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Defensive Coaching Staff

Ron Stoops, Jr.
Special Teams Coordinator

A member of one of the most respected coaching families in the nation, Ron Stoops Jr., is in his seventh season as an assistant coach for the Penguins.

Under Head Coach Bo Pelini, Stoops was elevated to Co-Defensive Coordinator where he served in that role for the first time in his collegiate coaching career.

In his first season as co-defensive coordinator in 2015, the Guins showed staggering improvement on the defensive side of the ball from previous campaigns.

YSU allowed just 288.7 yards of total offense per game the lowest total by the program since 2002. The Penguin defense allowed just 116.7 yards passing per contest, the lowest total since 1976 (116.1). The 41.1 completion percentage by the opposition was the lowest by an opponent since 1980 (40.6). The 83 pass completions allowed were the fewest since 1976 (79). The 145 first downs allowed were the fewest since 1975 (129).

In the FCS, the Penguins finished first in fewest passing yards allowed, tied for first in fewest first downs allowed, were fifth in pass-efficiency defense, seventh in total defense and ninth in third-down conversion defense.

Linebacker Dubem Nwadiogbu had a breakout season in 2014 under Stoops. Nwadiogbu had a team-high 104 tackles and was the first Penguin since 2006 to register more than 100 stops in a season. For his efforts, he was an honorable-mention All-MVFC selection. First-year starter Jaylin Kelly played a key role as the MIKE linebacker starting all 12 games. Kelly had 84 tackles for the year. Kelly and Nwadiogbu combined for 14.5 TFLs and three sacks on the year.

The defense made strides throughout the season allowing 23.5 points for the year, the lowest per game total since 2009. The linebackers played a key role as the Guins finished with 29 sacks the most for the program since 2002.

In 2013, YSU posted an 8-4 overall mark and was 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Penguins started the campaign with an 8-1 mark, which included the first 5-0 start to conference play in school history. Dating back to November 2012, the Penguins won a school-record eight straight conference games.

Teven Williams earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference recognition. Williams had a career-high 81 total tackles, including 46 solo stops. Senior Ali Cheaib had the best year of his career registering 56 tackles for the year.

The Penguins showed steady improvement on the defensive side of the football throughout the 2012 season. As a unit, YSU allowed just 95.5 yards rushing per game, the fourth-lowest total in school history. The Guins ranked sixth at the FCS level in fewest rushing yards allowed per contest. The Penguins allowed just 23 points in the last three games, the lowest total in a three-game stretch since 2003.

The nickel position played a huge role for the unit. Stoops worked with Parnell Taylor, Boatwright and Deionte Williams throughout the season in the role. Those three players combined for 41 tackles.

He also coached team-captain Rich and Travis Williams. Williams was second on the squad in tackles with 61 while Rich had a solid campaign in his first year as a starter. He finished the campaign with a career-high 17 stops and was selected as a team captain.

YSU posted a 7-4 overall mark in 2012 highlighted by a 31-17 win at Pittsburgh, the program's first-ever win over a BCS opponent.

In 2011, he worked with two freshmen to help shore up the YSU defense. The Penguins improved in every statistical category from 2010 and Stoops' work with the linebackers was a big part of the turnaround. The Penguins went 6-5 in the 2011 season, including a win over top-ranked North Dakota State in November. At the three linebacker positions, YSU started three freshmen most of the season. Of 33 possible starts, 29 were by freshman and one was by a sophomore during the year. Williams was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference's all-newcomer squad.

In 2010, Stoops worked with the YSU safeties. After opening the year with a veteran unit, Stoops coached a true freshman and a sophomore for the majority of campaign. Donald D'Alesio had a strong debut season with 69 tackles, the second most on the squad. Will Shaw had 48 tackles and returned an interception 87 yards versus league champ UNI.

Stoops spent nine years as the defensive coordinator and running backs coach for Cardinal Mooney High School for P.J. Fecko. The Cardinals amassed an impressive 90-27 record during his tenure, winning the Division III State Championship in 2009 and Division IV state crowns in 2004 and 2006. Mooney also advanced to the title games in 2005 and 2007. Most recently in 2009, the Cardinals were 15-0 and defeated Columbus St. Francis DeSales 35-7 in the title game.

While at Mooney, Stoops coached numerous players who have gone on to earn Division I football scholarships.

Prior to joining the Mooney staff, he spent 13 seasons (1987-99) as an assistant at Boardman High School. During his first season Boardman advanced to the Division I State Championship Game while in 1995, the Spartans reached the state semifinals.

He coached for six years at Canton Central Catholic (1981-86) and spent his first year at Ursuline (1980) upon his graduation from YSU.

While an undergraduate at Youngstown State, he coached for his uncle, Bob, at Youngstown South High School as an assistant in 1978 and 1979.

Stoops graduated from YSU in 1980 bachelor's degree in education and earned his master's degree from Dayton. He taught Social Studies at Boardman while coaching at Mooney.

He and his wife, Bonnie, have four children, Melanie, Ron, Joey and John. He is the oldest brother of Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops, Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops and Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops.


Carl Pelini
Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line

Carl Pelini, who was the defensive coordinator at Nebraska under Bo Pelini from 2008-11, is in his second year as the Penguins' Co-Defensive Coordinator and defensive line coach.

In his first season at YSU in 2015, the Guins showed staggering improvement on the defensive side of the ball from previous campaigns.

YSU allowed just 288.7 yards of total offense per game the lowest total by the program since 2002. The Penguin defense allowed just 116.7 yards passing per contest, the lowest total since 1976 (116.1). The 41.1 completion percentage by the opposition was the lowest by an opponent since 1980 (40.6). The 83 pass completions allowed were the fewest since 1976 (79). The 145 first downs allowed were the fewest since 1975 (129).

In the FCS, the Penguins finished first in fewest passing yards allowed, tied for first in fewest first downs allowed, were fifth in pass-efficiency defense, seventh in total defense and ninth in third-down conversion defense.

The defensive line was key reason for the success. Led by first-team All-MVFC performer Derek Rivers, the unit combined for 14 of YSU's 27 sacks. During the season, Rivers became the school's all-time sacks leader and will entire the 2016 campaign with 26 to his credit. He had nine sacks in 2015.

Defensive tackles Steve Zaborsky and Emmanuel Kromah had career years in Pelini's system. While Rivers finished with 52 total tackles, 15.5 of which were for losses, Terrell Williams had 37 tackles, Zaborsky had 34, Kromah 31 and Nebraska transfer Avery Moss had 25.

For his efforts off the field, Zaborsky was named a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, the first YSU player since 2009 to be named to the team.

A 1989 Youngstown State graduate, Pelini has coached at the high-school and collegiate level during a coaching career that spans almost 25 years. He has coached in Ohio at Cardinal Mooney High School, Austintown Fitch High School and Ohio University. His collegiate stops as an assistant coach include Kansas State, Minnesota State, Ohio and Nebraska. He was the head coach at Florida Atlantic in 2012 and 2013.

At Florida Atlantic, Pelini was making strides with the Owls, both on and off the field in his short tenure. The defense, special teams and offense showed vast improvement in his first season and the excitement about the program was growing with a new on-campus facility.

Pelini went to FAU after serving four seasons as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator. During his tenure in Lincoln, the Huskers defense consistently ranked among the nation’s best. In combined totals from 2009-11, Nebraska ranked second nationally in pass efficiency defense, fifth in passing yards allowed per game, seventh in scoring defense and No. 10 in total defense. Pelini’s role in the Huskers’ defensive dominance was recognized, as he was a top-five finisher in the voting for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach Award in both 2009 and 2010.

During his last two years as defensive coordinator at Nebraska, Pelini’s defense produced six All-Americans, two first-round NFL Draft picks and two conference defensive players of the year. In four seasons as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator, four defensive players earned two-time first team all-conference honors - defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh (2008-09) and Jared Crick (2009-10); cornerback Prince Amukamara (2009-10); and linebacker Lavonte David (2010-11). Nebraska also had five first-team all-conference defensive backs in the past three seasons.

Pelini joined the Nebraska staff after three seasons on Frank Solich’s coaching staff at Ohio. He played a vital role in helping the Bobcats turn around their football program, including a nine-win season and bowl game in 2006. Those marks were firsts for the university since the 1968 campaign. The OU defense continued the turnaround the following season, ranking in the top 30 nationally in scoring and total defense in 2007.

Pelini spent 2004 as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Minnesota State Mankato for head coach Jeff Jamrog. Pelini helped the Mavericks to a 6-5 record after a winless season the previous year. Prior to this, Pelini spent the 2003 season as Nebraska’s defensive graduate assistant, where he worked with the defensive line and helped Nebraska to rank No. 2 nationally in scoring defense and takeaways and 11th in total defense.

As the head coach at Austintown Fitch High School from 2000 to 2002, Pelini rebuilt a program that had not had a winning season for eight years before his arrival. His coaching efforts culminated with a 6-4 record in 2002.

Pelini previously was the head coach and athletic director at Winnetonka High School in Kansas City, Mo., from 1996 to 2000, and also served as the defensive coordinator at Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan.

Pelini played two seasons at Columbia University in New York, before transferring to Youngstown State where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1989.

He was a defensive graduate assistant on Bill Snyder’s staff at Kansas State University throughout the 1989 and 1990 seasons, and then served as a restricted earnings coach in 1991. He also received a master’s degree in journalism from KSU in 1991 and a master’s degree in education from Ohio State University in 1993.


Tim Marlowe
Assistant Secondary Coach

Tim Marlowe, a Youngstown native who played for YSU Head Coach Bo Pelini at Nebraska, is in his second season as an assistant coach. Marlowe will work with the Penguins secondary.

YSU's pass defense was one of the best in the FCS throughout the entire 2015 season. The Guins ranked second nationally in fewest passing yards allowed at 116.7 per contest. That total was the least allowed by the program in a season since 1975.

Also of note for the secondary in 2015: the 41.1 completion percentage by the opposition was the lowest by an opponent since 1980 (40.6); the eight passing touchdowns were the fewest allowed since 1996 (five); The 83 pass completions allowed were the fewest since 1976 (79); the 145 first downs allowed were the fewest since 1975 (129); the Guins allowed just 7.5 receptions per contest and YSU's defense allowed just 288.7 yards per contest, the fewest since 2002 (278.5).

Only one time did YSU allow more than 176 yards passing in a game and on four occasions held an opponent to 64 or less. In back-to-back games, YSU allowed just 26 yards and three completions to Robert Morris and Saint Francis. Also just twice the opposition completed more than 11 passes in a game. Only once did the Guins allow more than one TD pass in a game.

Marlowe spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons as an offensive assistant for the Huskers after playing for the Big Red from 2008-13.

Nebraska’s offense averaged 37.8 points and 452.3 yards per contest in 2014. The Huskers averaged 240.2 yards rushing and 212.1 yards passing a contest. NU scored more than 31 points on 10 occasions. The highest ranking for the program during the season was 11th in mid-November. In 2013, Nebraska averaged 31.9points and 412.4 yards a game.

He played in 50 games in his Nebraska career while earning four letters. As a wide receiver he had 16 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. As a kick returner he had 36 returns for 794 yards as well as nine punt returns for 50 yards. He also had nine rushing for 91 yards.

He was a fixture on special teams each of his four seasons, and he was a regular in the receiving rotation his last three seasons.

In 2012, he played in nine games and had four receptions for54yards bouncing back from an early season injury to be a key contributor in the final eight games. His most productive campaign was in 2011 where he caught 12 passes for 113 yards, had seven rushes for 77 yards and 10 kickoff returns for 195 yards. He had a long run of 39 yards against Michigan State. He had a career-high four receptions for 44 yards, including a score against Northwestern.

In 2011, he had his best year as a kickoff returner with 13 returns for 285 yards. In 2010, Marlowe had 12 returns for 280 yards and a career-best average of 23.7 yards a return.

Marlowe earned his degree in communication studies from Nebraska in 2012.

A graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, Marlowe helped lead the Cardinals to consecutive state-championship game appearances in 2006 and 2007.

His junior year, the Cardinals had a perfect 15-0 record,defeating Plain City Jonathan Alder 26-12 in the Division IV title contest. As a senior, Cardinal Mooney finished 14-1 with its lone loss coming to Coldwater in the Division IV Championship Game. In the state title game, Marlowe rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, completed 5-of-6 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown and made three tackles on defense.

As a senior, he ran for almost 300 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 216 yards and three more touchdowns. On defense, he had 36 tackles, led his team in pass deflections with 32 and in interceptions with five.


Richard McNutt
Defensive Backs

Richard McNutt, who has coached defensive backs on nearly every level, serves as the Penguins’ defensive backs coach. He will also serve as YSU's recruiting coordinator and assists with YSU's special teams.

YSU's pass defense was one of the best in the FCS throughout the entire 2015 season. Throughout the entire season, the Guins ranked first or second nationally in fewest passing yards allowed at 116.7 per contest. That total was the least allowed by the program in a season since 1975.

In the FCS, the Penguins finished first in fewest passing yards allowed, tied for first in fewest first downs allowed, were fifth in pass-efficiency defense, seventh in total defense and ninth in third-down conversion defense.

Also of note for the secondary in 2015: the 41.1 completion percentage by the opposition was the lowest by an opponent since 1980 (40.6); the eight passing touchdowns were the fewest allowed since 1996 (five); The 83 pass completions allowed were the fewest since 1976 (79); the 145 first downs allowed were the fewest since 1975 (129); the Guins allowed just 7.5 receptions per contest and YSU's defense allowed just 288.7 yards per contest, the fewest since 2002 (278.5).

Only one time did YSU allow more than 176 yards passing in a game and on four occasions held an opponent to 64 or less. In back-to-back games, YSU allowed just 26 yards and three completions to Robert Morris and Saint Francis. Also just twice the opposition completed more than 11 passes in a game. Only once did the Guins allow more than one TD pass in a game.

McNutt has coached defensive backs at the NFL, FBS, FCS and Division III ranks in his 12-year coaching career. He has a special tie to Youngstown State having played for and coached with University President Jim Tressel at Ohio State in the early 2000’s.

McNutt knows the state of Ohio well. The Penguins are also the fourth school and fifth location in the state where he has been a coach. During his coaching career he has been with Toledo, Kent State, Ohio State and was also a member of the Cleveland Browns’ staff.

Before joining Coach Bo Pelini's staff at YSU, the Chicago, Ill., native, was the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at North Carolina Wesleyan in 2014.

In 2013, McNutt served on Dave Doeren’s staff at North Carolina State. The Wolfpack saw marked improvement in the secondary finishing third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing defense that season.

McNutt's success with the Wolfpack followed a successful two-year stint as cornerbacks coach on Doeren's staff at Northern Illinois. His two seasons in DeKalb was highlighted by the memorable 2012 season in which the Huskies reached the Discover Orange Bowl and posted a 12-2 overall mark.

In 2012, the NIU defense allowed fewer than 20 points per contest and five times held an opponent to seven points or less in a contest. In 2011, Northern Illinois had an impressive 11-3 campaign and closed out the year by winning its final nine games.  In both years the Huskies won the Mid-American Conference title.

At Kent State he coached the defensive backs and the corners in 2009 and 2010 for Coach Doug Martin. In 2010, the Golden Flashes boasted the top-ranked defense in the MAC while ranking second in pass efficiency defense under his direction. KSU was 10th in the nation in total defense allowing just 306 yards per contest and ranked 17th in pass-efficiency defense.

He also boasts experience at the professional level, having spent 2008 on the staff of the Cleveland Browns. Assisting with the safeties and defensive backs, McNutt helped the Browns rank second in the NFL in interceptions with 23 that season.

McNutt spent two years at Washington & Jefferson (2004-05), a season at the FCS level at VMI in 2006 and had his first of three stints in the MAC in 2007 at Toledo.

In his first season as a coach, his W&J defense ranked second in the nation with 26 interceptions, while as a team, the Presidents posted a 12-1 record and advanced to the third round of the Division III Playoffs. W&J proceeded to post a 9-2 record and again advance to the playoffs in 2005.

As a player, McNutt was on the Buckeyes teams that won the 2002 National Championship with a perfect 14-0 record under Tressel. He was a three-year letterwinner for OSU and played in every game for Ohio State in both the 2000 and 2001 seasons. In the title-winning campaign, he started the first six games of 2002 at cornerback before he was sidelined by injury.

As a student assistant with Ohio State in 2003, he assisted with the cornerbacks and special teams and was a member of the staff that led OSU to an 11-2 record and a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. He earned his degree in human ecology from Ohio State in 2004.

McNutt went to Ohio State after a stellar prep career at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. He was named one of the top five cornerback prospects in the country that year.

Richard and his wife, LaToya, have four children: two sons, Devon and Trey, and two daughters, Nya and Leyla.


Donald D'Alesio
Defensive Line Coach

Former Penguins safety Donald D'Alesio is in his first season as the defensive line coach on Bo Pelini's Youngstown State football coaching staff.
 
In his first year with the program, D'Alesio had two standout defensive ends in Derek Rivers and Avery Moss. Both players were first-team All-MVFC selections and received invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine. Moss was selected to the East-West Shrine Game while Rivers played in the Senior Bowl.
 
Rivers, who was named a second-team All-American, started all 16 games and finished with 58 total tackles, including 44 solo stops. He had a career-high 15 sacks with 19.5 TFLs and 21 quarterback hurries. Moss played in 15 games and was credited with 59 total tackles, 42 of which were solos. Moss had 11 sacks and 17.5 TFLs as well as eight hurries. He led the team with four forced fumbles.
 
Additionally, defensive tackle Savon Smith proved to be a playmaker with 39 total tackles, 10.5 TFLs and five sacks. 
 
Combined for the year the members of the defensive line had 222 tackles, 56.5 TFLs, 37 sacks and 38 quarterback hurries.
 
D'Alesio, who was part of the program from 2010-14, served as a defensive quality control coach last season before being elevated to defensive line coach in the spring of 2016. He spent a portion of last year working alongside defensive line coach Carl Pelini. Headlining the line was defensive end Derek Rivers who set the school career record for sacks in his junior campaign.
 
A graduate of nearby Cardinal Mooney High School, D'Alesio was a safety for the Penguins during his five-year YSU career. He had 274 career tackles while starting 44 contest and playing in 48.
 
His best year came during his senior campaign in 2014 when he was second on the team with 91 total tackles, including 45 solos. He also had a pair of interceptions. In 2013, he was credited with 70 stops, including 40 solos. As a third-year sophomore in 2012, he had 38 tackles. As a true freshman in 2010, he made 69 tackles, 41 of which were solo stops.
 
At Mooney, he helped lead the Cardinals to a perfect 15-0 campaign and a Division III State Championship as a senior in 2009. Mooney finished the year ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps, 20th by Rivals.com and No. 9 in the Midwest by USA Today. On the year he was a second-team Northeast Inland District selection as a defensive back playing for coach P.J. Fecko. During his sophomore campaign, the Cardinals advanced to the Division III title game.
 
D'Alesio earned his degree in Business from Youngstown State in the spring of 2014.