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
"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
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
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.