CCSU promotes McCarthy to head coach

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(STATS) – Central Connecticut State’s first national ranking in 13 years on Monday confirmed interim coach Ryan McCarthy is worthy of the full-time job.

The Northeast Conference school agrees.

Athletic director Brian Barrio said Wednesday the interim tag has been removed to make McCarthy the 14th head coach in program history. An official announcement will be made at a reception on campus Thursday afternoon.

“It makes me very proud to announce Ryan McCarthy as the head coach of CCSU football,” Barrio said. “Ryan is a respected coach and the team has flourished under his leadership this year. We look forward to the Blue Devils’ continued success under his leadership.”

McCarthy has guided CCSU to a 5-1 record – its best start since 2009 – and a No. 25 ranking in the STATS FCS Top 25 – its first in the national media poll since 2006. The Blue Devils are seeking their second NEC title in three years.

McCarthy became the interim coach last offseason after serving as offensive coordinator for the previous four seasons under Pete Rossomando, who resigned to take a position at Rutgers.

Before arriving CCSU, McCarthy spent 13 seasons on Albany’s staff. He is a Cortland State graduate.

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