David Willis of The Eagle Tribune reports that Central Catholic (Lawrence, MA) DT/OL Michael Awiszus has committed to attend Hobart. Awiszus is a big (6'4"-5" 270-5 lbs) student athlete who played on the left side of the OL, helping pave the way for the Raiders 10-1 season. He earned All-Star awards in his SR season, and was a highly rated OL prospect from the state of MA.
Twitter notifications from former Hobart great Art Garvey '13 and former Colgate LB Greg Hadley indicate that both will be joining HC Kevin DeWall's '00 coaching staff. Garveywas a Co-Captain and All-American OL for Hobart's first ever 12 win / Elite 8 team. He started at LG his senior year and helped the Statesmen offense achieve several national accolades, including:
- 10th in sacks allowed (0.62/g)
- 26th in rushing offense (237.15 YPG)
- 30th in scoring (36.08 PPG)
- 49th in total offense (414.31 YPG)
Hadley, who attended CBA and grew up in the Syracuse area, will also be returning "home to the 315". He had coaching stints with Ithaca College as part of Coach Mike Welsh's staff, served as the co-DC for Saint Lawrence under now Williams HC Mark Raymond and as the DC under Coach DeWall at Endicott. Hadley, who earned All-Patriot League honors his senior season, will likely serve on the defensive side of the ball as well as a strength coach.
Coach Garvey will work on offense, but Coach DeWall is still evaluating the current staff and will decide on exact coaching position and other responsibilities for his team in the near future.
Rob Flowers (VP of Student Life) sent an announcement today to SAA Members and Hobart FB Alumni that HC Mike Cragg would be stepping down after 32 years (he will take a senior fundraising role in the Development Office) and hand the reigns of the Statesmen program to Coach Kevin DeWall '00.
While a surprise to some, I kind of expected it to happen after Coach Drach left for the HC job at Wilkes about a month ago. It's a great homecoming for Coach DeWallwho was a huge part of the Statesmen's rise as a national power.
I will look to get more information on the change, but for now, Statesmen FB fans and families should be escatic about this news.
Congratulations to Coach Cragg and welcome home Coach DeWall!
Harborfields HS (Greenlawn, NY) SR WR Gavin Buda took to Twitter to announce he has officially committed to be a student athlete at Hobart College. Given the graduation of SR RB Joe Letizia, it appears as though Gavin will be #1 in your Statesmen game-day programs starting in 2018.
A shot of Gavin during a recent visit to Geneva
Gavin starred at WR for the Tornadoes, who went 5-3 in 2017. You can see from Gavin's SR season highlights he dominated his competition, but it's likely he'll have tougher match ups at the college level.
I like his versatility, as he was both an able X and Z receiver. At 6' 1" 185 lbs he has good size, and should be able to contribute on special teams early on in his Statesmen career. His confidence and route-running style reminds me a little of Garth Muratori '12.
Please join me in welcoming Gavin and the Buda family to Hobart!
Devin Worthington '14 was one of the best Hobart College football players in recent years, if not one of the All-Time greatest. I have to think a spot in the Hall of Fame is already reserved for him after being a multi-year All-American during his playing career in Geneva. Post-Hobart, Devin has begun a successful professional career serving as a teacher, administrator and football coach at the prestigious Cheshire Academy in Southern CT.
Thanks to Coach Worthington, Hobart is starting to get more attention from the Wildcats program. JR FS CJ Boleware was the first and the next up will be OL Ethan Kornacki. Kornacki played C and LG for the Wildcats who went 8-1 his SR season. His commitment to Hobart was reported by GameTimeCT.com'sCT HS Football Signing List last week.
At 6' 250 lbs, Ethan (#50 below) may need to add some bulk, but his technique and HS experience of playing with and against several top D1 prospects (e.g., two of his teammates signed with Alabama and Temple, respectively, and several others signed with FCS schools such as Princeton, Georgetown, Merrimack and Holy Cross) will help him adjust quickly to the college game. Coach Worthington views Ethan as a "perfect fit" for Hobart.
With no real experienced C returning from last year's squad, Kornacki could be in the mix early on at that position. It should be noted that Hobart's best center in recent years (if not in program history, at least in the modern era) is Coach Worthington's former teammate and current OL Coach Michael Green '14, who earned All-American honors as a SR and who was "only" 6' 1" 250 lbs. in his playing days.
Please join me in welcoming Ethan and the Kornacki family to the program!
While it normally doesn't have the same pomp and circumstance of the Division 1 variety, last week thousands of student athletes who plan to attend Division III colleges also participated in National Signing Day festivities in their respective communities.
NJ.com mentioned one such student athlete - SR LB Mike Zaccone, Jr. from Wayne Hills HS - who has committed to play football at Hobart College. A link to that announcement can be seen here.
I looked up some more information on Mike and am a BIG FAN already.
Mike comes from a football family, as his dad Mike, Sr. (a police officer in his day job and former HS state champ and college player at Wagner) has coached at WHHS since 2012. Coach Mike has covered special teams, FBs, OL and DBs during his coaching career. Mike Jr. (6'2" 225 lbs) has been a versatile player and has been used at OL, H-back/FB and ILB during his HS career. He served as a team captain his SR year and was described as an "excellent student," just the kind of one-two punch we like to see in our future Statesmen!
Father and Son Celebrate a Championship (NJ.com)
Zaccone racked up a program record 111 tackles in his senior season to go with three INTs. Mike is a solid scraper and hard hitter. He can cover or play the run, squaring up with good technique at the point of attack. You can check out his highlight reelfor a closer look. While I suppose he could be looked at as an H-back in college, my guess is he'll join the LB corps.
Please join me in welcoming what looks like another great family into the Hobart Football family.