Fitchburg State College's newly acquired head football coach, Paul McGonagle, is starting fresh.
Down to business08/19/2007 10:05 AM EDT - FITCHBURG -- Paul McGonagle
is wise beyond his
football years.The 31-year-old McGonagle was named the new head football coach of the Falcons by the Fitchburg State College Athletic Department on Full Story
FITCHBURG -- Paul McGonagle
is wise beyond his
football years. The 31-year-old McGonagle was named the new head football coach of the Falcons by the Fitchburg State College Athletic Department on April 9 of this year. "I am very thankful to both President (Robert V.) Antonucci and (Athletic Director) Sue Lauder for the opportunity to become the head football coach at Fitchburg State College," McGonagle said in a press release on Fitchburg State's athletics Web site.
"(There are) a couple reasons," McGonagle
said about why he
chose to coach the Falcons
...During his playing days as a Wildcat, McGonagle played with a quarterback by the name of Tim Couch, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft.
...Before graduating from Kentucky in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in sports management, McGonagle would sit in on the meetings of the Kentucky coaching staff.
According to McGonagle
"would sit back and absorb everything I could by all the great coaches I was surrounded by." "It's just something I've always wanted to do," McGonagle said about becoming a coach.
"When I started playing Little League
, my dad was my Little League
coach and knew from then on I wanted to be a coach.There's a bunch of places I've worked where I learned a lot from coaches, too.I don't really think it has anything to do with the SEC
.My best coach was my father and I learned that in Little League
Following a disappointing 4-5 season in 2006, Fitchburg State
will make the transition from Steve Haverty to McGonagle
...Carmy Cesaire is the only coach returning coach from the Haverty era, as the rest of the assistant coaches were hand-picked by McGonagle.
One of the first changes made by McGonagle
is instituting a mandatory conditioning program.
There are 22 open spots, according to McGonagle
"(McGonagle) doesn't know anybody and everybody starts off on a fair game.There's going to be no favorites." Before helping Bentley to its first conference title, McGonagle played a key role in Stony Brook University's first Northeast championship as the team's offensive coordinator. His coaching career began at Northeastern University, followed by coaching positions at Bucknell University and Eastern Kentucky, where he earned his master's degree in sports administration. Even at such a young age for a head coach, McGonagle does bring a loaded resume to his new position.
"It's going to be fun, entertaining and competitive," McGonagle
said about the type of football fans can expect.