Gannon promotes Raeburn to head football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Gannon Golden Knights have promoted Erik Raeburn to head football coach. He will lead the team in 2020 after replacing Brad Rzyczycki, who previously stepped down.

The former football coach will remain at the school as their Assistant Director of Athletics for External Relations. Raeburn served one season as the Golden Knights Offensive Coordinator during the 2019 season.

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“Erik is committed to both academic and athletic excellence,” Gannon Director of Athletics Lisa Goddard McGuirk said. “Moreover, he is committed to fostering a positive and transformative experience for our student-athletes. With Erik’s extensive experience, combined with his knowledge of our program and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, he has the ability to begin building for success immediately.    We are excited to welcome Erik as our next head football coach.”

He has 19 seasons of head coaching experience that he’s bringing to his new school. Raeburn previously was the head coach with the Coe Kohawks, Wabash Little Giants, and the Savannah State Tigers.

“I am grateful to [Gannon President] Dr. Keith Taylor, [Vice President of Student Development and Engagement] Brian Nichols, and Lisa Goddard McGuirk and the rest of the administration for the opportunity to lead the Gannon University football program,” Raeburn said. “I also appreciate Brad Rzyczycki for welcoming me into the program, and I’m excited to get back to work with our student-athletes to continue building our program.”

As a head football coach, he has a 143-62 record. Raeburn most recently served as the Tigers head coach for three seasons, where he went 8-23.

This was his one and only Division I head coaching opportunity in his coaching career thus far. He did not win more than three games in his three seasons at the school.

However, in his previous two spots, he had a winning record. With the Little Giants, he guided the team to a 78-13 record.

He also guided the Kohawks to a 63-25 record.

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