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Brian Bubna enters his first season as the MIT football head coach in 2018 after being appointed to the position on March 20, 2018. He takes over as the head coach after serving on the coaching staff for nine seasons, including most recently as the team’s defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
In 2017, the Engineers finished with a 7-3 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the first season of NEWMAC play. Defensively, Bubna’s unit allowed just 16.3 points per game and a league-low 121.1 passing yards per contest. The Engineer defense was second in the conference in interceptions with 17 and led the NEWMAC in fumble recoveries with 12. In addition, MIT’s defense had three NEWMAC All-Conference honorees, including a pair of First Team selections.
During his tenure, the Engineers recorded three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history that was capped by a 10-1 mark in 2014 as the Engineers won the league championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Assistant Coach (Offensive Coordinator)
Steve Brennan will be in his seventh season on the staff at MIT in 2018 and his first as the program’s offensive coordinator. He spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach with the Harvard football program after serving as an assistant at MIT from 2010-2016.
Prior to coming the staff at MIT, Brennan served as the offensive/defensive line coach at Noble and Greenough School from 2006-10. While he was there he helped the team to a pair of New England Championships (2006 & 2007) while putting together an unblemished record of 9-0 and winning the ISL title. Brennan also served as head coach of the JV program from 2007-10.
Brennan graduated from Northeastern University in 2006 with a degree in sociology. While a student at Northeastern he worked with the Huskies football program as a work study assistant in 2003. A native of Cambridge, he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
Assistant Coach (Offensive Line/Co-Special Teams Coordinator)
One of the most experienced coaches on the MIT football coaching staff, Al Pogarian will be in his 12th season with the Engineers in 2018 as he works with the offensive line and is the co-special teams coordinator. He brings 22 years of football experience to the MIT program and was honored in 2012 with the Division II-III Assistant Coach of the Year award by the Greater Boston Gridiron Club.
Pogarian came to MIT starting in 2007 as the running backs coach. Under his guidance MIT set a single-game rushing record of 477 yards that season. For the 2008 and 2009 seasons he took over as the Engineers offensive coordinator and saw his unit set school records for points, touchdowns, first downs, rushing yards, total offense, and rushing TDs in 2008. He moved to his current position with the defensive line in 2010.
Prior to MIT, Pogarian was the offensive line coach and nearby Waltham High School from 2001-06 where he coached Mackenzy Bernadeau who currently plays for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers/Football Ops)
Nick Perron enters his seventh season as a member of the MIT coaching staff in 2018 and is in his first year as the program’s special team’s coordinator. He will also be serving as the team’s wide receiver’s coach after coaching the linebackers in 2017. Also coordinating the football operations, Perron works as an assistant varsity equipment specialist after previously working with MIT Recreation as an assistant director of membership services.
Perron’s prior football experience before coming to MIT was as a member of the coaching staff at Killingly High School in Danielson, Connecticut for three seasons starting in 2004. While there, he was the quarterback coach and served as the offensive coordinator in 2007.
Perron graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in sport management from Nichols College. A three-year starter during his time at Nichols, he was a part of the Bison program that competed in the 2000 ECAC Championship Game and won the Boyd Division Championship of the New England Football Conference in 2001. Nick, his wife Jessica and daughter Josephine live in Framingham, Mass.
Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
Andy Byron begins his first season as an assistant coach with the MIT football team in 2018 and will coach the defensive line this season. He comes to MIT from Merrimack College (Mass.), where he was the linebackers coach for the 2017 season.
Prior to his time at Merrimack, Byron served as the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator at Maine Maritime Academy from 2014-2017. He was also an assistant coach at Springfield College (Mass.) from 2011-2014, where he coached the defensive backs, outside linebackers and was the video coordinator. His other coaching experience came at the high school level in 2010 as he was the quarterbacks and outside linebackers coach at Haverhill High School (Mass.).
A 2009 graduate of Springfield, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. He also went on to earn his Master of Education degree in student personnel administration from Springfield in 2013.
Assistant Coach ( Outside Linebackers)
Mike Booras is beginning his fourth season on the MIT football staff in 2018 in his second stint with the Engineers and will coach the team’s outside linebackers.
He previously coached football at his alma mater, Colby College, for three years from 2006-08 as an assistant coach. While at Colby he also was a coach with the school’s varsity skiing program.
After Colby, Booras moved on to Harvard University where he worked as an Athletic Events Coordinator and as the Assistant Director of the Crimson Club from 2009-11. He then went back to Colby as a major gifts officer from 2011-13 before making the change to MIT in 2013.
Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
James Klein enters his third year as a member of the MIT football coaching staff in 2018 and will serve as an assistant coach with the team’s defensive line.
Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
Brad Kent enters his second season as an assistant coach with the MIT football program in 2018 and will work with the team’s defensive backs.
Defensive Assistant Coach
Devone Williams enters his second season as an assistant coach at MIT in 2018 and will serve as a defensive assistant for the Engineers.
Assistant Coach (Running Backs)
Sam Cohen begins his first season as a member of the MIT football staff in 2018 and will work with the running backs. He is a recent graduate of Boston College with a degree in economics who worked with their recruiting and film departments.
Offensive Assistant Coach
Justin Wallace enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the MIT football program in 2018 and will serve as an offensive assistant for the Engineers.
Wallace brings plenty of offensive experience and an inside knowlege of the MIT offense as he is coming off a four-year career with the Engineers as the team’s starting running back. His stellar career at MIT saw him graduate as Tech’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,592), rushing attempts (889), rushing TDs (47), and 100-yard rushing games (24). As a senior in 2014 he ran for 1,587 yards and 17 scores and was named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Year.
Wallace graduated from MIT in 2015 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.