Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Limbach joined the Edinboro staff in 2016 as the offensive coordinator, and he enjoyed a record-breaking season in his first campaign. He begins 2017 as the assistant head coach while also once again working with the quarterbacks. He will also oversee the running backs in 2017.
Limbach’s first Edinboro squad showcased a high-flying aerial attack that led to a school-record seven games with 40-or-more points, including two games of 60-or-more points. Edinboro ranked tenth in NCAA Division II and third in the PSAC in scoring offense at 41.5 ppg. The Fighting Scots set school records for points scored (457), yards passing (3,789), pass attempts (549), pass completions (303), touchdowns passing (42), scoring offense (41.5 ppg.), and total offense per game (433.2 ypg.).
Prior to joining the Edinboro staff, Limbach served as the offensive line coach at Division III Centre College since 2012. He was also the recruiting coordinator for the Colonels. Centre was 31-10 during his four seasons.
Under Limbach’s leadership, Centre’s offensive line enjoyed tremendous success both as a group and individually. Centre’s offensive line paved the way for 1,000-yard rushers his last three seasons, first by Harry Meisner in 2013, then by All-Southern Athletic Association running back Nolan Coulter in 2014 and 2015. Prior to that, the Colonels’ last 1,000-yard rusher was in 1995. Limbach coached six first team All-SAA honorees, including a year ago, along with a second team honoree.
The Limbach-led offensive line helped Centre set single-season offensive records his last three years. In 2015, the Colonels set a new program record for yards in a season (4,991) and total offense per game (499.1), breaking records set the previous two years. Centre finished with an 8-2 record last season, averaging a conference-leading 235.1 rushing yards per game and 37.9 ppg. The Colonels rushed for at least 200 yards in five games.
Centre ranked 16th in Division III in total offense in 2015, and was 27th in rushing offense. In 2014, the Colonels won all ten regular season contests to qualify for the NCAA Division III Playoffs, losing to John Carroll in the first round for a 10-1 finish. The ten wins tied the school record, as Centre won its first Southern Atlantic Association title. They averaged 37.4 points, 440.1 ypg., and 237.2 yards rushing.
Limbach joined Centre after coaching in 2011 at Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he was the associate head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where he worked with the offensive line from 2008 to 2010.
While at Louisiana-Lafayette, the Ragin’ Cajuns finished seventh in the nation in rushing offense with 263.7 yards per game in 2008, along with 13th in the country in total offense at 449.2 yards per game. The 2009 Cajun offensive line gave up only 13 sacks on the season.
Limbach also spent time on the staff at Eastern Illinois, his alma mater, as a student assistant from 2004-07. The Panthers won back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2005 and 2006, and participated in the FCS National Playoffs for three seasons from 2005-2007.
Limbach graduated from Eastern Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in History in 2008. He completed work on his master’s degree in Communications from Louisiana-Lafayette in 2015. A native of Edwardsville, Ill., he and his wife, Kim, live in Edinboro with their son, Michael, who was born October 12, 2015, and new-born daughter, Abigail, born on September 8, 2017.
Joe Wanson joined the Edinboro coaching staff as a full-time assistant in July of 2015. The former Fighting Scot quarterback worked with the quarterbacks and wide receivers in his first season on the coaching staff. He took over the wide receivers a year ago and will work with the wideouts once again this year. In addition, he will serve as the special teams coordinator.
Under Wanson’s guidance, Edinboro had three receivers catch more than 60 receptions and a fourth exceed 50 catches. James Clark caught 66 passes, the third-highest single-season total, with Ta’Nauz Gregory adding 63 receptions, good for fifth in a season. Alex Caratelli’s 62 catches ranks sixth, and Jordan Williams finished with 54 receptions, which is tied for eighth in a season.
Wanson played quarterback for the Fighting Scots from 2005-09. A former standout at DuBois High School, he had the misfortune of playing behind record-setting quarterback Trevor Harris. However, he enjoyed a moment of glory when he made his lone career start in the 2009 regular season finale at Millersville and paced the Fighting Scots to a 28-25 win that clinched a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Wanson was named the PSAC West Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, completing 17 of 33 passes for 231 yards and 3 TDs. For his career, he saw action in 23 games, completing 48 of 102 passes for 580 yards with 5 TDs.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education-Social Studies in May 2009, Wanson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at McDowell High School in 2010. He served as an assistant coach with the Trojans for five years under head coaches Mark Soboleski and Brad Orlando.
Wanson is considered an outstanding young offensive coach, serving as the offensive coordinator in 2014 for a McDowell team which finished 8-5 and reached the PIAA playoffs. He previously served as a coach of the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and defensive backs, along with being the head coach of the junior varsity program.
McDowell posted a winning record in each of Wanson’s five seasons, including reaching the Quad A state quarterfinals in 2012 and ’13. The 2010 and ’11 editions participated in the WPIAL playoffs, finishing with 7-3 and 8-3 records, respectively.
In addition, Wanson served as the head coach of the North team in the District 10 North vs. South All-Star game twice. He was an assistant baseball coach at Central Tech High School in Erie in 2010-11.
Wanson has teaching experience in the Millcreek, Erie, and General McLane School Districts, along with Union City High School. While at Edinboro, he was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Wanson is single and resides in Edinboro.
Colin Neely is in his second season as a member of the Edinboro staff after joining the coaching staff in March of 2016. He takes over as the defensive coordinator in 2017 and will work with the defensive line for his second straight season. Neely also serves as the team’s academic coordinator.
Neely made a huge impact in his first season. He helped develop Victor Hudson into an All-American. The senior was moved from linebacker to defensive end a year ago, and set an Edinboro record with 24 tackles for losses, along with 11.5 sacks. Hudson was named an Associated Press Little All-American, selected to the third team, after finishing first in the PSAC and fourth nationally in tackles for losses, and second and tenth, respectively, in sacks.
With Hudson leading the way, the Edinboro defense led the PSAC and ranked fourth in Division II in tackles for losses, while standing second in the conference and sixth nationally in sacks per game.
Neely was no stranger to the PSAC after serving as the defensive line coach at East Stroudsburg the previous two years to joining Edinboro. In those two seasons, he coached three All-PSAC East performers. In his first season at ESU in 2014, Neely coach a pair of first team All-PSAC East defensive linemen in end Brandon Gattelli and tackle Bryan Thomson. They were the first ESU defensive linemen since 2001 to earn first team All-PSAC East honors in the same season. Last year, Ahmad McFarland earned second team accolades.
Neely was a three-year letterwinner at defensive end at Michigan State during his collegiate career. A native of Bethlehem, Pa. and 2006 graduate of Freedom High School, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Warriors in the spring of 2014.
He graduated from Michigan State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He worked as a mental health technician at KidsPeace in Schnecksville from June 2011 through July 2014, mentoring and monitoring troubled teenaged males. He was also the head coach and defensive coordinator of the KidsPeace football team.
Collegiately, Neely was a standout defensive end for the Spartans, starting 27 games from 2008 to 2010 and earning a spot on Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten third team as a senior.
He had 75 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks for the Spartans in 39 games. As a junior in 2009, he was named MSU’s Tommy Love Award recipient as the team’s most improved player, when he played in all 13 games and made 12 starts. He had three starts in 2008.
At Freedom High School, Neely was an Associated Press third team All-State (AAAA) selection as a senior in 2005, recording 70 tackles and 8 sacks.
He was ranked among the nation’s top high school defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 24) and Collegefootballnews.com (No. 45), and was rated the nation’s No. 33 inside linebacker by Rivals.com. He was also a member of SuperPrep’s All-Northeast Team and earned All-Region honors from PrepStar, while ranking among PA’s top 50 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 29) and SuperPrep (No. 32).
Neely was married to the former Kendra Easterling in May 2016 and resides in Edinboro. He is the father of five-year-old son J’Shawn and Cameron, a son born on October 12, 2016.
Former Edinboro offensive lineman Jack Corey joined the Fighting Scots staff in July 2015 as a part-time assistant. He worked with the offensive linemen and tight ends, and in 2017 will concentrate on the offensive line once again.
In 2015, Corey helped the Fighting Scots make great strides. After finishing last in the PSAC in 2014 in sacks allowed with 57, 25 more than the next team in the conference, in 2015, Edinboro improved to eighth in the PSAC, allowing just 24 sacks.
A year ago, the Fighting Scots did even better. Thanks to solid offensive line play, Edinboro ranked tenth in NCAA Division II and third in the PSAC in scoring offense at 41.5 ppg. The offense averaged 433.2 yards per game while allowing just 14 sacks despite a school-record 549 pass attempts. Edinboro was second in the PSAC and 24th in the country in sacks allowed per game.
Corey was an offensive lineman with the Fighting Scots from 2008-12. He appeared in 20 contests during that period.
A 2013 graduate of Edinboro with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration, he served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Fighting Scots from August 2013 to July 2014 During the 2013 campaign, the offensive line allowed 15 fewer sacks than in 2012. He was an assistant coach at Salisbury University during the 2014 season, coaching the running backs. The Sea Gulls ranked fifth in Division III in rushing and featured an All-Empire 8 running back. He was an assistant coach with East Coast Prep in Barrington, Ma., since January 2015, serving as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator, before joining the Edinboro staff.
A native of Canandaigua, NY, Corey was a member of the Erie Express semi-professional team in 2013 and ‘14. He also served an internship with the Erie Sports Commission and interned as an assistant to the Athletic Director at the Millcreek School District. He was a member of the Edinboro men’s club lacrosse team from 2011-13.
Corey is single and resides in Edinboro.
Seth Hembree is in his second stint as an assistant coach on the Edinboro football team after previously being on the staff in 2013 as a volunteer assistant. One of four former Fighting Scots on the coaching staff, he will work with the tight ends.
Hembree played tight end for the Fighting Scots from 2009 to 2012, earning three letters. He played in a total of 35 games, finishing with 19 receptions for 252 yards and 2 TDs. He was a member of the 2009 team which finished with a 9-4 record, reaching the Super Region One Semifinals and finishing the year ranked 24th by the AFCA. In addition, the 2010 and 2011 Edinboro editions finished with 7-4 records.
A native of Williamsport, Pa., he caught 9 passes for 157 yards in 2011, then added 9 catches for 85 yards and 2 TDs as a senior in 2012. He played his high school football at Williamsport Area High School, where he was a starter both at tight end and defensive end.
Hembree graduated from Edinboro in 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology. He will begin graduate work at Edinboro this fall in the School Psychology program.
In addition to his coaching background, Hembree has worked most recently as a foster care specialist at the Bair Foundation, along with serving as an assistant manager at Olympia Sports. He has also worked at The Achievement Center as a lead mental health worker, counselor, and in therapeutic staff support.
Lorenzo Hoff is in his first year as a member of the Edinboro coaching staff. A graduate assistant coach, he will work with the defensive backs while working towards a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Hoff previously served as graduate assistant at Towson University a year ago. He worked in quality control for the Tigers, while also assisting with the wide recivers. He also worked closely with the scout teams and breaking down opponents’ game films.
From January to May 2016, Hoff served as defensive backs coach for Nike Epic 7 Atlantic in Chantilly, Va. Prior to that, he spent a year as a sports performance coach at The Sport and Speed Institute in Chantilly.Among others, he worked with Devin Fuller from UCLA, who went on to be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, and Kennan Reynolds, Navy’s former standout quarterback who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.
Hoff also spent the 2015 season serving as the defensive backs coach at Hayfield High School in Alexandria, Va.
Hoff played for Liberty University from 2011-13, where he was a defensive back. He was a member of two Big South Conference championship teams, in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, the Flames’ defense ranked 15th in the country in total defense.
A native of Bowie, Md., Hoff played as a prepster at DuVal High School, where he was a standout as a running back, wide receiver, and defensive back.
Hoff graduated from Liberty in December 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in Exercise Science-Fitness Specialist.
Assistant Defensive Backs
Former area football standout Matt Cragg returns to the area to serve as an assistant coach at Edinboro in 2017. Cragg will work alongside Lorenzo Hoff as an assistant defensive backs coach.
Cragg completed his career as a member of the Hobart football team in 2016. While playing for his uncle, Mike Cragg, he was a captain as a senior, helping the Statesmen to a 9-2 record and a berth in the NCAA?Division III playoffs.
He was a two-time All-Liberty League selection, earning second team honors in 2016 and honorable mention accolades in 2014. A year ago, he started all 11 games at safety, finishing the season with 52 tackles, good for fifth on the team.
All told, Cragg started 28 games while playing in 36 games. He was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner. Hobart made the NCAA?Division III playoffs three of his four seasons, and ended with a 38-7 record during that period. The 2014 squad finished with a 12-1 record, reaching the Division II quarterfinals.
Cragg was a former standout at Corry High School for head coach Homer Delattre. He set school records for rushing yards in a season and touchdowns in a season, and was named the Region 4 Player of the Year as a senior.
Assistant Defensive Backs
Kellen O’Neill returns to the Edinboro coaching staff after a one stay as an assistant coach at Duquesne. O’Neill is a former Fighting Scot who previously was on head coach Justin Lustig’s staff in 2016 when the Fighting Scots finished at 9-2. He will once again coach the running backs.
O’Neill was a member of the Duquesne coaching staff a year ago, serving as the wide receivers coach. He helped the Dukes to a 7-4 finish. Among his wide receivers was Nehari Crawford, who earned first team All-Northeast Conference honors. Crawford led the Football Championship Subdivision with 15 receiving touchdowns. He recorded 65 receptions for 1,026 yards, becoming just the eighth player in Duquesne history to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving in a season.
Prior to joining the Edinboro staff the first time in 2016, O’Neill was as an assistant coach at Division I University of Albany in 2014 and 2015, working as an offensive assistant in 2015. He also served as an assistant boys basketball coach at his alma mater, General McLane High School, in 2012-13.
A 2013 graduate of Edinboro University with a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies, O’Neill played three seasons for the Fighting Scots. As a wide receiver, O’Neill finished his career with 23 receptions and 181 receiving yards.
O’Neill started his collegiate career at Slippery Rock University, where he redshirted in 2009 and served as the backup quarterback in 2010, appearing in eight games. He transferred to Edinboro the next summer and played in 11 games in 2011 as a backup at wide receiver and quarterback, along with holding on placekicks. In 2012, he played in nine games, catching 10 passes for 89 yards. He added 13 receptions for 92 yards while playing in 11 contests in 2013.
O’Neill is a second generation coach at Edinboro. His father Rege served as a member of the Edinboro coaching staff in the early 1980’s under head coach Denny Creehan.