Priore announces restructuring of coaching staff

West Babylon native Kyle Smith was a three-year letterwinner at Purdue University
West Babylon native Kyle Smith was a three-year letterwinner at Purdue University
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June 4, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore has announced a restructuring of his staff, which includes two new coaches. Joining the Seawolves for their first season in the CAA are Kyle Smith and Rich Reichert.

Smith replaces Patrick Hatch, who accepted a job at Yale University, as the team's running backs coach, while Reichert will coach the cornerbacks.

Smith comes back to Long Island after one year at Catholic University, where he served as the QB coach. The Cardinals' attack led the ODAC in total offense. Prior to Catholic, Smith, a 2005 graduate of Purdue University, worked at his alma mater as a graduate assistant from 2009-12 with the tight ends and offensive coordinator.

A standout quarterback at West Babylon H.S., Smith began his college coaching career at Hofstra, working with current defensive coordinator Lyle Hemphill in the defensive backfield.

After earning a letter at Purdue at quarterback, Smith moved to the defensive side, becoming a two-year starter at free safety and played in two bowl games - the Sun Bowl and Capital One Bowl.

Reichert, a native of Nesconset, spent last season at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as an assistant with the defensive backs. He was responsible for scouting the opponents' passing game and national recruiting.

A 2009 graduate of American International College, Reichert made stops at Western Michigan and Rutgers. As the Broncos' defensive graduate assistant, Reichert was responsible for running the opponents' offensive and special teams formations.

In 2011, Western Michigan nearly upset Illinois, and advanced to play Purdue in the Little Caesers Pizza Bowl.

Reichert's coaching career began in player development at Rutgers, working with the scout team and breakdown of opponents' film.

Reichert's father, Rich, is the long time head coach of St. Anthony's High School in Melville.



In other news, Hemphill, who was named defensive coordinator at the end of February, will continue to work with the safeties. Tyler Santucci is the new defensive line coach and Tony Thompson will serve as special teams coordinator.