Greg Gattuso completed his fifth season at the helm of the UAlbany football program in 2018.
A former standout defensive lineman at Penn State who’s worked at Duquesne, Pittsburgh and Maryland, Gattuso has led the Great Danes through five seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association, one of the top Football Championship Subdivision conferences in the nation.
The 2018 season included a win over No. 10 Stony Brook in the season finale. The Great Danes played one of the most difficult schedules in the nation, with four games against ranked teams and a season-opening game against Pitt, of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
In 2017, he led the Great Danes to their first win over a Top 10 program -- a 19-10 overtime victory over No. 7 Villanova at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. UAlbany also shut out New Hampshire, an FCS playoff qualifier, 15-0 in the season finale. It was one of several superlative efforts from a defense that finished the season ranked No. 9 nationally. The Great Danes were 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the CAA against a rigorous schedule that featured games against an FBS opponent (Old Dominion) and five matchups with Top 25 teams.
Under Gattuso’s leadership, UAlbany had its best season as a CAA member in 2016, finishing 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the league. The Great Danes were ranked for five weeks, including as high as No. 16. UAlbany also earned its first victory over an FBS opponent with a 22-16 road win over Buffalo.
Hallmarks of Gattuso’s teams have included discipline and taking care of the football. In 2016, the Great Danes were second in the CAA with a plus-16 turnover margin.
In his first season, in 2014, Gattuso led the Great Danes to a six-win turnaround from the previous year. The Great Danes picked up votes in the national polls for 10 straight weeks and appeared in The Sports Network Top 25 four times on their way to a 7-5 overall record and 3-5 CAA mark.
A year later, the Danes earned CAA victories over Rhode Island and perennial power Delaware.
Gattuso was a defensive lineman at Penn State, where he helped lead the Nittany Lions to a national title in 1982. In his first collegiate head-coaching role, Gattuso piloted Duquesne to a 97-32 record during his 12-season tenure, and while making three bowl appearances at Pittsburgh, he turned the defensive line into one of the best in the nation as an assistant head coach.
Gattuso came to UAlbany after spending three seasons as a member Randy Edsall's staff at Maryland. There, he led the defensive line that ranked among the top in the ACC and was promoted to the position of assistant head coach in February 2012.
From 1989-1991, he served as head coach at his high school alma mater, Seton-LaSalle. Taking over a team that went 6-34 during the four seasons prior to his arrival, Gattuso led the Rebels to a 28-10-1 mark (.731), including three WPIAL playoff berths, a WPIAL championship and Parkway Conference title.