Hemphill promoted to defensive coordinator
Facts and figures on Stony Brook Football's new home in 2013.
A new era of Stony Brook Football in the premier FCS conference to begin in 2013.
Lyle Hemphill, who recently completed his third season at Stony Brook, was promoted to defensive coordinator in February 2013. Hemphill also will work with the safeties.
Hemphill's defense held opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense in six games last season. Opposing quarterbacks threw for more than 200 yards just four times in 11 games. Safeties Christian Ricard and Naim Cheeseboro were Stony Brook's top two tacklers.
Under Hemphill's guidance, Cedrick Moore and Dominick Reyes, who each earned all-conference honors, finished among the team's top tacklers. Davonte Anderson picked off six passes, and enters 2013 only four interceptions shy of the program's all-time mark.
In 2011, 11 of the team's 17 interceptions were made by the secondary, including D.J. Porter's six. Porter recorded two interceptions in the season opener at UTEP. Dan Mulrooney led the team in tackles and fumble recoveries.
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: 13 years
Recruiting Area: New Jersey (Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); Delaware; Florida