BOSTON – Saint Anselm College football associate head coach and defensive coordinator Rob Eggerling has been recognized by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as the Division II Assistant Coach of the Year, it was announced Monday afternoon.
Eggerling joins an all-star slate of players, coaches and officials to be honored at the club's annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Mass.
Eggerling, in his seventh year as the top assistant for head coach Patrick Murphy, helped guide the Hawks to a five-game turnaround that produced a 6-5 record and the first winning season in 14 years. Saint Anselm's six wins matched the program record from that same 2000 campaign and equaled the total victories from the previous four years combined.
Eggerling's defense drastically improved from last season as it shaved 15.5 points per game off what it was allowing a year ago. It also gave up 123.2 less yards of total offense, including 80.9 fewer passing yards and 42.3 less yards on the ground. Three of Eggerling's players earned Northeast-10 All-Conference honors as senior DL Justin Waltzer (Danbury, Conn.) and junior DB Carroll Bailey (Clinton, Mass.) were named to the Second Team and freshman LB Eric Mercer (Melrose, Mass.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
Tickets to the awards night are available for $60 each or $600 for a table of 10 and can be ordered online at www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com or by calling club secretary Dick Lawrence at (781) 929-3650.
Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and athletic and academic achievement. Through its annual dinners and golf tournament, the club carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport and supporting worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.