Anthony Colucci was named the Panthers’ offensive coordinator at the beginning of December 2016.
In 2018, the Panthers’ offense improved in every statistical category, finishing second in the SAA for total offense under Colucci. They set a new school record during their week six win, totaling 650 yards of offense. The Panthers also put up 57 points in the win, the third most in school history. The passing attack led the way for most of the season while ranking in the top 50 nationwide in almost all categories. The Panthers’ offense received seven all-conference nods for their 2018 performances. Highlighting the group was freshman wide receiver Gentry Neese, who was named the Southern Athletic Association Newcomer of the Year. Neese tallied 55 receptions for 553 yards and one touchdown on the year. The offensive line received nationwide recognition when they were named to the d3football.com Team of the Week after paving the way for 285 rushing yards and a total of 518 yards in their week eight win. This was also the third consecutive week in which the BSC offensive line didn’t give up a single sack.
Colucci’s first season on the Hilltop saw the BSC offense ranked nationally in every category, including passing offense. The Panthers’ set a new school record in their week six performance while throwing for 447 total yards. And five Panthers earned all-conference nods on the offensive side of the ball.
Colucci previously spent three years on staff at Centre College, where he was the tight ends coach for two years before taking over the offensive line. During his tenure with the Colonels, the offense broke program records in total points and yards per season for three consecutive years, finishing 2016 with 5,086 total yards (which ranked 13th nationally for total offense). They also ranked in the top 20 of all NCAA Division III in six other offensive categories, including 42.6 points per game.
During the 2016 campaign, four Colonel offensive lineman were recognized with All-Southern Athletic Association honors under Colucci. Tre Killian was a first-team all-conference selection while both Jeremy Walker and Tim Grabenstein were recognized on the second team. Lowell Brown earned honorable mention all-conference as well.
Centre has compiled 500-plus yards of offense in nine games over the past two seasons, with 12 of at least 400 yards. The Colonels finished top 20 in NCAA Division III in total offense in 2015 as well, with quarterback Heath Haden setting program career records in passing yards (8,872), passing touchdowns (68), and total yards (10,623). In 2014, the Colonels completed an undefeated regular season which sent them to the NCAA Division III Playoffs representing the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). During that conference championship run, Colucci coached all-conference first team selection Brandon Kamp at the tight end position, who was also named to the 2015 Kentucky Football Hall of Fame All-Commonwealth Team.
A native of Ashtabula, Ohio, Colucci spent his playing days at Capital University where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line. He is a 2014 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing.
Colucci and his wife, Chelsea, reside in Hoover, Ala.