Holy Cross Hires Merrimack’s Dan Curran as Head Coach

Holy Cross has hired Dan Curran to replace Bob Chesney as head coach. Curran has spent the past 11 years as the head coach of Merrimack.

Curran played collegiately at New Hampshire and played professionally with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. He began his coaching career at Merrimack as an offensive coordinator from 2010 through 2012. He was promoted to head coach beginning with the 2013 season.

Curran helped guide Merrimack from the NCAA Division 2 Northeast-10 Conference into the FCS’ Northeast Conference. The Warriors have been competitive in the NEC with back-to-back second-place finishes in 2022 and 2023. In both seasons, Merrimack entered the final game of the regular with a chance to clinch the NEC title but came up short in both seasons.

Curran went 53-58 overall in his 11 seasons with the Warriors including a 24-23 record since Merrimack joined the FCS level in 2019. He will take over for Chesney, who had a very successful tenure at Holy Cross with four straight outright Patriot League titles and four straight FCS playoff appearances from 2019 through 2022. Chesney left Holy Cross to take the head coaching position at James Madison.

Photo Credit to Merrimack College Athletics

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