Bob Chesney is in his second year as the head football coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2019. The 28th head coach in the history of the program, he has posted a winning conference record in each of his nine seasons as a collegiate head coach with an overall career mark of 72-31 over nine years.
During his first year with the Crusaders in 2018, Chesney guided his team to a second place finish in the Patriot League with a 4-2 mark in conference games, while going 5-6 overall. Holy Cross set school single-season records with seven blocked kicks, six blocked punts and four blocked punts returned for touchdowns, in addition to posting the two largest comeback victories in school history. The Crusaders also had seven All-Patriot League selections, with four players making the first team.
A two-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year, Chesney previously spent five seasons at Assumption College (44-16, 2013-2017) and three years at Salve Regina University (23-9, 2010-2012). He took over an Assumption program that had posted two winning seasons in the 17 years prior to his arrival and led the Greyhounds to five-straight winning records and NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last three years. Chesney previously rebuilt a Salve Regina program which had a streak of eight-consecutive losing seasons before his tenure, posting three winning campaigns in a row. During his eight seasons at the helm of the two programs, Chesney coached 94 all-conference selections and 12 All-Americans.
During the 2017 campaign, Chesney earned Northeast-10 Coach of the Year honors after leading Assumption to an overall record of 11-2, the Northeast-10 Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals. The Greyhounds had a school-record 17 players named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference teams, including the Most Valuable Player (Deonte Harris), the Special Teams Player of the Year (Cole Tracy), the Defensive Player of the Year (Andrew Benson) and the Defensive Lineman of the Year (Ray Sarkodieh). Tracy also received the Fred Mitchell Award as the nation’s top place-kicker in FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA. Assumption led the nation in turnover margin (+1.8 turnovers/game), punt returns (23.3 yards/return), interceptions (26) and turnovers forced (39), while standing fifth in sacks (3.5 sacks/game) and sixth in scoring offense (43.4 points/game).
In 2016, Chesney’s Assumption team went 9-3 overall, played in the Northeast-10 Championship Game and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Ashton Grant was named the Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Year, while 13 Greyhounds were named all-conference. Assumption led the Northeast-10 in scoring offense (37.2 points/game) and ranked second in scoring defense (19.8 point/game) while ranking second nationally in passing efficiency defense (91.3 rating), fourth in passing defense (157.8 yards/game) and 11th in total defense (296.0 yards/game).
Chesney’s 2015 team went 11-2 overall, won the program’s first-ever Northeast-10 title and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round. The Greyhounds had 13 all-conference selections, with Harris being named the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year. Assumption finished the season averaging a league-best 39.2 points per game, while converting in the red zone 88.3 percent of the time. At the conclusion of the season, Chesney was named the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year, the New England Football Writers Coach of the Year and the Hero Sports Division II National Coach of the Year.
In 2014, Chesney guided the Greyhounds to a 7-4 record and third place in the Northeast-10 standings. Assumption placed 10 players on the All-Northeast-10 teams, including Defensive Player of the Year Derrick Mann (who also earned Third Team All-America honors). Chesney’s team led the Northeast-10 in rushing offense (159.7 yards/game), sacks (3.1 sacks/game) and red zone offense (83.3 percent).
In his first season as Assumption’s head coach in 2013, Chesney directed the Hounds to a 6-5 overall mark and a perfect 5-0 record in Northeast-10 road games. The Greyhounds led the conference in pass defense (229.7 yards/game) and ranked 15th in the nation in turnover margin (+1.1 turnovers/game). Chesney’s team also featured 11 All-Northeast-10 selections and three All-Americans (Tad Beuchert, Khalid Pitts and Scott Simonson).
Chesney came to Assumption from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., where he posted a 23-9 record as the head coach from 2010-2012. He coached 30 all-conference selections, three All-Americans (A.J. Albert in 2011, Phil Terio in 2012 and Floyd Shaffer in 2012), 41 academic all-conference selections and one Academic All-American, while his defense consistently ranked among the league and national leaders in Division III. The Seahawks led the New England Football Conference in scoring defense in 2010 and 2011 and ranked second in 2012 while never allowing more than 14.6 points per game. Chesney’s team also led the nation in third-down conversion defense in 2012 and red zone defense in 2010.
In his final season at Salve Regina, Chesney guided his 2012 team to a 9-2 overall record, a 7-1 mark in the New England Football Conference and a trip to the NEFC Championship Game. The Seahawks previously went 8-3 during the 2011 season and posted a victory in the ECAC North-West Bowl. During Chesney’s first year in 2010, Salve Regina went 6-4 overall to snap a streak of eight-straight losing seasons. In addition to the team’s work on the field, the Seahawks were recognized as the Child and Family’s Volunteers of the Year for their commitment to their foster home program and after-school homework club.
Prior to his arrival at Salve Regina, Chesney was a member of the staff at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., from 2005-2009. He began his tenure as a defensive assistant and special teams coach for four seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2009. During his time at Johns Hopkins University, 21 players received all-conference recognition, including one Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year (Andrew Kase, 2009), one Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year (Colin Wixted, 2009) and one All-America selection (Kase, 2009). Chesney also helped Johns Hopkins lead the nation in interceptions in 2009.
Chesney previously served as an assistant coach and special teams coordinator at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., from 2003-2004. He was also the defensive coordinator at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., in 2002, and served as an assistant coach at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., from 2000-2001.
Chesney earned his bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 2000. He was a four-year varsity letterwinner as a defensive back at Dickinson, earning Second Team All-Centennial Conference honors in both 1998 and 1999. He was also the 1997 recipient of the team’s Vincent Correal MVP Award and served as a team captain during his senior year.
Chesney and his wife, Andrea, currently reside in Worcester with their two daughters (Lyla and Hudson) and one son (Bo).
BOB CHESNEY’S COLLEGIATE HEAD COACHING RECORD
|2011||Salve Regina||8-3||.727||6-2||.750||3rd||ECAC North-West Bowl|
|2012||Salve Regina||9-2||.818||7-1||.875||1st||NEFC Championship Game|
|2015||Assumption||11-2||.846||8-1||.889||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2016||Assumption||9-3||.750||8-1||.889||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|Sale Regina Totals||3 Seasons||23-9||.719||18-6||.750|
|Assumption Totals||5 Seasons||44-16||.733||36-9||.800|
|Holy Cross Totals||1 Season||5-6||.455||4-2||.667|
||9 Seasons||72-31||.699||58-17||.773||3 NCAAs|