I wish to extend my congratulations to Head Football Coach Pete Rossomando for being named the Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year, the division’s highest honor. This prestigious award is a testament to Coach Rossomando’s tireless work ethic and his tremendous commitment to our football program and our student-athletes. The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes coaches for sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence on and off the field.
Coach Rossomando was chosen among five finalists for the honor. Fan votes cast between December 4 and December 20, 2012, at CoachoftheYear.com constituted 20 percent of the coaches’ scores. Ballots from elite selection committees of national media members (25 percent) and College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches (55 percent) also factored into determining the winner.
Since arriving at UNH five years ago to help restart our football program, Coach Rossomando has built the team into one of the best in Division II and has done a remarkable job preparing our players to succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community. As an example, he has produced two Academic All-Americans since the program was re-launched.
Coach Rossomando will receive $50,000 to donate to charities of his choice. He has selected the Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation, which helps families battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to receive the donation. UNH’s Alumni Association also will receive a $20,000 grant from Liberty Mutual for student scholarships.
Coach Rossomando, a finalist for the award last year, was hired in 2007 to help rebuild the football program. Since the 2009 season, the program’s first following a five-year absence, he has compiled a four-year record of 35-9 against Division II opponents, including back-to-back perfect runs through the Northeast-10 Conference in 2011 and 2012. This year’s season saw New Haven win its third consecutive conference title and return to the Division II playoffs for the second straight year. The team finished with a 10-1 record and a No. 8 ranking in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coaches’ Poll.
Many thanks to the UNH community and all the fans across Charger Nation for casting your votes to help Coach Rossomando win this impressive award. I also want to thank the entire football team and the assistant coaches for their outstanding contributions to our athletic program.
Read the press release and watch the video of Coach Rossomando