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Defensive Line Coach
Following a 10-year NFL playing career, Tony Woods joined the William Paterson staff as the defensive line coach in 2013.
The 18th overall selection of the 1987 NFL Draft, Woods spent six years as a member of the Seattle Seahawks (1987-92) before moving on to the Los Angeles Rams (1993) and the Washington Redskins (1994-96), starting 125 of his 145 career games. He was a first-team all-American at defensive end for the University of Pittsburgh in 1986, still ranking among the program’s sack leaders, and was a 1983 all-America and all-state honoree as well as the New Jersey Player of the Year at Seton Hall Prep.
Woods, who coached 2013 and 2014 second-team all-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) selection Pat Thomas as well as 2015 honorable-mention pick Omar Mahmoud, was the defensive line coach at Seton Hall Prep in 2012, and the defensive line coach and defensive coordinator at Weequahic High School (2011). From 2002-10, he filled the same two roles at Newark’s West Side High School, helping to lead the 2007 Rough Riders to their first state title in 80 years.
Woods completed a bachelor’s in communications at Pittsburgh in 2013, and he and his wife, Clemmen, have four children.
Following nine years of playing experience in the NFL, Shaun Williams was named William Paterson's defensive coordinator in March of 2013 after four successful seasons as a Pioneer assistant coach. In addition to his coordinator duties, Williams works with the team’s safeties and is responsible for WP’s recruiting in Burlington, Camden, Essex, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Williams has worked with the WP secondary since his arrival in 2009, and for the last seven seasons he has also been the Pioneers’ defensive pass coordinator. He spent nine years in the NFL (1998-2006), reaching Super Bowl XXXV as a member of the New York Giants.
Williams’ impact on the Pioneer secondary was immediate, as his willingness to share his knowledge on and off the field helped William Paterson rank second in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) in pass defense (135.4 yards/game) and third in total defense (252.8 yards/game) in 2009. During the 2010 campaign, the WP defensive unit finished third in Division III in pass defense (115.3 yards/game), 26th in total defense (268.8 yards/game) and 27th in pass efficiency defense (96.5 yards/game). Four Pioneers were named to the 2010 NJAC All-Defensive Team, including D3football.com first-team all-American cornerback Leer Biddle. In 2011, WP was sixth in Division III in pass defense (129.70 yards/game) as four WP players were all-league selections on the defensive side of the ball. During the 2012 campaign, William Paterson rated 29th nationally in pass defense (163.60 yards/game) and a pair of Pioneers earned spots on the All-NJAC Defensive Team. Three individuals garnered all-conference laurels in 2013 and 2014, and two were acknowledged following the 2015 campaign.
Williams was selected 24th overall by the New York Giants in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and worked with the nickel defense and special teams units for two years before moving into a starting role from 2000-02, including Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 when the Giants squared off against the Baltimore Ravens. An injury during the 10th game of the 2003 season, followed by another injury suffered during the second game of the 2004 campaign, limited his action for two years before he recovered to play in eight games for the Giants in 2005 and start 12 times for the Carolina Panthers during his final season in the league in 2006. All told, he had 347 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 15 interceptions and three forced fumbles in nine years in the NFL.
Following a standout career at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif., Williams was a three-year starter at UCLA. He ranked third on the team with 59 tackles as a junior, earning honorable-mention all-Pac 10 honors, and as a senior he collected two interceptions, nine pass deflections and 68 tackles (second on team) en route to a spot on the All-Pac 10 First Team.
Rec. Coordinator/Special Teams/Offensive Line
After two successful decades spent at other nearby institutions, Greg Lusardi returned to the William Paterson football coaching staff for the 2014 campaign. The program’s recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator, he is in his first season working with the offensive line in 2017 after spending two years coaching the inside linebackers (2015-16) and one season with the outside linebackers (2014). He also oversees WP’s recruiting efforts in Atlantic, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Middlesex and Salem Counties.
With nearly four decades of coaching experience under his belt, Lusardi came back to WP after previously serving as the team’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach from 1989-94. He was instrumental to the Pioneers establishing their best five-year record in school history (31-20-1), including bids to the 1993 NCAA Playoffs and the 1991 ECAC Playoffs. During his second stint on the William Paterson sideline, he helped Carlo Caponetta earn 2015 second-team all-conference laurels.
Before returning to WP, Lusardi spent the previous nine years as the head football coach at Morris Catholic High School, where he helped develop six all-state, 24 all-county and 28 all-conference players during his tenure. In 2007, he was honored as the Morris County Coach of the Year by the Star Ledger.
From 1994-2005, Lusardi served as the head coach at Pace University and achieved a top-10 ranking among Division II non-scholarship schools during nine of his 11 seasons. He also mentored 28 all-Americans during his time at the helm.
Prior to WP, Lusardi was the offensive coordinator at The Defiance College from 1988-89, and the head (1984-88) and assistant (1977-84) coach at Morris Catholic High School where he led the program to the state final in 1987.
Lusardi earned a bachelor of science in health and physical education from Slippery Rock State College in 1975, where he spent two seasons as a player and one year as a student assistant for the football team, and completed a master’s in athletic administration at Montclair State in 1985.
Former Pioneer Ryan Gresik is in his first season as William Paterson’s quarterbacks coach (2017) after working two years with the wide receivers (2015-16), and also coordinates WP’s recruiting efforts in Sussex County. As a first-year assistant, he mentored honorable-mention all-league pick Malcolm Robinson.
A member of the 2013 Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Football Academic All-District 2 Team, the 2013 All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) First Team and the 2012 All-NJAC Honorable Mention, Gresik was 214-for-361 for 2,546 yards (254.6 yards/game; first in conference, 29th in Division III) as a senior, completing 17 touchdown passes while running for three scores himself.
Gresik is WP's career leader in completions (580), attempts (992), yardage (6,615) and touchdowns (40), starting in 33 of 38 games. He also owns the school's single-season yardage (2,546, 2013) and single-game completions (39, at Cortland, 9/21/13) and yardage (519, vs. Morrisville State, 10/5/13) top marks, and is tied for the single-game touchdowns (five, vs. Morrisville State, 10/5/13) record.
Named to the 2013-14 NJAC All-Academic First Team and the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 NJAC All-Academic Honorable Mentions, he passed for 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior at Newton High School, earning all-West Jersey and all-Group 2 honors. A Dean’s List student, he graduated magna cum laude from WP with a bachelor’s in history in 2014.
Darrin Pearson joined William Paterson as the outside linebackers coach in 2015, and works with the cornerbacks in 2016 while coordinating WP’s recruiting efforts in Hunterdon County.
Although injured for much of his career, he was a running back and special teams contributor at the University of Oklahoma (1997), and played in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship game at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 1994.
Pearson was a running back, defensive back and team co-captain for the Milan (Italy) Falcons of the European Federation of American Football (EFAF), rushing for 1,300 yards, scoring 15 touchdowns, and collecting 483 receiving yards and two interceptions. He helped lead the team to the Euro Bowl Championship Series semifinals.
A former physical education and health education teacher at New Visions Charter High School-Humanities II in Bronx, N.Y., Pearson served as an assistant football coach and cross country/middle sprints coach at East Central High School in Tulsa, Okla. (2006-11), helping the football team win five conference titles and the track teams a combined five state championships.
The founder and owner of D.P. Sports, he earned a bachelor’s in broadcast communications from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2005, a master’s in urban education from Langston University in 2010, and a master’s in health education/family and community from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2014.
Running Backs Coach
William Paterson alum John Whitehead coaches the Pioneer running backs in 2016 after mentoring the 2015 tight ends, and also recruits for the Pioneers in Bergen County.
Whitehead owns nearly three decades of coaching experience, most recently as offensive coordinator at Manhattan’s George Washington High School (2008-11). The head coach at Paramus Catholic High School (2004-07), he also held positions at Marist High School (1994-96), Jersey City State College (1990-93) and Brooklyn College (1986-90) before joining Paramus Catholic as the defensive coordinator (1997-2003). Whitehead was named the 2007 National Football Foundation Coach of the Year, and he helped lead his team to state titles in 1994 and 1997.
Whitehead earned a bachelor’s in history at WP in 1981, and master’s degrees at Saint Peter’s College in 2001 (teaching) and 2008 (educational administration and supervision).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
One of the greatest defensive players in Pioneer history, Steve Brown rejoined the William Paterson football staff in 2015 as a volunteer assistant coach.
Previously an assistant from 1988-2004 and in 2006, Brown recorded 57 career sacks (1972-73) at WP, including 30 during the 1972 season, to establish school records that still stand to this day.
Following his playing days at William Paterson, Brown competed for the New York franchise of the World Football League (1974-77), as well as the NFL’s New York Giants (1977-79). For his accomplishments, he was inducted into the William Paterson University Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
Brown, who completed a bachelor’s degree at William Paterson, has served as a social studies teacher at Paterson Eastside High School since 1974.