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Army Assistant John Loose Named Leopards' Defensive Coordinator

Feb. 3, 2000

EASTON, PA - The Lafayette College football program has named John Loose its new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach following an extensive three-week search. Loose served as the linebackers coach at NCAA Division I-A Army for the past eight seasons.

The hiring of Loose completes new Head Coach Frank Tavani's full-time staff with both coordinators coming from Division I-A programs. Former Bowling Green offensive coordinator Mike Faragalli was named the Leopards' offensive coordinator on Jan. 13.

After arriving at West Point in 1992, Loose spent two seasons assisting with Army's defensive secondary and linebacker positions. During the 1994 and 1995 campaigns, he served as head junior varsity coach while also mentoring the varsity outside linebackers. With his guidance, Army ranked sixth in the nation in rushing defense during a 10-2 season in 1996.

"John Loose completes Lafayette's football coaching staff in a big way, bringing a wealth of quality and Division I-A experience," said Lafayette Director of Athletics Dr. Eve Atkinson. "I am very excited about the new football staff that is now in place, and I believe John's abilities as a defensive leader and avid recruiter will shine at Lafayette."

"I am really excited to add another former Division I-A coach who will lead our defense," said Frank Tavani, who was named Lafayette's head football coach on Dec. 11, 1999. "John was integrally involved in the entire development and employment of Army's defensive package. He has a real strong background and is extremely innovative, but most important, he is a tremendous national recruiter. He is coming from an outstanding program at Army, and has served under an extremely well-respected head coach in Bob Sutton."

Current Lafayette assistant coaches Mike Joseph and Mark Reardon have been given additional duties. Joseph has been elevated to special teams coordinator and will coach the running backs, while Reardon has been elevated to recruiting coordinator and will coach the defensive backs. Also remaining on the Leopards' football coaching staff are offensive line coach John Strollo and defensive line coach Chris Taylor, who will also serve as the head junior varsity coach and serve as the Leopards' liaison with the College's Academic Resource Center. In addition to part-time strength and conditioning coach Gary Talijan, two part-time coaches will be named at a later date.

Before signing on with Bob Sutton's staff at Army, Loose spent three seasons at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as an assistant, serving as both defensive coordinator and defensive secondary coach under head coach Tom Bell.

"I am extremely excited to be here," said Loose. "I am very familiar with the quality of academics and athletics at Lafayette College. What has really impressed me about Lafayette is Coach Tavani's abilities as a recruiter, administrator, and a leader. This is a great staff, and I am excited to be a part of it."

"Lafayette is getting a very talented, energetic, and experienced coach," said former Army Head Coach Bob Sutton. "He got a lot of experience at Army, and he did an excellent job. He is an outstanding recruiter. In fact, he recruited the best areas of the country for us."

Following a stellar prep football career at Watkins Glen High School, Loose opted to concentrate on his track abilities and forged a standout collegiate career at Ithaca College. A five-time NCAA qualifier and All-America choice, Loose specialized in the high jump and remains the school record-holder with a leap of 6-10 1/4. He earned four letters each indoors and outdoors prior to graduating in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in Physical Education, while minoring in Psychology.

In addition to his busy athletic slate at Ithaca, Loose found time to assist with several local high school squads, serving on the staff at Corning West High School in 1986 after two years at his alma mater, Watkins Glen High.

The Watkins Glen, NY, native began his coaching career at SUNY Albany in 1987, coaching the Great Danes' defensive backs for two seasons before departing for the Coast Guard Academy in 1989.

While at SUNY Albany, Loose earned his master of science degree in curriculum planning and development.

Loose and his wife, Marianne, are the proud parents of two daughters -- Lauren, 3, and Grace, three months.

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