By Matt Noonan
A new era for the Anna Maria College football team officially began on the final day of January as Steve Croce was introduced as the fourth head coach in program history.
Croce, who was both an assistant coach and offensive coordinator with the AMCATs last season, takes over for Dan Mulrooney, who recently accepted the head coaching job with Lock Haven University.
“I am truly honored to assume the head coaching duties for this amazing team,” Croce said, via GoAMCATS.com.
Named the 2021 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Assistant Coach of the Year, Croce will oversee an AMCATs squad that enjoyed its best season in program history last fall, which included a league title and trip to the NCAA Division III postseason.
Croce, a former high school football coach in Connecticut, joined Mulrooney shortly after he was introduced as Anna Maria’s third head coach in December 2016. He has experience as both a head coach and offensive coordinator and has been a full-time firefighter in Waterbury, Connecticut for 30 years.
“Dan and the entire coaching staff built a close-knit football family at Anna Maria College … I will continue to expand on our winning formula as we move forward,” said Croce.