(Posted March 30, 2005)

Huntingdon, PA - Gabe Luvara, a native of Keyser, W. Va., has been named an assistant coach on the Juniata College football staff according to head coach Darrell Alt. He will serve as the offensive coordinator for the Eagles and will play a major role in recruiting as a full-time assistant.

"We're very pleased to have someone with Gabe Luvara's coaching expertise joining our staff," Alt stated. "We believe he's one of the best young offensive minds in the country, and he brings a great deal of passion for football and a great work ethic. He's going to be a wonderful addition to our staff."

Luvara comes to Juniata after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Division IAA Duquesne University. After a season as the offensive line coach, Luvara was promoted to offensive coordinator for the 2004 season. In 2004 he helped the team finish with a 7-3 record and earn a MAAC Championship. Luvara was responsible for developing the offensive game plans with the team head coach. He handled all aspects of the offense on game day and in practice.

In his first year with Duquesne and serving as the program's offensive line coach he helped lead the team to a 1AA Mid Major National Championship. With his help, the Dukes ranked sixth in 1AA in total offense in 2003, while also coaching the fifth-leading rusher in 1AA that season.

Luvara began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville. He spent one season working for the Division I program, where he was responsible for assembling scouting reports, running the scout team and assisting the offensive staff. He also worked with the strength and conditioning staff in addition to his on-field duties. He went to Louisville after earning a bachelor's degree in physical education and sport (exercise science) at Indiana University (Pa.). He played two years of football at Indiana, and was the captain and an all-conference selection as an offensive center in 2001. Indiana advanced to the Division II postseason each of his two seasons. He began his education and collegiate playing career at Appalachian State University in N.C.

The Juniata College football team finished with a 1-9 record in 2004. The team's victory came over rival Lycoming College.


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