|Title:||Head Football Coach|
|Year:||Fifth Season (33-14)|
|Previous College:||Dickinson '00|
|Recruiting Areas:||Worcester Area|
Bob Chesney enters his fifth season as the Assumption College football head coach in 2017.
Last season Chesney led the Hounds to the program's second-ever nine-win season and an apperance in the NE10 Championship game. The Hounds were ranked the entire season, moving as high as 15th in the AFCA Poll during the course of the year. They also earned a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Following the season, wide receiver Ashton Grant was named the NE10 Offensive Player of the Year while 13 total Hounds earned All-Conference honors and five were named CCA All-Region and Don Hansen Gazette All-Region. Assumption led the conference in scoring (37.2) and ranked second in scoring defense (19.8) while ranking second nationally in passing efficiency defense (91.3), fourth in passing defense (157.8) and 11th in total defense.
In 2015, Chesney lead Assumption to their best season in program history as they captured the Northeast-10 Championship and made it to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Chesney was named the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year after guiding the Hounds to the program's first-ever Northeast-10 Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Chesney’s team featured one All-American, four All-Region Selections, 13 Worcester Area All-Stars and also 13 Northeast-10 All-Conference selections. The team finished 11-2 overall, and they were ranked 17th in the nation heading into their final game against Slippery Rock. The ranking is the highest in program history, while the 11 wins overall and the team’s 10-game winning streak are also program records. Under Chesney, the Hounds had one of the top scoring and red zone offenses in the nation, as well as one of the top special teams units. The team averaged a league-best 39.2 points per game and converted in the red zone 88 percent of the time, including a league-leading 95 percent in conference games. Chesney also earned his first New England Football Writer's Coach of the Year honor and was named the Hero Sports Division II National Coach of the Year after guiding the team to the top season in Assumption history.
In 2014, Chesney guided the Hounds to the program's first seven-win season in 20 years as the team finished 7-4 and in third place in the Northeast-10 standings. The team featured one All-American, four All-Region selections, 10 Worcester Area All-Stars and 10 Northeast-10 All-Conference selections. Among those honored was senior defensive lineman Derrick Mann, who was named as the Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a Third Team All-American. In addition, Mann was named as a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, which is given to the top defensive player in the nation among small colleges. His team led the Northeast-10 in rushing yards per game, passing yards per completion, sacks per game and red zone offense as the Hounds were effective on both sides of the ball.
In his first full season as head coach of Assumption football, Chesney directed the Hounds to a 6-5 overall mark, just the sixth winning season in program history as the Hounds earned the No. 4 seed in the Northeast-10 Championship Weekend. The team posted a perfect 5-0 road record in Northeast-10 play during the regular season, including three double-digit wins and just the second all-time victory over Bentley and the first in Waltham. Assumption also knocked off eventual Northeast-10 Champion American International by a 26-23 final. The team overall in the Northeast-10 Conference was first in passing defense, third in both scoring defense and passes intercepted, fourth in total defense, and second in sacks. In addition, the team was 15th nationally in Division 2 in turnover margin.
Chesney's team featured 11 Northeast-10 All-Conference players (Six First Team All-Conference, Five Second Team All-Conference), 13 Worcester Area Football All-Stars, five All-Region honorees and three All-Americans (Tad Beuchert, Khalid Pitts, and Scott Simonson). Simonson, who starred at Assumption at tight end, is now a member of the Carolina Panthers. In addition, defensive end Derrick Mann was named the Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Chesney came to Assumption from Division III Salve Regina University out of the New England Football Conference (NEFC) in Newport, Rhode Island. While at Salve Regina, he posted a 23-9 record during his three seasons as head coach. He coached 30 All-Conference selections, three All-Americans (AJ Albert 2011, Phil Terio 2012, Floyd Shaffer 2012), 41 Academic All-Conference selections and one Academic All-American while his defense consistently ranked among the league and national leaders in Division III. In his final season at Salve Regina, Chesney guided his 2012 team to a 9-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark at home. The Seahawks also advanced to the NEFC Championship Game after posting a 7-1 mark in league play. His Salve Regina team led the conference in scoring defense in 2010 and 2011 and ranked second in 2012 while never allowing more than 14.6 points per game. The Seahawks also led the nation in opponents third down conversion in 2012 while ranking fourth in interceptions and sixth in red zone defense. In 2010, his team led the nation in red zone defense and led the conference in scoring defense, turnover margin, rushing defense, total defense and sacks. In addition to the team’s work on the field, the Seahawks were recognized as the Child and Family’s Volunteers of the Year for their commitment to their foster home program and after-school homework club.
Prior to his arrival at Salve Regina, Chesney worked as a member of the football staff at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland who is a member of the Division III Centennial Conference, from 2005-2010. He began his time there as a defensive assistant and special teams coach for four seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2009. During his time at Johns Hopkins University, 21 players received All-Conference recognition, one Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year (Andrew Kase 2009), one Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year (Colin Wixted 2009) and one player received All-American recognition (Kase 2009). Chesney's defensive unit at Johns Hopkins led the nation in interceptions in 2009.
Chesney’s other coaching experience includes time at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. At King’s College, Chesney coached three players to All-Conference recognition (Matt VonTanhausen 2003, Casey Meehan 2003, Derek Zambino 2004). During his time at Norwich University Chesney coached one player to All-Conference recognition (Chris Dewey 2001). While at Delaware Valley College he coached one player to All-Conference recognition (Steve Martin 2000).
Chesney graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. At Dickinson, he was a four-year varsity letter winner and a two-time All-Centennial Conference selection in 1998 and 1999. He was also the 1997 recipient of the Vincent Correal MVP Award and served as the team captain in 1999.
Chesney currently resides in Worcester with his wife, Andrea, their two daughters, Lyla and Hudson, and their son, Robert.