SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna head football coach Steve Briggs has finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming 2014 campaign.
Additions to this year's staff include defensive coordinator Rocco Salomone, wide receivers coach Dave Shinskie, tight end and assistant strength & conditioning coach Tanner Strein and outside linebackers/safeties coach John Vovakes.
Salomone takes over as defensive coordinator of the Crusaders after serving as head coach at SUNY Brockport from 1994-2013. Salomone is the winningest football coach in the history of the Golden Eagles and led Brockport to four consecutive NCAA playoffs, including a quarterfinal appearance in 2002. That same year he was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
From 1993-2009, Salomone also acted as defensive coordinator of the Golden Eagles. In 2000 and 2002, Brockport was the top-ranked scoring defense in Division III while his 2002 squad also led the nation in pass defense.
Shinskie will serve as wide receivers coach for the upcoming season. He was a two-year starting quarterback at Boston College where he set the program's freshman passing record with 2,049 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2009-10. A dual-sport athlete, Shinskie was drafted in 2003 by the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball and spent six years in the minor leagues as a starting pitcher and reliever.
Shinskie is a 2013 graduate from Boston College and has spent the last two years working with students with physical and mental disabilities at the Boston College Campus School in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Strein will fill dual roles with the Crusaders, serving as tight ends coach as well as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Strein was a four-year member of NAIA institution Lindsey Wilson College's football team as a defensive lineman. He was named a 2012 Daktronics Scholar-Athlete and graduated in 2013 with a major in history.
He is currently pursuing certification as a strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Finally, Vovakes will serve as outside linebackers and safeties coach after serving as a volunteer coach with SU last season. A 1996 graduate of Shikellamy High School, Vovakes played linebacker at Wilkes University where he was a member of the 1996 and 1999 ECAC playoff teams.
He went on to earn his bachelor's degree in psychology from Susquehanna where his grandfather, Rich Young, is a member of the SU Sports Hall of Fame as a football player. Following graduation from Susquehanna, Vovakes was an assistant football coach at Shikellamy and Jersey Shore High Schools.