Sean McGowan is in his fourth year as the defensive coordinator and his seventh year overall with the UNH football staff. The 2010 season will mark his second consecutive year – five years total – as coach of the defensive backs; he also coached the DBs for three seasons (2004-06) before serving as mentor of the linebackers for two years (2007-08).
McGowan, was instrumental in helping the Wildcat defense to lead the nation in fumble recoveries, interceptions and turnover margin in 2005. McGowan mentored Jeff Pammer, who earned All-America honors. Furthermore, McGowan worked closely with Buck Buchanan Award candidate Corey Graham, who was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL draft in 2007 by the Chicago Bears and could be a starter this season. Although he didn’t have the official title, McGowan served in a defensive coordinator capacity in ‘06.
McGowan arrived in Durham after working at the University of New Haven before the school discontinued the football program. Prior to that, he spent the 2003 season as the defensive coordinator at West Virginia Tech.
McGowan began his coaching career at Division III Occidental College, where he served as the quarterbacks coach. He then moved on to the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant for three seasons. McGowan spent his first season in recruiting before moving to defense, where he worked with the secondary. McGowan then took over as defensive coordinator at Duquesne University, where the defense finished ranked first in total defense in I-AA.
He was a two-year letterwinner at Fordham as he started out as quarterback before moving to safety his final two seasons. He received his business degree from Fordham in 1998.