Football Coaching Staff
Todd Gilcrist
Wide Receivers Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Wide Receivers Coach
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa.
High School: Central Dauphin H.S.
Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh
Graduating Year: 2012
Experience: 3 Years
Phone: 212-854-7069

Recruiting Areas – Western and Central Pennsylvania (Dauphin, York, North Umberland & West), Southern California (Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial Counties), Arizona, New Mexico.

Todd Gilcrist was added to the Columbia staff in March 2015 to coach the running backs and enters the 2017 season as Columbia's wide receivers coach.

Known for his positive, high energy approach and coaching acumen, Gilcrist has already made his mark at Columbia as the Lions' running game has seen a resurgence. The 2015 season saw senior Cameron Molina earn First Team All-Ivy League honors after rushing for 805 yards and four touchdowns on 204 carries. Molina ended up leading the conference in rushing yards during Ivy League play. In 2016, running back Alan Watson earned Second Team All-Ivy League honors after he rushed for 627 yards on 133 carries (4.7 yards per carry) in leading the Lions rushing attack.

Gilcrist arrived at Columbia after spending the 2014 season at Carnegie Mellon as the wide receivers coach, while also overseeing video editing and recruiting. The Tartans accumulated 1,872 yards passing and 13 receiving touchdowns.

Prior to his arrival at Carnegie Mellon, Gilcrist served as the wide receivers and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Thiel College, Pa. in 2013. In his one season at Thiel, the receiving corps saw a spike in offensive production, posting 1,455 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns in a run-heavy offense. The 14 receiving touchdowns marked the most since the 2008-09 season.

Gilcrist began his coaching career in 2012 at Maine Maritime Academy as he worked primarily with the defensive backs and returners.

A three-year member of the University of Pittsburgh football team (2009-11), Gilcrist contributed primarily on special teams and played both safety and wide receiver. He was a member of the 2010-11 Big East Champion Panthers and played in three consecutive bowl games. He played his first two seasons of college football at Duquesne University.

Gilcrist is a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in media and professional communications.



Birthdate: February 20, 1989

Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa.


Bachelor of Arts, Media and Professional Communications, University of Pittsburgh, 2012; Central Dauphin High School, 2007

Coaching Career

Wide Receivers Coach, Columbia University, 2017

Running Backs Coach, Columbia University, 2015-16

Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Carnegie Mellon, 2014

Wide Receivers/Strength & Conditioning Coach, Thiel College (Pa.), 2013

Defensive Backs/Punt-Kick Returners, Maine Maritime Academy, 2012

Playing Career

Three-year football letterwinner at the University of Pittsburgh (2009-11) … Walk-on at Pitt after playing his first two years as a wide receiver at Duquesne (2007 and 2008) … Saw action at Pitt as a wide receiver, strong safety and on special teams … Played at Pitt for head coach Dave Wannstedt, defensive coordinator Phil Bennett and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley … Helped lead Pitt to the 2010-11 Big East Championship and three straight bowl games … Three-year letterman at Central Dauphin High School … Earned All-Mid-Penn Commonwealth honors as a high school linebacker in Harrisburg, Pa.