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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.
Wide Receivers/Director of Football Operations
Shane Ferguson is beginning his third season with the football coaching staff in 2017-18 and will serve as the Wide Receivers Coach and Director of Operations.
Ferguson makes his return to his alma mater following a one-year stint at Lafayette College, where he served as the wide receivers coach and offensive assistant. Before his move to Lafayette, the 2013 graduate spent two years on the Merrimack coaching staff as the wide receivers coach as well as a special teams coach, mentoring the kickers and punters.
A native of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Ferguson was a Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team selection, an NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-American, and he was the second player in program history to record 100+ catches in a season and was chosen to participate in the National Bowl at the conclusion of his senior season in 2013.
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
Mike DiCenso enters his ninth season at Merrimack in 2017-18 and, after a long tenure as offensive line coach, will shift over to the defensive side of the ball to oversee the defensive line.
Under DiCenso’s guidance, Merrimack’s offensive line has helped produce gaudy numbers for both the Merrimack offense in general, as well as protect some of the top quarterbacks the program has ever seen. In recent years, the offensive line has also produced a number of all-conference and all-region selections.
The 2016 season saw the offensive line limit the opposition to only 24 sacks on the year while helping create opportunities for an offense that averaged over 165 rushing yards per game, its highest per-game rushing average since the 2011 season. One member of the unit also earned all-conference recognition, as well.
Assistant Offensive Line Coach