Aug. 11, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross football team has named Matt Fanning running backs coach and Jon Guynes outside linebackers coach, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. With the hirings of Fanning and Guynes, the Crusader coaching staff for the 2008 season is now complete.
Fanning is a 2007 Holy Cross graduate, who earned two letters as a wide receiver for the Crusaders. During his senior season in 2006, Fanning ranked fourth on the team in receiving with 35 catches for 475 yards and four touchdowns. He was also the team's top punt returner, averaging 10.4 yards on 20 returns. Following the 2006 season, Fanning received both the Msgr. George S. L. Connor Award and the Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award. He was also selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a junior in 2005.
Guynes joins the Crusaders after spending the last two years as the linebackers coach at Iona College, where he helped lead the team to a 7-4 record in 2007. During his time at Iona, Guynes guided the career of Adam Lipski, who earned second team Mid-Major All-America honors in both 2006 and 2007, and was named the 2007 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Prior to his time at Iona, Guynes served as the defensive backs coach at Muhlenberg College in 2005. A 2005 graduate of Lehigh University, Guynes was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Mountain Hawks. 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.
The Crusaders are scheduled to open the 2008 season on Saturday, September 6, when they play host to Massachusetts at 1:00 p.m.