Dec. 30, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Marshall University Head Football Coach Doc Holliday announced the hiring of Sean Cronin as a defensive assistant coach Wednesday.
Cronin joins the Marshall staff as a defensive assistant coach after spending the 2009 season as the defensive line coach at The Citadel. Prior to coming to The Citadel, Cronin spent three years as a graduate assistant defensive coach at the University of Florida.
"Sean was with me at Florida for a few years and he is a relentless worker and he will be a relentless recruiter," Holliday said. "Sean did a great job of being involved with our players and getting to know them on and off the field. He is a super young coach with a bright future."
Cronin has played on or coached for four national championship teams. He won two national titles as a player at Georgetown (Ky.) and helped the University of Florida to national championships in his first and third seasons as a graduate assistant in Gainesville. Cronin went to UF after spending the 2005 season at Marshall, where he served as the offensive and special teams quality control assistant. In that role, Cronin performed multiple duties, including film break down and statistical analysis.
"I am very excited to be back at Marshall," Cronin said. "Football is extremely important here and I am blessed to have this opportunity to coach under Coach Holliday and for the Thundering Herd. I am looking forward to competing for championships."
Prior to Marshall, Cronin spent two seasons as the linebackers coach at Division II Clarion University.
Cronin went to Moeller High School in Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati, where he was a defensive end before transferring to Georgetown College (Ky.), where he played defensive end his first season and defensive tackle during his final two years. As a player, Cronin was part of three teams that played for the national championship and two that won the title. In 2002, he was an All-American and All-Conference selection. Upon graduation from Georgetown (Ky.) College, Cronin spent the spring semester of his senior year interning at his alma mater assisting with the defensive line and in strength and conditioning efforts.
In 2003, Cronin earned his B.A. in history and a minor in coaching from Georgetown (Ky.). In 2005, he completed work for a master's in rehabilitative science at Clarion University.
Cronin is married to the former Emily Heater.