WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross has named Bob Chesney its new head football coach, as announced by Director of Athletics Nathan Pine. Chesney, who becomes the 28th head coach in the history of the program, has posted a winning record in each of his eight seasons as a collegiate head coach. He will begin his responsibilities at Holy Cross immediately.
Chesney will be introduced publicly at a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the Luth Athletic Complex on the Holy Cross campus. The press conference will be shown live online through the Patriot League Network and GoHolyCross.com.
“I am thrilled to introduce Bob Chesney as our next head football coach and to welcome him to the Holy Cross family,” said Pine. “Bob is a rising star in the coaching profession, and his track record of head coaching success at multiple programs speaks for itself. He is a familiar face within the Worcester community already, and we know he will be a great fit for our culture and vision at Holy Cross.”
A two-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year, Chesney’s career record stands at 67-25 (.728 winning percentage), including 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 only two winning seasons in the 17 years prior to his arrival and led the Greyhounds to five-straight winning records and three-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. 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.
“I would like to thank everyone at Assumption College for their belief and support in our program over the past five years. The players, coaches, administrators, families and local community have helped to build an extremely successful program that will endure for years to come,” said Chesney. “When presented with this opportunity at Holy Cross, I quickly realized how passionate those connected to the College truly are. The commitment to athletics and the vision for future success is evident, and I am proud to be part of it.
“My family and I are excited to begin this new chapter, and I would like to thank Nathan Pine, Brendan Sullivan and the search committee at Holy Cross for their support,” he continued. “With the commitment from our passionate alumni and the great Worcester community, we look forward to bringing Holy Cross football back to a position of prominence on the national stage.”
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 saw a school-record 17 players named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference teams, including four major conference award winners and three All-Americans. Assumption led the nation in turnover margin, punt returns, interceptions and turnovers forced, while standing fifth in sacks and sixth in scoring offense. 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. The Greyhounds saw 13 all-conference selections and ranked second nationally in passing efficiency defense, fourth in passing defense and 11th in total defense while leading the league in scoring offense.
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 and two All-Americans, while leading the league in scoring offense and red zone offense. 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, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston New England 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, placing 10 players on the All-Northeast-10 teams, including one All-American. Chesney’s team led the Northeast-10 in rushing offense, sacks and red zone offense. In his first season as Assumption’s head coach in 2013, Chesney’s team went 6-5 and saw three players earn All-America honors and 11 receive all-conference recognition.
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, 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.
Prior to his arrival at Salve Regina, Chesney was a member of the staff at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., from 2005-2009, serving 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 All-America selection.
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 currently resides in Worcester with his wife, Andrea, their two daughters, Lyla and Hudson, and their son, Robert.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT BOB CHESNEY
“This is a tremendous hire for Holy Cross, its football program and entire athletic department. Bob is truly one of the bright young minds in college football. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him quite well over the last few years. Bob, and members of his staff, traveled to South Bend and spent time with our coaches. He has a proven plan, as evidenced by his success at my alma mater Assumption College, of what’s needed when it comes to building a program and, almost more importantly, has a keen sense of what’s necessary when it comes to sustaining success. He’ll do a wonderful job at Holy Cross.” – Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly
“Bob Chesney’s incredible success as a head football coach comes as no surprise to Johns Hopkins fans, as he had a powerful and long-lasting impact on our football program. He will bring energy, enthusiasm and a keen football mind to Holy Cross. He and his family will be a great addition to the Holy Cross community.” – Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff
BOB CHESNEY’S COLLEGIATE HEAD COACHING RECORD
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