Staff
Head Coach
Dave Clawson

Clawson, who started his head coaching career at Fordham in 1999, took the Rams to a 10-3 record in his fourth year in The Bronx and a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Clawson started at Richmond in 2004 and had the Spiders at 11-3 and in the FCS semifinals in Year Four. At Bowling Green, Clawson’s fourth season produced an 8-5 record and a berth in the Military Bowl. And Year Four at Wake Forest was no less magical with the Deacons sitting at 8-5 following a thrilling 55-52 win over Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl in December. With a 37-34 Birmingham Bowl victory over Memphis capping a successful 2018 campaign, this feat marked the first time in school history that Wake Forest has won a bowl game in three consecutive seasons.

For the five seasons he has been with the Demon Deacons, Clawson has preached strong defense and patience on offense. The 2017 season brought an avalanche of offense as his group of attackers, thrown into the fire in 2014 as youngsters, matured into a tenacious group that set school records for scoring and total offense.
But two records stand out: Wake Forest had 11 players selected for 12 All-ACC positions, and as a team, the Deacons beat six bowl teams in 2017.
On December 10, 2013, Clawson became the 32nd head football coach in Wake Forest University history. As the head coach at Bowling Green State University from 2009 through 2013, Clawson led the Falcons to the 2013 Mid-American Conference championship with a 47-27 win over No. 16 Northern Illinois.
Bowling Green’s 2013 team went 10-3 overall under Clawson and won the MAC East title with a 7-1 record. The Falcons received a bid to the Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit. It marked the third bowl appearance in five seasons for Clawson’s team.
In his 18 years as a head coach, Clawson delivered a conference championship at each of his first three stops. Prior to the 2013 Mid-American Conference title at Bowling Green, Clawson helped Richmond to a pair of Colonial Athletic Association titles in 2005 and 2007. His first championship as a head coach came in 2002 when he led Fordham to the Patriot League title.
He has also earned numerous Coach of the Year awards. He was the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and was awarded the 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award in just his second year in the league. The 2007 CAA Coach of the Year award marked his fourth conference Coach of the Year honor in his first nine years as a head coach.
In 2002, Clawson was the Schutt Sports/American Football Monthly I-AA Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award. In 2005, Clawson earned National Coach of the Year from I-AA.org and was again a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award.
A 1989 graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, Clawson earned a degree in political economy. A native of Youngstown, N.Y., Clawson was a defensive back for Williams and went on to serve as a graduate assistant coach at Albany in 1989 and 1990. He moved to Buffalo for the 1991 and 1992 seasons, tutoring the secondary his first year and the quarterbacks and running backs his second.
In 1993, Clawson was named the running backs coach at Lehigh and helped the Mountain Hawks to a 7-4 record and the Patriot League championship. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1994 and spent two years in that role, adding another Patriot League title in 1995. Lehigh won a pair of Patriot League titles in his three years and his offense led the league in scoring, total offense and pass offense in each of his final two seasons.
Villanova hired Clawson as offensive coordinator in 1996 and his offense helped the Wildcats to NCAA FCS appearances in 1996 and 1997. During his tenure at Villanova, Clawson’s offense established 70 program records, held the No. 1 ranking in the nation for six weeks in 1997 and won the 1997 Atlantic 10 championship.

Following the 1998 season, Clawson became the nation’s youngest Division I head coach when he was named head coach at Fordham. Inheriting a team that had won just 22 games in the previous 10 years, Clawson turned the Rams into the Patriot League champions in his fourth season. He was the Patriot League Coach of the Year in both 2001 and 2002. Clawson helped the Rams 2002 FCS Playoffs where they defeated fourth seed Northeastern in the opening round before falling to Villanova.
Clawson was named the head coach at Richmond prior to the 2004 season. He guided the Spiders to the biggest two-year turnaround in school history, improving from 3-8 in 2004 to 9-4 in 2005. In 2007, his final year with the Spiders, Clawson guided Richmond to an 11-3 record, the Colonial South title and the FCS national semifinals.
He left Richmond in 2008 to replace David Cutcliffe as the offensive coordinator under Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee. Following that season, Clawson was named the head coach at Bowling Green in time for the 2009 season.

Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers
Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins is in his fifth season on the Wake Forest football staff after joining head coach Dave Clawson in December 2013. Higgins, who spent nine seasons as the head coach of The Citadel, serves as the assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and the coach of Wake Forest’s wide receivers.

Wake Forest’s most veteran coach, Higgins has overseen the steady improvement of a young receiving corps. His collection of receivers in 2017 set numerous records including becoming the first group in school history to have four receivers with 40 or more catches in a season.

Higgins compiled a 99-83-1 record in 16 years as a head coach. He was the head coach for seven seasons at Lehigh from 1994-2000, leading the Mountain Hawks to a 56-25-1 record and three appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

In his final three seasons at Lehigh, Higgins posted a 34-4 record and won or shared three consecutive Patriot League titles. He led the Mountain Hawks to undefeated regular seasons in 1998 and 2000. Higgins was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 1995, 1998 and 2000.

In nine seasons at the Citadel, Higgins broke or tied over 110 school records. In 2012, he led the Bulldogs to a 7-4 record and was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year. Higgins took The Citadel to a top 10 national ranking in 2012, the first time the school had been ranked in the top 10 in 20 years. He ranked third all-time in wins at The Citadel.

A native of Emerson, NJ, Higgins began his collegiate coaching career in 1981 as an assistant at Gettysburg. After four years he became an assistant at Richmond before joining Lehigh as an assistant in 1988. After six seasons he was elevated to head coach and led Lehigh from 1994 through 2000.

In 2000, Higgins helped Lehigh record its second undefeated regular season (11-0) in three years and its third-straight league title. The team ended the season 12-1 after falling to Delaware in the quarterfinals of the Division I-AA playoffs. In 1999, Lehigh was 10-1 and earned at-large postseason bid after being co-Patriot League champions and ranked 14th nationally. He also was named the GTW Regional Coach of the Year in 1999.

The previous season, Lehigh completed its first undefeated regular season (11-0), under Higgins, and defeated third-ranked Richmond in the opening round of the playoffs before losing to Massachusetts, which went on to win the national championship.

Higgins became the quarterbacks coach for the Detroit Lions in 2001 and was responsible for the tutoring and developing of Detroit’s first-round draft pick, quarterback Joey Harrington.

During his fourth season with the Lions he assumed the position of wide receivers coach and was responsible for the development of one of the most exciting trios of wideouts in the NFL: Az-Zahir Hakim, Charles Rogers and Roy Williams. Higgins coached Williams to the Lions’ single season records for a rookie in receptions (54), receiving yards (817) and touchdowns (8) before joining The Citadel.

Clawson and Higgins were both assistant coaches at Lehigh in 1993. When Higgins was promoted to head coach for the 1994 season, he elevated Clawson to offensive coordinator from running backs coach.
A 1977 graduate of West Chester, Higgins earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education while playing free safety and being named the team’s most valuable defensive back his senior season. He went on to receive his master’s degree in physical education from East Stroudsburg in 1981.

Higgins and his wife, Kay, have three children: son Tim (wife Sarah), and daughters Meaghan (husband Jason Helms) and Katie Rose.

Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Warren Ruggiero

Warren Ruggiero begins his fifth season as Wake Forest’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after previously serving in the same role under head coach Dave Clawson at Bowling Green.

Ruggiero oversaw the development of an explosive Wake Forest offense that in 2017 set over 100 team and individual records.
The Deacons in 2017 set new standards for points scored (459) and total offense yards (6,055)in a season, while accumulating five of the top 10 offensive games in school history.

Under Ruggiero’s tutelage, quarterback John Wolford earned second team All-ACC honors and led the ACC in passing efficiency while setting school records for touchdown passes (29), touchdowns responsible for (39) and passing yards (3,192) in a season. Eight of Wake Forest’s 12 All-ACC selections in 2017 came from the offense.

Ruggiero has been an offensive coordinator for 26 years at six different universities before Wake Forest, and has tutored quarterbacks for 27 years at the college level. His offense has finished in the top 10 in the country in either total offense or scoring offense at all six stops.

Ruggiero’s units have finished in the top six in the country in passing offense at the last four stops. He has coached an All-American QB at five of his last six coaching jobs.

In 2013 Ruggiero’s BGSU offense finished fourth in the country in total offense (per possession), first in the nation in time of possession and first in the conference and 10th in the nation in passing efficiency behind a sophomore quarterback who was named the MVP of the conference championship game.

In 2009 Ruggiero’s offense finished sixth in the country in passing while QB Tyler Sheehan (Houston Texans) threw for over 4,000 yards and receiver Freddie Barnes (Chicago Bears) broke the all-time NCAA record with 155 catches in one season.

Before Bowling Green, Ruggiero was the quarterback coach at Kansas State and coached Josh Freeman to a first round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. He also mentored Collin Klein who went on to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Ruggiero spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as the offensive coordinator at Elon University, where he rebuilt an offense that was 108th in the country prior to his arrival and within two years finished ninth in the nation in scoring offense and second nationally in passing offense. There he worked with quarterback Scott Riddle, a first team All-American and the Southern Conference’s Freshman of the Year in 2007, who went on to play in the Canadian Football League.

As a true freshman Riddle broke 27 school records en route to being named College Sporting News National Freshman of the Year and leading the country in total passing yards, passing yards and completions per game.

Prior to Elon, Ruggiero spent six years at Hofstra including the final four years as offensive coordinator. His offense finished 10th in the country in scoring offense and finished third and fourth in the country in passing offense in his final two consecutive years. He mentored Anton Clarkson (NY Giants) to All-CAA honors and Rocky Butler (Saskatchewan Roughriders) to All-America status.

Butler earned First-Team All-American honors and was the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award for top I-AA player behind Brian Westbrook in 2001. That season, Butler was third in the country in total offense and second in passing efficiency.

While still at Hofstra he recruited and coached future New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, who was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2006.

In 1999, Ruggiero coached the tight ends at William & Mary where both of his TE’s went on to the NFL. Prior to that Ruggiero was the head coach at Glenville State in West Virginia. At Glenville, he led the Pioneers to their only NCAA Division II playoff appearance ever and won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 1997. There they finished second in the country in total offense and first nationally in passing offense.

Ruggiero was also the OC at Clarion University for three years and finished first in the country in scoring offense. He started his career as the offensive coordinator at Defiance College for five years where the team finished fourth nationally in scoring offense.

Ruggiero is a 1988 graduate of the University of Delaware where he played quarterback and served as a graduate assistant while earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physical education.

Ruggiero and his wife, Jennifer, have one daughter, Emma.

Special Team Coordinator / Tight Ends
Wayne Lineburg

Wayne Lineburg joined the Demon Deacon coaching staff as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator in January, 2017.

In his first year, Lineburg oversaw the development of tight end Cam Serigne who earned first team All-ACC honors and set the conference record for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches by a tight end in a career. In addition, placekicker Mike Weaver set the school season scoring record with 115 points and became the first Demon Deacon to lead the ACC in kick scoring.

Lineburg and Clawson coached together at Richmond from 2004-06 when Lineburg served as the Spiders’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach. During their time together in Richmond, the Spiders set school records in total offense and touchdowns.

A 1996 graduate of Virginia, Lineburg was a four-year quarterback for the Cavaliers and played on three bowl teams.

He started his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant coach at William & Mary before returning to Virginia in 1998 as a graduate assistant coach. He rejoined William & Mary as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator in 2000 before joining Clawson’s staff at Richmond in 2004.

Lineburg was named the wide receivers coach at Virginia in 2007 and moved to running backs coach in 2009. He returned to Richmond in 2010 for a four-year stint in several positions including offensive coordinator, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator while also coaching, at different times, quarterbacks and running backs. In 2011, Lineburg served as the interim head coach at Richmond.

As the associate head coach at Richmond in 2013, Lineburg assisted with an offense that helped lead the Spiders to wins over two ranked teams while producing the 24th-ranked offense in the FCS. In 2012, the Spiders ranked 20th in the nation in passing offense and 21st in scoring offense while posting an 8-3 record and earning a share of the colonial Athletic Association title.

In 2014, he was hired at Connecticut where he served as special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach in his first season before taking over the quarterbacks the last two seasons.

Lineburg’s father, Norman, was the long-time coach at Radford (Va.) High School and is a member of the Virginia High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Wayne was an all-district quarterback while playing high school football for his father.

Lineburg’s brother Robert is the athletic director at Radford University, his brother Mark is the superintendent of schools in Halifax County, Va. and his brother Paul is the assistant principal at Northside Middle School in Roanoke, Va. Wayne’s cousin, Mike Young, is the highly successful head basketball coach at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Lineburg and his wife Tracey have two daughters, Addyson and Alexis.

Running Backs
John Hunter

John Hunter enters his fifth year on the Wake Forest football staff after coaching under head coach Dave Clawson at Bowling Green. Hunter works with Wake Forest’s running backs.

The improvement in Wake Forest’s rushing attack under Hunter’s leadership has been astounding.

In 2017, Hunter’s charges helped lead a resurgence in the Deacons’ offensive fortunes. Wake Forest set school records for total offense yards and points scored in a season as well as a 4.57 yards-per-carry average. Wake Forest posted its fourth-best rushing season in history with 2,456 yards. Running back Matt Colburn II collected four 100-yard rushing games including a career-best 237 in a win over Syracuse and a school bowl record 150 yards in the Belk Bowl victory over Texas A&M.

In 2016, three Demon Deacons rushed for over 500 yards marking the first time since 1971 that three different rushers cracked that mark. Cade Carney became the first freshman to score three touchdowns in a game since 2002 while Colburn posted a pair of 100-yard rushing games.

Wake Forest’s rushing attack was the most improved in the nation in 2015, increasing its production by more than 150 percent.

Hunter spent eight years on the Bowling Green coaching staff working with the running backs. Retained on the staff when Clawson took over the Bowling Green program in 2009, Hunter took on additional responsibilities as recruiting coordinator. The Falcons’ rushing offense ranked 39th in the nation in 2013 with 193.4 yards per game. During his time at BGSU, Hunter coached three different running backs to All-America, All-MAC and MAC Freshman of the Year honors.

Under Hunter’s guidance, a number of Bowling Green running backs found success. Chris Bullock was named a Freshman All-American in 2006, while Anthon Samuel earned Freshman All-America honors in 2011.

The 2012 season was arguably Hunter’s best coaching job of his career, helping the Falcons transform from a passing team to a strong rushing attack. That rushing attack finished with the most rushing yards since 2006 and had four games of over 200 yards rushing. Samuel had 998 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing two yards shy of becoming just the 10th Falcon to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.

In 2011 Samuel ran for 844 yards and five touchdowns, earning MAC Freshman of the Year honors. Samuel was the first running back in school history to win the award and was third in the country among freshmen running backs, averaging 93.8 yards per game.

Hunter molded Willie Geter into a third-team All-MAC performer as a senior in 2010, and helped him finish his career with 2,156 rushing yards, eighth-most in school history.

A 1988 graduate of Bowling Green, Hunter started his coaching career in the Detroit area, becoming the head coach at Pershing High in 2000. In his six seasons, Pershing posted a 40-28 record, made four appearances in the state playoffs and earned a pair of district titles.

Prior to his stint at Pershing High School, Hunter was an assistant coach at St. Martin DePorres in 1989 and from 1994-99. He was the defensive backs coach for a team which won the state championship in 1989 and was defensive coordinator from 1994-99, also winning state titles in 1995 and 1996. As a player, he also played on state title teams at DePorres in 1981 and 1982.

A four-year starter for Bowling Green at defensive end, Hunter earned All-MAC honors in 1986 and 1987 and helped the Falcons to the 1985 MAC title and a berth in the California Bowl. As a redshirt freshman, Hunter had nine tackles and three sacks in a win over archrival Toledo. He led the 1985 BGSU team with eight sacks. Hunter finished his career with 336 tackles and 44 tackles for loss. He signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers following his senior season.

A native of Detroit, he and his wife, Amara, have a son, John, and a daughter, Justiss.

Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
Nick Tabacca

Nick Tabacca is in his fifth season on the Wake Forest football staff. Tabacca, who joined the staff in January 2014, serves as the offensive line coach.

Tabacca’s development of the offensive line was critical to the offensive success of the 2017 Demon Deacons. Under Tabacca’s guidance, Wake Forest set school records for total offense yards and point scored. His offensive line finished third in the ACC in fewest sacks allowed and cut sacks allowed by 49 percent. The offensive line allowed Wake Forest to post the fourth-highest season rushing total in school history while setting a new record high for yards per carry.

Under Tabacca’s tutelage, center Ryan Anderson earned second team All-ACC honors and was listed on the Rimington Award Watch List in both 2017 and 2018. Guard Phil Haynes and tackle Justin Herron, both three-year starters, earned third team All-ACC recognition following the 2017 season.

Tabacca spent two years as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Ball State University from 2012-13. During the 2013 season, the Cardinals ranked among the nation’s top 20 teams in total offense, passing offense, passing efficiency and scoring offense while finishing ninth in red zone offense.

While at Ball State, Tabacca coached Jordan Hansel to All-Mid-American Conference first team honors and Jacob Richard to All-MAC third team honors in 2013 and Austin Holtz to All-MAC first team honors in 2012, while Jordan Hansel and Cameron Lowry received third-team honors.

The Cardinals had success during Tabacca’s tenure, playing in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl in 2012 and the GoDaddy Bowl in 2013. Tabacca was promoted to run game coordinator prior to the 2013 GoDaddy Bowl game against Arkansas State.

While at Ball State, Tabacca was named one of the finalists for the Football Scoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year in 2012. His 2012 offensive line led the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed and ranked 15th in sacks allowed. In 2013, his unit was eighth in TFLs allowed and 17th in sacks allowed.

Tabacca is a 2004 graduate of Ball State and a four-year letterman for the Cardinals on the offensive line. He started 33 games in his final three seasons and was a two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference selection while also serving as team captain as a senior.

He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Ball State in 2005 and 2006 before moving to Defiance College as the line coach, run game coordinator and strength and conditioning coach in 2007. He added offensive coordinator responsibilities for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Tabacca moved to Butler in 2010 as the offensive line coach and became the co-offensive coordinator in 2011 before returning to Ball State in 2012.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Tabacca is a graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School. He and wife Alyssa have five children -- Sophia, Lucas, Lily, Grace and William.

Assistant Head Coach/ Defensive Line
Dave Cohen

Dave Cohen, the former head coach at Hofstra University, is in his fifth season as Wake Forest’s defensive line coach in 2018.

Cohen’s experience helped Wake Forest’s front four become one of the top units in the ACC. In 2017, Wake Forest set a school record with 106 tackles for loss and finished third-most in the nation among Power 5 teams. Against Florida State, the Deacons registered 17 tackles for loss, the most in the nation by a Power 5 team in 2017.

In his four seasons at Wake Forest, Cohen has mentored four players who have gone on to the NFL. In 2017, defensive end Duke Ejiofor was a second team All-ACC selection and was picked in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. In 2014, Josh Banks earned honorable mention All-ACC honors while Tylor Harris was named second team All-ACC. Both players wound up in NFL training camps following their playing career. In 2016, Cohen helped Ejiofor earn third team All-ACC recognition while leading the team with 10.5 sacks. Cohen’s defensive line played a key role in Wake Forest’s Military Bowl win over No. 23 Temple, holding the Owls to -21 yards rushing, the fewest by a Deacon opponent since 1952.

The Demon Deacons recorded 3.15 sacks per game during the 2016 season, 11th-most in the NCAA, while the Deacs’ 41 sacks on the season are the second-most in program history.

Cohen was the head coach at Hofstra for four seasons from 2006 through 2009 when the school dropped the program. In 2007 he guided the Pride to a 7-4 record, the second-most improved record in the Football Championship Subdivision that season. For his efforts, Cohen was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award which is presented each year to the top FCS coach in the nation.

Cohen and Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson first worked together in 1989 and 1990 at the University at Albany under legendary head coach Bob Ford as Cohen was in charge of the linebackers and strength and conditioning. In 1991, Cohen became the defensive line and linebackers coach at Lafayette. After three seasons with the Leopards, he joined the University of Delaware in 1994 as the defensive line and linebackers coach, spending five seasons with the Blue Hens. Cohen helped coach Delaware to three FCS playoff appearances including a spot in the national semifinals in 1997.

In 1999, Cohen joined head coach Dave Clawson’s first-year staff at Fordham and spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator, associate head coach and linebackers coach. Following the 2001 season, Cohen returned to Delaware for four seasons and helped the Blue Hens to the FCS national championship in 2003 with a 40-0 shutout of Colgate in the title game. Delaware went 15-1 that season en route to the national title. He was named the I-AA National Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Football Monthly.

Following his four-year stint at Hofstra, Cohen became the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Western Michigan in 2010. In 2011 the Broncos’ defense was ranked 10th in the nation in turnovers gained with 31, was sixth in red zone defense and first in the nation in fourth down defense. Three of his players earned All-Mid-American Conference honors with Drew Nowak earning All-America status.

In 2012, Cohen took over the linebacker duties at Rutgers and coached one of the top defensive units in school history. The Scarlet Knights finished fourth in the nation in scoring defense (14.2 points allowed per game), tied for ninth in turnovers gained (32) and 10th in total defense (311.6 yards per game). Linebacker Khaseem Greene earned Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors and was named an All-America after making 136 tackles and forcing six fumbles. Green was a fourth round pick of the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft.

In 2013, Cohen coordinated a Rutgers defense that ranked third in the nation in run defense.

A native of Huntington, N.Y., Cohen was a three-time league champion, all-county and all-Long Island selection at Commack North High School. A 1988 business management graduate of Long Island University-C.W.

Post, Cohen earned his master’s degree in education administration from SUNY-Albany in 1990. While playing at C.W. Post, Cohen was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as a senior.

Cohen and his wife Denise have two sons, Charlie and Brian.

Defensive Coordinator/ Safeties
Lyle Hemphill

Lyle Hemphill is in his second season on the Demon Deacon coaching staff after joining the program in January, 2017.

In 2017, Hemphill mentored safety Jessie Bates III who was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Bates was an honorable mention All-ACC pick and finished his career third in school history with 195 interception return yards.

Hemphill joined the Wake Forest staff after six seasons at Stony Brook including the last four as defensive coordinator.

Under Hemphill’s direction, the Seawolves became one of the top defensive units in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). In 2015 Stony Brook led the FCS in both total defense (250.1 yards per game) and yards allowed per play (4.10). In 2016, Stony Brook was third in the nation in total defense (274.2) and a top 20 unit nationally in tackles for loss, scoring defense, rushing defense, red zone defense, pass defense, first down defense and blocked punts. He was named the FCS Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2015 by FootballScoop.

While directing the Stony Brook defense, Hemphill had seven student-athletes earn all-conference honors. He coached Stony Brook’s all-time leaders in interceptions and sacks.

Hemphill joined the Stony Brook staff in 2011 after serving as the cornerbacks coach at Delaware in 2010. While in Newark with the Blue Hens, Hemphill coached alongside current Wake Forest linebacker coach Brad Sherrod and the pair helped the Blue Hens reach the FCS National Championship game. From 2006 through 2009, Hemphill was an assistant coach at Hofstra under head coach Dave Cohen, currently Wake Forest’s defensive line coach. Hemphill worked with the secondary and also the special teams while at Hofstra.

A 2002 graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, Hemphill was a four-year letterman at strong safety.

Hemphill moved to Delaware Valley University as defensive backs coach and special teams coach from 2002-04 before joining the University of Delaware as a graduate assistant coach with the secondary in 2004 and 2005.

Hemphill and his wife, Christen, have four children, Izabella, Lyla, Georgia and Olivia.

Inside Linebackers
Tyler Santucci
Outside Linebackers
Brad Sherrod

Brad Sherrod joined the Wake Forest coaching staff in February, 2017 and was part of the staff that helped lead the Demon Deacons to a Belk Bowl victory over Texas A&M following the 2017 season.

During last year’s record-setting season, Sherrod was part of a unit that set the school record for tackles for loss in a season. In addition, the Deacon defense recorded 17 tackles for loss against Florida State, the most in the nation by a Power 5 team during the 2017 season.

Sherrod came to Wake Forest after serving as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Sam Houston State in 2016. His career has landed him on coaching staffs at Massachusetts, East Tennessee State, Elon and Delaware along with his alma mater, Duke.

Sherrod is one of four Demon Deacon defensive coaches who have experience as a defensive coordinator.

Sherrod helped the Bearkats post a 12-1 record in 2016 and reach No. 1 in the Football Championship Subdivision final regular season poll. Sam Houston State lost to eventual national champion James Madison in the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs.

A member of the Sam Houston State coaching staff since 2014, the Bearkats went 34-10 over the last three years and gained three Football Championship Subdivision playoff berths. Sam Houston won a Southland Conference title and defeated nine top-25 opponents while earning a pair of top four national finishes.

Sherrod joined the Sam Houston staff under head coach K.C. Keeler following a successful stint as defensive coordinator at Elon in 2013.

After serving one season as defensive coordinator at Elon in 2013, Sherrod reunited with Keeler at Sam Houston. Sherrod was an assistant to Keeler for three years at the University of Delaware. While at Delware, Sherrod coached current Detroit Lion Paul Worrilow, who was named first team All-CAA. In his first year with the Blue Hens in 2010, the program went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS title game. That year the Delaware defense led the nation in scoring defense (12.1 points per game) and was fifth in total defense (280.7 yards per game). In 2010, Sherrod was a member of Delaware’s defensive staff that included current Wake Forest assistant coach Lyle Hemphill.

Sherrod spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Western Carolina University where he coached running backs and linebackers. He spent 11 seasons on the staff of his alma mater, Duke University, where he tutored the linebackers for nine years from 1997 to 2005, tight ends in 2006 and running backs in his final two campaigns. He coached three Duke players currently among the school’s career leading tacklers.

Sherrod’s coaching career began in 1995 at the University of Massachusetts where he served as a defensive tackle graduate assistant before heading to East Tennessee State University as linebackers coach in 1996. He helped lead ETSU to a No. 8 national ranking, a 10-3 record and the NCAA FCS playoffs second round.

He served two internships in the National Football League, spending the summer of 1998 with the Dallas Cowboys and the 2000 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sherrod is a 2007 graduate of the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy.

A 1993 graduate of Duke, Sherrod was a team captain who earned second team All-ACC honors as a senior in 1993 when he led the Blue Devils and ranked fifth in the ACC with 113 total tackles. A native of Monroe, N.C., Sherrod had 279 career stops during his Blue Devil career from 1989-93.

As a prep, Sherrod was a two-time all-state and honorable mention All-America pick at Monroe, N.C. High School.

Sherrod and his wife, Monique, have a son, Elijah, and a daughter, Angelena.

Cornerbacks
Ryan Crawford

Ryan Crawford joined the Demon Deacon coaching staff in February, 2018. With Wake Forest, Crawford will coach the team’s cornerbacks.

Prior to joining Wake Forest, Crawford served as an assistant coach at Harvard for six seasons where he worked with the secondary. He was also the special teams coordinator for the Crimson for the last four years.

A 2001 graduate of Davidson College with a degree in biology, Crawford was an Associated Press first team All-America selection when he led the nation with eight interceptions. In 2000, he was named the I-AA Mid-Major Defensive Back of the Year as well as the I-AA Independent Defensive MVP. Crawford was Davidson’s Special Teams Player of the Year as well as the school’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2000. He was inducted into Davidson’s Hall of Fame in 2012.

Following his graduation, Crawford played professionally with the Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football League and was on the preseason camp roster of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2007. In addition, he worked as a stuntman and featured extra in the movie “Radio” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Crawford spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons coaching at Davidson where he worked with the quarterbacks in 2003 and the defensive backs in 2004. He moved on to Bucknell for three seasons as cornerbacks coach where he helped the Bison lead the Patriot League with 14 interceptions in 2007.

He spent four seasons at Rhode Island as defensive coordinator from 2008-11 before joining Harvard prior to the 2012 season.

Crawford and his wife, Carrie, have two children, Dylan and Bryson.

Graduate Assistant
Bryant Gross-Armiento

Bryant Gross-Armiento is in his second year on staff at Wake Forest, and is in his first year as a graduate assistant after serving as a recruiting assistant in 2017.

Gross-Armiento began his football playing career at Rutgers before transferring to Wake Forest in 2014. However, a series of injuries prevented him from getting on the field with the Deacons.

The No. 71-rated safety in the nation by ESPN.com coming out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. American Heritage High School, Gross Armiento helped the Patriots to a 9-2 record as a senior and a berth in the Florida Class 5A playoffs.

Gross-Armiento earned his degree from Wake Forest in May, 2017 as a communication major with a minor in economics and sociology.

Graduate Assistant
Mike Tomaino
Graduate Assistant
Kyle Perkins

Kyle Perkins joined the Wake Forest football staff in 2018 as a recruiting assistant.

Perkins came to Wake Forest from Oberlin College in Amherst, Ohio where he coached the wide receivers in 2017. He started his coaching career at Division II Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, working as an offensive intern and wide receivers coach.

As a player at Notre Dame, Perkins was an all-conference tight end in 2015 and served as team captain. He earned his degree in public relations in 2016 from Notre Dame College.

Graduate Assistant
Trevor Mendelson

Mendelson will serve as a graduate assistant coach working with the offense in 2018.

A 2013 graduate of Marshall, Mendelson was an offensive lineman for the Thundering Herd from 2010-14. As a senior, he started 12 games and helped Marshall to the Conference USA championship and a win in the Boca Raton Bowl. A three-year letterman, Mendelson was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team and was Marshall’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014.

Mendelson would stay in Huntington to serve as a graduate assistant coach from 2015-16 before joining the coaching staff at Glenville State in West Virginia where he served as offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

A native of Dublin, Ohio, he is a graduate of Jerome High School where he was an all-conference and all-metro selection.

Mendelson graduated from Marshall in 2013 with a bachelor of science degree in finance and economics and earned his Master’s of Business Administration from Marshall in 2015.

Trevor and his wife Erica live in Winston-Salem.

Defensive Analyst
Tom McEntire

McEntire joined the Wake Forest football staff in 2017 as a quality control assistant and became a defensive analyst in 2018.

During his playing career, McEntire was a quarterback and wide receiver at Thiel College from 2002 through 2005. He started his coaching career at Thiel in 2006, mentoring wide receivers and running backs for two seasons. McEntire coached the safeties at Maine in 2008 before moving to Rutgers. He was initially in player development but moved into a role as a defensive assistant in 2011 and became a graduate assistant working with the secondary in 2012. From 2013-16, he was the safeties coach at Delaware.

McEntire earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa.

Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Football Operations
Jordan Jarry

Jordan Jarry is in his second season as an Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations after three seasons as Director of Football Operations at Wake Forest. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the football program as well as coordinating all team travel.

Jarry came to Wake Forest after three seasons as director of operations for the football program at UMass. Not only did he oversee the daily operation of the program, he also was the staff liaison to the university, monitored the team’s budget and coordinated numerous external relations projects such as coaches clinics, women’s clinics and alumni reunions. Jarry also played a key role in UMass’ transition to the FBS level.

Prior to his time at UMass, Jarry spent the 2010 season as the outside linebackers coach at the Colorado School of Mines where he also assisted in recruiting, video coordinating and strength and conditioning.

With the Ore Diggers, Jarry helped coach a defense that led CSM to the 2010 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship and a spot in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The defensive unit led the RMAC in sacks (36) and ranked second in red-zone defense and interceptions.

Prior to CSM, the Nashua, N.H., native spent five years (2005-10) working in the Georgetown Athletics Department where he served as an account executive for ticket sales and corporate sponsorship. He assisted the department in producing over $8 million in revenue while also working with over 100 corporate clients including Sprint, AMTRAK, GEICO, Xerox and Coca-Cola.

Jarry was a four-year letterwinner at Georgetown as a tight end for the Hoyas from 2001-04. He was named to the 2003 and 2004 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and was a Dean’s List student earning a degree in history in 2005. He received his master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown in 2009.

Jarry and his wife Leigh Ann, were married in July 2014 and have one son, Colton. They reside in Winston-Salem.

Athletics Assistant - Operations/Video
Ben Baker

Ben Baker joined the Wake Forest football staff in 2016 as an intern and returned in 2017 as a video operations assistant.

Baker is a 2013 graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in sport management. He earned his master’s in health and human performance at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Baker’s responsibilities include creating and editing weekly highlight videos and producing footage from practice and games. He assists the recruiting area with the creation and implementation of video graphics. While at Northwestern State, Baker was a gameday operations supervisor for one year and led the football video production operations during his second year.

Director of Recruiting
Greg Jones

Greg Jones enters his first season as the director of recruiting after spending the previous two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant. Jones also served as an offensive analyst for the Deacs.

Jones joined the Demon Deacon staff after working the previous three seasons at Cornell. With the Big Red, Jones was the secondary coach and added duties as the director of recruiting prior to the 2015 season. He helped tutor 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Nick Gesualdi who set the school record for interceptions as a freshman.

Jones spent the 2012 season as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where he helped the team post a six-game improvement over the previous two seasons.

Jones started his coaching career in 2010 as the linebackers coach at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. before moving to the University of Rhode Island in 2011 where he worked with all special teams units and focused his recruiting on the Midwest and West Coast.

A two-year captain at Bucknell, Jones collected 257 career tackles and was named team MVP in 2009 while also earning first team All-Patriot League honors. He was honored as the team’s outstanding linebacker in 2008 and 2009 and as the club’s most inspirational player in 2009.

Jones is a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell with a degree in history. He was recognized as an FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star as a senior.
Greg and his wife Jordan reside in Winston-Salem.