John Walsh
John Walsh
Title: Head Football Coach
Phone: 909-621-8693
Email: john.walsh@pomona.edu
Previous College: B.A. Amherst College; M.A. Tufts University

John Walsh is entering his first season as head coach for Pomona-Pitzer after spending the previous four seasons as the Sagehens' associate head coach and defensive coordinator.

Walsh, who also serves as the recruiting coordinator and assists with the Pomona-Pitzer Softball program in the spring, joined the Sagehens after serving as the head coach at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. He also assisted with the track and field program and served as the strength and conditioning coach at NMH.

Walsh had extensive collegiate experience coaching at Yale, Tufts and Georgetown, as well as one post-graduate year at Pomona-Pitzer in 1997, prior to taking over the head coaching position at NMH. While at Yale, he helped the Bulldogs defense rank No. 1 in scoring defense in all of FCS (10.5 ppg) during the 2008 season, as well as No. 2 in pass efficiency defense.

Walsh had similar success at Tufts as a defensive coordinator, helping the Jumbos rank No. 1 in the NESCAC in both passing defense (127.1 ypg) and pass efficiency in 2003. Tufts also ranked 13th in all of Division III in total defense (258.1 yards per game) in 2003, and No. 4 in scoring defense (10.38 ppg) in 2001. While working with the defensive backs in 2002, he helped the Jumbos break the school record for interceptions in a season with 22. During his tenure, he coached 17 All-NESCAC players and three All-Americans.

Walsh began his college coaching career at Pomona-Pitzer in 1997, when he coached outside linebackers and assisted with special teams. After leaving the Sagehens, he went to Georgetown, where he coached linebackers and special teams from 1998-2001, coaching two first-team All-MAAC players and one non-scholarship All-American.

As a collegiate player, Walsh served as a team captain for the Amherst Football team in 1996, while starting for four years as an inside linebacker for the Lord Jeffs.

Walsh graduated from Amherst in 1997 with a degree in history. He later earned his master's degree from Tufts in educational studies in 2005.

Brian Carroll
Brian Carroll
Title: Offensive Coordinator
Email: brian.carroll@pomona.edu
Previous College: B.A. Colgate University

Brian Carroll is entering his third season with the Pomona-Pitzer Football team and first season as offensive coordinator in 2017. 

Carroll worked at American International College (Springfield MA) as a running back/wide receiver coach in 1994 and 1995, and then as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator from 1996-99. In 1999, AIC had the #3 offense in the entire country and won the Eastern Football Conference title with a 10-1 record.  He recently returned to AIC as wide receiver coach and won his second league title while on the staff. The team also made an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Division 2 Playoffs for only the second time in school history.

Carroll was a special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach from 2001-04 at Tufts University (Medford, MA) During his time at Tufts he worked closely with Pomona-Pitzer defensive coordinator John Walsh on one of the top defenses in Division 3 football.

After his coaching tenure at Tufts, Carroll worked at two Massachusetts private schools, serving as a defensive  coordinator at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols (BB&N) in Cambridge from 2004-06, and as head football coach at Lawrence Academy in Groton from 2006-08. In Carroll's second year LA went 7-1 and made an appearance in the Independent School League Super Bowl.

Carroll also served as athletic director at Winchester High School (Winchester, MA) from 2008-13 and most recently was regional athletic director at the White Mountain Regional High School (Whitefield, NH).

Carroll is a 1989 graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. 

Wil Gilmore
Wil Gilmore
Title: Special Teams Coordinator/Linebacker Coach
Email: Wil.Gilmore@pomona.edu
Previous College: B.A. Tulane University, M.S. Ohio University

Wil Gilmore enters his first year as Special Teams Coordinator/Linebacker Coach for the Sagehens. 

Gilmore comes to Pomona-Pitzer with extensive knowledge of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, having coached at rivals Occidental and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

He most recently served as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach for the Tigers in 2015 and 2016. He served as the Linebackers Coach for the Stags in 2012.

Gilmore has also coached at several high schools throughout his career. He spent two seasons at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. as the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach where he helped lead the team to the league semifinals and the DC State Championship Title.

He has also coached at several Los Angeles area high schools including Crespi Carmelite (2011, Wide Receivers Coach), Taft Senior High School (2010, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach), and Harvard-Westlake School (2009-2008, Linebackers/Safeties Coach).

He has coached at many NCAA Division I football camps including at the University of Maryland, Notre Dame, USC, the University of Oklahoma, Stanford, the West Coast Elite Camp, and the Elite 11 Camp.

A native of New Orleans, Gilmore played at Tulane University where he served as team captain during his senior season. He also has professional playing experience, playing in the Canadian Football League for the Birmingham Barracudas (1995) and the Calgary Stampeders (1994).

Gilmore graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Tulane and received his M.S. in Coaching Education from Ohio University.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
Title: Running Backs Coach
Previous College: B.A. University of Pittsburgh; M.Ed, La Verne

Jon Hart is entering his 13th season as an assistant coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Football team in 2016, working primarily with the program's Running Backs.

In addition to his experience coaching the Sagehens, Hart has also coached for four seasons in Finland (in both Kuopio and Porvoo). He has had assistant coaching jobs at the University of La Verne and Azusa Pacific, while working as a head coach at the high school level at both Needles and John North.

Hart and his wife, Jean, have been residents of Claremont for 42 years, where he worked for 36 years as a high school math teacher. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to get his master's degree in education from the University of La Verne.

Roger Ollano
Roger Ollano
Title: Defensive Backs Coach
Previous College: B.A. Pitzer College '99

Coach Ollano is returning to the Pomona-Pitzer football staff for his fifth straight year (7 total) as defensive backs coach for the Sagehens.

 A graduate of Pitzer College, Coach Ollano played under Coach Walsh as a defensive back in 1997.

Ollano was also a defensive backs coach for Brethren Christian (Huntington Beach, Calif.), and coached with former NFL wide receiver/punter Pat McInally.

As a player, Ollano played for Bishop Amat High school in La Puente, California. He currently resides in Chino with his lovely wife, Cecilia, and has three children: Justin, Jonas and Noelle.

Matt O'Connor
Matt O'Connor
Title: Assistant Football Coach
Email: mmo02011@mymail.pomona.edu
Previous College: B.A., Pomona College

Matt O’Connor is in his first year as defensive analyst/outside linebackers coach. He returns to the Sagehens after serving as a two-time captain from 2011-2015.

In his career, O’Connor excelled on the field.  O’Connor was among SCIAC leaders in tackles (173) and tackles for loss (13).  He ranks as the fifth leading tackler in Pomona-Pitzer history.

Off the football field, O’Connor was a four-year letterman in track and field, participating in shotput and hammer throw.  As a student at Pomona College, O’Connor was a Politics, Philosophy & Economics and Theatre double major and was named to the SCIAC All-Academic team each year of his career.

O’Connor holds an MBA from the Drucker School of Management, and currently serves as Assistant Director of Admissions for Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University.  A community leader, O’Connor is the executive director of the not-for-profit organization 3-D Leadership, a member of the Board of Directors for Harambee Preparatory School, and a representative of Pomona College Alumni Board’s Athletic Affinity Committee.

 

Michale Spicer
Michale Spicer
Title: Assistant Football Coach/ Defensive Line

Coach Spicer joins the Pomona-Pitzer Football Coaching Staff for his first season in 2017 and will work with the Defensive Line. 

Spicer spent his playing career across the National Football League (NFL), United Football League (UFL) and Arena Football League (AFL) as a defensive lineman. He was All-UFL First Team (2010), Team Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2008 for the for the New Orleans Voodoo and All-AFL Rookie Team.

Previously he coached at Bishop Montgomery High School from 2010-2014 as the Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. He helped the Knights to four-straight CIF playoffs berths and had four All-League Defensive Linemen during his tenure.

Spicer attended Western Carolina University and was All-American 2002, 2003, First Team All-Southern Conference in 2002 and 2003, Named Top Defender in Southern Conference by Streets and Smiths Magazine and was Dean’s List in 2003.

Paul Mesa
Paul Mesa
Title: Assistant Football Coach
Email: Paul.Hannagan-Mesa@pomona.edu

Paul Mesa joined the Pomona-Pitzer College football staff as an Offensive Line Coach in the spring of 2016. His responsibilities are working with the offensive line and tight ends. 

Mesa played his High School career as an Offensive Center at Santa Clara Catholic High School in Oxnard California earning All County Honors. There he was coached by All American Lineman Tom O’Brien who played for California Lutheran University. His college football career began at Moorpark Community College where he earned 2nd team All- State Honors. While at Moorpark he was coached by Leo Wingle, father of NFL lineman Blake Wingle.  Mesa received an athletic scholarship to Sacramento State where his first year the team went to the playoffs against North Dakota. The following year he graduated and attended Creighton Law School.

Mesa began his coaching career in 2002 working as an offensive line coach for various high schools including Arlington High School, Poly High School and Citrus Hill High School in Riverside California. Additionally, he also coached at the youth level simultaneously.  During the 2009 thru 2012 youth and high school seasons his teams were able to win 105 combined games while only losing 7 during that same time period. During his last three seasons with Citrus Hill High School they were able to capture 3 league championships and 2 CIF championships.

Mesa hopes to continue excelling as a coach and mentor he believes his role is to not only prepare his lineman for the game they play but to also prepare them for what will come after football.

Mesa received his Bachelor of Arts in Government with a minor in Business Administration from California State University Sacramento in 1988 and also received his Masters of Business Administration from California Lutheran University in 1993. He and his wife, Robin, reside in Riverside California. They have three children, 1 boy and 2 girls.

Kevin Cummings
Kevin Cummings
Title: Assistant Football Coach
Email: KCummings@pennylane.org
Previous College: B.A., Central St. University

Coach Cummings is entering his first season as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Coaching Staff. 

He previously coached at Crespi High School 2005-2010 as the JV Head Coach and Varsity wide receiver coach and coached at Santa Monica High School as the JV head Coach and Varsity running back coach. He was the skills Coach for B2G from 2008-2012.

As a player at Central State University started at running back all four years and  finished career in the top-five all time rushing yards and scoring. He was inducted into the Central State University Athletic Hall Of Fame in October 2013 for Football.

After graduating from Central St. University played three seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Toronto Argonauts (1987-1990) as a running back. During my time in Canada was named player of the game in five games.

Aaron Becker
Aaron Becker
Title: Assistant Athletic Director, Operations & Events; Director of Football Operations
Phone: 909-621-8021
Email: Aaron.Becker@Pomona.edu
Previous College: B.A. Cal State San Bernardino

Aaron Becker is entering his first season as the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations & Events and Director of Football Operations.

Becker will oversee the staffing and operations of events, home game management, and championship hosting. This position provides leadership in planning and designing events, facility maintenance and upgrades, and coordinating with external organizations regarding the use of the facilities. This role works alongside Head Coaches to understand home event needs and preferences, and participates in planning and managing the events and operations budget.

Most recently, Becker served as the Athletic Facilities Coordinator at The College of New Jersey where he spent the last four years overseeing external and internal operations for all events and activities in the college's nine athletic and recreation facilities. 

Becker previously spent time at the University of Chicago where he acted in a similar role as the Athletic Facilities Manager and also previously acted as the Director of Stadium Operations for the Delmarva Shorebirds, a class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. 

Becker graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2006 with a B.A. in Communications.