Peter Vaas

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Peter Vaas
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1952-04-26) April 26, 1952 (age 65)
Westwood, Massachusetts
Alma mater College of the Holy Cross
Playing career
1971–1973 Holy Cross
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1978 Allegheny (AC)
1979–1982 New Hampshire (OB)
1983–1985 New Hampshire (OC)
1986–1989 Allegheny
1990 Notre Dame (RB)
1991 Notre Dame (QB)
1992–1995 Holy Cross
1996 Montreal Alouettes (OC)
1998–1999 Barcelona Dragons (QB/WR)
2000–2003 Berlin Thunder
2004–2005 Cologne Centurions
2005–2006 Notre Dame (QB)
2007 Duke (OC/QB)
2009 Miami (OH) (OC/TE)
2010–2011 South Florida (QB)
2012 South Florida (TE)
Head coaching record
Overall 43–41–1 (college)
31–31 (NFL Europe)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NCAC (1987–1988)
2 World Bowl (IX, X)
NCAC Coach of the Year (1987–1988)
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2002)

Peter Vaas (born April 26, 1952) is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head football coach at Allegheny College from 1986 to 1989 and at the College of the Holy Cross from 1992 to 1995, compiling a career college football record of 43–41–1. He played football as a quarterback at Holy Cross from 1971 to 1973.

Playing career[edit]

Vaas was a walk-on quarterback at Holy Cross. He was a three-year starter and set nine individual school passing records in his senior season. As a senior, he completed 135 passes for 1,631 yards and 13 touchdowns (and five touchdowns in one game). His career numbers included 2,642 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes.

Coaching career[edit]

Vaas immediately began his coaching career following his graduation from Holy Cross in 1974. He served as an assistant coach at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania for five seasons.

In 1979, Vaas was hired as the offensive backfield coach at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. He spent four seasons in that capacity before being promoted to the position of offensive coordinator in 1983.


Vaas returned to Allegheny College as the Gators' head coach in 1986, a position he held for four seasons, until 1989. He led the team to back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference championships in 1987 and 1988[1] and earned conference "Coach of the Year" honors both years.[2] His coaching record at the school was 29–11–1. (.720).[3]

Holy Cross[edit]

He spent four seasons as the head coach at Holy Cross from 1992 to 1995. His only winning season came in 1992, when he led his squad to a second-place finish in the Patriot League.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Allegheny Gators (North Coast Athletic Conference) (1986–1989)
1986 Allegheny 6–4 4–2 3rd
1987 Allegheny 9–1–1 6–0 1st
1988 Allegheny 8–2 6–0 1st
1989 Allegheny 6–4 5–2 3rd
Allegheny: 29–11–1 21–4
Holy Cross Crusaders (Patriot League) (1992–1995)
1992 Holy Cross 6–5 4–1 2nd
1993 Holy Cross 3–8 2–3 4th
1994 Holy Cross 3–8 2–3 4th
1995 Holy Cross 2–9 1–4 5th
Holy Cross: 14–30 9–11
Total: 43–41–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe) (2000–2003)
2000 Berlin Thunder 4–6 6th
2001 Berlin Thunder 6–4 2nd W World Bowl IX
2002 Berlin Thunder 6–4 2nd W World Bowl X
2003 Berlin Thunder 3–7 6th
Berlin Thunder: 21–21
Cologne Centurions (NFL Europe) (2004–2005)
2004 Cologne Centurions 4–6 4th
2005 Cologne Centurions 6–4 3rd
Cologne Centurions: 10–10
Total: 31–31


  1. ^ "2011 NCAC Football Guide". North Coast Athletic Conference. p. 28. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011 NCAC Football Guide". North Coast Athletic Conference. p. 17. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ DeLassus, David. "Allegheny Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 

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