Shawn Daignault returns for his third season with the Stony Brook coaching staff working with the safeties and special teams. With his help last season the Stony Brook defense ranked among the leaders in the nation in total defense and passing defense.
Before coming to Stony Brook, Daignault was the cornerbacks coach at Penn in 2005. Before that he was the defensive coordinator at the United States Merchant Marine Academy 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-American Frank Dore. Under Daignault's tutelage the 2002 Mariners ranked 18th nationally in total defense and seventh in pass efficiency defense. The 2002 Mariner defense also led the Freedom Football Conference in most major categories.
Daignault arrived at USMMA after a stop at Trinity College. 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. He earned his Master of Arts degree in American studies from Trinity College in 2002. Daingault, his wife Lee and their sons Luke and Cole, reside in Saint James, N.Y.