Staff
Head Coach
Andy McKenzie

Andy McKenzie was hired as the Assumption Football Coach in February of 2018 and brings over 20 years of collegiate playing and coaching experience, including more than 10 years spent at the Division I FCS level.

McKenzie's most recently coached at The College of Holy Cross as a member of the staff from 2008-2015, where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
McKenzie was instrumental in the development 2014 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, QB Peter Pujals, and 2008 and 2009 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Dominic Randolph. Randolph led the nation in total offense (4,256) as a senior in 2009 as well as touchdowns responsible for (41), while ranking second nationally in passing touchdowns (34). He was an AP Second-Team All-American as well as a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top FCS player in the nation, while leading the team to a 2009 Patriot League Championship, NCAA Tournament appearance and a top-20 national ranking.

McKenzie came to the Crusaders after spending six seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Allegheny College, an elite Division III liberal arts college. During his time at Allegheny, McKenzie helped lead the Gators to the 2003 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Title and a trip to the NCAA Division III Playoffs, with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play. His 2003 offense set 17 school records, while in 2006 his offense posted 2,505 passing yards, the second-most in school history. McKenzie's offenses featured a number of standout players during his six seasons at Allegheny, including running back Mario Tarquinio (3,187 rushing yards from 2003-2006) and quarterback Jimmy Savage (5,181 passing yards from 2003-2006).

Prior to his time with the Gators, McKenzie spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Williams College, where he was also an assistant baseball coach. He also served as an assistant coach at Northeastern University from 1997-2000, working with the wide receivers for three seasons and the secondary for one year.

McKenzie earned his bachelor's degree in English from Allegheny College in 1996, and went on to earn a master's degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California (Pa.) University in 2006. As an undergraduate, he was a first team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection as wide receiver in 1993 and 1994. Over his four seasons Allegheny went 38-6, reaching the NCAA Tournament on multiple times.

Prior to his appointment at Assumption, McKenzie had served as the Athletic Director at Gardner High School since August 2015.

McKenzie currently resides in Gardner with his wife, Salwa, and his two children Braeden and Yasmine.

Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach
Matt Pawlowski

Pawlowski joins Assumption in 2018 ter spending four years as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Division I FBS Miami (Ohio), and brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to Assumption.

Over this four seasons with the Redhawks he helped turn around the program. Last year the team went 5-7 overall, though only three opponents scored more than 31 points on Pawlowski’s defense and it ranked third in the MAC in scoring defense (24.1) and total defense (368.0) while leading the entire conference in redzone defense. In 2016, the Miami defense was tops in the league in total defense (334.0), as well as second in rush defense (125.4) and passing efficiency defense (116.4). Miami was also third in scoring defense (21.0) as it won its final six regular season games to reach the program’s first bowl game since 2010.

Prior to Miami, Pawlowski spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Western Carolina (2008-11) after serving in the same capacity for four seasons at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., where he was a part of two NCAA Division II National Championships.

In his time at WCU, five defenders earned All-Southern Conference accolades under Pawlowski. Defensive lineman Jeff Bradley and Mitchell Bell both garnered second team All-SoCon plaudits in 2008, with linebackers Adrian McLeod and Chris Collins earning honors in 2009. McLeod additionally garnered second team All-America recognition by The Sports Network. In 2010, Bell was again honored as was Torez Jones who led the Southern Conference with seven interceptions.

While at Grand Valley State (2004-07), Pawlowski was a part of setting the longest winning streak in NCAA D-II history as the Lakers rolled off 40-consecutive wins from 2005 through 2007. In four seasons, GVSU compiled a 50-4 overall record and his defense limited opponents to 10-points or less in an impressive 24 of his 54 games coached. He also tutored 29 players to All-GLIAC plaudits, as well as defensive tackle Mike McFadden, who earned the Gene Upshaw Award for the nation's top interior lineman in 2005 and 2006.

In 2007, Pawlowski had five defenders named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) all-conference team including the league's defensive back of the year, cornerback Brandon Carr.

In 2006, Grand Valley State held its opponents to seven-points or less five times, including a shutout in the season finale. The Lakers led the nation in quarterback sacks (3.53 per game), while ranking fifth in turnovers gained (37) en route to its second-straight national title. During the 2005 campaign, GVSU led the nation in pass efficiency defense (83.6 rating), ranked third in scoring defense (12.2 points per game), fifth in total defense (254.6 yards per game) and seventh against the rush (88.3 yards per game) holding eight of its 15 opponents under 100 yards rushing.

Prior to making the move to GVSU, Pawlowski spent one season each at Ashland University and Allegheny College. As the defensive coordinator, Ashland ranked in the top five of six different GLIAC defensive categories including four of which the Eagles ranked second. At Allegheny, he again served as an offensive line coach, while also working with the special teams.

His most extensive stop was at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., where he coached from 1985 through 1998. In 13 seasons, Pawlowski built a nationally-ranked defense as the Huskies ranked among the nation's top 10 in defense six times during his tenure. SCSU led the North Central Conference (NCC) in total defense five times and ranked second once from 1987-92, while also posting three NCC defensive MVPs.

In 1999, Pawlowski left St. Cloud State to coach the linebackers and special teams at Eastern Michigan for two seasons before leaving the college game for a pair of years at Stow High School in Stow, Ohio. He rejoined the collegiate ranks in 2001 as the defensive coordinator at Marietta College, a Division III member of the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Pawlowski's collegiate coaching career spans the past 30 years, beginning at Eastern Montana College in 1977. One year later, he coached the offensive line at Montana State in Billings before switching sides of the ball beginning in 1979 where he spent the next six seasons as the defensive secondary and linebacker coach at Ohio University/

Pawlowski earned his undergraduate degree in Physical Education at Montana State University and completed his Master's of Science at St. Cloud State University.

Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach
Tommy Galt

Galt joins Assumption in 2018 with over six years of Division I coaching experience, including the past year as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at FCS Fordham University.

In his lone season as the offensive line coach with the Rams, they averaged 371.7 yards of total offense/game, third best in the Patriot League, including 238.9 passing yards/game, also third best in the league and 31st among all NCAA FCS teams. He had a pair of players earn All-Patriot League honors.

Prior to Fordham Galt was an offensive graduate assistant/assistant offensive line coach at Penn State University for two years. He helped the Nittany Lions to the 2016 Big Ten Title and an appearance in the 2017 Rose Bowl. He also assisted with the tight ends at State College, serving as the interim tight ends coach for Penn State for the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl.

Galt came to Penn State from Division II North Greenville University where he worked as the offensive line/tight ends coach and run game coordinator from February of 2013 until March of 2015. He directed a Crusader offense that recorded back-to-back seasons in which it averaged more than 400 yards of total offense per game. He was a member of the staff of the 2014 Victory Bowl champions at North Greenville.

Galt also served for three years at the University of South Carolina (2010-2012) where he started as the strength and conditioning graduate assistant in 2010 and later was the tight ends coach/offensive graduate assistant (2011-2012). The Gamecocks enjoyed consecutive eleven-win seasons in Galt’s time in Columbia as well as a pair of bowl wins (a win over Nebraska in the 2012 Capital One Bowl where he served as the interim running backs coach and a 2013 Outback Bowl victory over Michigan) and top ten national rankings in 2011 and 2012.

Galt got his collegiate coaching career started at Towson University in 2009 where he served as the offensive quality control coach for the Tigers, assisting offensive coaches with the development and application of drills during practice.

A 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland, Galt was a member of the Terps’ football program, starting at tight end as a senior for then Maryland offensive coordinator, James Franklin, currently the head coach of Penn State. Along with playing tight end, he served as a reserve long-snapper, appearing in 39 career games, including all 38 his final three seasons.

Director of Football Operations
Nathan Engle

Nathan Engle is in his first year as the Director of Football Operations at Assumption.

Engle comes to Assumption after spending the past two years as a member of the coaching staff at Division III Dean College. At Dean he served as the director of operations, as well as a defensive and special teams assistant. He also held scouting and recruiting responsibilities.

Prior to Dean, Engle was an assistant football coach at St. John’s Prep in Danvers for the 2015 season. He served as the special teams coach for the freshman team, as well as work with the offensive and defensive lines.

Engle graduated from Gordon College in 2016.

Linebackers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Nik Kessel

Kessel enters his second season as a linebackers coach at Assumption after helping to lead the Hounds to unprecedented heights in 2017. The team went 9-1 in the regular season and was ranked first nationally in scoring defense in winning the NE10 Championship. Assumption eventually advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before falling to IUP and concluding the season ranked No. 9 in the nation. The team finished the year leading the nation in turnover margin, turnovers gained, interceptions and fifth in sacks and 11th in scoring defense. Kessel had a pair of linebackers earn First-Team All-Conference honors as part of a defense which gave up eight or few points in six different games.

Kessel spent 2016 at nearby WPI, serving as a defensive assistant. The Division III Engineers went 6-4 last year, including 3-4 in Liberty League and with two of the losses coming by a touchdown or less to ranked opponents. Prior to WPI, Kessel played four years at Assumption as a linebacker. He helped lead Assumption to its first-ever NE10 Championship in 2015 and the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He finished 67 total tackles in his career and appeared in 36 total contests over his four years.

The Florida native will be working with the linebackers at Assumption.

Defensive Line Coach
Rob Barbieri

Barbieri comes to Assumption after spending a season at Middle Tennessee State. He served in defensive quality control, and was a part of the program’s 2017 RayCom Media Camellia Bowl Championship. He helped coach the safeties, as well as break down film, coach the scout team and assist on special teams.

Barbieri is a 2017 graduate of Division III Ithaca College where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter on the defensive line. He helped lead the team to a pair of conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances while also earning all-conference honors once in his career.