Cronin Named USF Defensive Tackles Coach

February 16, 2017

 Part of four national championship teams as a player and coach

TAMPA, FEB. 16, 2017 – University of South Florida head football coach Charlie Strong today announced the addition of Sean Cronin as the Bulls’ defensive tackles coach.

A part of four national championship winning teams – two as a player and two as a coach – Cronin previously worked with Strong at the University of Florida, where as a graduate assistant he helped the Gators to win BCS National Championships in 2006 and 2008. Cronin also won a pair of FCS National Championships as a defensive lineman at Georgetown College (Ky.) in 2000 and 2001.

“Sean has been a winner everywhere he’s been,” Strong said. “He has been a part of four national championship winning teams and several other high achieving teams over the course of his career. I look forward to working with Sean again and think he will be an excellent mentor and coach four our players.”

Cronin served as defensive ends coach at Marshall University from 2013 to 2016, helping the Herd to post 127 quarterback sacks in his four seasons on staff. Cronin helped Marshall post three seasons with 10 or more wins, three bowl victories and an overall record of 36-17 during his four seasons.

In 2013, the Herd went 10-4 and downed Maryland in the Military Bowl. In 2014, Marshal went 13-1, won a league title, beat Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl and finished ranked in the AP Top 25. In 2015, the Herd posted a 10-3 record and a St. Petersburg Bowl victory.

Cronin guided Gary Thompson to Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors in 2013. Thompson posted 19 sacks and 29 tackles for loss on his career, including nine sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hurries during the 2015 season. Cronin also guided Ryan Bee to a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2015 with 59 tackles, 8.5 TFL and four sacks. Bee posted 8.5 sacks and 15.0 tackles for loss in his first two seasons under Cronin. Arnold Blackmon earned C-USA second team honors at defensive end in 2014 for the Herd.

Cronin served three stints at Marshall, two on head coach Doc Holliday’s staff. He previously worked as a defensive line coach in 2010 under Holliday and was a graduate assistant at Marshall in 2005.

From 2011-12, Cronin served as defensive line coach at Temple, helping guide three-time All-Mid-American Conference first team defensive end Adrian Robinson and All-MAC defensive end Morkeith Brown. The Owls defense dominated the league in 2011, leading in five categories while ranking No. 3 nationally in scoring defense. In 2012, Brown (Tampa Bay) and DE Adrian Robinson (Pittsburgh) signed NFL rookie free agent contracts, helping to set the Temple school record with a class of 12 NFL signees.

Prior to his second stint at Marshall, Cronin spent the 2009 season as the defensive line coach at The Citadel and three years (2006-08) as a graduate assistant defensive coach at Florida, where he worked with eight NFL Draft picks.

Cronin helped Florida to BCS National Championships in his first and third seasons (2006 and 2008). Cronin went to UF after spending the 2005 season at Marshall, where he served as the offensive and special teams quality control assistant.

Cronin began his collegiate playing career at the University of Cincinnati, where he was a defensive end before transferring to Georgetown College, where he played defensive end his first season and defensive tackle during his final two years. He helped Georgetown win two national titles (2000 and ’01) and was an All-American and All-Conference selection in 2002.

Cronin earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in coaching from Georgetown in 2002. After graduation, he spent the spring semester interning with the defensive line and in strength and conditioning efforts. He went on to work at Clarion University (Pa.), where he spent two seasons as linebackers coach for the NCAA Division II program and completed his master's degree in rehabilitative science in 2004.

Cronin is married to the former Emily Heater. The couple have three daughters, Grace, Caitlin and Mary, and a son, Joseph.

Season ticket deposits for the 2017 season start at $50 per seat and can be placed at The Bulls will play seven home games in Raymond James Stadium in 2017, hosting notable games vs. Illinois, Houston, Temple, Tulsa and Cincinnati.

USF finished the 2016 season with a school record 11 wins following the program’s fifth-ever bowl victory in the Birmingham Bowl. The Bulls’ 11-2 record marked the fifth-best winning percentage in FBS football in 2016 and one of just 11 teams to reach 11 wins. USF set nearly 40 team and individual records in 2016, including team records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77) and scoring (569). Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers was named the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and led a school-record 10 players named to the all-conference team, six of which, including Flowers, will return in 2017.

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