DURHAM, N.H.-- Steve Stetson, a former University of New Hampshire assistant football coach and All-Ivy football player at Dartmouth College, returns to the Granite State as the Wildcat assistant head coach in charge of quarterbacks. The announcement was made today by fourth-year head football coach Sean McDonnell.
Stetson comes to UNH from Hartwick College where he had been the head football coach since the reinstatement of the sport there in 1992.
"Steve is a tremendous addition to our staff and we are excited that he can return to UNH and the Granite State where he got his start in coaching," said McDonnell. "His experience as a head coach is a real plus for our program, in addition to his impressive experience coaching quarterbacks."
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this great football program again and to be able to return to UNH and the state of New Hampshire is exciting," said Stetson. "I'm looking forward to working with Coach McDonnell and his staff. While with the Hawks, Stetson quickly molded his team into a highly-successful program as the squad achieved eight winning seasons in the last nine years. Excluding his first year when most of the players were freshmen, Stetson's teams posted a regular-season record of 57-28-1. Hartwick was selected to play in the ECAC Northwest Championship game in three of the last four seasons.
Stetson's coaching career spans 25 years. Three years ago he was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 greatest sports figures to come out of the state of New Hampshire in the 20th century.
His other ties to the Granite State run through Hanover, N.H., as he was an All-Ivy quarterback for Dartmouth and was part of a team that won Ivy titles during his final three years. Upon his graduation, Stetson immediately jumped into coaching, starting with a year (1973) as the Big Green's assistant freshman football coach. Then, in the following campaign, he began his three-year stint (1974-76) as an assistant coach at UNH under legendary head coach Bill Bowes. While Stetson was with the Wildcats, UNH won the Yankee Conference championship two times in three years (1975 and 1976). He then moved on to Boston University where he was the offensive coordinator for five seasons (1977-81). The Terriers also won two Yankee Conference titles during his stint there.
In 1982, he was named the head football coach at Hamilton College. Stetson took over a Hamilton team that posted a 1-23 record in three previous seasons. Three years later, he coached the team to a 6-1-1 record, the college's first winning mark in 17 years. He was named New England Division III Coach of the Year for his efforts.
Stetson then went on to be named head coach at Boston University (1985-87). A 1973 graduate of Dartmouth College, Stetson earned his A.B. in Sociology/Education. He is also a graduate of Laconia High School where he was All-State in football following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.