Football Coaching Staff
Brian Sheehan
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Brian Sheehan
Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator

Brian Sheehan enters his third season in 2014 as the head coach of the Jackets. Sheehan also holds the duties of the Offensive Coordinator, a role he has served for the last six years.

The Cleveland, Ohio native began his post as the 31st head coach in the history of the Defiance College football program on January 2 of 2012.

Sheehan joined the Yellow Jackets after spending the past five seasons as the offensive coordinator at Thomas More, where he helped lead the Saints to President’s Athletic Conference Championships and a spot in the NCAA Division III Playoffs in each of his final four seasons with the program.

Sheehan’s high-scoring option offenses at Thomas More helped the Saints set four single-season team offensive records during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns, while storming through each regular season with an unblemished record. The Saints scored 33.8 points per game in 2011, behind 199.7 rushing yards per outing and averaged 32.7 points per game from 2009 through 2011.

During that time, Sheehan helped Thomas More to a 31-4 overall record that included a 19-1 league mark and a pair of NCAA Division III National Tournament victories. In all, Sheehan helped the Saints to a 43-13 record over five seasons, four of the program’s six NCAA Playoff bids, four PAC crowns and three-straight final regular season rankings inside the top-20 in the nation.

Sheehan’s contributions to the TMC program went far beyond running the offense, as he created the Thomas More Leadership Workshop to promote team unity and individual development within the Saints’ football program, led an overhaul of the recruiting and communication database and coordinated the program’s Relay for Life team for the American Cancer Society.

Prior to his five-year stint guiding the offense from the sidelines at Thomas More, Sheehan served on staff at Hobart College as the wide receivers and strength coach. During his two years at Hobart, Sheehan implemented a new year-round strength and conditioning program and helped the Statesmen post a 17-4 record, en route to a pair of trips to the NCAA Playoffs.

He also served on staff at Heidelberg University from 2003 through 2005, where he started his coaching career as the offensive coordinator for the junior varsity program and completed a master’s degree in education.

Sheehan earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and business management in 2003 from Marietta College, while serving as a three-year starter at the tight end position with the Pioneers. Sheehan started on offense and defense and was a team captain for the squad during his senior season.

Along with his experiences on the football field, Sheehan has contributed to X&O Labs Coaching Research and Manual of Football Drills and Skills, which were published in 2011 and has lectured at multiple football coaching clinics in the past several years.

Sheehan is married to his wife, Mandy, and the couple resides in Defiance with their two children Nolan and Liam.

Football Coaching Staff
Brian Sheehan
Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator
Jeff Judge
Defensive Coordinator, Academic Coordinator
Craig McCord
Head JV Coach, Offensive Line Coach
Danny Cornely
Defensive Line Coach, Special Teams, Recruiting Coordinator
Rory Mannering
Receivers, Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Aaron Hatem
Running Backs Coach
Robbie Brown
Defensive Backs, Video Coordinator
Mason Espinosa
Nate McCarville
Tackles, Tight Ends
Andrew Clute
Linebackers, Equipment Coordinator
Drew Robinson '15
Head Student Assistant