Stony Brook Names Assistant Football Coaches

Jan. 12, 2006

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University head football coach announced the eight new members of the Stony Brook University football coaching staff today. The eight assistants are: defensive coordinator Joe Tricario who most recently was defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Fordham University; offensive coordinator Jeff Behrman who helped guide the NESCAC's best offense at Trinity College for the last two seasons; offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski, the offensive line coach at Hofstra last year and former assistant at the University of Pennsylvania; wide receivers coach Carlton Goff brings over 10 years of collegiate coaching experience to the staff and was the running backs coach at Hofstra from 2004-05; secondary coach Ky Cowan who directed the University of Maine defensive backfield for the past two seasons; inside linebackers coach Shawn Daignault, the former defensive coordinator at Kings Point and cornerbacks coach at Penn in 2005; defensive line coach Jason Martin who handled similar responsibilities at Lehigh last season; and outside linebackers coach Jon Woods who held the same position on the Stony Brook staff last fall.

Tricario arrives at Stony Brook after eight years at Fordham University. Tricario worked the last five seasons as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator and prior to that he was the Special Teams Coordinator for the previous three years.


Joe Tricario

In 2002, the Fordham defense finished the year as the top ranked scoring defense in the league, 14th best in the NCAA I-AA, as well as the third ranked total defense. The Fordham defense also caused 25 turnovers in 2002, the third best in the league, while registering a Patriot League best 39 sacks.

As the Special Teams Coordinator in 2001, Tricario directed the Fordham special teams to the top of the Patriot League rankings. The Rams' kickoff return team was the top-ranked squad in the league, averaging 23.3 yards/return - eighth best in the NCAA Division I-AA, while the punt return squad was the second best, averaging 10.3 yards/return. Additionally, the punt team led the league for the second straight year in lowest yards per return, and despite the loss of All-Patriot League punter Matt Fordyce, was second in the league in net punting average.

After initially serving two years as the wide receivers coach, Tricario moved over to the defensive side of the ball in 2001 and worked with the Rams' safeties. Fordham led the Patriot League in 2001, and was ranked ninth in the NCAA Division I-AA, with 19 interceptions.

Tricario arrived at Fordham after spending the previous three years as the wide receivers coach at Lafayette. Prior to his stint at Lafayette, Tricario was on the staff of the Canadian Football League's (CFL) Toronto Argonauts as the special teams coordinator and receivers coach in 1995. He also served as the assistant special teams coordinator for the WLAF's Montreal Machine for the 1991-92 season.

Tricario also served as an assistant coach (special teams/receivers) at Fordham in 1994, following two years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the special teams/receivers coach and helped the Quakers to an undefeated season in 1993 and the Ivy League Championship. His father was head coach at Mt. St. Michael Academy, Cardinal Hayes and Iona College.

Tricario is a 1983 graduate of Cortland State where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. He played wide receiver with the football team.

Behrman will direct the offense after doing so for Trinity College for four seasons during two stints at the school. Behrman was the offensive coordinator at Trinity from 2000-01 before moving on to coach wide receivers at Hofstra for two seasons. He then returned to Trinity as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons, helping lead the Bantams to a perfect 16-0 mark during that stretch. In 2005, Trinity's offense led the NESCAC in scoring offense, averaging 34.5 points per game. Behrman's offense also led the league in rushing (218.6 ypg) and total offense (407.5 ypg).

Jeff Behrman

While at Hofstra, four Hofstra receivers recorded 47 or more receptions in each of the last two seasons.

Behrman, who was a four-year letterman, team captain and a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference Academic first team selection while at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, from 1991 through 1995, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant wide receivers and tight ends coach at Clarion (PA) University in July 1996. Seven months later he left Clarion to become the receivers and tight ends coach at Glenville (WV) State College. While at Glenville State, Behrman, who served as the football program's recruiting, academic and compliance coordinator, twice coached two all-conference receivers including an All-American receiver who led NCAA Division II in 1997. Behrman coached under Hofstra Offensive Coordinator Warren Ruggiero at both Clarion University and Glenville State College.

In July 1999, Behrman accepted the position of offensive coordinator while directing the quarterbacks, receivers, tight ends and running backs at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. Although he was there only one season, the Beavers of Blackburn set 14 individual offensive records and 27 team offensive marks during the 1999 season.

Behrman is a 1995 graduate of John Carroll University with a bachelor's in physical education. While at John Carroll, he received the John Carroll University President's Scholarship, the Jerry D. Keller Award for outstanding community service as well as the football team's Loyalty and Leadership Awards in 1995. Behrman also earned a master's degree in community health promotion in 1998 from West Virginia University.

Damian Wroblewski

Wroblewski comes to Stony Brook after two seasons as the offensive line coach at Hofstra. Prior to Hofstra, he spent two seasons as Tackles/Tight Ends Coach and Special Teams Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, the Quakers won back-to-back Ivy League titles and posted a 19-1 record. In addition to his coaching duties, Wroblewski was responsible for the defensive scout team, all aspects of special teams, and video breakdown and editing. He was also responsible for recruiting in nine states including Texas, Minnesota, Indiana, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Prior to his tenure at Penn, Wroblewski served as an assistant coach at Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island from 1999 to 2002. He started out as Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach for the Bulldogs and was promoted to Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach by 2001. The Westerly, Rhode Island native is a 1999 graduate of Lafayette College with a degree in history.

Goff brings over 10 years of college coaching experience to Stony Brook after three seasons as running backs coach at Hofstra. Before Goff joined the Hofstra staff, he served as a Tight Ends Assistant Coach at East Carolina University from 2001-02.

Carlton Goff

A three-year starter, a two-time All-Midwest Athletic Conference running back and the seventh all-time leading rusher at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, Goff began his college coaching career in 1995 as Running Backs Coach at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. He served in that capacity until 2000 when he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator.

During that time, he also served the college as Assistant Director of Admissions, a position he held for five years. His role in admissions included minority recruitment and counselor coordinator before briefly serving as interim Director of Admissions. In 2001, Goff left North Park for East Carolina where he also assisted with the special teams and scout teams in addition to his tight end duties.

Active on the camp and clinic circuit, Goff has lectured and instructed at several camps in the Midwest since 1998. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Illinois College and a master's degree in teaching from East Carolina. Carlton and his wife, Lynn, reside in East Meadow, New York.

Cowan will work with the Seawolves secondary after handling the defensive backfield duties at Maine for the past two seasons. In his first season at Maine in 2004, Cowan helped tutor Brandon McGowan, who led the team with 101 tackles and signed as a rookie free agent with the Chicago Bears in April 2005. McGowan earned First-Team All-Atlantic 10 honors, while also being named a Third-Team All-America by The Sports Network. Daren Stone was another member of the secondary that benefited from Cowan's teaching, as the defensive back ranked third on the team with 77 tackles and led the team with four interceptions.

Ky Cowan

Before coming to Maine, Cowan served as the wide receivers coach at Monmouth University in New Jersey in 2003. Cowan also assisted with the special teams unit and worked on team video as Monmouth won the Northeast Conference Championship.

In 2002, Cowan was the running backs coach at NCAA Division III Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Trinity won a share of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship that season.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Cowan was a standout tailback and defensive back at Sacred Heart University. Cowan became the first player in Northeast Conference history to be named to the All-Conference team on both offense and defense. Cowan broke the school records for touchdowns in a game, touchdowns in a season, and yards-per-carry for a game, a season, and a career. He helped the team win the Northeast Conference Championship in 2001.

Cowan graduated with a B.S. in Sports Management from Sacred Heart University in 2001.

Daignault joins the Stony Brook coaching staff after working the 2005 season as the cornerbacks coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Penn, Daignault was the defensive coordinator at Kings Point for three seasons. While at Kings Point, he also directed the secondary unit, including 2003 Freedom Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Honorable-Mention All-America Frank Dore. Under Daignault's tutelage the 2002 Mariners ranked 18th nationally in total defense and 7th in pass efficiency. The 2002 Mariner defense also led the Freedom Football Conference in most major categories.

Shawn Daignault

Daignault arrived at USMMA after coaching at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. During his four-year tenure with the Bantams, he assisted with the special teams, defensive backfield, and the outside linebackers. Before coaching at Trinity, Daignault served a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Juniata College, where he spent the 1996 season as tight ends coach and the 1997 season as the defensive backfield coach. He also served as an outside linebackers coach at Middlebury College in 1995.

Daignault earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College in 1995, where he was a linebacker for the Panthers football squad. He earned his Master of Arts Degree in American Studies from Trinity College in 2002.

Martin joins the Stony Brook coaching staff after working the 2005 season as an assistant defensive line coach at Lehigh. Prior to Lehigh, Martin served as the defensive tackles coach at the University at Albany. While at Albany Martin had a myriad of responsibilities ranging from daily preparation of drills, meetings, game planning and player evaluation. Martin also was responsible for recruiting portions of New York, Florida and Arkansas.

Jason Martin

Prior to Albany, Martin was an assistant football/strength and conditioning coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. During his time at WPI, Martin worked to improve the defensive line and overall strength of the team. He developed and implemented in-season and off-season lifting programs. Martin was also the Athletic-Academic Liaison helping his student-athletes excel in the classroom.

Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice in 2000 from the University at Albany. He also received his Masters degree in Education from Albany four years later.

Woods will remain on the Stony Brook staff as outside linebackers coach, a position he held during the 2005 season. Woods arrived at Stony Brook last year after spending one season as an assistant coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.) where he served as the outside linebackers coach.

Jon Woods

A four-year letterwinner and two-year starter on the offensive line at Union College, Woods earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology in 2004.

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