Colby College Football

Coaching Staff

Jack Cosgrove
Head Coach

Jack Cosgrove, the winningest coach in University of Maine football history, is in his first season as the head coach of the Colby College football program in the 2018-19 academic year.
 
Cosgrove, head coach for the Black Bears for 23 years, took over at Colby on January 8, 2018.
"Jack’s extensive experience, energy, and proven success make him the right person to lead Colby football into a new era," said Jake Olkkola, Colby's Harold Alfond Director of Athletics, who led the search.
 
A national search yielded an impressive candidate pool, Olkkola said. Cosgrove’s years of victories on the field—and in recruiting and developing the best student athletes—made him the top choice for a program that is poised for success.
 
Cosgrove is the 41st head coach since the Colby football program started in 1892, but only the seventh since 1967. Since stepping aside from the Black Bears in November 2015, Cosgrove has been the senior associate director of athletics at University of Maine.
 
“It’s with great excitement and anticipation that I accept this position,” Cosgrove said. “I would like to thank Colby and its leadership for providing me with this great opportunity. To say I'm excited would be an understatement.”
 
Cosgrove's tenure in Orono included 129 career wins, the most in University of Maine football history, five NCAA postseason appearances, and 20 All-American selections. The Black Bears won a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title in 2013 and Atlantic 10 championships in 2001 and 2002.
 
While Cosgrove's teams had success on the field, he also recruited and guided students to academic success. The Black Bears had numerous CAA All-Academic honors and two CAA Student-Athlete of the Year selections.
 
Cosgrove comes to Mayflower Hill at a time of great momentum and progress for athletics.  Colby has long supported a healthy and active community—more than a third of its students are varsity athletes and about 90 percent participate in fitness activities and club sports. A new, 350,000-square foot athletics complex is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2020. An outdoor competition center, including three new fields and a baseball-softball complex, was finished and opened officially in September. Colby teams led by top coaches have had impressive showings in the past two years, with dominant success by teams including women’s lacrosse, men’s rugby and women’s rugby (recently ranked 7th in the nation).
 
Two of the football team captains, Shane Normandeau ’19 and Sebastien Philemon ’19, served on the advisory search committee. “We are extremely excited to have Coach Cosgrove as our next head coach,” they wrote in an email. “The minute we met him, we knew he was somebody we wanted to learn from and be coached by. We are excited for this coming year and for the future of the Colby football program."
 
Cosgrove, a native of Sharon, Mass., started his Maine football career as a quarterback for the University in 1974, throwing for 2,836 career yards before graduating in 1978. He was a graduate assistant coach for the team while earning his master's degree in educational administration in 1981. 
 
After four years coaching high school football in Stoughton, Mass., Cosgrove returned to the college level as an offensive assistant at Boston College. He headed north to Orono as an offensive assistant in 1987, and never left, taking over the Black Bear program in 1993.
 
Cosgrove and his wife, Marilyn, have four children: Jeri, 25, twins Matthew and Carly, 22, and Sydni, 20.
 
“I look forward to working with the faculty, administrators, coaches, and staff as Colby pursues excellence in football,” Cosgrove said. “Most importantly, I can't wait to meet and start working with the student athletes and young men who represent the Colby football program.”

Cosgrove File

New head coach at Colby College – Jan. 8, 2017

23 seasons as head coach at UMaine

129 career wins, most in UMaine football history

3 NCAA playoff victories

20 All-Americans coached

3 NFL Draft picks

3 Buck Buchanan Award finalists (FCS Defensive Player of the Year)

2013 Maine Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

George C. Carens Award for lifetime contributions to New England football

2013, 2008, 2001 Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year finalist

2013 — CAA Coach of the Year & American Football Coaches Association FCS Region 1 Co-Coach of the Year, Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Bowl/Championship Division Head Coach of the Year,

2013 & 2011 New England Football Writers FCS Coach of the Year

2001 & 1996 — Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year

Dave Dunn
Assistant Coach | Offensive Coordinator

Dave Dunn, a head coach at Catholic University of America and Becker College, is in his second year as the offensive coordinator for the Colby College football team in the 2018-19 academic year.
 
Dunn has experience on nearly every level of college and high school football. He will also be the position coach for Colby's quarterbacks. 
 
Dunn was at Division I Marshall University two years ago as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. He also worked with the Thundering Herd's special teams.
Dunn spent 10 years at Catholic as head coach and helped the Cardinals win a share of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title and capture the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship in 2008.
 
Dunn had offenses ranked in the top 15 in the country and had award-winning quarterbacks. He had one quarterback earn the 2011 Melberger Award as the top player in Division III. In his final year at Catholic in 2015, he had a quarterback earn All-American honors.
Before his coaching stint at Catholic, Dunn started the program at Becker and recruited more than 100 players for the team's first year of competition in 2005. 
 
Dunn's other collegiate coaching experience came at Florida Atlantic University, Harvard University, Indiana State University, and University of San Diego.
Dunn was running backs coach and special team coordinator for Florida Atlantic in 2003 and 2004. Dunn helped the Owls make the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA semifinals. Dunn was the defensive line coach for Harvard in its Ivy League championship season of 1997 and also coached with the Crimson in 1998. He worked with linebackers for Indiana State in 1992 and was a defensive line coach at San Diego in 1990.
 
 
Dunn, a University of San Diego graduate, also had success at the high school level. He was the head coach at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and led the team to back-to-back district championships in 1999 and 2000. Dunn led Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla., to consecutive Florida state playoff berths in 2001 and 2002. He also coached at Masuk High School in Connecticut from 1993 to 1996.

Sean Conerly
Assistant Coach | Defensive Coordinator

Sean Conerly returns for his fourth year at Colby and his first as the team's defensive coordinator. He spent the past three seasons as linebackers coach and co-special teams coordinator.
 
Conerly worked for both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Union College. Conerly, a New Orleans native, was defensive line coach, special teams coordinator, director of video and football operations, and an admissions associate for RPI. Conerly had three Liberty League All-conference players in his two years coaching the defensive line with the Engineers. As coach of the special teams, he had a first team All-American kicker.
 

Conerly earned a bacherlor's degree in applied mathematics (economics minor) from Union College in 2010 and a master's in business administration from Union Graduate College in 2012.

Tom Dexter
Assistant Coach | Wide Receivers

Tom Dexter, who enters his 30th season on Colby's football coaching staff, was honored with the Gridiron Club of Boston's Division II/III Assistant Coach of the Year honor in 2009. Dexter was honored by the Gridiron Club at the Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night in Boston. Dexter is the senior member of the Colby football coaching staff and will move to the offense and coach the wide receivers in the 2018 season. He has been the defensive coordinator and led the defensive backs. A 1987 graduate of SUNY-Cortland, Dexter played quarterback and defensive back while in college. In 1988 he earned his master's degree from Cortland while serving as a defensive line coach there. Dexter then went to Cornell University for one year where he was the defensive secondary coach and defensive coordinator of the freshman football team. At Colby, Dexter served for 15 years as head baseball coach at Colby Tom has four children: Hannah, Sam, Jake, and Lydia.

Matt Dugan
Assistant Coach | Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

Matt Dugan, with coaching experience at Springfield College and Maine Maritime Academy, is in his fourth year as an assistant coach in the 2018-19 academic year and his third year leading the offensive line. Dugan also is the squad's recruiting coordinator.
 
He was running backs coach in his first year, coaching Jabari Hurdle-Price to All-NESCAC First Team honors. Dugan was the junior varsity head coach and a graduate assistant offensive line coach at Springfield from January 2013 to January 2015.
 
Dugan earned his master's degree in physical education and his bachelor's degree in sport management from Springfield. Before starting his master's degree, Dugan spent one season as an assistant at Maine Maritime in the 2012 season. He was a positional coach for running backs and long snappers.
 
Dugan played four years of football at Springfield, starting on the offensive line his final two years. He earned the Male Athlete Unsung Hero Award and the Solem-Dunn-Osur Brotherhood Award during his time with the Pride.
 
Dugan's recruiting areas: Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania

Jason Brooks
Assistant Coach | Defensive Line

Jason Brooks, with coaching experience in the NFL and NCAA Division I Florida International University, is in his second year as defensive line coach for the Colby football team in the 2018-19 academic year..
 
Brooks worked with the Baltimore Ravens as an offensive assistant and offensive quality control from May 2009 to February 2013.  He worked with the wide receivers and running backs coaches during his time with the Ravens. Brooks was part of the 2012 Super Bowl champion team when the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers.
 
Brooks, a scouting assistant for the Miami Dolphins in 2007-2008, worked with Dolphins tight ends on a Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
 
Brooks left the Ravens for Florida International as the defensive backs coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He also had some special-team duties during his time with FIU. Brooks switched over to offense and coached the tight ends for the 2015 and 2016 seasons; one of his players earned all-conference honors both seasons.
 
A 2006 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Brooks was a student assistant coach for the Blue Raiders, working with running backs and special teams for the 2006 season.
 
He had his first coaching job at the NCAA Division III level at Norwich University as the wide receivers coach from July 2008 to May 2009.
 
Brooks’ late father, Clarence, coached 24 years in the NFL and 17 years in college. He was the defensive line coach for the Ravens (2005-2016), Dolphins (2000-2004), Cleveland Browns (1999), and Chicago Bears (1993-1998). Clarence Brooks, who died in Sept. 2016, also was an assistant coach for the University of Arizona, Syracuse University, and University of Massachusetts.

Adam Chicoine
Assistant Coach | Defensive Backs

Adam Chicoine, who has coached at Norwich University and Castleton University, is a new assistant coach for the Colby College football team.
 
Chicoine will work with the Mules' defensive backs for head coach Jack Cosgrove.
 
Chicoine has plenty of coaching experience on defense after working with Norwich's defensive backs last year. He was the defensive line coach in his previous two seasons with the Cadets. Chicoine was Norwich's recruiting coordinator and academic coordinator in 2017. 
 
Chicoine, who was the head men's tennis coach for the 2017 season, coached inside linebackers and the defensive line in two seasons at Castleton. He also was the recruiting coordinator and an assistant special teams coach for the Spartans.
 
Chicoine started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach and recruiting intern for Castleton for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He helped with the defensive line and outside linebackers.
 
Chicoine earned a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in philosophy (coaching minor) from Castleton. He is a native of Burlington, Vt.
 
Brooks’ late father, Clarence, coached 24 years in the NFL and 17 years in college. He was the defensive line coach for the Ravens (2005-2016), Dolphins (2000-2004), Cleveland Browns (1999), and Chicago Bears (1993-1998). Clarence Brooks, who died in Sept. 2016, also was an assistant coach for the University of Arizona, Syracuse University, and University of Massachusetts.

Mark Synder
Assistant Coach | Running Backs

Colby College graduate Mark Snyder, who led the Mules with four touchdown catches last season, will begin his first year as an assistant coach in the 2018-19 academic year.
 
Snyder will coach the running backs for head coach Jack Cosgrove. He is working under the Papadellis Family Internship.
 
Snyder had his best season as a Mule a year ago, finishing second on the team in receptions (28) and second in yards (231). 
 
Snyder finished his career at Colby with 74 catches for 630 yards and five total touchdowns.
 
Snyder majored in American studies and had a minor in religious studies.