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Dan Curran enters his fifth season as head football coach at Merrimack for the 2017-18 academic year.
Curran has led the program to several marquee victories over the past four seasons, including the program’s first victory over a Division I opponent when it defeated reigning Northeast Conference champion and Division I FCS Tournament participant Wagner, as well as multiple wins over Northeast-10 Conference powers American International, Assumption, Bentley, LIU Post, New Haven and Southern Connecticut State.
In addition to the success on the field, the team has made its presence felt off the field, as well. Under Curran’s guidance, the program was named the Community Service Award winner at the 2014 LEAD Awards for its work with team IMPACT, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and Lawrence Literacy Night. The football team continues to rank among Merrimack’s most active programs in terms of community service hours each academic year.
Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Mike Gennetti returns for his 13th season as part of the Merrimack College football coaching staff in 2017-18, serving as Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.
Gennetti’s staff has guided a defense has enjoyed tremendous success in recent seasons; with his tutelage, the defense has transformed from a group that once struggled into one of the most respected units in the Northeast-10 Conference.
In 2016, the defense saw two of its members named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Team, with Josh Hill ’17 earning a spot on the unit’s first team. Hill led the league in sacks — marking the second straight year that a Warrior has led the league in that category — and was ranked in the top-30 nationally in sacks per game. Hill was also an all-region selection, as well.
Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Bryan Robbat is in his third year as a member of the football coaching staff in 2017-18.
He has overseen cornerbacks since the 2016 season and has also been in charge of defensive quality control since his arrival in 2015. He was also named the team’s recruiting coordinator at the conclusion of the 2016 season, and now oversees all defensive backs for the start of the 2017 season.
Prior to his arrival in North Andover, Robbat spent nearly four years (Sept. 2011 – May 2015) as assistant football coach at UMass Dartmouth. During his tenure, he oversaw the wide receivers, runnings backs, safeties and the secondary.
Joe Clancy begins his first season as Quarterbacks Coach in 2017-18.
The 2013 Merrimack College alum returns to campus following stints with a number of Arena Football League (AFL) franchises, as well as a in the Swedish Superserien and the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL). Clancy started his pro career with the Örebro Black Knights, leading them to a second-place finish in the league, before signing on with the Blacktips of the FXFL for the fall of the 2014 season. Then, after his first AFL stint with the San Jose SaberCats in February of 2015, he joined the Los Angeles KISS that spring.
The former Warrior was a two-time Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and all-conference first team selection and was set a number of school and conference single-season and career records. He wrapped up his career with 9,308 passing yards in 38 games, finishing 812-for-1,1274 (63.7 career completion percentage) with 89 touchdowns, ranking first in program history in career passing yards, completions and touchdowns.
Defensive Line Coach/Director of Football Operations
TJ Lesniewski enters his second season as a member of the Merrimack College football coaching staff in 2019-20. He serves as the defensive line coach and director of football operations.
In Lesniewski’s first season, he helped coach an all-conference second team selection in Jesse Jones ’19, who was a National Bowl participation. The Warriors finished the season with 18 sacks, averaging just under two sacks per game, and had the fourth-best red zone defense in the conference.
Lesniewski arrived in North Andover after spending two years as an assistant coach for the Muskingum University (NCAA DIII). He also served as an assistant linebacker coach at Marietta College (DIII) in 2015, and also at his alma mater, West Liberty University, with the running backs and special teams unit (2014).
Defensive Backs Coach/Defensive Quality Control
Gee White is entering his second season with the Merrimack College football coaching staff in 2019-20, serving as the defensive backs coach while overseeing defensive quality control.
White helped produce four all-conference selections in 2018, as Merrimack finished the year with 10 total interceptions, a figure that ranked fourth in the conference. Merrimack also had the second-best turnover margin in the league thanks to 17 takeaways, the fourth-best figure in the conference. The Warriors averaged just under two sacks per game and had the fourth-best red zone defense in the conference.
White arrived after spending two years at McDaniel College (DIII), where he coached the linebackers and helped produce an all-conference selection in each of his two seasons. He did so after spending a year coaching linebackers and running backs at Kutztown High School before returning to his hometown of Baltimore.
Wide Receivers Coach
Luke Bakanowsky ’15 is entering his second season as part of the Merrimack College football coaching staff in 2019-20. He oversees the wide receivers.
Bakanowsky oversaw Merrimack’s talented wide receiving corps in 2018, which were among the league’s most dangerous units. Three different wide receivers earned all-conference recognition, as well as one being named a Don Hansen Gazette All-Super Region Third Team selection. Merrimack also finished the year with the conference’s fourth-best offense in terms of yards/game and second-best passing offense.
The 2015 Merrimack College alumnus was a four-year member of the football program and appeared in 13 games over the course of his career. He threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one other as a senior iin 2014.