Bill Banagan, the program's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator enters his eighth consecutive season on the Great Dane staff.
His work with the defensive line keyed a unit that ranked nationally in both scoring defense and rushing yards allowed among Division I FCS teams. In 2012, UAlbany’s rushing defense ranked first in the NEC and 14th in the nation (117.91 yrds/game).
Since 2006, 17 members of the defensive front have earned All-Northeast Conference recognition. In addition, Michael Dungey and Tom Pandolf received All-America honors, and Trevor Anderson was a 2011 United Football League draft choice.
Banagan previously worked with UAlbany's tight ends from 1999-2002. In his last season, the Great Danes captured the Northeast Conference and ECAC championships.
Coach Banagan also serves as the football program's recruiting coordinator, where he administrates areas of recruitment and work with NCAA compliance and clearinghouse details. Banagan, who has also coached mid-major All-America defensive end and former NFL and CFL player Andre Coleman, recruits in both Central New York and Northern New Jersey.
Banagan, 52, coached for nine years at Bishop Maginn High in Albany, N.Y., prior to his first stint on Bob Ford's staff. He tutored the offensive line, receivers and tight ends, and served as the program's offensive coordinator in 1998. Banagan later served as Shaker High's offensive coordinator in 2003.
A Capital Region native, Banagan lettered twice for the Great Danes in 1982 and 1983. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics with a minor in business administration.
In addition, Banagan was an all-league tight end for five seasons with the Albany Metro Mallers, a semi-professional team. He earned All-Big Ten League recognition as a scholastic defensive back.
He and his wife, Kathy, have three children: Kyle, Liam and Kara.