In the final, regular season game against Boston College, Damien scored on the first play from scrimmage (69 TD). He had 107 yards in 1 quarter before injuring his knee. Syracuse went on to win and claim a Big East Champion ship.
Damien’s senior year as a team didn’t go the way anyone had planned. He led the team with 900 yards rushing and 7Tds. He had a career best 236 yards (16 yards shy of breaking Joe Morris school record) rushing and 4 TDs against Buffalo. At Notre Dame, later that season, Damien rushed for 112 yards in a losing effort. He left Syracuse, at the time, third in career all-purpose plays , fifth in all-purpose yards, seventh in rushing touchdowns, ninth in career rushing, all in 3 season.
Damien played briefly in the NFL with the Houston Texans. In his first preseason game, Damien was able to score a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. After leaving Houston, Damien played a season in the NFL Europa in Germany.
A native of Manlius, NY, Damien graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School where he was an All-American Running Back and All-State Sprinter. He helped lead F-M to their first AA Championship in 2001, where he was named the CNY Player of the Year. He won in the 55m Section Championship in 2001, and 2002, and the 100 and 200 meter Championship in 2002.
After football, Damien has started a great professional career. As a professional he brings experience from a diverse financial services background, as well as leadership and team building skills from his football days. He is the Business Development Director for N.Y. for Midwestern Securities Trading Company. He manages Investment programs, and the program Advisor, for Financial Institutions in NY State. He also works with individuals and business for their own investing or advising needs.
Sports hasn’t left Damien as he is the Head Football Coach at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, where he took over for long time great Paul Muench. He also coaches sprinters in outdoor track.
In the spring and summer months, you are sure to find Damien on a local golf courses across CNY