1 while winning a pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and twice being named the SCAC Coach of the Year. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Yale from 1981-1986, after beginning his career as an assistant coach at Tufts from 1974-1980. Samko is a 1973 graduate from the University of Connecticut, where he played football and baseball. A native of Worcester, Samko graduated from Worcester Academy in 1969.

The Crusaders are scheduled to open the 2011 season when they play host to UMass at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the first-ever night game at Fitton Field.