BANGOR, Maine - Husson University head football coach Gabby Price is pleased to announced three new coaches to the 2018 coaching staff, AJ McLaughlin, Alex Cardenas, and Greg Marter.
Coach Price on the new coaches, "We are pleased to have Greg return to our staff and have AJ and Alex serve important roles on the staff. All these men have in common a love for leading and mentoring young men and a tireless work ethic."
AJ McLaughlin will coach the defensive line coach at Husson in 2018. This past fall, McLaughlin served as the tight ends coach.
Prior to joining the Eagle coaching staff, McLaughlin was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the Husson football team as a tight end and special teams player from 2013-16.
McLaughlin helped guide the Eagles to a 29-12 overall record with three ECFC Regular Season titles in 2014, 2015, and 2016, two ECFC Championships and berths to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in 2014 and 2016.
Off the field, McLaughlin was named to the ECFC All-Academic Squad in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and to the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society in 2016.
McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Husson in 2018. A native of Dexter, Maine, McLaughlin attended Dexter Regional High School.
Alex Cardenas returns to the coaching staffing after taking a one year hiatus. He will coach the running backs at Husson in 2018.
In 2016, Cardenas served as an student assistant coach, helping the Eagles post a 9-2 record, en route to the program's second ECFC title and second NCAA DIII Championship Tournament appearance in the last three years.
Prior to joining the Eagle coaching staff, Cardenas was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the Husson football team as a running back and a special teams player from 2012-15.
Cardenas was part of ECFC Regular Season titles in 2014 and 2015, the program's first ECFC Championship and berth to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in 2014.
Cardenas earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Marketing Communications from Husson in 2017 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Marketing from Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, United Kingdom. A native of West Hills, Calif., Cardenas attended Calabassas High School.
Greg Marter returns to the Eagle sidelines in 2018 as the tight ends coach after spending the past two seasons (2016-17) as an assistant football coach at Old Town High School. The 2017 season will mark Marter's ninth overall season as a member of the Husson football coaching staff and the first since 2011.
In his first season on the staff, Eagles posted their first victory in program history on October 9th, 2004 at the Winkin Sports Complex against Southern Virginia University, 28-14. The team continued to progress under his guidance, recording its first winning season in 2006 and going 7-3 in 2008, advancing to the ECAC Northeast Bowl Game. During the eight year run.
At Old Town High School, Marter coached the offensive and defensive lines, and served as the Special Teams Coordinator in his two seasons on the Coyotes' coaching staff. Prior to coaching at Old Town, Marter was an assistant coach at Stearns High School from 2013-17, serving as the Defensive and Special Teams Coordinator and coaching the offensive and defensive lines.
He has also coached basketball at Stearns from 2010-17, at Penobscot Valley High School from 2005-09 and currently coaches the Maine Select AAU U16 Boys team.
Marter earned a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Columbia State University.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Marter attended Bishop McDevitt High School. He currently resides in Millinocket, Maine. He has two daughters, Kirsten, who graduated from Husson in 2016 and is a teacher in East Millinocket, and Marissa who will be a freshman this year at Husson.
The two time defending ECFC Champions will kick off their 16th season at Union (N.Y.) on September 1st at 1:00 p.m.