Holy Cross Names Chesney New Football Coach
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Joe Calabro, GoLocalWorcester Sports Team
Chesney becomes the 28th coach in program history. His responsibilities will begin immediately.
“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. 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,” said Chesney.
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.
“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. 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,” said Chesney.
Prior to his stint 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.