Todd Gilcrist Jr. was hired as UChicago's head football coach in April 2022. He becomes the 12th head coach in UChicago football history, dating back to the program's inception in 1892.
The 2022 fall season will be Gilcrist's 11th year as a collegiate football coach. He arrives in Hyde Park after a three-year tenure at The College of the Holy Cross. Gilcrist was the pass game coordinator and wide receiver coach for the Crusaders, who compete within the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). He led the offensive staff in pass game creation and weekly game plan installation.
The Crusaders possessed a cumulative record of 20-10 over the past three seasons with Gilcrist on staff. Holy Cross won three-straight Patriot League titles with a 13-1 record in conference games. The 2021 Crusaders put together their most successful season in 30 years – they posted a 10-3 overall record, a 6-0 league mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. The offense averaged 32.2 points per game with five games exceeding 40 points.
Prior to Holy Cross, Gilcrist spent four seasons on staff at Columbia University (NCAA Division I FCS). He was the running backs coach in the 2015-16 seasons and the wide receivers coach during the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. Four Lions from his positional groups earned All-Ivy League honors in that time. Wide receiver Josh Wainwright set a new school record with 1,001 receiving yards in 2017. On the recruiting front, Gilcrist was instrumental in bringing in three classes that placed in the top 25 of the FCS recruiting rankings. Columbia's 2016 recruiting class was ranked No. 3 nationally within the FCS.
Gilcrist also has coaching roots within NCAA Division III. In the early years of his career, he served as the wide receivers coach at Carnegie Mellon University (2014) and Thiel College (2013). He led the creation of the pass game plans at both programs. Additionally, Gilcrist was the defensive backs coach at Maine Maritime Academy (2012).
As a student-athlete, Gilcrist started his collegiate career as a wide receiver at Duquesne University and went on to play wide receiver and safety at the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers won the 2010 Big East Championship and made three-consecutive bowl game appearances during his time on the team. He received his bachelor's degree in Digital Communications and Media from Pittsburgh in 2012.
Spencer Emerson, Assistant Head Football Coach (Offensive...
Spencer Emerson enters his second season as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach on the Maroon football coaching staff in 2023.
The 2022 Maroon offense rolled up 37.3 points per game, as running back Nicholas D'Ambrose ranked among the best rushers in the nation. D'Ambrose produced the seventh-most rushing yards in school history (1,095 yards) while ranking second nationally in scoring per game (14.2 PPG), fifth in rushing yards per game (136.9 YPG), seventh in rushing touchdowns (17), 11th in total touchdowns (19), 12th in yards per carry (6.6) and 13th in all-purpose yards per game (155.4 YPG). The rushing offense was 17th in NCAA Division III at 225.4 yards per game.
Emerson came to Hyde Park after spending the past two years as an assistant coach at Georgetown University. He coached the running backs position group while also serving as the video coordinator. Emerson has previous experience in the NCAA Division III realm as well. He held three roles on staff at Bates College, including Cornerbacks Coach (2016-17), Wide Receivers Coach (2020) and Director of Football Operations (2020).
Emerson's offensive acumen was also on display during his tenure as varsity head coach at Poland Regional High School in Poland, Maine (2017-20). With Emerson calling offensive plays, the Knights set new school records in passing yards, pass completions, passing percentage, total touchdowns, points scored and total yards in the 2018 season. They also broke the state record for passing in Class D.
As a collegian, Emerson played quarterback at Becker College for one season before transferring to the University of Maine. He joined the Maine coaching staff as an undergraduate football assistant with film, operations and recruiting responsibilities.
Emerson graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Maine in 2016. He also earned his master's degree in athletic administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2022.
Montell Allen, Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Coor...
Montell Allen was hired as UChicago football's Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach in February 2023.
Allen arrived at UChicago after a four-year tenure at Lehigh University. He was the Defensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Mountain Hawks in 2021 and 2022, and previously held the position of Cornerback Coach in 2019 to 2020. Allen also assisted in coaching wedge, gunners and jammers on the special teams unit. Lehigh's defense ranked in the top three in the Patriot League for the past three seasons, with the 2022 squad ranking second in the conference in sacks. The 2019 squad ranked 22nd nationally in scoring defense.
Allen began his collegiate coaching career as a Graduate Assistant and Cornerback Coach at Hastings College in 2016. He was also a Graduate Assistant at University of South Carolina, where he worked with special teams and linebackers during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Gamecocks played in the Belk Bowl and the Outback Bowl, where they defeated the University of Michigan.
Prior to his time at Lehigh, Allen was the Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach at Lake Erie College (2019).
As a collegiate football player, Allen played for University of San Diego, where he was a Second Team All-League selection and team captain. He earned his bachelor's degree from San Diego in sociology.
Max Andrews, Assistant Football Coach (Offensive Line...
Max Andrews was hired as Offensive Line Coach for UChicago football in February 2023.
Andrews arrived in Hyde Park from the University of Maine football program. He held dual responsibilities as Assistant Offensive Line Coach and Quality Control Coach for the Black Bears during the 2022 season.
Previously, Andrews was the Offensive Line Coach at Foxcroft Academy from 2018-21. He also contributed as Special Teams Coordinator and Strength & Conditioning Coach during his time on the campus. The Ponies won back-to-back state titles with Andrews on staff.
Andrews played collegiately at University of Maine, where he started his career as a tight end for the Black Bears. He later switched positions to the offensive line and became an All-Conference center.
Andrews received his bachelor's degree from Maine in elementary education.
Carlif Taylor, Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Line...
Carlif Taylor begins his second season with the Maroons in 2023 as the Defensive Line Coach. He also serves as the team's Strength & Conditioning Coordinator.
Taylor competed professionally in the NFL, as he played defensive tackle for both the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.
As an undergraduate, Taylor was a two-time All-American and team captain at Southern Connecticut State University. He graduated in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business management.
Taylor has previously served as a defensive lineman coach at Fordham Prep, Cardinal Hayes High School and Pope John XXIII High School. He was also defensive line coach for the East Team at the 2020 All-American Bowl Game.
The New York City native is also CEO of Taylor Made Fitness LLC.
Paul Escalante, Assistant Football Coach (Tight Ends)
Darrell Meckley, Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Assi...
Nick Rose, Assistant Football Coach (Special Teams ...