Lyle Hemphill
Lyle  Hemphill

Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Alma Mater:
Ursinus '02


Seawolves preview: defensive backs

Stony Brook features a lot of experience in the defensive backfield


Getting to know Stony Brook defensive coordinator Lyle Hemphill

The Seawolves' defense, under the direction of Hemphill, was the best in the nation in 2015.


Hemphill named FCS Defensive Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop

Seawolves’ assistant coach Lyle Hemphill received the honor from FootballScoop


Priore announces changes to coaching staff

Hemphill promoted to defensive coordinator


Get to know CAA Football

Facts and figures on Stony Brook Football's new home in 2013.

Lyle Hemphill enters his fifth season with Stony Brook and his third as the defensive coordinator. Hemphill also will work with the safeties.

Hemphill has developed Stony Brook into one of the most proficient defensive units in FCS. In 2013, the Seawolves ranked 15th in total defense (325.4 ypg) and 18th in scoring defense (22.0 ppg) and in 2014 SBU ranked third in total defense (273.3 ypg) and fourth in scoring defense (15.3 ppg)

Under Hemphill's guidance, Cedrick Moore, Dominick Reyes, Davonte Anderson, Christian Ricard and Victor Ochi each earned all-conference honors. Anderson became the Seawolves' Division I career leader in interceptions and Ochi is poised to become the career sacks leader.

Hemphill was named Stony Brook's secondary coach on May 2, 2011. Hemphill spent 2010 on the staff at Delaware, which advanced to the NCAA Division I National Championship game. The Delaware native worked with the Blue Hens' cornerbacks, including Anthony Bratton, an All-CAA safety who led the conference's defensive backs with 99 tackles.

No stranger to Long Island, Hemphill coached at Hofstra from 2006-09. During his time with the Pride, he worked with defensive backs and cornerbacks as well as serving as special teams coordinator. Hofstra ranked fourth in the nation in pass defense in 2008 and ranked second in the league in interceptions with 12 in 2007.

Prior to Hofstra, Hemphill was a graduate assistant with the Blue Hens. He began his coaching career at Delaware Valley College, where he worked with the defensive backs and was the Aggies' special teams coordinator.

A 2002 graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, he was a four-year letterwinner at strong safety and wrestled one season for the Bears. After graduating from college, he was a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at his alma mater, St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington. His father, Joe, is one of the most successful football coaches in Delaware high school history.

Hemphill and his wife, Christen, have two children,Izabella and Lyla. The family lives in Port Jefferson


Family: Wife, Christen; daughters, Izabella and Lyla

Education: Bachelor's degree, politics and international relations, Ursinus, 2001; Master's degree, education administration, Delaware, 2005

Playing Experience: Ursinus, safety, 1998-2002

Coaching Experience: 14 years

Year School Position
2002 Delaware Valley Defensive Backs/Special Teams
2003 Delaware Valley Defensive Backs/Special Teams
2004 Delaware Valley Defensive Backs/Special Teams
2004 Delaware Graduate Assistant
2005 Delaware Graduate Assistant
2006 Hofstra Defensive Assistant
2007 Hofstra Defensive Backs
2008 Hofstra Defensive Backs/Special Teams
2009 Hofstra Defensive Backs/Special Teams
2010 Delaware Cornerbacks
2011 Stony Brook Defensive Backs
2012 Stony Brook Defensive Backs
2013 Stony Brook Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
2014 Stony Brook Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
2015 Stony Brook Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Recruiting Area: New Jersey (Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); Delaware; Florida