Paul McGonagle
Paul McGonagle
Title: Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Phone: (508) 767-7434
Email: pa.mcgonagle@assumption.edu
Previous College: Kentucky '99
Fax: (508) 798-2568
Recruiting Areas: Eastern Mass., N.H., Maine, Vermont and Ohio
Twitter: @CoachMcGonagle

Paul McGonagle is in his fifth season on the Assumption College football program staff and curerntly serves as the Associate head coach and offensive coordinator, while also working with the tight ends.

Following the 2016 season, McGonagle was honored as the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Division II Assistant Coach of the Year and over his first four seasons he has helped establish the Hounds as one of the top offenses in the entire country.

Each of the past two years his offense has led the NE10 in scoring at 39.2 points (2015) and 37.2 points (2016) per game while ranking in the top four in the NE10 in both rushing yards and passing yards each year.

Last season his offense scored at least 30 points in ten of 12 games including 31 points against No. 3 Shepherd in the NCAA Tournament. The team also averaged 422.7 yards per game, with a balance between the pass (239.3) and the rush (183.4). Seven offensive players earned all-conference honors while three were selected as All-Region, including wide receiver Ashton Grant who was named the NE10 Offensive Player of the Year.

In 2015, Assumption went 11-2 and captured its first conference championship behind an impressive offense. His offense ranked 17th nationally in scoring, averaging 39.2 points per game and he had two different players gain 1000 yards on the ground, the first time that feat has been accomplished in Assumption history. Seven offensive players earned all-conference honors, including multiple All-Region selections and the NE-10 Rookie of the Year in Deonte Harris.

In 2014, the Hounds boasted one of the most efficient offenses in the Northeast-10 as the team led the league in rushing yards per game (159.7), passing yards per completion (14.4) and red zone offense (83 percent). The team ranked among the national leaders as well in a number of categories, ranking 25th in passing yards per completion and 33rd in the red zone. This was the second straight season that Assumption led the Northeast-10 in red zone offense as the Hounds converted on 87 percent of their opportunities in the 2013 season.

McGonagle was an integral part of an Endicott coaching staff for the past two seasons that led the program to a school-record 10 wins in 2011, set numerous offensive records and won back-to-back ECAC Championships. Specifically, McGonagle coached senior tight end Taylor Allen to a career high 35 receptions, 482 yards receiving, and six touchdowns.  Allen went on to earn BSN All-American Third Team and NEFC Boyd Division First Team All-Conference honors before signing an undrafted rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Before Endicott, McGonagle spent four years as the head coach at Fitchburg State University, where he coached one of the nation's top offenses with the NEFC's leading passer and running back. Falcons running back Marlon Thornton was named a four-time All-Conference running back, as well as an All-Star by the New England Football Writers Association and Offensive Player of the Year by the Worcester Area Football Association.

Prior to taking over as head coach of the Falcons, McGonagle spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Bentley University. During his tenure, McGonagle’s offense was number one in the nation in scoring offense at 46.4 points per game. He helped the Falcons to their first-ever Northeast-10 Conference Championship and NCAA II Playoff Berth as Bentley took on Grand Valley State, which was coached by Assumption alum Brian Kelly ’85.

In addition, McGonagle also served as offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator at Stony Brook University, where the Seawolves captured their first-ever Northeast Conference Championship. He has had a vast array of coaching experience including stints at Bucknell University, Eastern Kentucky University and Northeastern University. He has coached numerous All-Americans, Offensive Players of the Year, All-Conference players and NFL Draft selections.  

McGonagle, a 1999 graduate of the University of Kentucky, was a member of the Wildcat football team as a tight end and offensive lineman and was a teammate of former top draft pick Tim Couch. He received his Bachelor’s degree in sport management, with a minor in business, from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and later received his Master’s degree in sport administration from Eastern Kentucky in 2001.  

He currently resides in Reading, Mass., with his three daughters Sophia (14), Isabella (13), and Ava (10).