UMass Amherst Names Advisory Committee as it Begins Search for a New Head Football Coach

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst today announced the members of an advisory committee that will play a key role in the process of hiring a new head football coach.

The 12-member panel will be co-chaired by Director of Athletics John F. McCutcheon and Vice Chancellor for University Relations John Kennedy. Carr Sports Consulting of Gainesville, Fla., has been hired to assist in the process, helping to identify candidates and assess their qualifications. The university expects to hire a coach by mid-January, McCutcheon and Kennedy said. In 2014, the Minutemen will begin their third year at the FBS level of football and their schedule will include three home games in Amherst as they return to play at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Members of the advisory panel include:

  • Henry M. Thomas III, chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees. Thomas is a Springfield High School Sports Hall of Fame inductee for his achievements in football, track and gymnastics. At American International College, he was a four-year letterman and all-conference running back.
  • James R. Julian, executive vice president and chief operating officer in the UMass President’s office
  • Enku Gelaye, interim vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life and dean of students
  • Tracy L. Schoenadel, director of the McCormack Center for Sport Research and Education at the Isenberg School of Management and co-chair of the Faculty Senate Athletic Council
  • Rebecca M.C. Spencer, associate professor of psychology and faculty representative to the NCAA
  • Emily Hajjar, vice president of the Student Government Association and varsity coxswain on the UMass women’s rowing team
  • Bob Foote ’62, a member of the UMass Hall of Fame after a standout career as an offensive and defensive lineman from 1958-1961. Foote remained in Western Massachusetts where he spent 45 years in the building supply industry before selling his business and retiring in 2007.
  • Dennis Keating ’72, named All-Yankee Conference, All-New England and the only player to win this honor at two different defensive back positions. He went on to play for the New York Jets. He resides in Foxboro, where he has enjoyed a successful career as a restaurateur and an executive in the food and beverage industry.
  • Tom Mullen ’73, a three-year letter winner and a first team All-Yankee conference selection at offensive tackle. Mullen signed with the Houston Oilers after graduating in 1973. He is vice president of CMA Consulting Services and resides in Rexford, N.Y.
  • Darryl Thomas ’98, a four-year letter winner from 1993-1997. He was the second-leading receiver for the Minutemen as a senior and the primary kick-return specialist. He lives in Manchester, Conn., and works as a behaviorist at the Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield.