Russell Gaskamp
Russell Gaskamp
  • Title:
    Head Coach (western/central Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut)
  • Phone:
    (603) 899-4319
  • Email:
    gaskampr@franklinpierce.edu
  • Previous College:
    Texas '99

Bio

One season (1-10 through 2019)

Recruiting areas: western/central Massachusetts; Hartford, Conn.

Russell Gaskamp (hiring release) enters his fourth year with Franklin Pierce Univeristy and his third season as the head coach of the football program in 2022.

He is the program’s third coach overall and is the first to coach the team at the Division II level, as the Ravens joined the Northeast-10 Conference in the fall of 2019. In his first season at the helm, Gaskamp posted a 1-10 record (.091 winning percentage) over 11 games, to push his career record at the NCAA level to 22-30 (.423) in 52 games over six seasons.

The 2019 campaign saw Ravens football make its NCAA Division II debut under Gaskamp's watch, with the program's inaugural game taking place on Sept. 7 at Sodexo Field in Rindge, against Wesley College. Franklin Pierce picked up its first NCAA win the next week, with a 29-27 triumph at home against Curry on Sept. 14. The team's inaugural game as a member of the Northeast-10 Conference followed a week later, at home against Pace on Sept. 21. Though the team's 2019 record was consistent with that of a first-year program, Gaskamp and the Ravens made great strides installing a game day atmosophere around the program and began to establish a tradition of community service as well. Raven Row, featuring the GAS Station, Franklin Pierce's tailgating options for home football games, were a rousing success during the inaugural season, which saw the Ravens play to boisterous crowds week after week at Sodexo Field. Signs of a bright future were found on the field as well, where freshmen Tyvarius Daniels and Najiere Hutchinson both earned NE10 All-Rookie Team honors at the conclusion of the season.

Rindge is the second collegiate head coaching stop for Gaskamp, who came to Franklin Pierce after spending seven years leading the football program at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he also earned the title of Associate Athletic Director. Over 73 games at the helm of the Aggies, he posted a 35-38 record (.479 winning percentage). OPSU played at the NCAA Division II level for the first five seasons of Gaskamp’s tenure, including one season in the highly-competitive Lone Star Conference, before the institution elected to reclassify to the NAIA level for 2017.

Prior to taking the reins at OPSU, Gaskamp spent time as an assistant coach at three other Division II programs, as he logged time at Angelo State University (2009-11), Southwestern Oklahoma State University (2006-08) and Texas A&M University-Commerce (2005). He opened his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Division I Sam Houston State University for the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

As an undergraduate, Gaskamp was rostered for five years (1994-98) at the University of Texas, where he was a member of Southwest Conference championship teams in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Big 12 title-winning squad in 1996. He lettered for both the 1996 team and the 1998 incarnation, which would go on to win the Cotton Bowl. In 1998, Gaskamp was the starting center on the Longhorns offensive line which helped clear the way for Ricky Williams in his Heisman Trophy season.

Originally from Weatherford, Okla., and currently hailing from Goodwell, Okla., Gaskamp is a 1999 graduate of the University of Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in management. He later added a master’s degree in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University in 2005.

Career Record (23-40 (.365))

Franklin Pierce (one season: 1-10 (.091) overall, 0-8 (.000) Northeast-10)
2019: 1-10, 0-8 Northeast-10#&
# Inaugural Division II season
& Set program record for wins

*Oklahoma Panhandle State (five seasons: 22-30 (.423) overall, 1-8 (.111) Lone Star)
2016: 2-9, 1-8 Lone Star
2015: 5-5
2014: 7-3
2013: 4-7
2012: 4-6
* Only includes years competing at NCAA level