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    Tom Gilmore named as head football coach

On Jan. 8, Tom Gilmore was formally introduced as the 22nd head football coach in Holy Cross history. Gilmore was chosen after an extensive nationwide search and an intense interview process.

“I am very appreciative of everyone that helped in selecting our new football coach,” says the College’s athletic director, Dick Regan ’76. “Everyone who spoke with Tom during the interview process was very impressed, and we are all extremely excited that he has decided to join us at Holy Cross. We feel very good about our football program with the high number of outstanding candidates that applied for the job, and we believe that we made the best choice possible. Tom’s enthusiasm, energy and intelligence were evident throughout the interview process, and we feel that he is the right man to bring football back to the top.”

Gilmore comes to Holy Cross after spending the last four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Lehigh University. Last season, his defense ranked first in the conference in points allowed (16.8) and second in total defense (304.9). Under his tutelage the last four seasons, the Mountain Hawks have ranked in the top three in scoring defense. In 2001, Gilmore was named the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year for molding an inexperienced unit into one of the top defenses in the league.

Gilmore came to Lehigh after spending eight years at Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, he served as defensive coordinator, offensive line coach and linebacker coach—helping lead the Big Green to two Ivy League Championships (1992 and 1996). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior defensive tackle. He helped lead Penn to four consecutive Ivy League Championships while earning his degree in computer mathematics in 1986.

“I am very excited to become part of the Holy Cross family,” Gilmore says. “I appreciate the faith that Father McFarland and Dick have shown in me being able to lead the Crusader football program. I am looking forward to moving Holy Cross football back to the top of the Patriot League.”

Gilmore replaces Dan Allen, who was relieved of his duties on Nov. 24. Allen had posted a record of 26-63 in his eight seasons at the helm of the Crusaders.

“We are all very excited about Tom Gilmore agreeing to be our next football coach,” says Holy Cross president Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. “Tom is an Ivy League graduate and coached at both Ivy League and Patriot League schools. He understands Holy Cross, and we feel that he will be a tremendous asset to our institution and the Holy Cross football team.”


Tom Gilmore
Tom Gilmore

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