Husson University has hired former Wingate University (N.C.) All-American offensive lineman Kevin Canty as its football team’s offensive coordinator.
The 27-year-old Canty was the offensive coordinator at Lake Forest College (Ill.) before resigning in December. He had also served as an assistant coach on the offensive side at the ball at Wingate and the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.).
He has coached linemen, tight ends and running backs.
“Kevin is innovative and meticulous,” said Husson head coach Sean Murphy, who replaced Niles Nelson as the head coach after last fall’s 1-9 campaign.
Murphy also said Canty is very well organized and an excellent communicator, and he anticipates Canty doing an outstanding job at Husson.
“I’m excited. This is a great opportunity for me,” said Canty. “I feel Husson is headed in the right path when it comes to athletics. I know they’ve had success in other sports. I know ‘Commitment to Excellence’ is a cliche, but I feel it applies to Husson.
“I know they’re coming off a tough season, but I watched some of the game tapes and I feel the potential is there.”
The Durham, N.C., native said there is a good nucleus returning and the program’s turnaround will begin “with the guys out front (linemen).”
He said the Husson offense “will be fun to watch,” and he likes to have a balance of running and passing.
“And we will be physical,” he said.
Jim Cantanzaro, the head coach at Lake Forest, called Canty a tireless worker in the press release following Canty’s decision to leave Lake Forest and also said, “I know he will continue to find success as a football coach.”
Canty, who said he was also impressed with the Bangor area as well as the school, is on his way to Husson and will participate in spring football sessions.
Murphy said they are allowed to have 16 opportunities to practice during a five-week period this spring and he anticipates using “14 or 15 of them.”
They aren’t allowed to have contact or even wear protective equipment.
“What we’re doing is implementing our systems and integrating our speed development program,” explained Murphy. “The goal is skill development.”
He also said if they intend to implement something new, “this is the time to do it.”
“We’ll see if our kids can wrap their heads around it,” said Murphy, who has 40-plus players involved in the spring program. “They’ll be learning some new offensive terminology.”
He said the players will undergo testing in order to measure their progress.
Murphy will be the defensive coordinator as well as the head coach.