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Brian Gabriel enters his 13th season as an assistant on the Hawks' football coaching staff, recently being promoted to Assistant Head Coach. He is also serves as Monmouth's offensive line caoch; a unit which has turned out 25 All-Conference selections under Gabriel's guidance, including at least one all-conference selection in each of his seasons.
As the head of Monmouth's recruiting efforts, Gabriel is responsible for organizing recruiting weekends and coaching staff areas along with the creation and distribution of MU's mailing materials. He is also responsible for the promotion of and creating materials for Monmouth's two successful football summer camps (7 on 7 Passing Camp and Football Skills Mini Camp).
Monmouth has had at least two All-NEC selections on the offensive line over the past five seasons. In 2012, junior Mike Hunchak and fifth-year senior Dino Molina each earned all-league honors. Molina, a tackle in 2011 and junior left tackle Mike Murphy were second team selections.
The 2011 season saw history as senior guard Shawn Wright became just the third Hawk, and first offensive lineman, to earn All-Northeast Conference honors four seasons. Wright joins two of the finest players ever to play for the Blue & White, Miami Dolphins draft choice John Nalbone and NEC/MU all-time scoring and rushing leader David Sinisi.
Over the past four seasons Monmouth's offensive line has not ranked lower than fourth in the NEC in sacks per game.
In 2008, three of the five First Team All-Northeast Conference offensive linemen were made up of Monmouth student-athletes, with Kevin Sterling, Nick LoCastro and Shawn Wright earning the honor. The trio led the way for All-America running back David Sinisi's record setting season, in addition to allowing just nine sacks in 11 games, which was eighth in the NCAA. A year later, in 2009, Sterling and Wright repeated as first team all-conference selections.
In 2007, three of Monmouth's five starting offensive linemen earned All-NEC honors, including first team selections Jonathan Dunn and LoCastro with Wright earning a second team nod as a redshirt freshman. Under Gabriel's watch, Monmouth's offensive line blocked for all-conference runningback David Sinisi and All-NEC quarterback Brett Burke. Sinisi set the FCS record for consecutive games with a touchdown (20 dating back to 2006), while Burke's completion percentage was the best in the 15 year history of the program behind Gabriel's line. Academically, center Andrew Musick was named to the ESPN the Magazine First Team All-District II after earning a 3.8 cumulative grade point average; a distinction he would earn three times in his career.
During Monmouth's run to the NEC Championship season in 2006, Gabriel guided the Football Gazette Offensive Lineman of the Year Matt Connolly, who also was named to The Sports Network's I-AA Mid-Major All-America team. The third-year coach also headed up an offensive line that had two players (Connolly and junior Dunn) selected to the First Team All-Northeast Conference, while Dunn was also a Football Gazette First Team Mid-Major All-American. Behind the MU offensive line, the 2006 offense averaged 353 yards of total offense including over 200 passing yards per game, both of which ranked second in the NEC.
In his first two seasons, Gabriel has tutored three All-NEC selections as Dan Iskra was selected first-team All-NEC in 2004 and John Castoro was a two-time honoree.
Gabriel arrived at Monmouth after a two-year coaching stint at his alma mater Siena College. He served as offensive line coach for the Saints and was also responsible for game planning and offensive scouting, as well as all aspects of recruiting.
While a student at Siena, Gabriel enjoyed an oustanding playing career as a four-year starter on the offensive line. During his senior season, he served as a tri-captain.
A New Jersey prep product, Gabriel was a three-sport athlete at Pascack Valley High School. He earned three varsity letters as a member of the PVHS football squad. Gabriel was named team captain for the North Squad at the 1998 All-County game and he also earned the Talamo Award for outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Gabriel and his wife, Katie along with their daughter Teegan and son Nolan reside in Oakhurst.