MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University football team added a new member to its coaching staff, as former player Matt Coyne '12 returns to the program to serve as the Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach for the 2017 season. In addition, Sean Stanley has been promoted to Run Game Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach.
Coyne played quarterback for the Cardinals from 2010-12, and was voted team captain his senior year. Following graduation, he joined the staff and served as the team's Wide Receivers Coach from 2013-15. He helped guide Jay Fabien '15 to First Team All-NESCAC honors and Josh Hurwitz '15 to second team laurels. He also helped coach one of the most prolific offenses in Wesleyan history in 2013, in which the team captured its first-ever NESCAC Championship and first outright Little Three title in 43 years.
"Matt was a great player and leader in our program," said Head Coach Dan DiCenzo. "He understands Wesleyan and what it takes to be a successful student-athlete here. He is an outstanding recruiter, and a very passionate coach."
Prior to his return to Wesleyan, Coyne coached the quarterbacks and handled the pass game coordinator duties at Oberlin College in 2015. After a successful fall campaign, he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in 2016, and was most recently named the Offensive Coordinator at Anna Maria College. In his short time at Anna Maria, he helped build a recruiting class of over 100 commits for the Class of 2018.
"I know our players are going to love the energy Coyne will bring to the team every day," added DiCenzo. "I am extremely excited to have him back at Wesleyan; he is a great addition to our staff, the athletic department, and the Wesleyan Community."
Following an incredible 2016 season, Stanley has been promoted to Run Game Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach. Last year, the Cardinals were not only the No. 1 defense in the NESCAC, but also one of the top defenses in the country. Wesleyan ranked fourth in Division III in total defense (220.6 yards per game), seventh in scoring defense (13.1 ppg), 12th in pass defense (143.0 ypg), 12th in rush defense (77.6 ypg) and also 3rd in third-down conversion (23.8%), while leading the league in each category.
"Sean has been a key part of our defense being ranked as one of the best in Division III," added DiCenzo. "He has done an outstanding job coaching our defensive line, and will take an increased role this year in everything to do with our defense.
"Sean is very bright and hard-working, and he continues to develop into an elite coach. Our players really enjoy working with him. He has done a great job on and off the field helping our football program and athletic program continue to get better."
The 2017 season opens on Saturday, September 16 at Middlebury. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.