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Head Coach Greg Gattuso signs new 5-year contract

UAlbany Sports Information   02-08-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany Athletic Director, Mark Benson, announced Thursday that Head Football Coach, Greg Gattuso, has signed a new five-year contract that runs through the 2022 season.

"We are extremely happy with the direction and growth of our football program in the highly competitive CAA under Coach Gattuso," Benson said. "Greg and his staff have done an outstanding job. He continues to have the team make strides in one of the most challenging conferences in the nation, while guiding our student-athletes to success in the classroom. Coach Gattuso has embraced our community and continues to build leaders on and off the field.  We’re excited about the direction of our program as we continue to work toward our goal of competing for a CAA championship.”

Gattuso commented, “It’s hard to put into words how excited I am. Everybody who knows me knows how happy I am in Albany. I love the town, and I love being here at the University at Albany. To have the comfort level of another few years is great for recruiting and great for our coaching staff. I’m as excited as ever to go back to work in building a championship football team.”

Gattuso just completed his fourth season at UAlbany, where he’s posted a 21-24 record and two seven-win seasons. This past year, playing a challenging schedule that included five Football Championship Subdivision playoff teams and one Football Bowl Subdivision team, Gattuso’s Great Danes boasted one of the top defenses in the Colonial Athletic Association, ranking second in total defense (282.5 yards per game) and pass defense (175.1 yards per game). Additionally, five UAlbany student-athletes were named to All-CAA teams, including first-team defensive end Malachi Hoskins. The Great Danes also recorded their first-ever victory over a team ranked in the top 10, beating Villanova, 19-10, in overtime Sept. 23.

A year earlier, UAlbany finished 7-4 overall (4-4 CAA) and was ranked in the STATS FCS Top 25 poll for five weeks during the season.

Gattuso, a defensive lineman at Penn State (1983) who also spent 12 years as a head coach at Duquesne, has a career record of 118-56.

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