Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Paul Rice, a former assistant coach at Yale, was named Fordham's Defensive Coordinator in February of 2018.
In his first year at Fordham, Rice saw three players earn All-Patriot League honors, including linebacker Glenn Cunningham, who led the conference in tackles for loss with a school single season record of 21.5. Overall, the Fordham defense led the Patriot League in tackles for loss and was third in red zone defense.
Rice arrived at Rose Hill after serving with Fordham head coach Joe Conlin as an assistant coach at Yale University for five years, serving as the Defensive Backs Coach and Special Teams Coordinator in 2017.
Rice helped the Yale defense rank number one in scoring defense in the Ivy League in 2017 as well as number two in defensive pass efficiency. He coached two First Team All-Ivy players and one Second Team honoree, and was selected as one of the top 30 coaches under the age of 30 in the NCAA/NAIA/High School ranks by the AFCA.
Prior to his stint in New Haven, Rice served as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Georgia Tech in 2012, where he helped the Yellow Jackets to a 7-7 season and a 2012 Sun Bowl victory over Southern California.
The captain of the 2009 Yale football team, Rice was named the Bulldogs’ outside linebackers coach in February 2013. He took over as special teams coordinator in 2015 and was selected by the American Football Coaches Foundation® for the AFCA 30 Under 30 Coaches’ Leadership Institute in 2016. The former Yale star coached a pair of All-Ivy performers in 2015 in punter Bryan Holmes and linebacker Matt Oplinger, who repeated in 2016.
Rice was a four-year Yale starter who began his career as one of the biggest cornerbacks in the country and finished his collegiate career as a first-team All-Ivy linebacker. He accumulated 196 tackles, six interceptions and numerous big plays with the football in his hands while earning league honors three seasons.
A former Ohio Division III co-defensive player of the year and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete at University High School in Cleveland Heights, Rice helped the Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring defense consecutive seasons.
Rice played one season for the L’Hospitalet Pioners (Barcelona, Spain) in the spring of 2011. He served as a player/coach, competing on both sides of the ball and helping the Pioners to a national championship.
Rice, who received a degree in political science from Yale, was a volunteer with the Yale football team in the fall of 2011.
TIGHT ENDS COACH/CO-RECRUITING COORDINATOR
Evan Durand returned to the Fordham staff as tight ends coach/co-recruiting coordinator for the Rams in April 2019 after spending the spring of 2019 as a defensive assistant at the University of Connecticut.
In 2018, Durand worked as a defensive assistant at Fordham. Along with assisting with the defensive line, he served the Fordham staff by completing full opponent scout breakdowns, comprehensive weekly scouting reports and gameplan installation packets. He was also directly responsible for the offensive scout team and involved with a number of recruiting efforts during his first stint with the Rams.
Before coming to Rose Hill, Durand was at Coastal Carolina University for the 2017 season. As a lead member of the recruiting department, he engaged in all day-to-day recruiting operations for Coastal, including planning and executing official & unofficial visits, maintaining the program’s social media presence and managing the evaluation process used by the coaching staff. Durand also worked under the defensive line coach in a supporting role during his time with the Chanticleers.
Prior to re-entering the coaching profession, Durand spent over two years in the business world, serving as the assistant director of an advertising agency in his home state of New Jersey.
A 2015 graduate of Bentley University where he graduated cum laude with a degree in marketing, Durand served as a student assistant coach for the Falcons football squad as an undergraduate from 2011-2014.
ASST. HEAD COACH/SPECIAL TEAMS COOR./RUNNING BACKS
Shane Fogarty, who served as offensive coordinator at Colby College in 2014, returned for his second stint at Fordham as an assistant with the football program in 2015. Fogarty, who previously served under former Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Fordham in 2012, will be responsible for the Rams’ special teams and running backs again in 2018.
Under Fogarty's tutelage, running back Chase Edmonds compiled 5,862 career rushing yards along with 74 career touchdowns and 67 career rushing touchdown, all school and Patriot League records. His 5,862 career rushing yards is fifth best in NCAA FCS history while his 67 career rushing touchdowns is fourth best and his career rushing yards/game average of 133.2 is 14th best. He also amassed 7,374 career all-purpose yards, a school and Patriot League career record, tenth best in NCAA FCS history.
The Fordham special teams was also among the nation's best in 2017, leading the NCAA FCS in punt return defense (2.75) and ranking 27th in punt return average (10.11).
Fogarty tutored Edmonds to consensus All-American honors in 2016. The junior finished fourth in voting for the 2016 Walter Payton Award, presented to the NCAA FCS offensive player of the year. Edmonds led the NCAA FCS in rushing yards per game (163.5) and was second in total rushing yards as well as ranking second in all-purpose yards per game (194.6) and third in rushing touchdowns. The 1,799 yards was just 39 yards shy of Edmonds’ school single season record set in 2014.
15299In 2015, Fogarty helped Edmonds earn consensus All-America honors as the sophomore, who was also named the 2015 Patriot League and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, rushed 251 times for 1,648 yards and 20 touchdowns while also catching 31 passes for 383 yards and five scores. He led the Patriot League and was third in the NCAA FCS in rushing yards and led the league and was fourth in the NCAA FCS in rushing yards/game (137.3) and rushing touchdowns. Edmonds led the league and was fourth in the NCAA FCS in all-purpose yards/game (184.18) and was second in the nation in scoring (12.5 points/game).
Between his first stretch at Fordham and his year at Colby in 2014, Fogarty served as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut in 2013, working with the safeties and assisting with the special teams.
In 2012 with the Rams, Fogarty coached tight end Dan Light at Fordham, who was named First Team All-Patriot League as he hauled in 45 passes for 388 yards, the most for any Patriot League tight end and the most receptions for a tight end in Fordham history.
On special teams, Fogarty coached placekicker Patrick Murray, who earned All-America honors and led the NCAA FCS with 25 made field goals while ranking second in punting average (46.0).
Light signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs following graduation and was on the Denver Broncos practice roster in 2015 while Murray served as the placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014 and signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Brown in 2016.
Fogarty was a graduate assistant for the Huskies in 2010 and 2011, coaching the defensive backs and linebackers for the 2010 BIG EAST championship team, who appeared in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and the 2011 squad.
Prior to his stay in Storrs, Fogarty spent the 2009 season as an assistant at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. He coached the wide receivers that year and helped the Cadets to the 2009 East Coast Football Conference championship.
Fogarty was an assistant coach at Trinity College in Hartford from 2006-08 working with the running backs and special teams in 2008 and leading the Bantams to the 2008 NESCAC championship. In 2006 and 2007, he coached the outside linebackers.
From February through June of 2008, Fogarty served as a head coach and offensive coordinator for the Carinthian Black Lions in the Austrian Football League.
A 2006 graduate of UConn with a degree in history, Fogarty was a member of the Husky football program from 2002-05, earning a letter in his senior season. While at UConn, he earned the Joseph M. Giannelli Unsung Hero Award as well as the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes Award for Academic Excellence in the football program.
A native of West Virginia, Fogarty led Morgantown High School to the 2001 championship in the state’s biggest division. He had a 25-2 record as a starting quarterback in high school and was a two-time All-State pick.
Fogarty and his wife Samantha are the parents to two young children, Maggie and Colin.
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Vincent Natali, a former member of the University of New Mexico football staff, was named Fordham's offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in February of 2018.
In his first year with the Rams, Natali helped the Fordham offense lead the Patriot League in passing yards/game and saw Nick Zakelj earn Second Team All-Patriot League honors.
26462Natali arrived at Fordham after serving as the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico, for two years.
At New Mexico, Natali directed all aspects of the football recruiting program and also worked in conjunction with the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations on New Player Orientation, housing, football camps, and advance travel.
As the director of recruiting, his responsibilities included the organization of all recruiting efforts. Natali also worked with compliance regarding initial eligibility and admissions with incoming recruits.
In his first year at New Mexico, the Lobos went 9-4, earned a co-Mountain Division championship and a New Mexico Bowl title.
Prior to his stay at New Mexico, Natali spent three seasons as the offensive line coach for the Indiana State Sycamores, including spending the 2015 season as the run-game coordinator. In his one year as the run-game coordinator, the Sycamores showed tremendous improvement in rushing offense by going from 115th nationally in 2014 to 45th nationally in 2015. Natali was a part of the 2014 staff at Indiana State that saw the Sycamores reach the NCAA FCS playoffs for the first time since 1984, and picked up their first playoff win since 1983.
In 2012, Natali served as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Utah State. That year, the Aggies won the WAC Championship and defeated Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Prior to entering the coaching profession, Natali worked for two of the world's largest accounting and advising firms at KPMG in Albuquerque, NM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, IL.
Natali played for the Lobos from 2004-07, defeating Nevada in the 2007 New Mexico Bowl. Natali earned First Team All-Mountain West honors and Second Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American as a senior. Overall, Natali was a three-time Academic All-MWC honoree and graduated in 2006 from UNM with a degree in Finance. He then earned his MBA from New Mexico in 2008.
ASSOC. HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE LINE
Scott Vallone, a former assistant coach at St. Lawrence University, was named Fordham's defensive line coach in February of 2018.
In his first year at Fordham, Vallone guided a defensive line that helped the Rams lead the Patriot League and rank 20th in the NCAA FCS in tackles for loss (7.5/game).
26465Vallone joined the Fordham staff after spending two years at St. Lawrence University as the team’s defensive coordinator. He also coached the linebackers in 2017 and the defensive line in 2016.
In 2017, Vallone saw linebacker Skyler Williamson earn Liberty Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Region honors along with three other players who earned All-Liberty Conference accolades. The St. Lawrence defense led the Liberty Conference in fourth down conversion (seventh in the NCAA), tackles for loss (12th in the NCAA), first downs defense (41st in the NCAA), third down conversion and sacks.
In 2016, Vallone led the Saints defense to one of the most dominant seasons in program history. St. Lawrence was the top-ranked team in the Liberty League in 13 defensive categories and ranked in the top 10 in the nation in five categories, including scoring defense (second, 11.0 points allowed per game), defensive touchdowns (third, six in 10 games), first downs defense (seventh overall and third among teams that played more than eight games, 129 allowed), red zone defense (seventh, .500), and tackles for loss (ninth, 9.1 per game).
Among the Saints’ defensive leaders was Chyron Brown-Wallace '17, the most decorated St. Lawrence football player in nearly 35 years. He earned the highest vote total among NCAA Division III athletes for the Cliff Harris Award, which recognizes the best small college defensive player in the nation. A two-time American Football Coaches Association First-Team All-American, Brown-Wallace was the 2016 Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year and earned D3football.com All-American honors. He was a three-time First-Team All-Liberty League selection and earned St. Lawrence’s Martha Finch Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award.
Vallone also lent guidance to Alec Dietsch '17, a linebacker from Clarence, New York. Dietsch finished the 2016 season with 73 tackles including 37 solo stops, 10.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and was named a member of D3football.com’s All-East Region Third Team, All-Liberty League First Team, ECAC All-North Region Second Team and the Liberty League All-Academic Team.
Vallone served as the defensive line assistant coach at his alma mater, Rutgers University, in 2015 and started his coaching career as St. Lawrence’s defensive line coach in 2014.
Vallone graduated from Rutgers in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. A four-year starter for the Scarlet Knights at defensive tackle, he was a First Team All-Big East selection and the school’s Best Rush Lineman Award winner as a senior after posting a team-high 12.5 tackles for loss. He finished his career with 195 tackles and made 51 consecutive starts. A Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America in 2009, he scored a touchdown against North Carolina Central after recovering a fumble in the end zone in the first game of the 2011 season.
Following graduation, Vallone had professional stints with three NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots. He also spent time in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes.
Jameson Zacharias arrived at Rose Hill in February of 2019 after serving for two years on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania staff where he was in charge of the defensive backs.
Under Zacharias guidance, Crimson Hawk cornerback JR Stevens earned second team All-PSAC and first team All-Region honors in the 2017 season.
Prior to his two years at IUP, Zacharias coached the outside linebackers and cornerbacks for three seasons at Central Michigan, working with defensive coordinator Greg Colby and defensive backs coach Archie Collins.
The Chippewas owned the sixth-ranked pass defense in the Mid-American Conference in 2016, giving up just under 223 yards per game through the air. Junior cornerback Amari Coleman tied for the MAC-lead with four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and earned first team All-MAC honors.
WIDE RECEIVERS COACH
Damiere Shaw joined the Fordham staff in February of 2019 after serving as for two years at Baylor University as an offensive quality control coach for head coach Matt Rhule. He assistant with coaching the wide receivers, identifying opposing team’s coverage and personnel tendencies on game day and breaking down opposing team’s game film.
Prior to his stint at Baylor, Shaw spent one season as a graduate assistant coach for Temple under Rhule in 2016, assisting with the wide receivers. He previously served as a student assistant with the Owls for three seasons from 2013-15.
Shaw made the transition from player to coach following an injury as a freshman. While a student assistant, he worked with the wide receivers alongside coaches Terry Smith, Adam DiMichele, and Frisman Jackson. During the 2015 season, Shaw worked closely with former Temple and current New Orleans Saints starter Keith Kirkwood as well as New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, who posted the second-most receiving yards in program history.
A Chester, Pa., native, Shaw earned a bachelor's degree from Temple in 2016. He is married to the former Miah Shockley.
James Lenahan joined the Fordham football staff in March of 2018. He will be responsible for the outside linebackers for the Rams again in 2019.
26468Last year, Lenahan's linebackers helped the Rams led the Patriot League and rank 20th in the NCAA FCS in tackles for loss with 7.5/game. He also saw one of his student-athletes, Glenn Cunningham, earn First Team All-Patriot League accolades after setting a school record with 21.5 tackles for loss.
Lenahan arrived at Fordham after serving as the Defensive Assistant/Assistant Defensive Line Coach at Yale in 2017 where he worked with Fordham head coach Joe Conlin and Fordham defensive coordinator Paul Rice. At Yale he was responsible for weekly full opponent film breakdown, assisting the defensive line coach during individual periods, creating and editing the defensive playbook and new installations and assisting the defensive coordinator in drawing all scout cards and running the scout team during practice.
Prior to his stay in New Haven, Lenahan was a graduate assistant coach at Utica College in 2015 and 2016, guiding the cornerbacks in his first year with the Pioneers and the outside linebackers during his second. He handled daily positional meetings, and structured individual periods during practice and assisted the defensive coordinator with defensive pass game schematics based on weekly opponents. Lenahan also was responsible for weekly opponent breakdowns with other graduate assistants and assisting on all aspects of special teams in accordance to the head coach. He also served as the junior varsity defensive coordinator/head coach in 2016.
A 2015 graduate of Utica College where he received a degree in cyber security, Lenahan was a three-year starter for the Pioneers. He was named to the Empire 8 All-Conference Team in 2013 and 2014 and was voted defensive player of the year by his coaches and teammates in 2012. He holds school career records for most interception return yards (172) and interceptions/game while his six interceptions in 2014 is the second best single season total at Utica.
Kevin Decker, a 2012 UNH graduate, joined the Rams in February of 2019 after serving as an assistant at Brown University the previous three years. He was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Bears in 2018, the youngest offensive coordinator in the Ivy League, after coaching the Brown tight ends his first two years in Providence.
In 2018, Decker helped freshman quarterback Michael McGovern lead the Ivy League in passing yards/game and finish second in total offense. He also saw tight end Anton Casey earn second team All-Ivy honors after leading the conference in receptions for a tight end.
Decker joined the Brown coaching staff after working as an offensive assistant at Montana State in 2015. He helped the Bobcats rank first in the NCAA FCS in yards per play, touchdowns per game and red-zone touchdown percentage. He worked under Montana State head coach Rob Ash and Offensive Coordinator Tim Cramsey and was responsible for opposition film breakdown, game day charting assignments and compiling weekly scouting reports. He worked closely with the offensive coaches during game planning, game evaluation, and personnel evaluation meetings.
A 2012 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Deceker was an outstanding quarterback for the Wildcats where he was the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Year and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award in 2011. He threw for 3,272 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior, while rushing for 429 yards and nine touchdowns. A team captain, he was also the squad’s Most Valuable Player and served on the Team Council Committee at UNH.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS COACH
Steve Thames joined the Fordham staff in April of 2017. He will serve as the assistant defensive backs/safeties coach again in 2019.
Last fall, Thames led a unit that featured Dylan Mabin, who earned First Team All-Patriot League honors after leading the conference and ranking 19th in the NCAA FCS in passes defended (1.2/game). Mabin was joined in the defensive backfield by Jesse Bramble who was second in the league, and 22nd in the nation, in passes defended.
26474Thames arrived at Fordham after serving as an assistant at Dartmouth College for wo years. In 2016 he served as the offensive quality control/assistant wide receivers coach for the Big Green before being elevated to the running backs/returners coach in 2017. The Big Green closed out the 2017 season with a 54-44 win over Princeton where running back Jared Gerbino gained 202 yards and scored four touchdowns, becoming the first Dartmouth player in six years to top 200 rushing yards in a game. Dartmouth finished the year ranked third in the Ivy League in rushing, averaging 180.0 yards/game. Following the season two Big Green running backs received All-Ivy honors with Hunter Hagdorn placed on the second team and Ryder Stone being named honorable mention.
In his first year in Hanover, Thames assisted the offensive coordinator with the day-to-day objectives and helped mentor Ivy League Rookie of the Year Hunter Hagdorn.
A 2015 graduate of New Hampshire with a degree in sociology, Thames was a valuable defensive back throughout his four years, playing in 46 games while collecting 122 tackles and intercepting seven passes, three of which he returned for touchdowns. The Wildcats reached the FCS Playoffs in each of his four seasons, winning CAA titles in 2012 and 2014, advancing as far as the semifinals during his junior campaign. He earned All-CAA honors as a senior in 2014.
Thames quickly got into college coaching after finishing up at UNH, serving as an intern with the football team at James Madison, which shared the Colonial Athletic Association crown in 2015. He worked directly with the Dukes’ secondary and was responsible for weekly film breakdown and scouting reports.