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HEAD COACH SEAN McDONNELL

Sean McDonnell, a 1978 University of New Hampshire graduate, completed his 14th season as the head coach of his alma mater in 2012 with a career record of 104-66. Under his mentorship, the Wildcats have qualified for the NCAA Division I FCS postseason for nine straight seasons, the longest streak in the nation. The ‘Cats have been ranked in the Top 25 for 126 consecutive polls, the longest streak in FCS football, which dates back to Sept. 13, 2004. In May 2013, McDonnell was honored by the Joe Yukica-New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation, which presented him with the Andy Mooradian Award for his contributions to amateur football. The 2012 Wildcats earned a share of the CAA championship, the second in Coach Mac’s career (2005), with a 6-2 league mark and extended their longest-in-the-nation streak of consecutive NCAA D-I playoff appearance to nine. The ‘Cats compiled an 8-4 overall record that included an NCAA second-round game at Wofford. As a result, Coach Mac was tabbed the New England Division I Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston for the fourth time (2000, ‘04, ‘09, ‘12), earned his fourth New England Football Writers Division I FCS Coach of the Year honor (‘05, ‘08, ‘10, ‘12) and was feted as the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year for the third time (‘04, ‘05, ‘12). McDonnell reached milestone coaching victory No. 100 with a 44-21 win over Georgia State at the Georgia Dome on Oct. 6, 2012. Senior linebacker Matt Evans became the school’s all-time tackle leader (460) when he surpassed Steve Doig on Nov. 3, 2012, in Coach Mac’s first career victory against William & Mary (28-25). Evans had his No. 52 retired at the team awards banquet in March 2013, and fellow senior Chris Zarkoskie (OL) was the recipient of the CAA’s inaugural Chuck Boone Leadership Award. The 2011 Wildcats matched a school record for the second straight year by knocking off five ranked opponents en route to an 8-4 mark, including 6-2 in the CAA. The ‘Cats put a bow on their rivalry with Massachusetts by knocking off the Minutemen, 27-21, in the second Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium, which was also the 74th and final scheduled meeting between the longtime rivals. UNH reclaimed the Brice-Cowell Musket with a 30-27 defeat of Maine in the regular-season finale and came within a blocked PAT of forcing overtime in a playoff loss at Montana State. Junior linebacker Matt Evans became the first Wildcat to ever be named the nation’s top defensive player when he won the Buck Buchanan Award, and senior quarterback Kevin Decker was crowned the CAA Offensive Player of the Year. In 2010, McDonnell’s Wildcats collected victories against five ranked opponents, a University record, en route to an 8-5 campaign. UNH advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA postseason for the sixth time in seven years after dispatching Bethune-Cookman, 45-20, in a second-round encounter before suffering a 16-3 quarterfinal loss at eventual national championship game participant Delaware. McDonnell was feted as the 2010 Division I FCS Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers, his third such honor (2005, ’08). During the course of the ’10

SEAN MCDONNELL Accolades

• Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year (‘05) • Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year finalist (‘04) • District Coach of the Year, AFCA (‘12, ‘05, ‘04) • New England Football Writers Coach of the Year (‘12, ‘10, ‘08, ‘05) • College Head Coach of the Year, Gridiron Club of Greater Boston (‘12, ‘09, ‘04,‘00)

College Coaching Experience

• University of New Hampshire (22 years) º Head coach (14 years) º Offensive coordinator (5 years) º QB / WR coach (3 years) • Columbia University (2 years) • Boston College, grad assistant (1 year) • Boston University, WR/TE (3 years) • Hamilton College, defensive coordinator (2 years) 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Year by Year

5-6 (3-5 Atlantic 10) 6-5 (4-4 Atlantic 10) 4-7 (2-7 Atlantic 10) 3-8 (2-7 Atlantic 10) 5-7 (3-6 Atlantic 10) 10-3 (6-2 Atlantic 10) NCAA quarterfinals 11-2 (7-1 Atlantic 10) NCAA quarterfinals 9-4 (5-3 Atlantic 10) NCAA quarterfinals 7-5 (4-4 CAA) NCAA first round 10-3 (6-2 CAA) NCAA quarterfinals 10-3 (6-2 CAA) NCAA quarterfinals 8-5 (5-3 CAA) NCAA quarterfinals 8-4 (6-2 CAA) NCAA second round 8-4 (6-2 CAA) NCAA second round

Career: 104-66 (.612) | CAA Record: 65-50 (.565)

UNH-44, Georgia State-21

Coach McDonnell and the Wildcats celebrate his 100th career coaching victory in the Georgia Dome on Oct. 6, 2012

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