Doug McFadden, who has more than a decade of coaching experience with secondary units, begins his sixth season on the Lafayette coaching staff and second as the special teams coordinator.
In 2014, McFadden got an early start to the season, participating in a summer-long minority coaching internship with the Cleveland Browns. When the collegiate season rolled around, the Lafayette secondary proved to be the strength of the defense, as cornerback Matt Smalley ‘16 and strong safety Jared Roberts ‘16 collected All-Patriot League First-Team honors. Phillip Parham ‘18 also emerged at cornerback, starting the final six games of his rookie season. McFadden, who took over as special teams coordinator in 2013, managed the kick (22.4) and punt (15.1) return units which led the Patriot League in 2014.
In 2013, the kick return unit was exceptional as Smalley and Ross Scheuerman ’15 combined to finished fourth in the nation, averaging 25 yards per kick return. Individually, Smalley was eighth in the nation, bringing back kicks an average of 29.6 yards and was third in the nation with two runbacks for touchdowns on his way to All-Patriot League First-Team honors as a return specialist. The team’s kicker, Ryan Gralish ’16, made 82 percent of his field goals and was an All-Patriot League Second-Team honoree.
Smalley was also a key element in the secondary, garnering First-Team honors at cornerback while strong safety Jared Roberts ’15 secured second-team laurels. The secondary enjoyed a solid season despite losing two projected starters to injury.
In 2012, the Lafayette secondary was productive, intercepting 22 passes (second most in the nation). Darius Safford ’13, Kyni Scott ’13 and Roberts accrued All-Patriot League laurels.
In 2011, the secondary was one of the top units in the Patriot League led by three-time All-League selection Brandon Ellis ’12.
McFadden coached Ellis to First-Team honors in 2010 after earning Second-Team honors the year prior. That year, Ellis was one of just two sophomores in the conference to earn recognition on defense. Ellis was third on the team in tackles that season and was fourth in 2010.
Prior to coming to Lafayette, McFadden served as assistant head coach from 2005-09 at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, working as the secondary coach and special teams’ coordinator.
A native of Columbia, S.C., he arrived at the Tiger football program after serving as the special teams’ coordinator and secondary coach for two years at South Dakota State University. While at Langston University in 2002, McFadden was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He served in the same capacity at Hutchinson Community College in 2001 and was secondary coach for the Blue Dragons from 1999 to 2000.
A four-year letterwinner at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., the former cornerback was an NCAA Division II All-Star in 1999 and an All-MIAA selection in 1998. In 2000, he played professionally for the Wichita Warlords of the Indoor Football League. McFadden earned his bachelor’s degree in Organization Management and Leadership from Friends University in 2001.
He is married to the former Susan Cochran and the couple has three daughters, Olivia, Gabrielle and Payton.
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