Sean McDonnell

Sean Patrick McDonnell (born October 15, 1956) is an American football coach and former player. He has been the head football coach at the University of New Hampshire since 1999.[1] From August 2019 to March 2020, McDonnell took a leave of absence for medical reasons, with associate head coach Ricky Santos acting as interim head coach for the 2019 season.[2]

Sean McDonnell
Sean McDonnell in 2015.JPG
McDonnell in 2015 at Spartan Stadium before New Hampshire's game against San Jose State.
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNew Hampshire
ConferenceCAA
Record154–95
Biographical details
Born (1956-10-15) October 15, 1956 (age 63)
Saratoga Springs, New York
Playing career
1975–1978New Hampshire
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1984Hamilton (DC)
1985–1987Boston University (WR/TE)
1988Boston College (GA)
1989–1990Columbia (assistant)
1991–1993New Hampshire (WR/QB)
1994–1998New Hampshire (OC)
1999–presentNew Hampshire
Head coaching record
Overall154–95
Bowls14–14 (NCAA Division I-AA/FCS playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 A-10 (2005)
1 CAA (2014)
2 A-10 North Division (2004–2005)
2 CAA North Division (2008–2009)
Awards
Eddie Robinson Award (2005, 2014)

McDonnell won Eddie Robinson Award 2005 and 2014, which is given annually to the top head coach in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).[3] He lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN#
New Hampshire Wildcats (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1999–2006)
1999 New Hampshire 5–6 3–5 T–6th
2000 New Hampshire 6–5 4–4 T–4th
2001 New Hampshire 4–7 2–7 10th
2002 New Hampshire 3–8 2–7 10th
2003 New Hampshire 5–7 3–6 T–8th
2004 New Hampshire 10–3 6–2 1st (North) L Division I-AA Quarterfinal 6
2005 New Hampshire 11–2 7–1 T–1st (North) L Division I-AA Quarterfinal 5
2006 New Hampshire 9–4 5–3 T–2nd (North) L FCS Playoffs Quarterfinal 6
New Hampshire: 53–42 32–35
New Hampshire Wildcats (Colonial Athletic Association) (2007–present)
2007 New Hampshire 7–5 4–4 T–2nd (North) L FCS Playoffs First Round 14
2008 New Hampshire 10–3 6–2 1st (North) L FCS Playoffs Quarterfinal 8
2009 New Hampshire 10–3 6–2 1st (North) L FCS Playoffs Quarterfinal 10
2010 New Hampshire 8–5 5–3 T–4th L FCS Playoffs Quarterfinal 7
2011 New Hampshire 8–4 6–2 T–2nd L FCS Playoffs Second Round 11
2012 New Hampshire 8–4 6–2 T–2nd L FCS Playoffs Second Round 13
2013 New Hampshire 10–5 6–2 T–2nd L FCS Playoffs Semifinal 5
2014 New Hampshire 12–2 8–0 1st L FCS Playoffs Semifinal 3
2015 New Hampshire 7–5 5–3 T–4th L FCS Playoffs First Round
2016 New Hampshire 8–5 6–2 T–2nd L FCS Playoffs Second Round 17
2017 New Hampshire 9–5 5–3 T–4th L FCS Playoffs Quarterfinal
2018 New Hampshire 4–7 3–5 9th
2019 New Hampshire    
New Hampshire: 101–53 66–30
Total: 154–95
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth
  • #Rankings from final TSN Poll.

  On medical leave

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fitz, Gary (May 15, 2011). "Changes put UNH sports in tough spot". The Telegraph (Nashua). Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Connolly, John (August 27, 2019). "New Hampshire football coach Sean McDonnell on leave for health reasons". Boston Herald. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Eddie Robinson Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on April 4, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011.

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