John Loose is in his second stint with the Army football program and 10th season overall at West Point.
Loose, who spent the past 14 seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Lafayette, coached the junior varsity team, linebackers, outside linebackers and secondary during an eight-season stint the banks of the Hudson. He returned in 2013 and now coaches the safeties.
During the 2014 season, Loose mentored a young safeties group. Hayden Pierce, the lone senior starter, registered 45 tackles, despite missing a game. Pierce broke up three passes. Luke Junior Luke Proulx made 28 tackles in eight games and classmate Michael McFadden competed in nine contests. Loose also developed freshman Rhyan England and sophomore Tevin Long. England was moved to the secondary midway through the season and was listed among the starting lineup on five occasions. He made 29 tackles. Long, a converted quarterback, played in all but one game and recorded 10 unassisted tackles.
Under Loose's guidance, Lafayette consistently was among the top-25 defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision. In the 2013 season, Lafayette topped rival and 15th ranked Lehigh 50-28 and advanced to the national playoffs.
In 2012, Lafayette featured four All-Patriot League selections while the 2010 squad boasted three all league choices.
The American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008, Loose and his wife, Marianne, started Lauren's First and Goal Foundation. The organization was founded in 2004 and raises money for pediatric brain tumor research. The Foundation has generated more than $1.7 million and blossomed into the largest one-day football clinic in the country.
Among the many all-stars Loose has coached is Andy Romans, a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year who helped the Leopards finish the 2008 season eighth in the nation in scoring defense (17.6 points per game), 10th in rushing defense (just 92.2 yards per game) and 20th in total defense at 303.2 yards per contest.
Lafayette boasted the top defense in the nation in 2007. Under Loose's leadership, Lafayette allowed an NCAA-best 260.9 yards per game and ranked fourth in rushing defense at 85.7 yards per game.
The Leopards led the Patriot League in rushing defense in 2006 at 139 yards per contest while the 2005 team ranked in the top 20 in five categories.
Linebacker Maurice Bennett helped pace the defense prior to his graduation in 2006, was a finalist for the Buchanan Award and was chosen as an All-American by five organizations. Blake Costanzo played linebacker the same season and just completed his eighth season in the NFL, most recently with the Chicago Bears.
Loose coached at Army for eight seasons under Bob Sutton. In 1996, Army ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense during a 10-2 campaign that included an appearance in the Independence Bowl.
Prior to his time at Army, Loose worked as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Loose started his coaching career at the University of Albany in 1987 where he coached the secondary and earned his Masters in Program Development and Evaluation.
Loose was a track and field star at Ithaca College where he was a five-time NCAA qualifier and All-America selection in the high jump. At one time, he held the school record at 6-feet, 10 ¼ inches. He earned four letters in indoor and outdoor track and field prior to his graduation in 1987. He earned a degree in physical education with a minor in Psychology.
Loose and his wife, Marianne, have two daughters, Lauren and Grace, and reside at West Point.