As his team moves closer to its spring practice season, Princeton football head coach Bob Surace announced two new members to his football staff, as well as a handful of title changes for returning members.
Sean Gleeson has been hired to coach the Princeton running backs, while Trevor Powers will coach the outside linebackers.
Gleeson had several connections to Princeton before his hiring. He comes from Fairleigh Dickinson, where he served the last two years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under head coach Brian Surace, the younger brother of Bob Surace.
Gleeson spent most of the two seasons as the play caller for an up-tempo, no-huddle offense, which will serve him well as he works with Princeton offensive coordinator James Perry. That duo already has a strong bond, as Perry recruited Gleeson to play quarterback at Williams College. Gleeson was the highest-rated passer in the NESCAC in 2005, and he was also an all-conference honoree in baseball.
"I am extremely honored and excited to join the staff at Princeton University, a world renowned institution with such an invested network of administrators and alumni," Gleeson said. "It is clear that the future of the football program is bright and I look forward to assisting our student-athletes as they strive to win Ivy League championships and fulfill the mission of the athletic department: Education Through Athletics."
Prior to arriving at Fairleigh Dickinson, Gleeson spent four years coaching offense at the Delbarton School. Among the players he coached at Delbarton is current Princeton offensive lineman Spenser Huston.
"My brother and I run very similar offenses and Sean has been a constant presence exchanging ideas with our staff over the years," Bob Surace said. "We look forward to Sean becoming a member of our staff and working with our talented running backs."
Powers comes to Princeton from Rutgers University, where he spent two seasons working in quality control on defense, specifically with the linebackers. He also spent time working quality control for defense at New Hampshire, as well as a four-year stint as a defensive/special teams coach at Bowdoin College.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to work at such a prestigious University," Powers said. "It is a great opportunity to work for coaches like Bob Surace, Jim Salgado and Steve Verbit, and to teach great young student-athletes."
Powers played four years of football at Bowdoin, where he won the Phil Soule Award. He was also a two-time captain and all-conference honoree in baseball.
"We are excited to have Trevor Powers join our staff and coach our outside linebackers," Surace said. "He has a terrific background as a football player and later as a coach at Bowdoin College and Rutgers University. His passion, intelligence and attention to detail will help us continue our improvement on the defensive side of the football."
Powers will work with both Salgado and Verbit, who will serve as Co-Defensive Coordinators for the upcoming season. While Powers will coach the outside linebackers, Stephen Thomas will now serve as inside linebackers coach.
Eddy Morrissey, who has coached the Princeton offensive line for the last three years, has added the title of assistant head coach, while Ryan Roeder will take over as special teams coordinator for Salgado.