|Title:||Head Football Coach|
Dan Curran begins his third season as head football coach at Merrimack in 2014-15.
In two seasons, Curran has led the program to several marquee victories and owns a career 11-11 coaching record. Over his tenure, Merrimack has knocked off a Division I opponent that won its respective league championship and advanced to the second round of the Division I FCS Tournament the year prior (Wagner/2013), and also was one of just two teams to defeat the eventual league champion LIU Post in 2014.
In his second season, Curran helped usher in a new era on offense and saw success throughout the year. Despite his team being ravaged by an uncharacteristically high amount of injuries, Curran guided the Warriors to four league wins and a seventh-place finish in the conference standings while producing four all-conference performers.
After spending the previous three seasons as offensive coordinator, Curran needed little adjustment time between positions, as his first year as head coach saw Merrimack post its best season in five years in 2013.
With the foundation for one of the top offensive units in the country already in place during his run as offensive coordinator, Curran's Warriors did not wait long to show the rest of the region - and country - that they would be a force to be reckoned with, as the first-year head coach led Merrimack to one of its most impressive victories in school history in a 42-41 upset win at Division I Wagner College to open the year.
That victory set the tone for one of Merrimack's best seasons in five years, as the Warriors recorded seven wins for the first time since 2009 and were in the thick of the Northeast-10 Conference race all the way down to the final weekend. Overall, Curran's first campaign as head coach ended with a 7-4 record that included a 5-4 mark in league play, as the Warriors finished in fourth place in the ultra-competitive NE-10.
Along the way, Merrimack picked up marquee road victories at the likes of LIU Post and Assumption, as well as a thrilling Homecoming Weekend win against rival Bentley before capping off 2013 by posting the program's 100th victory in school history against Southern Connecticut on NE-10 Championship Weekend.
Under Curran's tutelage, three Warriors earned All-America status, one earned Academic All-District, four earned All-Super Region, and a league-high 10 different student-athletes were named to the NE-10 All-Conference Team. Senior Joe Clancy became the first 4,000-yard passer in league history and wrapped up his incredible career at the top of virtually every passing category in the school's record books, while he and fellow seniors Shane Ferguson and Mike Hubbard earned trips to the National Bowl.
As a team, Merrimack once again boasted the top offense in the Northeast-10 Conference and one of the best offenses in the country, averaging 489.4 yards of total offense per game and 39.1 points per game.
Curran became the fifth head coach of the Merrimack College football program in February of 2013 after spending the last three seasons as the Warriors’ offensive coordinator, replacing John Perry, who had spent the five previous seasons as head coach.
Curran’s prolific offense led the Northeast-10 Conference in total offense in each of his three seasons as the team's offensive coordinator and also led the country in passing offense in 2012 with 399.2 passing yards per contest. Under Curran’s tutelage, the Warriors received the two major NE-10 offensive awards last season, Clancy being named Offensive Player of the Year and 2013 graduate Isaiah Voegeli being named Most Valuable Player after finishing his career as arguably the top wideout in school history.
Curran also gave Merrimack alums Shawn Loiseau, Tony Johnson and James Suozzo guidance in their attempts to make the professional ranks as each player received a National Football League training camp offer following their senior seasons. Loiseau was under contract with the Indianapolis Colts for the 2013 NFL season.
Curran came to Merrimack after playing eight years of professional football which included time spent with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints of the National Football League as well as the New Orleans Voodoo and Georgia Force of the Arena Football League.
As a player in the Arena Football League, Curran earned First Team All-League Honors and was named to the All-Ironman Team as well as being named one of three finalists for Ironman of the Year after leading the league in rushing.
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Curran earned Atlantic-10 honors after rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns in his senior season. The former Chelmsford High graduate was the Boston Globe Player of the Year and received USA Today All America honorable mention in addition to being named the sixth-best player in New England by Super Prep Magazine after leading Chelmsford to a Super Bowl victory and its fourth consecutive Merrimack Valley Conference title.
Curran currently resides in Chelmsford, Mass., with his wife Megan and their two children Ty and Kaley.