Kevin Gilmartin promoted to head football coach

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With more than 15 years experience coaching football at the collegiate level, Kevin Gilmartin will take the reins as the next head coach for Salve Regina’s football program, as announced by director of athletics Collin Sullivan. Gilmartin succeeds Bob Chesney, who is taking over as head coach at Division II Assumption College.

Gilmartin joined the Seahawk football coaching staff in 2012 and helped lead the squad to a divisional title. Salve Regina reached the New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship game for only the second time in its history (first since 2000).

“I am honored to be given this opportunity to be the head football coach at Salve Regina University,” Gilmartin said. “Winning the division was one step. Players who are champions in the classroom, on the field and in the community will continue our direction for this program on the national scene.”

This past season, Gilmartin’s offense broke school records for total points scored (356), total all-purpose yardage (5,770) and passing touchdowns (19). He was directly involved with coaching the return specialists, which led to All-American honors for Phil Terio ’15.

“I am excited to have a coach with Kevin’s talent and intelligence prepared to lead our program,” Sullivan said. “I look forward to Kevin’s continued leadership and I’m confident he, our staff and our players will continue to build a championship football program at Salve Regina.”

As an assistant coach at Mount Ida College, Gilmartin worked five seasons handling the responsibilities of offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, quarterbacks coach, running backs coach and admissions liaison. He helped lead the team to three consecutive postseason appearances and was selected to coach in the 2010 All-American Bowl.

Gilmartin gained further collegiate coaching experience as a special teams/assistant running backs coach at Hofstra University (Division I-AA) and a quarterbacks/defensive backs coach at Hamilton College (Division III) for five years. He also spent two seasons at Nipmuc Regional High School where he became the school’s all-time winningest head coach.

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