University of New Hampshire director of athletics Marty Scarano announced Monday night that 21st-year head football coach Sean McDonnell will take an indefinite leave of absence from the program for health-related reasons. Associate head coach Ricky Santos, a former star quarterback at UNH, has been named interim head coach, effective immediately.
“Our entire department is aligned in doing everything to support Sean with the intent of getting him back to coaching his program,” said Scarano. “This will be the ultimate team effort; the administration, coaching staff, and most of all the student-athletes will give everything we have to support Jenny and Sean during this challenge.
“UNH football is in great hands with Ricky Santos as its interim head coach,” Scarano said. “Ricky will carry on the principles that Coach Mac has instilled in our nationally recognized program to ensure the team maintains its standard of achievement both on and off the field.”
McDonnell 62, is a two-time winner of the Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS’ top head coach. McDonnell has a career coaching record at UNH of 154-95 and took the Wildcats to the playoffs in 14 straight years, from 2004 to 2017.