Mulrooney Named The Next Head Coach At Lock Haven University

Dan Mulrooney, who coached Anna Maria College from 2016 to 2021, has been named the next head coach of Lock Haven University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Telegram & Gazette/Michelle Sheppard)

By NoontimeSports.com

Dan Mulrooney promised to start a “new culture” with the Anna Maria College football program when he was hired on December 14, 2016. And indeed, he did.

Mulrooney, a former defensive coordinator with WPI, guided the AMCATs to 11 wins in four seasons, along with its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title this past fall. Anna Maria competed in the NCAA Division III postseason for the first time in school history last November but saw its bid for a national title conclude with a 62-10 setback to Delaware Valley in the opening round.

Two months after Anna Maria’s best season in program history concluded, Mulrooney accepted the head coaching role with Lock Haven University, an NCAA Division II squad that posted a 1-10 record last fall.

Mulrooney replaces John Kelling, who was let go from the program last month.

“It is with great pride that I accept the head football coaching position at Lock Haven University … I am ready to build LHU football into a program with a championship culture. A culture that our entire university community, alumni, and our entire fanbase will be proud to support,” Mulrooney said, via GoLHU.com.

Mulrooney certainly transformed the Anna Maria program into a squad to watch, especially in his third season when the AMCATs concluded its 2019 campaign by matching the 2013 team with two wins. Anna Maria’s 2-3 conference record resulted in a four-way tie for third place.

Two years later, Anna Maria produced its most wins in program history with seven victories, including five league wins.

Following the conclusion of the 2021 season, Mulrooney was named the ECFC Coach of the Year, while Steve Croce was tabbed the league’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Croce, who was the team’s offensive coordinator last fall, has been named the next head coach of the AMCATs.  

“It has been an honor of a lifetime to be able to serve as the head football coach at Anna Maria College. Thank you to President Retelle and the administration for giving me the opportunity and resources to lead and positively impact a great group of student-athletes,” Mulrooney said, via GoAMCATs.com.

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