Red Dragons football coach Dan MacNeill has retired

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

SUNY Cortland (Cortland State) Red Dragons head football coach Dan MacNeill has announced his retirement. While he is retiring as the football coach, he will remain at the school in a part-time capacity in a role to be determined.

At this time, Greg Roskos will serve as the interim head coach. A national search will be conducted to find MacNeill’s replacement.

Football (Photo by Pixabay)

“I have a feeling of immeasurable gratitude to the SUNY Cortland administration, from the top down – from President Erik Bitterbaum to my athletic director, Mike Urtz, and all those administrative entities that have facilitated my service as head football coach for the past 23 seasons,” said MacNeill. “I’m humbled to be allowed to transition off this ride and continue to serve my beloved school and program in another constructive manner.

“I have gratitude to all alumni, parents and fans that have generated and facilitated positive energy, support and service to the Red Dragon cause upon my behest. I have gratitude for all assistant coaches and support personal that served under my guidance and sacrificed in our common cause. Hail to the many that fed, nourished and developed Red Dragon Football Warriors.”

During his 23-year tenure, the team went 155-85 under his leadership. The team also went to 17 postseason berths, including six NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

He is the all-time winningest coach in program history. In addition, his .646 win percentage is also highest in program history.

In his final season, he guided the program to an 8-3 record. The Red Dragons began the season on a seven-game win streak, before losing for the first-time on the season against the Brockport Golden Eagles on November 2nd.

The team then defeated Hartwick Hawks, before losing to the Ithaca Bombers on Nov. 16 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team was defeated by Hobart Statesman in the New York Bowl on Nov. 23.

“Many will look to records, achievements and stats made during my time as head coach,” said MacNeill. “Certainly those tell a story. I, too, celebrate noteworthy footnotes of a competitive existence. However, I consider my crowning success in relationships. The established Red Dragon den culture. All shared with young men drawn to become a Red Dragon warrior. All defined or defining ‘US’ and, most satisfying, those that competed and completed that (‘OUR’) success journey.

“Every team. Every teammate. Every Red Dragon remains a cherished memory. All a hearty smile away.”

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