McDaniel College names new head football coach

McDaniel College announced on Monday, March 3, that Mike Hoyt has been named the new head football coach.
McDaniel College announced on Monday, March 3, that Mike Hoyt has been named the new head football coach. (Submitted photo)

McDaniel College announced on Monday, March 5, that Mike Hoyt has been named the new head football coach.

Hoyt comes to McDaniel after serving as the associate head football coach and defensive coordinator, as well as director of strength and conditioning for the athletics program, at Albright College in Reading, Pa.


He was also responsible for recruiting in central Pennsylvania and northern counties in Maryland.

He becomes the 24th head coach in the 117-year tradition of Green Terror football and will assume his duties at the college March 19.


McDaniel Athletic Director Paul Moyer said that after a nationwide search, "Mike's experience as an educator, coach and leader of young men separated him as the top candidate for our program."

"I am pleased he will join our program in sufficient time to effectively manage spring practices and assist with recruitment of students interested in joining the McDaniel program," said Moyer in a statement.

In 2011, Hoyt was named by the American Football Coaches Association as a finalist in the assistant coach of the year program while at Albright. He was also one of 10 coaches nationally selected as part of the NCAA Champions Forum in 2010.

Also while at Albright, the school advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals (2009) with a defense that was top 75 in Division III against the pass and 81st overall, allowing an average of 323.1 yards over the 13-game schedule.

His 2008, that defense led the conference and was ranked 33rd nationally, allowing just 16.9 points per game. The team appeared in the ECAC South Central Bowl. In 2004, Albright's rush defense went from allowed 175.1 yards per contest and helped guide Albright to an ECAC South Atlantic championship.

He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Hoyt's coaching career started at Onondaga Central School in Nedrow, N.Y., in 1992, before he moved on to Port Byron Central School in Port Byron, N.Y., in 1993.

He returned to his alma mater, Canisius College, as a graduate assistant in 1994, spending two seasons as defensive line coach and assisting with the strength and conditioning program.

In 1996, he became the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa. He then joined the coaching staff at Franklin and Marshall in Lancaster, Pa.,. where he served under coach Tom Gilburg for four seasons.

In addition to his coaching duties, he taught high school health and physical education for more than five years at Solanco High School in Quarryville, Pa., serving as head football coach there in 1999 and 2000.

Last month McDaniel broke ground on its new Gill Stadium for the school. In the McDaniel statement on Monday, Dr. Roger Casey, president of McDaniel College, said, "With Paul Moyer's leadership, Mike Hoyt's appointment, and the new Kenneth Gill stadium, McDaniel is poised to write a new victorious chapter in our 117-year tradition of Green Terror football."

McDaniel is scheduled to open the 2012 season at Catholic University on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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