Priore announces changes to coaching staff

Lyle Hemphill was promoted to defensive coordinator on Tuesday

Feb. 26, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore announced changes to his coaching staff on Tuesday. Defensive Coordinator Rob Neviaser resigned to accept a position at Bowling Green, and defensive backs coach Lyle Hemphill has been promoted to defensive coordinator, effective immediately.

"For the past two seasons, Rob has helped us set the bench mark of Stony Brook defense," Priore said. The promotion of Lyle will help us maintain consistency. I'm excited about the level of energy and passion Lyle will bring as our new coordinator."

In 13 games last season, the Stony Brook defense held opponents to 17 points or fewer in nine games, including a shutout of Army, one of the nation's best rushing offenses, for the program's first victory over an FBS school.

The Seawolves ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense (15.54 ppg) and sixth in total defense (298.62 ypg).

Stony Brook allowed nearly eight points fewer than it did in 2011 (23.3).

Hemphill, who finished his second season in 2012, will coordinate a defense that returns six starters, including rising senior linebacker Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.), a two-time all-conference selection.

Hemphill has extensive CAA experience, serving two different stints with Delaware.

Spring practice for the Seawolves begins with the first workout on March 27.