Friday, January 21, 2011

Temple's Addazio hires another asisstant

Sean McGowan, who has served the last four years as the defensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, has been named an assistant coach for defense at Temple University.
“I have known Sean for 23 years,” new Temple coach Steve Addazio said.  “He was one of my football captains on a state championship team at Cheshire High School in Connecticut.  I’ve watched him grow as a college player to an assistant college coach to a defensive coordinator national I-AA powerhouse New Hampshire.

“Sean has worked his way up this profession the right way, earning respect as a coach and as a recruiter.  He will bring experience, passion, and energy to our program, and our players will benefit greatly from his dedication. We are very excited to have Sean McGowan and his wife, Ashley, join the Temple football family.”

McGowan worked at New Hampshire for seven years overall, including four seasons as the defensive coordinator.  In 2010, the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. The 2010 season marked McGowan’s second consecutive year – five years total – as coach of the defensive backs. He also coached the DBs for three seasons (2004-06) before serving as mentor of the linebackers for two years (2007-08).

McGowan was instrumental in helping the Wildcat defense lead the nation in fumble recoveries, interceptions, and turnover margin in 2005. McGowan mentored Jeff Pammer who earned All-America honors. McGowan worked closely with Buck Buchanan Award candidate Corey Graham, who was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL draft in 2007 by the Chicago Bears. Although he didn’t have the official title, McGowan served in a defensive coordinator capacity in 2006.

Prior to joining the UNH staff, McGowan worked at the University of New Haven before the school discontinued its football program. He spent the 2003 season as the defensive coordinator at West Virginia Tech.

McGowan began his coaching career at Division III Occidental College where he served as the quarterbacks coach (1998). He then moved on to the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant for three seasons (1999-2001). McGowan spent his first season in recruiting before moving to defense, where he worked with the secondary. McGowan then took over as defensive coordinator at Duquesne University (2002), where the defense ranked first in total defense in I-AA.

He was a two-year letterwinner at Fordham as he started out as quarterback before moving to safety his final two seasons. McGowan received a bachelor’s degree in business from Fordham in 1998. He is married to the former Ashley Mussig.

“It’s a great time to be part of Temple football,” McGowan said. “Combined with working for one of the best coaches in the country, we are really looking forward to being a part of this opportunity.”

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