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2015 COACHING STAFF

Dan DiCenzo - Head Coach and Defensive Backs
(860)  685-3012 - ddicenzo@wesleyan.edu

Dan DiCenzo, Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator     Dan DiCenzo, formerly the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Williams College, joined the Wesleyan University coaching staff as associate head football coach and defensive coordinator for the 2010 season, a position he held for five season.  Dan will assume head coach reins for the 2015 season while retaining duties with the secondary.
     The 2014 Wesleyan squad led NCAA Division III in fewest yards allowed, allowing its opponents just 220.8 yards a game during a 7-1 season.  The 124 yards a game the Cardinals permitted through the air was tops in the NESCAC while the 96.8 rushing yards yielded per outing was second in the conference.  On the other side of the ball, Wesleyan led the NESCAC with 224 points scored, an average of 28.0 per game.
     Dan, a 2001 graduate of Williams College where he excelled in football and wrestling, coached at Williams for six seasons including three as head wrestling coach. Earning all-NESCAC football honors as well as all-New England honors on the mats as an undergraduate, Dan served as a team captain of both sports and received the Purple Key Award for 2000-01 as the top male athlete at the college. Before returning to Williams for the 2004 football campaign, Dan had coaching stints at both Trinity College, where he is working on his master's degree, and Brown University.
     As head wrestling coach at Williams, Dan led the Ephs to national prominance over his last several seasons, culminating in both the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals team championship and a NEWA tournament title in 2009-10. The NEWA tournament title was his second in a row. His team was ranked 15th nationally heading into the NCAA Division III Championships in March, 2010. His squad finished in a tie for 23rd nationally during the NCAAs. Over his three seasons in charge of the Eph matmen, Dan amassed a cumulative dual-match record of 50-16-1.
     A part of the Williams football staff throughout the head coaching career of Mike Whalen, Dan was on the defensive side of the ball, handling defensive backs. Nine of the players under his tutelage earned all-NESCAC recognition.
     In addition to his football coaching assignment, Dan assists Wesleyan head wrestling coach Drew Black in his duties as the athletic department's strength and conditioning coach.  He also served as tournament director for both the 2011 and 2012 NEWA Championships, the former hosted by Trinity and the latter by Wesleyan, and the Northeast Regional Tournament hosted by Wesleyan in 2014.  Dan resides in Portland, Conn. with his wife, Rachel.

 
Eric Ludwig - Assistant Coach  (Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line)

(860) 685-2897 - fludwig@wesleyan.edu

Eric Ludwig, assistant coach     Eric Ludwig joined the Cardinal coaching staff in 2012 after serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at New York Maritime College. He will be in his fourth year at Wesleyan in 2015 and his first as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator.  In two seasons as offensive coordinator at NY Maritime, Eric helped the Privateers go 18-3 and make an appearance in the NCAA Division III Playoffs. In his three seasons as offensive line coach, Eric coached nine all-conference lineman. Maritime led the nation in both 2009 and 2010 in fewest sacks allowed and finished the 2009 season nationally ranked fourth in rushing offense. Eric also spent time as the recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coach at Maritime.
     Prior to his stint at Maritime, Eric was the offensive line coach at Springfield College for two seasons. In 2007 Springfield was ranked second in the nation for fewest sacks allowed and third in rushing offense. Before arriving at Springfield, Eric coached the tight ends for Williams College under current Wesleyan Head Coach Mike Whalen. The 2006 Ephs finished 8-0 in NESCAC play.
     Over his three seasons with the Cardinals, Eric guided both Jake Sheffer '14 and Pat DiMase '15 to all-NESCAC laurels twice
     A 2006 graduate of Williams College, Eric was a captain of the 2005 squad and earned All-NESCAC, All-ECAC, and All-America honors as an offensive lineman. He was selected to play in the Aztec Bowl, a Division III All-Star game played between the United States and Mexico.
     Eric and his wife Rachel, an assistant athletics director at Wesleyan, currently reside in Portland, Conn. with their newborn son, Will.

 
Jeff McDonald - Assistant Coach (Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers & Recruiting Coordinator)
(860)  685-2909 - jmcdonald@wesleyan.edu
 

Jeff McDonald, Linebackers and Special Teams Coach      Jeff McDonald will return for his seventh season on the Cardinal coaching staff in 2015 after coming on board for the first time in 2009 by coaching the secondary. Jeff assumes defensive coordinator responsibilites while continuing to direct the linebackers and serve as recruiting coordinator.
     Under Jeff's direction last year, Alex Daversa-Russo '16 led the team in tackles and Myers Beaird '14 was a second-team all-NESCAC pick, while placekicker Sebastian Aguirre '14 was also named second-team all-NESCAC and set program records for consecutive PATs (27) and seasonal field goals (9).
     In 2008 Jeff served as the defensive coordinator for Towson University in arguably the best FCS conference in the country. Working with a young defense, which at times had six freshman on the field, Jeff led the group to a #2 national ranking in red-zone defense and had two players named to the all-CAA squad.
  From 2002-07, Jeff served as an assistant football coach at Yale University. Coaching the defensive ends/outside linebackers, he helped the Bulldogs win the Ivy League Championship in 2006 while coaching six all-league players.  The 2007 Yale defense become the #1 scoring defense in the FCS. Jeff also was the recruiting coordinator for Yale, overseeing the Elis' national recruiting efforts.

      The veteran coach also has spent time coaching the linebackers at Central Connecticut State U. (spring of 2009) and the University of New Hampshire (2001).  His college coaching career began at Quincy University (NCAA Division II) in Illinois where he served in a number of different roles including defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Hawks. Jeff received his master’s degree in 2004 from Quincy.

     Upon graduating from the University of South Florida in 1995, Jeff taught history and coached football at Ridgewood High School in New Port Richey, Fla.

     McDonald has led the team in its drive to get involved in the Middletown community.  The team has partnered with local schools, mentoring their students and adding extra supervision during recess.  In both 2011 and 2012, more than 100 students from Woodside Intermediate School attended "Recess at Wesleyan", a chance for select third- through fifth-grade students to participate in activities with Wesleyan athletes.  In 2013 and 2014, MacDonough School attended "Recess."
     Jeff also is a co-advisor for Wesleyan’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.  Jeff is active with the local United Way chapter and is a member of the United Way’s Community Impact Team for Positive Youth Development.  Jeff helped with the athletic department's involvement in "Middletown Day," held most successfully Sat., Sept. 21, 2013.  This activity will take place again on Oct. 18, 2014.
     Within the athletic department, Jeff recently added the title of Assistant Director for Operations and Facilities. In this role, McDonald works with the department’s coaching interns and supports operations and facility development.
    In conjunction with the magazine American Football Monthly, Jeff has a monthly blog on defensive football techniques and is a regular clinic speaker for the annual Nike Coach of the Year Clinics.

     Jeff, who grew up in Jupiter, Florida, now lives in Middletown with his wife, the former Rebecca Lieser, and infant daughter, Olivia.

 
Kyle Archer - Assistant Coach (Quarterbacks, Passing Game Coordinator & Special Teams)

(860) 685-3198 - krarcher@wesleyan.edu

Kyle Archer, Offensive Assistant     Kyle Archer comes to Wesleyan beginning with the 2015 season from the University of Maine, where he spent the last three seasons as the wide receivers coach and the co-special teams coordinator. At Maine, Kyle helped guide the Black Bears to their 1st CAA Championship in 2013 and the nationally ranked team received a bid to play in the FCS national playoffs. He was responsible for mentoring a receiving corps the year they ranked second in passing offense in the CAA and first in passing efficiency in the highly regarded FCS conference. In his three seasons at UMaine he coached two all-conference performers in Damarr Aultman and John Ebeling.
     Previously, Kyle worked for five seasons coaching wide receivers and defensive backs at Brown University.  He also served as the recruiting coordinator during his tenure at Brown.  Archer helped lead the 2008 Brown Bears squad to a 2008 Ivy League Championship and developed six All-Ivy League selections at wide receiver & defensive back during his time on College Hill.
     Kyle began his coaching career as a student assistant at the University of Connecticut, where he earned an undergraduate degree with a concentration in coaching and administration in 2007, while working with former UConn Head Coach Randy Edsall and his staff.  
     Kyle is a Massachusetts native and has formed strong ties to football in New England through his experience recruiting and coaching in the area. He will be responsible for recruiting Connecticut, Rhode Island and the Mid-Atlantic region for the Cardinals. He resides in Manchester, Conn. with his wife Lindsay and son Bodie.

 
Sean Stanley - Assistant Coach  (Defensive Line)

Sean Stanley, assistant coach     Sean Stanley joined the football coaching staff at Wesleyan for his initial season in 2014 and returns for 2015 after coaching three-time all-NESCAC performer Nik Powers '15 and all-NESCAC honoree Mitch Godfrey '15 during his rookie season.  Sean played high school football in Gaithersburg, Md. where he earned all-state, all-county and all-conference honors at Gaithersburg HS. He also received three Washington Post first-team All-Met accolades. From there he went on to be a four-year letterwinner at Penn State (2009-2012), playing defensive end. Sean started over 20 games for the Nittany Lions and racked up 46 tackles, 10.5 of them for a loss and 5.5 sacks in his senior season.  After trying to pursue a pro football career in the spring of 2013, he went back to Penn State to finish his degree in criminal justice and coached with their defensive line under Larry Johnson, his former coach for the 2013 season.


Elijah Weeks - Assistant Coach  (Running Backs)

eweeks@wesleyan.edu

Elijah Weeks, assistant coach     Elijah Weeks joined the Wesleyan‪ football coaching staff for the first time in 2014 and is back on board for a second campaign in 2015. Under Elijah's tutelage a year ago, Lou Stevens '17 went on to gain first-team all-NESCAC recognition.
     For the five years prior to his Wesleyan position, Elijah taught and coached at a number of secondary institutions honing his coaching skills both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Most recently his work at the Asheville School in North Carolina helped send his team to its first state championship game in the school's history. In addition to being a coach and student of the game, Elijah brings invaluable NESCAC experience to the Wesleyan coaching staff as a Williams College graduate. At Williams Elijah was a two-year starter at the tailback position, contributing to an undefeated season in 2006, and holds the record for longest kickoff return for a touchdown at the school. Besides playing and coaching football, Elijah also worked on the Sunday Night Football Team at NBC Sports alongside Bob Costa and Andrea Kramer, using his football knowledge and expertise to help coordinate logistics behind the scene during the show. ‬
     At Wesleyan, Elijah also served as an assistant coach with the men's basketball team during the winter of 2014-15 and with the men's lacrosse team during the spring of 2015.

Jake Bussani - Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)

jbussani@wesleyan.edu

Jake Bussani     Jake Bussani is one of four newcomers to the staff in 2015 from the ranks of recent Cardinal graduates, and will help with the secondary.  Jake, a team captain in 2014, was a four-time first-team all-league cornerback, capping off his career with a 2014 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honor. Jake also was a first-team ECAC New England Division III all-star and a first-team Division II/III New England Football Writers Association all-star while being named the Division III Defensive Player of the Year by the Boston Gridiron Club.  In addition, he was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award given to the best small college defensive player in the country.
Jake set a Wesleyan record with 18 career interceptions, to go along with 118 career tackles, 25 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and three forces fumbles.  Jake is the Cardinals' defensive graduate assistant as he completes his MALS at Wesleyan with a concentration in science. Jake is a 2014 Wesleyan graduate with a degree in biology.


 
Jon Day - Assistant Coach  (Tight Ends, H-Backs)

jday@wesleyan.edu

Jon Day     Jon Day joins the Wesleyan coaching staff as the tight ends coach in 2015, just a season after finishing his four-year stint as a player for the Cardinals. In his time on the field, Jon started as a freshman and played in all 32 games possible in his career. He was named Wesleyan’s Rookie of the year in 2012 following his freshman season when he made 16 catches for 214 yards and a TD.   Jon was also named to the all-NESCAC second-team in 2013 for his efforts in the Cardinals’ 7-1 season in which they won their first outright Little Three title in over 40 years, as well as a share of the NESCAC title. His efforts were recognized by his teammates and he was elected captain for 2014. In 2014 Jon was promoted to the all-NESCAC first-team for his contributions to yet another very successful 7-1 Wesleyan team. He closed out his career with 42 receptions for 535 yards and six TDs.
     Jon was an outspoken leader in a class of highly talented and driven individuals who were brought to Wesleyan to change the culture of the program and help ensure a winning tradition for the Cardinals. He will certainly bring his leadership skills, as well as his love and devotion to football and Wesleyan University with him as he begins his coaching career.


 
Jay Fabien - Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)
jfabien@wesleyan.edu

Jay Fabien     Jay Fabien comes aboard the Wesleyan football staff in 2015 and will coach the wide receivers this fall.  Jay was a four-year starter who helped lead the Cardinal to a Little Three and NESCAC Championship in 2013.  Jay received second-team all-NESCAC honors his sophomore year and first-team laurels as a senior captain in 2014. The Cardinals' most productive receiver over the last four years, Jay collected 115 catches for 1,506 yards and 13 TDs.  He worked out hard during his four years at Wesleyan and has been focusing on a career in the military after college.  With the help of the Wesleyan's mentor program, he interned with the Department of Homeland Security after his sophomore year.  The following summer he lived in Argentina for a month and studied Spanish.  With his degree in s sociology, focusing on social psychology, Jay plans to enter the Army as an Officer and work his way into Special Forces in the future.


 
Jordan Otis - Assistant Coach  (Defensive Line)

jotis@wesleyan.edu

Jordan Otis     Jordan Otis will assist with the defensive line in 2015 after starting two full seasons at defensive end for the Cardinals, graduating in 2014.  Tearing his ACL in a JV game against Springfield College his sophomore year granted Jordan the opportunity to return to the program for a fifth year in 2014 via medical hardship waiver after a successful senior campaign.  Jordan helped lead the Cardinals to a NESCAC Championship in 2013 as well as a Little Three title with back-to-back 7-1 seasons.  Over those two years, Jordan racked up 49 tackles including a team-leading 8.5 for a loss in 2013.  Jordan is currently completing his MALS degree at Wesleyan with a concentration in social sciences while working full-time in Middletown.