Football coaching staff joins student-athletes
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Experienced secondary coach to handle kick and punt teams
Recruiting Areas: Southwestern Pennsylvania (South Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Greene, Fayette), North Carolina (Charlotte), South Carolina, North Florida (Jacksonville to Orlando)
Doug McFadden begins his ninth season on the Lafayette coaching staff and first under new head coach John Garrett. He spent 2014-16 as the special teams coordinator in addition to his duties coaching the secondary.
As McFadden enters the 2017 season, he will turn his focus solely to the defensive backfield where six players who spent time in the starting lineup return, led by senior cornerback Phillip Parham. Parham was one of just two players in the secondary who started every game in 2016 and will lead a young, but talented corps.
In 2016, McFadden had to replace Matt Smalley ’16, a four-time All-Patriot League cornerback/return specialist who signed with the N.Y. Giants.
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 Smalley and strong safety Jared Roberts ’16 collected All-Patriot League First-Team honors. Parham 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 finish 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 Roberts 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.