Staff
Head Coach
Dan Hunt

Dan Hunt continues to create positive energy around the Colgate football program.

Hunt in his three years as Colgate's Fred ’50 and Marilyn Dunlap Head Football Coach has overseen a 13-5 record against Patriot League competition, including a perfect run to the 2015 championship. His overall mark of 19-17 has come against some of the healthiest nonconference competition of any team on the Football Championship Series level.

During the most recent offseason, Colgate Athletics completed installation of a new playing surface on Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium, renovation of the football locker room, construction of a new team meeting area, and construction of a new academic enhancement center.

Hunt in 2015 guided Colgate to its second-best postseason in history. The Raiders won a Patriot League championship and then won twice in the NCAA playoffs to finish among the top eight teams in the FCS.

Hunt was named Coach of the Year by both the ECAC and the Patriot League, and was a finalist for national honors. He guided the Raiders to a perfect 6-0 conference record for their eighth Patriot League title.

Colgate finished 9-5 overall after being picked third in the 2015 Patriot League preseason. The Raiders were rewarded with final national ranking of 13th in the FCS Coaches Poll and 17th in the STATS FCS Poll.

In 2016, Colgate set a program record and led the nation by allowing just 69.4 rushing yards per game. Pat Afriyie closed in on the career sacks record, was a multiple All-American recipient and earned the Patriot League’s Defensive Player of the Year, while Abu Daramy-Swaray took home Patriot League Rookie of the Year and Hero Sports Freshman All-America honors.

Jake Melville finished fourth all-time in total offense at Colgate, fourth in passing yards and 13th in rushing, while John Maddaluna III finished fifth in career receptions and sixth in receiving yards. Placekicker Jonah Bowman graduated as the all-time Colgate record-holder for field goal percentage and graduated second in made field goals.

Hunt served 19 seasons as a Colgate assistant coach from 1995-2013, the last 18 under previous head coach Dick Biddle. The Biddle-Hunt combo produced seven Patriot League titles, and Hunt in 2015 matched his mentor by winning his first championship in his second season – just as Biddle did in 1997.

For a program celebrating its historic 125th season of football, Colgate’s 2015 edition under Hunt breathed some rarified air as just the ninth football team in Colgate history to get to nine wins. The Raiders reached nine victories after becoming the only team in the 2015 playoff field to post back-to-back road wins – 27-20 at New Hampshire and 44-38 at No. 5 James Madison.

Only Colgate's 2003 national championship finalist had a better postseason run than this year's edition, and that includes every Patriot League football program in history. The 2003 and 2015 Colgate teams are the only Patriot League squads to compile multiple victories in the same playoff run, and Hunt is one of the common denominators.

Hunt in his three seasons has coached 11 different players to 14 All-Patriot League First Team certificates, and 25 players have earned a combined 34 first or second team selections. Five Raiders have been named to the ECAC FCS All-Star Team, including Afriyie on two occasions.

Hunt also has placed six student-athletes on the elite Academic All-Patriot League Team, which honors those who excel both on the field and in the classroom. Bowman earned the distinction twice in his four seasons.

Colgate introduced Hunt to succeed Biddle as its 29th head football coach in December 2013.

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Associate Head Coach/Secondary/Recruiting
Stan Dakosty

Stan Dakosty is in his 10th season with the Raiders, including his seventh coaching the Colgate secondary. Dakosty also serves as recruiting coordinator for the Colgate football program.

Dakosty has been a part of five Patriot League championships with the Raiders, including the 2003 run to the national championship game. He coached Mike Armiento to All-Patriot League First Team honors in 2013 and 2014, and last season coached Ty McCollum to All-Patriot League Second Team.

Dakosty returned to his alma mater in 2007 from Division III Amherst, where he coached running backs for two years.

He began his coaching career as an undergraduate at Colgate, serving as a student assistant and assistant video coordinator in 2003 before working with the tight ends in 2004. Colgate won the Patriot League title and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA Championship Game while posting a 15-1 record in his first year on the staff.

He worked with the team's tight ends and fullbacks over the first three seasons.

Prior to coaching, Dakosty played two years of varsity football for the Raiders, helping them to the 2002 Patriot League championship before he suffered a career-ending injury.

Dakosty graduated from Colgate in 2005 with a degree in history and educational studies. While on the Amherst staff, he earned a master’s degree in education in addition to his social studies teacher's certification at the University of Massachusetts in 2006.

He was a standout quarterback and defensive back during his high school days at Marian High School in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. Dakosty remains linked with Coal Region football and has helped recruit several area players to the Hamilton, New York, campus. He helped land former Hazleton Area standout Nate Eachus back in 2007, and also North Schuylkill grad Ed Pavalko a few years later. Eachus went on to become an All-American running back with the Raiders, and played professionally with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dakosty's father, Stan, was the longtime successful head football coach at Marian. The elder Dakosty retired recently and had the school's football field named in his honor.

Dakosty and his wife, Jess, reside in Hamilton and are the proud parents of three children: Stanley, Nora and Tommy.

Assistant Football Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Inside Lineba
Paul Shaffner

Paul Shaffner's Colgate defensive units keep getting better and better.

In 2016, the Raiders led the nation and the Patriot League and set a Colgate Football record by allowing just 69.4 rushing yards per game. They were second nationally in sacks with 34 and also led the conference in tackles-for-loss with 74.

Colgate topped the Patriot League in total defense (344.1), fewest rushing TDs allowed (five), fewest first downs allowed (17.2), opponent third-down conversion percentage (31.8) and fourth-down percentage (45.5). The rushing TDsk figure also led the nation and the first downs allowed tied for second.

Shaffner brought New York and Patriot League experience with him to Hamilton when he was named Colgate's defensive coordinator in June 2013.

He grew up and played his high school football in the Buffalo suburb of Lancaster before then playing collegiately at Ithaca, helping the Bombers to the 1979 NCAA Division III National Championship. Before graduating in 1982, Shaffner received the Sebring Scholar-Athlete distinction for highest GPA on the football team and was a senior-year captain.

In October 2014, Shaffner and his Bomber squad-mates were inducted as a team of distinction into the Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame.

He earned his master's degree during a fifth playing season at Ithaca before entering the coaching ranks at Division III Maine Maritime. He then took a position as a graduate assistant coach at Penn State from 1986-88. The Nittany Lions were 1986 national champions thanks to a perfect 12-0 record.

Shaffner moved to Lafayette in 1988, helping to guide the Leopards to three conference titles during a 12-season stint. As defensive coordinator, his units consistently ranked at the top of the Patriot League.

"For me personally, it's great being in the Patriot League," Shaffner said. "It's such an outstanding conference."

Shaffner advanced into the head coaching ranks first at Glenville State in West Virginia and then back home at Buffalo State. Glenville won a conference title during his 2000-03 stay and Shaffner was named WVIAC Coach of the Year. At Buffalo State from 2004-08, Shaffner coached 38 players to All-Conference honors.

“I have a lot of familiarity recruiting Pennsylvania, New York State and Western New York especially,” Shaffner said. “That hopefully helps us try to find the best student-athletes we can for Colgate here in New York State and get them in the Maroon and White.

“Having scholarships, we have an opportunity to go places where we couldn't before. We are able to recruit that kid who is an outstanding athlete, has excellent grades but who had scholarship offers to other schools that don't have the same academic standards we do. Those are the kids we want because they value academics and excel on the field.

"Those are the young men who belong here at Colgate.”

Shaffner is married to the former Donna Lueckenbach of Milwaukee. Donna is a board member of the American Football Coaches Wives Association and a past president. They are the parents of three children: Jessica, a Dickinson College graduate who now works at Syracuse University; Samantha, a William Smith College graduate who now works at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and Jake, a sophomore Colgate football student-athlete.

Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Chris Young

Chris Young is in his fourth season as offensive coordinator and his 15th year on the Colgate coaching staff.

Young spent his first 11 years at Colgate coaching wide receivers for the Raiders. His guidance in the 2012 campaign helped propel the Raiders to their seventh Patriot League championship, as the Colgate offense set numerous records both through the air and on the ground.

During his tenure, Young has tutored nine All-Patriot League First Team selections (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), two Second Team picks (2006 and 2012), and had both starting wide receivers named All-Patriot League in 2005 -- the first time in league history that occurred.

During the 2003 season, both J.B. Gerald and Luke Graham broke the school record for receptions in a season on the team's way to a 15-1 record and berth in the NCAA Division I-AA (FCS) Championship Game. Graham for his efforts was named All-League First Team.

In 2004, Graham and Dwayne Long were named All-Patriot League First Team as Colgate finished 7-4. In 2005, Long again was named All-League First Team as the Raiders won the Patriot League title. In 2006 and 2007, Erik Burke was awarded All-League recognition. In 2008, Pat Simonds was named first team All-League and Offensive MVP after breaking the school record for receiving yards in a season as the Raiders won the Patriot League championship and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. Simonds became only the fifth player in Colgate history to go over 1,000 receiving yards in a season. In 2009, he set the school record for touchdown receptions (15) in a single season while going over the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive year, helping the Raiders to a 9-2 season.

In 2010, Doug Rosnick was selected All-League under Young’s tutelage while leading the Raiders in touchdown receptions and receiving yards. In 2011, an inexperienced crew of receivers improved as the season progressed. Eventually three of those receivers caught over 20 passes. With two of those receivers topping 30 receptions.

During his career, Young has also shown a willingness to expand his coaching knowledge. As part of the NFL's Minority Internship Program, Young worked with the Kansas City Chiefs during the summer of 2011 to assist with the quarterbacks and wide receivers. Other stints have come in 2012 with the NCAA/NFL Coaches Academy; in 2013 with the Green Bay Packers' wide receivers and quarterbacks, and with the San Diego Chargers' wide receivers; and in 2015 with the Tennessee Titans.

Young came to Colgate from Albany, where he worked with the Great Danes' tackles and tight ends. Prior to Albany, Young served on the Canisius staff as wide receivers coach during the 2002 season.

Young was a three-year letterwinner for Colgate while earning first team All-Patriot League honors in his senior season at tight end. He was a linebacker his first three seasons with the Raiders.

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Young graduated from Colgate in 1997 with a degree in sociology and anthropology. He is married to Colgate women’s lacrosse head coach Heather Young. They have three daughters, Ela, Mia and Charli, and a son, A.J.

Assistant Football Coach/D Line/Special Teams Coordinator
Ryan Knowles

Ryan Knowles is in his 12th season as defensive line coach and fourth as special teams coordinator.

He has coached 17 All-Patriot League players, including the 2016 ECAC and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in Pat Afriyie. Afriyie also was a multiple All-America recipient. Return specialist Abu Daramy-Swaray was the 2016 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and a Hero Sports Freshman All-American. Placekicker Jonah Bowman broke the all-time Colgate record for field goal percentage, finishing 31-of-41 for 75.6 percent. His 31 made field goals are second in program history.

Knowles helped the Raider defense lead the nation and set a program record in 2016 by allowing just 69.4 rushing yards per game. Colgate also finished second nationally in sacks per game at 3.4.

In 2014, Knowles' first season as special teams coordinator saw the Raiders tie for the national lead in blocked punts with six, and Bowman set four Colgate field goal records. Bowman and return specialist John Maddaluna III both made All-Patriot League First Team squads.

Knowles served as Colgate’s co-defensive coordinator from 2009-13, during which time the Raiders went 18-10 in conference play and won the 2012 Patriot League championship. In 2010, the Raiders swept the league’s statistical defensive triple crown by leading the conference in total, rushing and passing defense.

Knowles has been a part of three league leading total defenses since 2007 and coached several players to memorable seasons. Pat Nolan led the conference with 6½ sacks on his way to 2007 All-America Third Team honors, and Zach Smith was PL Defensive Player of the Year and also the conference sack leader with 10½.

Knowles came to Colgate after one season at his alma mater, the University of Idaho.

While at Idaho, Knowles was a graduate assistant coaching on the defensive line. Prior to coaching at Idaho, he was a defensive assistant in 2003 at Kentridge High School and an offensive line coach in 2004 at Kentlake High – rival programs in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington.

Knowles was a four-year starter for the Vandals at defensive end and earned second team All-Big West Conference in 2000, when he led the squad with six sacks. He started 38 games and recorded 150 tackles, including 27 for lost yardage and 16 sacks. Knowles and the Vandals played in the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl.

Born in Sandpoint, Idaho, Knowles graduated from Idaho in 2002 with a degree in secondary education. While on the Idaho staff, he worked on a master’s degree in education leadership.

Knowles and his wife, Megan, are parents of a daughter, Aubrey, and a son, Drew.

Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Line
Brad Dunlay

Brad Dunlay's first five years at Colgate were impressive by any standards.

Three times in those five years he has placed multiple Raiders on the All-Patriot League First Team offensive line. Most recently, it was Jordi Dalmau and Ryan Paulish earning the distinction in 2016. That makes seven All-Patriot League First Team members in Dunlay's five seasons at Colgate.

During the 2012 and 2015 Patriot League championship seasons, five of Dunlay's charges made the All-Patriot League First Team to pave the way for one of the nation's most prolific offensive units. Ryan Risch, Craig Capodiferro and Brian Crockett all earned first-team honors in 2012, with Risch also being selected All-America Third Team by The Sports Network. In 2015, it was Dalmau and John Weber. Dalmau also was named an ECAC All-Star.

The Raiders in 2012 led the Patriot League and ranked in the top 10 nationally in nearly every major offensive category. Colgate finished the season third nationally in scoring (39.4), fourth in total offense (486.4), fifth in rushing (284.5) and sixth in pass efficiency (154.22 rating). In addition, tailback Jordan McCord rushed for 1,708 yards for the fifth-best total in Patriot League history. In 2015, Colgate against led the Patriot League in rushing offense at 206.4 per game and were among the nation's top 10 in both fewest sacks allowed and fewest tackles-for-loss allowed.

Dunlay arrived at Colgate from Georgetown, where he served as offensive line coach for six seasons. During his tenure with the Hoyas, the offense improved every year. In his last season, the Hoyas gained 3,520 total yards and recorded their best record (8-3, 3-2 Patriot) since 1999.

Dunlay joined Georgetown after spending the previous five years at Maine Maritime, where he was an assistant coach and guided the offensive line in addition to overseeing such duties as recruiting and weight-room supervision. He helped the Mariners to a 7-3 record in 2005, including an appearance in the ECAC North Atlantic Championship Game.

A native of nearby Sauquoit, New York, Dunlay is a 1999 graduate of Springfield College. He earned his master's degree in athletic administration from Springfield in 2001.

Dunlay resides in Hamilton with his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Brooke and Nolan.

Assistant Football Coach/Tight Ends/H-Backs
Terry Dow

Terry Dow in 2017 begins his 30th year coaching college football. Dow joined head coach Dan Hunt's staff on a full-time basis as an assistant coach in July 2014.

Dow's primary responsibility is with the tight ends and H-backs. He has coached two All-Patriot League tight ends in John Quazza (2014-15) and Nick Martinsen (2016).

Dow previously coached at Colgate in 1991 under head coach Mike Foley, and he completed the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant for the Raiders under Dick Biddle. Dow served 16 years as head coach at nearby Morrisville State, helping reinstate the program in 1997 and eventually transitioning the Mustangs from the junior college ranks into the NCAA's Division III classification.

Throughout Dow's 16 seasons at Morrisville State, he claimed three NJCAA Northeast Football Conference championships and two Region III titles, while being named the NFC Coach of the Year twice. Dow coached 83 NFC All-Conference selections, six conference players of the year and 11 NJCAA All-America team selections.

For five consecutive seasons (2001-06), the NFC named one of Dow's student-athletes as its offensive or defensive player of the year.

Morrisville State's 2001 NFC Defensive Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American linebacker, Alex Lewis, was the first Mustang under Dow to be drafted into the NFL in 2004. Lewis was picked by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the annual draft. Curtis Johnson joined Lewis in the NFL in 2008, earning a position on the Indianapolis Colts roster as a defensive end. In 2016, former Mustang Wendell Williams played for the NFL's Houston Texans.

A 1990 graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Dow spent two seasons as a lineman under legendary Bombers head coach Jim Butterfield. He remained at Ithaca for three additional years and began his career as assistant coach for the offensive and defensive lines.

In 1991, Dow joined the football coaching staff at Colgate in charge of tight ends before accepting a coaching position at Monmouth in New Jersey.

Named offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Monmouth in 1993, Dow spent four seasons gaining vast knowledge and experience on the Division I-AA level, bringing his experience to Morrisville State in 1997.

He and his wife are both locals. Dow grew up in Hamilton, while the former Brenda Bogan is from nearby Waterville. They reside in Hamilton with their three children: Zachary, Olivia and Trevor.

Assistant Football Coach/Wide Receivers
Brent Bassham

Brent Bassham joined the Colgate coaching staff in July 2014. He coaches the wide receivers, and over the last three season helped John Maddaluna III earn multiple All-Patriot League honors.

Maddaluna three times was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team. He capped a terrific career in 2016 by leading the Raiders in both receptions and receiving yards. Maddaluna finished fifth at Colgate in career catches with 153 and sixth in career yards at 2,332.

Bassham arrived at Colgate after spending more than a year as defensive quality control coach at Syracuse. Before his tour with the Orange, Bassham in 2012 was offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at NAIA-member Concordia (Mich.). Bassham helped Concordia set 32 offensive school records that season while overseeing the quarterbacks, receivers, tight ends, fullback and the punting unit.

He was selected as an offensive coordinator for the 2012 All-American Bowl, a multidivisional all-star game that took place in Minneapolis.

Bassham began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater, Western Michigan University. He started in 2006 working with the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2007-08, he moved over to support the defensive coordinator and secondary coaches as a graduate assistant while also assisting the recruiting coordinator.

The Chesaning, Mich., product earned his undergraduate degree in physical education in 2008 and his master's degree in 2010, both from WMU.

Bassham is married to the former Candice Smith of Howell, Michigan. They are the parents of a son, Brayden.

Assistant Football Coach/Running Backs
Greg Sullivan

Greg Sullivan ’11 moved from video coordinator back to the Raider assistant coaching ranks in January 2017, taking over as the assistant coach for running backs.

Sullivan previously served as running backs coach under Dick Biddle during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2016, he served as Colgate's video coordinator and assistant to the head coach.

In between his Colgate tenures, Sullivan completed a pair of one-year stints at Western Michigan in the FBS ranks and a fledgling Davenport program in Division II out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He was the quarterbacks graduate assistant coach at Western Michigan in 2014 under head coach P.J. Fleck, helping the Broncos to an 8-5 record and berth in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise. Quarterback Zach Terrell under Sullivan's mentorship passed for 3,443 yards and 26 touchdowns en route to All-MAC Second Team honors and the MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award. Terrell's pass efficiency rating of 164.4 led the MAC as Western improved its won-lost record by 6½ games over the previous season.

Sullivan then spent the 2015 campaign helping develop the new football program at Davenport. He was the quarterbacks coach as practice sessions began in preparation for Davenport's 2016 Division II debut.

Sullivan during his first Colgate coaching stint guided tailback Jordan McCord to one of the best seasons in Patriot League history in 2012. The senior tailback claimed All-America Third Team honors from The Sports Network and was an All-Patriot League choice after rushing for 1,708 yards -- fifth-best total in conference history -- while helping Colgate to a Patriot League championship.

During his Raiders playing career, Sullivan set the record for most rushing yards gained by a Patriot League and Colgate quarterback with 2,337 yards on 455 attempts. His highest season total was 898 yards in 2008. Both the season and career QB rushing marks later were broken by Gavin McCarney (2011-13).

Sullivan was named an All-Patriot League First Team selection in 2010.

A native of the Hudson Valley community of Monroe, New York, Sullivan passed for 4,996 yards in his three seasons at Colgate, including 1,952 yards as a junior with 18 TDs. He finished his career with a 25-7 record as a starting quarterback and was a key member of the 2008 Patriot League champions.

Sullivan graduated from Colgate in 2011, and that year received the school's Thomas M. Wilson '67 Memorial Leadership Award. He also was a member of the Academic All-Patriot League Team for football.

Assistant Coach/Outside Linebackers
Ben Olsen

Colgate head coach Dan Hunt named Ben Olson to his football assistant coaching staff in May 2017. Olson oversees outside linebackers.

Olson arrived after one season at Syracuse under head coach Dino Babers. He served the Orange as a graduate assistant coach working with the defensive tackles and all special teams units.

He also worked alongside Syracuse assistant coach Nick Monroe and high school relations director J.B. Gerald '04, both of whom hold close Colgate ties. Monroe coached on the Colgate defensive staff from 2004-09, including the final season as co-defensive coordinator, while Gerald compiled more than 3,000 all-purpose yards a standout receiver and kick returner at Colgate from 2000-03.

Olson began his coaching career at Eastern Illinois after he earned a full scholarship to play defensive line in 2009. He moved into the position of undergraduate assistant and was still there in 2012 when Babers was named head coach of the Panthers.

Rose-Hulman lured Olson to the Division III ranks to coach linebackers for the 2013 campaign. The Engineers went 7-3 and won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Olson then rejoined Babers for two successful seasons at Bowling Green in 2014 and 2015 before following the head coach to Syracuse.

The Morris, Illinois, native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies from Eastern Illinois. He then completed a Master of Science degree in Leisure and Tourism at Bowling Green, and is working toward another master's degree in Instructional Design Development and Education from Syracuse.

Video Coordinator/Safeties
Aaron Foster

Aaron Foster joined the Colgate Football staff in April 2017 as video coordinator and safeties assistant coach.

Foster arrived after two seasons at Wake Forest, where he served as a recruiting assistant under Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson. Foster played his football at Bowling Green, also under Clawson, and helped the Falcons win the 2013 Mid-American Conference title.

"Aaron is a great addition to our staff," Hunt said. "He played at the FBS level and has worked in a Power Five program. He comes highly recommended from people we have a relationship with, which is always a plus.

"He is extremely bright, and his personality is a perfect fit for our program."

Foster played defensive back at Bowling Green, with starts in all four seasons. He started 14 games as a senior when the Falcons went 10-4 and won the MAC title over Northern Illinois. After his collegiate career ended, Foster earned an invite to the Dallas Cowboys rookie camp and then spent time with the Tri Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League.

Foster's duties with the Raiders include all facets of Colgate Football video coordination.

"It's an amazing opportunity," Foster said. "From what I've seen so far, it's a great place to be with great people."

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Foster learned about the staff position from Nick Monroe, his secondary coach at Bowling Green and a former Raiders assistant coach from 2004-09.

"He put me in touch with Coach Hunt and the rest is history," Foster said.

A native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Foster graduated from Bowling Green in December 2014 with a degree in health care administration.