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Maryland defensive line coach Greg Gattuso has officially been hired as the head coach at the University of Albany, the school announced in a statement on Monday.
“Coach Gattuso is a proven winner who will sustain the legacy created by [retiring coach] Bob Ford," Dr. Lee McElroy, Albany’s Vice President and Director of Athletics, said in a release.
“Coach Gattuso impressed everyone during the search process with his energy, vision, enthusiasm and understanding of the core values of the University at Albany.”
Gattuso, who has been with the Terrapins for three seasons, has been the coach behind a strong defensive front for Maryland this season. The defensive line has been a mainstay for an otherwise injury-riddled defense in College Park.
Even after losing linemen A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano to the NFL, the Maryland line combined for 13.5 sacks during the regular season.
“I am fired up to meet the kids and get started,” Gattuso said in the release. “I feel the BCS training has sharpened my leadership skills and I am excited to be a head coach again.”
“The sense of community surrounding UAlbany has really impressed me, and I look forward to having my family be a part of it."
Before coming to Maryland, Gattuso was the head coach at Duquesne from 1992-2004 and was an assistant head coach at Pittsburgh for six seasons. At Pittsburgh and Maryland, Gattuso was a key recruiter in helping to bring top recruits to the respective programs.
Gattuso would replace head coach Bob Ford, who is retiring after 43 years with the program. The stadium at which the team plays bears Ford's name.