McDonnell cleared to return for 2020 football season


Hannah Donahue

After a one-season hiatus, head coach Sean McDonnell will be returning to the sideline for the team’s spring practices ahead of the 2020 season. McDonnell missed the entire 2019 season after revealing that he had been dealing with cancer through the fall and winter months. 

The 21-year UNH head coach plans to be back in the saddle when spring practices begin on March 31. The spring slate will conclude on May 2 with the annual Blue-White scrimmage. 

In over two decades with the Wildcats, McDonnell has collected 154 wins which ranks first in the CAA. He has also appeared in the playoffs 14 times which is first in the FCS, and has earned a CAA-high two Eddie Robinson Awards. 

After announcing that he will be stepping away from the team prior to last season, quarterbacks coach and former UNH athlete Ricky Santos was named as the interim head coach for the 2019 season. Santos coached the team to a 6-5 (5-3 CAA) record and missed out on the playoffs.