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Assumption Football Staff Save Man from Mugging

Media Call Greyhounds Assistant Coaches 'Heroes'

The media call them heroes.

To the eight members of the Assumption College Greyhounds football coaching staff, however, they simply did what anyone else would have done in a dangerous situation.

On Oct. 25, the Greyhounds traveled to Stamford, Conn., to face Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., the following day. "After going through the Friday night routine of team dinner and final preparation meetings," wrote, "head coach Bob Chesney stayed behind to do bed check while his seven assistants left the hotel to grab a bite of pizza and see what they could of Stamford.

"That's when they heard the cries for help from what Chesney described as 'a mid-30s, 5'7", 155-pound Wall Street-type guy' as he was in the process of getting mugged. As a group, the eight Assumption assistants -- offensive coordinator Paul McGonagle, defensive backs coach Anthony Barese, defensive line coach/strength and conditioning coach Chis Gratuski, wide receivers coach Todd Parsons, offensive line coach Matt Sidebottom, safeties coach Jonathan Jean-Louis, running backs coach Todd Warmington, and tight ends coach Mark Ledbetter -- raced to his aid."

The suspects took off, but the Assumption coaches followed them until they were apprehended. The coaches held the suspects until police arrived, gave their statements, and made sure the the victim was taken to the hospital.

The coaches' actions have garnered the attention of the media, and Greyhounds and football fans on social media are spreading the word. In her article, (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette reporter Jennifer Toland wrote, "Paul McGonagle doesn't want all the attention. Matt Sidebottom didn't think it was that big of a deal. But that's how heroes — real heroes — are. Assumption College has eight of them." 


Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews