WORCESTER -- WPI head football coach Chris Robertson was honored by the New England Football Writers as the organization's Division II/II New England Coach of the Year. Robertson received the award Thursday night at a sold out banquet at Rosaria Restaurant and Function Facility in Saugus, MA.
2019 was a record-setting season for Robertson and his Engineers. The Crimson and Gray won 10 games, the most in the 130-year history of the program. WPI finished 6-1 in the rugged NEWMAC, sharing the regular season title, its first conference crown since 1993. Robertson's team earned its second invitation in three years to the New England Bowl series where they defeated Western Connecticut 35-6, joining the 2017 squad as the only football team in school history to win a postseason contest.
Multiple records were set on the offensive side of the ball, including points (473), total yards (5,076), rushing yards (2,594) and rushing touchdowns (44) in a season. The single game scoring record was set not once, but twice as is was broken in a 66-13 victory over Merchant Marine on October 26th and reset in a 70-28 win over Norwich three weeks later on November 16th.
The Engineers also excelled on the defensive side of the ball. The allowed only three points over the first two weeks, including a season-opening shutout of Worcester State and a 6-3 triumph over rival RPI that allowed WPI to reclaim the coveted Transit Trophy for the first time since 2016. Overall, the defense led the NEWMAC in fewest points (14.7) and yards (277.9) allowed per game.
Robertson saw a large number of student-athletes earn all-conference and regional accolades in 2019. Running back Sean McAllen (Prospect, CT) and center Vince Lucca (Granby, CT) joined him at the banquet as All-New England representatives while McAllen was the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Year while strong safety Sam Casey (Winchester, MA) took home the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year. Fellow tri-captain Nick Ostrowski (Charlton, MA) joined McAllen and Casey on the D3football.com and defensive lineman Lou Duh (Monroe, CT) was a second team Academic All-American.
Robertson has now guided the Engineers to five straight winning seasons; equaling the third longest such streak in the 130-year history of WPI football. He was assisted this season by Matt Kelly (Offensive Coordinator), Scott Sperone (Defensive Coordinator), Galen Holmes (Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator), Dan Ross (Running Backs), Mike Kelly (Offensive Line), Tim Farina (Wide Receivers) and Mark Fossati (Outside Linebackers).