Seumalo and Yahner Join Leopard Defensive Staff
Seumalo comes to Lafayette by way of Nebraska where he was a graduate assistant under head coach Mike Riley during the 2017 season. He worked with the Huskers' defensive line and helped guide a transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme.
Prior to Nebraska, Seumalo spent the 2016 season as a graduate assistant coach at Arizona State, where his father, Joe, was the defensive line coach. He served in a similar role at his alma mater, Oregon State, in 2015 and was a student coach in 2014 alongside his father in the final year season under Riley. His father is currently the defensive line coach at San Jose State University and his brother plays offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Seumalo also played for Riley at Oregon State. Originally a walk-on with the Beavers, Seumalo was a four-year letterwinner at OSU from 2009 to 2012, earning a scholarship as a senior, when he also served as a team captain. Seumalo ended his career with 23 straight starts. He was honorable-mention All-Pac-12 as a senior and was also named to the Pac-12 Academic Second Team after twice earning honorable mention status. He graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Finance.
"Andrew is a smart, energetic coach who brings Pac-12 playing experience and FBS coaching experience. Andrew is a hard worker who will inspire and relate well to our student-athletes," said Garrett, the Fred M. Kirby II '42 Head Football Coach. "He is an excellent technician who comes from a football family and we are excited to have him as part of our coaching staff."
Yahner comes to Lafayette following one season at San Diego Mesa College where he was the defensive run game coordinator and linebackers coach. From 2014-16 he served as the wide receivers coach and video coordinator at Seton Hill University. He spent three seasons at Penn State (2011-13), working as a defensive graduate assistant the first two and as a special teams assistant in his final campaign.
Prior to Penn State, Yahner worked the 2010 season at Juniata College as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. In 2009, he was the associate head coach at Lewistown (Pa). High School. From 2006-09, Yahner was on staff at the University of Virginia as the coordinator of quality control.
Yahner was the co-defensive coordinator at Tyrone High School from 2003-05 following a two-year stint as assistant linebackers coach and assistant video coordinator on Lehigh's staff. Yahner began his coaching career at Clarion as a graduate assistant during the 1999 season.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Services from Penn State in 1999 and finished his master's degree in Counselor Education from Penn State in 2006. Yahner is married to his wife, Jaissa.
"Rich brings knowledge, experience and energy to our program. He has FBS and FCS coaching experience and a familiarity with recruiting Pennsylvania as he grew up in State College with his dad part of the faculty at Penn State," Garrett said. "He is an excellent teacher and a tireless worker who will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff."
Lafayette football will begin its spring practice on March 20 at 4:30 p.m. with the annual Maroon-White Spring Game set for April 21.