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Merrimack College Has a New Football Coach

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After a successful 11-year run that saw the Merrimack College Warriors football team make the transformation from a Division II program to an FCS Division I program, Dan Curran decided that the time was right to make a coaching move. So on December 15, Curran accepted the head coaching job at Holy Cross. He leaves the Warriors as the team’s all-time winningest head coach in school history with 53 wins. Included in that resume are back-to-back trips to the NEC Championship Game in 2022 and 2023. The 2022 seasons may have been his best with Merrimack. The team put together an eight-win season that included a seven-game winning streak.

He will be replaced by a member of his staff who served as the interim head coach of the team for the rest of the off-season. Mike Gennetti became the new head coach of the team on December 18. Gennetti has been with this team for 19 years. He had been the defensive coordinator in recent years. During that time, the defense has become a staple of this team having been ranked in the top 5 in five different defensive categories. Most notable being the best in third down conversion percentage. In the Northeast Conference, the Warriors’ defense was the best at stopping the run, allowing only 136.4 yards a game, which was 13 yards better than the next team on the list. Overall, the team ranked fifth in FCS in total defense allowing 283.2 yards a game. Eight players were named to the All-NEC teams.

In 2022, Gennetti was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the FBS/FCS Gridiron Club of Boston. He becomes just the fifth head coach in the 28 years of Merrimack College football. He will take over a team that, despite making it to the championship game of the NEC, still finished with an overall record of 5-6. In 2024, the Warriors will open their season on the road facing the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Aug.31. It will be the first time these two schools have ever met on a football field. Merrimack plays a seven-game schedule in the NEC, based on the league having only eight members. The school can add three non-league matchups to their schedule. The Fordham Rams are the second non-league game that will take place on November 23. The third game will be a road trip to UConn with that date still to be determined.

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