Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Clark announces 2013 football coaching staff

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Four new faces will mark the Lycoming College football coaching staff for the 2013 campaign, sixth-year head coach Mike Clark announced on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Included in the quartet are defensive backs coach Ryan Rybicki, tight ends coach Tim Landis and student assistants Ryan Fenningham and Matt Talerico.

 Also rejoining the staff are assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Steve Wiser (40th year), offensive coordinator Scott Brisson (2nd year), offensive line coach Dave Becker (4th year), assistant linebackers coach Chris Kish (2nd year), defensive line coach Steve Radocaj (9th year), running backs coach Pat Taylor (3rd year), special teams coordinator and defensive line coach Doug Thiel (3rd year), offensive line coach Pat Vollman (2nd year) and linebackers coach Mike Weber (25th year).

A former star wide receiver at Edinboro University, Rybicki will tutor defensive backs for the Warriors in 2012.

Rybicki comes to the Warriors after spending the last two seasons as an offensive assistant coach at Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif. His high school alma mater, Rybicki worked primarily with wide receivers and tight ends.

Rybicki was a four-year letterwinner at Edinboro University, helping the Fighting Scots win two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles during his five years on the squad. He developed into a consistent threat at wide receiver, catching 15 touchdowns in his career.

A native of Covina, Calif., Rybicki earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Edinboro in 2008. He resides in Williamsport.

A veteran in the coaching ranks with more than 25 years of experience, Landis joins the Lycoming coaching staff as a tight ends coach in 2013.

Landis has recorded an 89-103-1 record in 18 years as a collegiate head coach, recording 12 winning seasons in that span. Landis began his coaching career at his alma mater, Randolph-Macon in 1986, spending two years there before becoming the head coach at Morrisville (Pa.) High School, where he spent three years. He then served as an assistant at Davidson for two years before becoming the head coach in 1993. He spent seven years there before moving to St. Mary’s in 2000. In 2003, he was named the head coach at Bucknell, where he stayed for seven years. In 2010, he was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State before serving as the head coach at Rensselaer in 2011.

Landis and his wife Karen, have three sons, T.J., Jack and Charlie, and one daughter, Jordan. They reside in Lewisburg.

A three-year starter at defensive back for Lycoming College, Fenningham will serve as a student assistant for the team as he completes his degree in marketing. Although his senior season was cut short due to injury, Fenningham helped the Lycoming secondary form a corps that finished amongst the national leaders in total defense in 2011 and ’12. As a junior, when he earned Second Team All-MAC accolades, Fenningham helped the defense finish second in the nation in pass efficiency defense.

A four-year starter at cornerback for Lycoming College, Talerico will also serve as a student assistant for the team as he completes his degree in criminal justice. Talerico developed during his career into the team’s shutdown cornerback, helping the Warriors finish second in the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2011. He earned two Second Team All-MAC accolades during his career and finished in the top five in the league in passes defended twice, notching 30 during his career.

Coming off a second straight 8-2 season, the Warriors are receiving votes in the national poll and feature three members of the team who have been declared Preseason All-Americans. The team also returns seven players who earned all-conference honors in 2012.

The Warriors begin their 2013 campaign at Brockport on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m.