New Hampshire Football Report

Adam named NE10’s top coach

MANSFIELD, Mass. — Saint Anselm coach Joe Adam has been named the Northeast-10 Conference’s Coach of the Year, the league announced on Thursday afternoon.

Adam receives the honor for the first time in his eight-year tenure at Saint Anselm. It also marks the second time in program history that the Hawks have received the conference’s Coach of the Year award.

Adam has led the program to new heights over the past couple of seasons, as the Hawks have recorded back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time in modern-day program history. Finishing with 6-4 records in each of the last two falls, Saint Anselm also made program history in 2023 by finishing with a 5-2 record and a second place finish in the NE10 standings, which were both program bests.

His recent success with the Hawks is remarkable considering the team’s struggles just a few years ago, recording just a single win in each of the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. Saint Anselm is now a contender in the highly-competitive conference and has shown that they can compete with the league’s very best, highlighted by wins over Assumption University, Bentley University, and the University of New Haven this season alone, another program-first.

Adam has additionally led a complete overhaul of the Saint Anselm defense, a unit that currently ranks in the top 10 in the nation in several statistical categories. The Hawks concluded the 2023 regular season ranked third in all of NCAA Division II in fumbles recovered (13), sixth in first downs allowed (136), 10th in blocked kicks (six), 10th in opposing third-down conversion percentage (26.9%), and 11th in blocked punts (three). The stout Saint Anselm defense allowed just 142.4 passing yards per game, the seventh-best figure in the country.


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