On November 22, Walt Hameline completed his 34th season as head football coach and athletic director with a riveting 23–20 win over Bryant, giving the Seahawks their second NEC title in the past three years.
And, he announced the following Monday, he also completed his long and successful head coaching career at Wagner. He handed the reins over to a beloved Wagner insider, Jason “Hoss” Houghtaling M’09, associate head coach. Hameline remains as athletic director.
The 2014 campaign was the 24th winning season for the Green & White under Hameline. Hameline’s win record, 223-139-2, ranks fifth among active Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) head coaches.
Houghtaling’s deep relationship with Wagner football goes back to 2006–09, his first coaching stint on Grymes Hill. He returned during the 2011–12 season and again this year for a total of seven years on the Wagner sidelines.
His accomplishments include coaching the Seahawks’ record-setting quarterback Nick Doscher ’13 during Wagner’s 9–4 NEC Championship season of 2012, when the Seahawks became the first NEC team to win an NCAA FCS playoff game.
“I am thrilled that Jason Houghtaling will take over as Wagner head coach and I have full confidence that he will continue to keep the Seahawks on the path to success for years to come,” said Hameline. “His work ethic, passion, football knowledge, recruiting contacts, and familiarity with Wagner College are all major assets that will pay huge dividends for our program.”