Crusaders Hit The Road To Face #9 Fordham
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-6, 1-2 PL) vs. #9 Fordham (8-0, 0-0 PL)
Date: November 2, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Jack Coffey Field (7,000), Bronx, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Digital Network
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Unofficial Live Statistics: Side Arm Stats
The Series With Fordham
This will be the 51st meeting between the Crusaders and the Rams on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 27-21-2. The Crusaders have won five of the last seven games in the series, but prior to that Fordham had won nine of the previous 11 meetings between the schools. For games played at Jack Coffey Field, the series is tied at 5-5 with the Crusaders posting two straight victories. Since Fordham joined the Patriot League prior to the start of the 1990 season, the Rams hold 12-11 lead in the series. The schools first met on Nov. 8, 1902, with Holy Cross winning 17-0 on the road.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 27-21-2
In New York: Tied, 11-11-1
At Jack Coffey Field: Tied, 5-5
Current Win Streak: Fordham, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Fordham: 5-4
Joe Moorhead vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Fess Closes In On Reception Record
Senior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) has a chance to become Holy Cross' all-time leading receiver during this week's game at Fordham. He enters the contest with 187 catches for 1,966 yards and 12 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Fess currently ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in career receptions, and needs four more catches to break the all-time school record of 190 set by Jeff Laboranti from 1994-1997. In nine games played this season, he leads the team with 53 receptions for 648 yards and six scores. During the Harvard game, Fess posted a season-best 11 catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Previously at Dartmouth, he caught nine passes for 138 yards. A few of Fess' other top games this year have come against Central Connecticut (five receptions for 63 yards and two scores), Towson (six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown) and Monmouth (five receptions for 47 yards and a score). In 2012, he led the team with 80 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games played. Fess' 80 total receptions on the year were the second-most ever by a Crusader in a single season. In 2011, Fess earned second team All-Patriot League honors after ranking second on the team with 45 receptions for 417 yards and two scores.
Ram-Crusader Cup At Stake
The winner of the contest between Holy Cross and Fordham will take home the Ram-Crusader Cup. The trophy was first dedicated in 1951 in memory of Major Frank Cavanaugh, a former head coach at both Holy Cross and Fordham. Cavanaugh posted a 16-10-2 record with the Crusaders from 1903-1905, and was later 34-14-4 with the Rams from 1927-1932. Holy Cross has won the Ram-Crusader Cup 16 times in the 27 years it has been awarded.
Veterans Anchor Offensive Line
Holy Cross boasts a great deal of experience along the offensive line this season, including four players with at least 16 career starts. In nine games played so far this year, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 406.7 total yards, 169.0 rushing yards and 28.1 point per game. Fifth-year senior left guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) leads the team with 31 consecutive games started and 42 career games played. Fifth-year senior left tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) owns 31 starts in 32 career games played, and senior right tackle Blake Berresford (Montoursville, Pa.) has started all 22 of his career games played. The starting lineup is rounded out by senior center Jay Knighton (Pottstown, Pa.) with 27 career games played and 16 starts, and junior right guard Ryan Schnieber (Cincinnati, Ohio) with nine starts in nine games played.
Acquah Playing Well Up Front
Senior defensive end Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.) is playing a key role along the Holy Cross defensive front this year. He currently ranks fifth on the team with 40 total tackles this season. During the Colgate game, Acquah totaled three tackles with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Previously against Harvard, he led the team with seven total tackles and one quarterback sack. Earlier this year against Monmouth, Acquah made a season-high nine tackles, including six solo stops. He also had eight tackles against Towson, five tackles at Bryant and three tackles at Central Connecticut. A second team All-Patriot League selection last year, Acquah recorded 54 total tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for loss in 2012. A few of his top games last year were against New Hampshire (career-high 10 tackles, pass breakup, blocked extra point) and Lafayette (eight tackles). In 2011, Acquah led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 40 total tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 118 tackles, four sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
Pujals Takes Over At Quarterback
Freshman Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Crusaders this season, and is currently one of 20 candidates for the Jerry Rice Award, presented annually by the Sports Network to the top freshman in the Division I football championship subdivision. He accounted for 277 yards of total offense against Lafayette last week, while putting up 287 total yards and two scores against Colgate. During the Bucknell game, Pujals completed 19 of 29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 80 yards and three more scores on 13 carries. Previously against Harvard, he hit on 33 of 50 attempts for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns. Pujals also had a huge game at Dartmouth, connecting on 25 of 37 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing 17 times for 125 yards and two more scores. Earlier in the season against Monmouth, Pujals came off the bench to complete 12 of 19 passes for 129 and two touchdowns, while rushing for a team-high 22 yards on nine carries. On the year, he has now connected on 135 of 213 attempts for 1,516 yards and 13 touchdowns, in addition to running the ball 90 times for 357 yards and six scores. Pujals also had a streak of 165 consecutive passes thrown without an interception from Sept. 21-Oct. 19.
SanDoval Steps Up In Final Year
Fifth-year senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) is once again among of the top players on the Holy Cross defense this year. Through nine games played, he leads the team with 56 total tackles, including 46 solo stops and two tackles for loss. During the victory at Dartmouth, SanDoval led the team with a season-high 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss. He previously made 11 tackles against Monmouth, while posting five tackles and returning a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown at Central Connecticut. Earlier in the year, SanDoval totaled eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup against Towson, and made seven tackles at Bryant. Last season, he recorded 75 tackles, including three sacks and five tackles for loss. In 2011, SanDoval recorded 15 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in the first three games, before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. Over the course of his collegiate career, SanDoval now has 186 total tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Macomber Heads Up Kicking Game
Senior John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) is once again handling all of the kicking duties for Holy Cross this year. In nine games played, he has averaged 40.9 yards on 36 punts, with 13 fair catches and nine kicks downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Macomber has also scored 49 points this season, hitting six of nine field goal attempts and 31 of 34 extra points. In addition, he has averaged 61.4 yards on 43 kickoffs with 14 touchbacks. Macomber had an outstanding game in the victory at Central Connecticut, scoring 10 points and booting a career-long 63-yard punt. He also played well at Dartmouth, scoring seven points and kicking the game-winning 23-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. In 2012, Macomber earned second team All-Patriot League honors as both a placekicker and a punter. He ranked second on the team with 55 points scored last year, hitting 10 of 13 field goal attempts (including a long of 46 yards) and 25 of 26 extra points. Macomber also averaged 40.9 yards on 62 punts in 2012, with a long of 59 yards and 23 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He previously led the team in scoring during the 2011 season with 56 points, hitting 12 of 15 field goals and 20 of 26 extra points. Macomber also led the Patriot League in field goal percentage in 2011, while his 12 field goals made tied the school single-season record. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Macomber has now made 28 of 37 field goals and 76 of 86 extra points, for a total of 160 points scored. His 28 career field goals made currently rank third all-time at Holy Cross.
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2013 campaign marks the 118th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 610-492-54, good for a .551 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Holy Cross' 607 all-time victories ranked as the 14th most among all Division I-AA schools. Holy Cross has had 31 first team All-America selections, sent 69 players on to professional football, won five Lambert Cups, claimed six Patriot League championships, and was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year in 1987. The Crusaders also played in the 1946 Orange Bowl, losing to host Miami on the game's final play.
The Last Meeting With Fordham
Fordham's Carlton Koonce scored on a one-yard touchdown run with just 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, to lift the Rams to a 36-32 victory over Holy Cross at Fitton Field on Oct. 27, 2012. Koonce finished the day with 175 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries, and received the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders' Family Weekend game. After trailing 23-10 at halftime, Holy Cross scored on its opening possession of the third quarter with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Laughlin to Mike Fess. Early in the fourth quarter, Laughlin and Fess hooked up once again on a nine-yard scoring strike, and the Crusaders led 24-23. Fordham responded on its next drive with a one-yard touchdown run by Ryan Higgins, and led 29-24 after the two-point conversion failed. Holy Cross came right back down the field with Laughlin rushing the ball 27 yards for a score, then hitting Gerald Mistretta for the two-point conversion to make the score 32-29 with 3:22 left to play. But the Rams were able to drive 78 yards in 15 plays on their final possession, to rally for the victory. Laughlin had an outstanding day off the bench, completing 18 of 28 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing four times for 36 yards and a score. Fess totaled eight receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns, while Reggie Woods added 71 yards on 15 carries.
Raymond An All-Purpose Threat
Sophomore wide receiver Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has become a key player for the Holy Cross offense this season, in addition to being a threat as a kick returner. After missing the first two games of the season due to injury, he has now caught 26 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 15 times for 66 yards and a score, returned 21 kickoffs for 423 yards and brought back six punts for 30 yards. During the Colgate game, Raymond led the team with 148 all-purpose yards, including a six-yard touchdown catch. Previously at Bucknell, he posted a career-best 206 all-purpose yards, with a 14-yard touchdown reception. Earlier in the season, Raymond played well against Harvard (76 all-purpose yards and a five-yard scoring run in the second overtime) and Dartmouth (126 all-purpose yards with a 20-yard touchdown catch). Last year, Raymond earned first team All-Patriot League honors as a return specialist. He brought back 32 kickoffs for 777 yards and a touchdown in 2012 (good for an average of 24.3 yards per return), in addition to returning 19 punts for 101 yards. During the 2012 game at Lafayette, he returned a kickoff 80 yards for his first career touchdown. Earlier last season at Colgate, Raymond brought back eight kickoffs for 178 yards, to place third on the all-time Holy Cross single-game list for kickoff return yards.
Bhaya Enjoying Strong Season
Sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya (Haddonfield, N.J.) has developed into one of the top players in the Holy Cross secondary this season. He currently ranks second on the team with 53 total tackles this season, to go along with two interceptions and a team-best seven pass breakups. During the victory at Bucknell, Bhaya totaled 10 tackles with a key interception and a pass breakup. Previously at Dartmouth, he recorded 10 tackles and one pass breakup. Bhaya also had a big game in the season opener at Bryant, totaling seven tackles, and interception and three pass breakups. In 2012, he made eight total tackles as a backup safety and on special teams. Over the course of his collegiate career, Bhaya has now recorded 61 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.
Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 28th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 84-69 (.549) in conference action. The Crusaders won their last conference championship in 2009, clinching the title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. Holy Cross' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. The Crusaders are tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with 10 titles. In 2009, Holy Cross won five Patriot League games for just the fourth time in school history. The Crusaders previously went 5-1 in 2008, while posting 5-0 conference records in 1990 and 1991.
Freshmen Make Presence Felt
In addition to quarterback Peter Pujals, several other freshman have found their way into the Holy Cross lineup during their first season of collegiate competition. Freshman tailback Gabe Guild (Overland Park, Kan.) currently ranks second on the team in rushing with 331 yards and three touchdowns on 69 carries, and also stands fifth on the team in receiving with 14 catches for 173 yards and a score. Last week against Lafayette, he rushed 23 times for a season-best 142 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman linebacker Kyle Young (Roxbury, N.J.) has become a factor, totaling five tackles and forcing two fumbles at Dartmouth, then returning an interception 79 yards for a touchdown at Bucknell. He has now recorded 26 tackles on the year. Freshman wide receiver Jake Wieczorek (Cumming, Ga.) has become a key all-around player, returning 11 kickoffs for 211 yards, catching nine passes for 185 yards, bringing back two punts for 23 yards and rushing three times for 13 yards. In the Dartmouth game, he scored the first touchdown of his Holy Cross career on a 33-yard catch. In addition, freshman tailback Brendan Flaherty (Beverly, Mass.) has rushed the ball seven times for 36 times and a score and caught one pass for 21 yards, while freshman free safety Luke Ford (Wilmette, Ill.) has made six tackles with a quarterback sack.
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is now in his 10th season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2013. He has guided the Crusaders to an overall record of 56-53 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 53-45 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. In 2009, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. A finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, Gilmore led the Crusaders to winning records in seven straight seasons from 2005-2011, including 7-4 marks in 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with winning streaks of six games (in 2008) and five games (in 2006 and 2009). Two of Gilmore's players, Dominic Randolph (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Steve Silva (2005), have been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with Silva earning first team All-America honors. Gilmore has also led the Crusaders to four victories over ranked opponents, three of which came in 2009. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant coach at Lehigh (2000-2003), Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Four Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 26. As a team, Holy Cross stands fourth in the nation in first downs and 12th in punt returns. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|First Downs||4||Holy Cross||23.4|
|Punt Returns||12||Holy Cross||14.1|
|Points Responsible For||13||Peter Pujals||16.3|
|Fewest Penalty Yards||20||Holy Cross||42.3|
|Third Down Conversions||20||Holy Cross||45.0|
|Total Offense||27||Peter Pujals||267.6|
|Fewest Penalties||29||Holy Cross||5.2|
|Pass Efficiency||35||Peter Pujals||139.6|
|Passes Defended||36||Matt Bhaya||1.0|
|Passing Yards||41||Peter Pujals||216.6|
Crusaders Among League Leaders
Five Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 26. Senior kicker John Macomber leads the league in punting (40.9 yards/punt) and ranks fifth in field goals (0.7 made/game). Freshman quarterback Peter Pujals stands third in the conference in passing yards (216.6 yards/game), while ranking fourth in pass efficiency (139.6 rating) and total offense (267.6 yards/game). In addition, senior wide out Mike Fess stands fifth in both receptions (5.9 catches/game) and receiving yards (72.0 yards/game), while sophomore wide out Kalif Raymond ranks fifth in all-purpose yards (112.7 yards/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (14.1 yards/return); while ranking standing third in scoring offense (28.1 points/game), total offense (406.7 yards/game), rushing offense (169.0 yards/game), rushing defense (182.0 yards/game), turnover margin (-0.3 turnovers/game) and net punting (35.4 yards/punt).
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, but has lost seven straight home games with an 0-5 mark in 2013. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 368-179-27 (.665). From Oct. 11, 2008-Oct. 9, 2010, Holy Cross had a streak of 13 straight victories at home. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and finished the 2011 campaign with a winning record at home for the sixth straight season. Fitton Field is the second-oldest stadium still used for Division I college football, behind only Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania (opened in 1895).
Football Legends Ring Of Honor Inducts Fourth Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross honored three former football standouts on Sept. 21, as the fourth class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. Tom Greene (Class of 1959), Dave Quehl (Class of 1976) and Johnny Turco (Class of 1952) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the Monmouth game, and received permanent recognition at Fitton Field. Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for this honor, which is an annual event each fall. Individuals who have previously been inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor include Ronnie Cahill (Class of 1940), George Connor (Class of ex1946), Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Bruce Kozerski (Class of 1984), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Pat McCarthy (Class of 1963), Jon Morris (Class of 1964), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960), John Provost (Class of 1975), Jeff Wiley (Class of 1989) and Joe Wilson (Class of 1973).
Defense Takes It Away At Bucknell
The Holy Cross defense forced a season-high five turnovers during the Oct. 12 victory at Bucknell. The Crusaders intercepted four passes on the day, in addition to forcing one fumble. That marked the most turnovers Holy Cross had forced in a single game since taking the ball away five times at Georgetown on Sept. 22, 2008. On the season, the Crusaders have now caused a total of 15 turnovers, with eight interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.
Crusaders Run Wild At CCSU
During the Sept. 14 victory at Central Connecticut, Holy Cross ran the ball 72 times for 419 yards. The Crusaders tied the school single-game record with their 72 rushing attempts, while their 419 rushing yards were their most since running for 583 yards on 72 carries against Columbia on Oct. 29, 1983. Holy Cross also picked up 28 of its 33 total first downs against the Blue Devils on the ground, breaking the Patriot League single-game record of 23 rushing first downs which had been accomplished four times before. The Crusaders' 419 rushing yards also tied for the seventh-most in the nation by any team in the football championship subdivision so far this season.
Acquah & Fess Named Captains
Holy Cross has two captains for the 2013 football season. Senior defensive end Gary Acquah and senior wide receiver Mike Fess were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These two players have taken over the leadership role from Tom Mannix, Gerald Mistretta, Roman SanDoval and Sean Whited, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2012 campaign.
Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2013 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 43rd season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 27th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher, Gordie Lockbaum and John O'Neill will serve as the color commentators for selected games this season. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet by clicking here. In addition, WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will carry a number of games this year.
Holy Cross On Television
The Crusaders are scheduled to have five games shown on live television during the 2013 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013 campaign:
Sept. 28 at Dartmouth: Fox College Sports Central
Oct. 5 vs. Harvard: Charter TV3
Oct. 19 vs. Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Oct. 26 vs. Lafayette: Charter TV3
Nov. 9 at Lehigh: Service Electric
Live video streaming of most 2013 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders as part of the Patriot League Network, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.
The Holy Cross Football Show
Every Tuesday during the season, head coach Tom Gilmore will be joined by Bob Fouracre for the Holy Cross Football Show. The show airs live from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not watch live. The show is carried through Crusader Vision free of charge. For more details, click here.
Crusaders On Social Media
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Scouting The Rams
Fordham enters this week's game ranked ninth in the nation by the Sports Network, with an overall record of 8-0 and a 2-0 mark against Patriot League opponents. The Rams, who are coming off a bye week, defeated Yale 52-31 in their last game on Oct. 19. Junior quarterback Mike Nebrich has completed 209 of 282 pass attempts for 2,587 yards and 21 touchdowns with three interceptions so far this season, in addition to carrying the ball 111 times for 403 yards and six scores. Senior tailback Carlton Koonce has rushed for 879 yards and six touchdowns on 168 carries, while junior wide out Sam Ajala has 52 receptions for 951 yards and 10 scores. Defensively, the Rams are led by junior linebacker Stephen Hodge, who has totaled 75 tackles, three forced fumbles and 10 tackles for loss this season. Head coach Joe Moorhead is in his second season at the helm of the Fordham program, with an overall record of 14-5. Prior to his time with the Rams, Moorhead served as an assistant coach at Connecticut, Akron, Georgetown and Pittsburgh.
Senior placekicker John Macomber has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Junior wide receiver Tyler Artim (Whitehall, Pa.) caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown during the Lafayette game, and now stands fourth on the team with 23 receptions for 264 yards and three scores ... Senior linebacker Tyler Zeoli (King of Prussia, Pa.) led the team with seven tackles and his first career interception during the Colgate game. He currently ranks third on the team with 46 total tackles this season ... Senior wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio) caught five passes for 74 yards and his first career touchdown against Harvard, then totaled five catches for 46 yards and another score at Bucknell. He now ranks second on the team with 31 catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns this season ... Junior cornerback Ben Coffaro is tied for the team lead with two interceptions on the year, in addition to making 35 tackles and breaking up four passes ... Sophomore tailback Elad Covaliu (Rockville, Md.) ranks third on the team with 290 rushing yards and one touchdown on 61 carries, to go along with 10 catches for 66 yards and another score ... Junior free safety Logan Silver (Eugene, Ore.) led the team with 11 total tackles during the victory at Bucknell. He now ranks fourth on the team with 45 total tackles this season ... At the Oct. 5 game against Harvard, the Crusaders wore pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... During the Dartmouth game on Sept. 28, the Holy Cross coaching staff took part in Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ... Holy Cross was picked to finish third in the 2013 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors.