Levern Belin, who has worked closely alongside new University of Delaware football head coach Danny Rocco during stops at the University of Virginia, Liberty University, and the University of Richmond over the last decade, was named defensive line coach for the Blue Hens in January, 2017.
Belin (pronounced “Lee-vern” “Be-lin”), takes over as mentor of the UD defensive front following Dennis Dottin-Carter’s acceptance of a position on the University of Connecticut staff.
“We are excited to announce the hiring of Levern Belin as our defensive line coach,” said Rocco. “Coach Belin and I have a long history together dating back to his recruitment to Wake Forest University. Levern is an outstanding football coach and is regarded as an even better mentor and role model. He has coached at the highest levels of BCS football and has instructed a number of outstanding student-athletes. Levern will bring a level of expertise and energy to our program. He was our defensive line coach for our entire time at the University of Richmond and he oversaw an outstanding group during that timeline. Coach Belin will be a great addition to our staff.”
Belin is a veteran of 25 seasons as a collegiate coach - 23 of them leading defensive line units - and most recently spent five seasons at Richmond with Rocco, helping the Spiders advance to the NCAA playoffs three times, including a berth in the quarterfinals in 2016.
“I am very blessed to have the opportunity to be here at the University of Delaware,” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to working with Coach Rocco and the staff, mentoring our student-athletes, and winning championships.”
A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin has served with Rocco for the last eight seasons, including five at Richmond and three at Liberty (2009-11), where Rocco served as head coach before moving on to Richmond. The two were also on the same coaching staff at Boston College in 1991, at Maryland in 1999, and at Virginia in 2005. All told, the two have coached together for 11 seasons.
Belin’s defensive line unit played a big role in Richmond’s success over the last five years as the Spiders posted an overall record of 43-22 (.661), went 26-14 (.650) in Colonial Athletic Association play, advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times, and won two CAA titles under Rocco. Richmond went 10-4 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 2015 and followed with another 10-4 mark and a trip to the quarterfinals this past fall.
Under Belin’s guidance, the Spiders have had eight different defensive lineman earn All-CAA accolades, most notably Winston Craig, who earned All-American honors in 2016 after posting 7.5 sacks; Kerry Wynn, who closed out his career in 2013 and now plays for the New York Giants; and Andrew Clyde, who had six sacks in 2015.
With Belin’s help, the Spiders’ defensive line has put constant pressure on the opponents, helping Richmond lead the conference in turnover margin four times over the last five seasons.
Prior to joining Rocco in Richmond, Belin spent three seasons with him at Liberty, serving as the defensive line coach for the Flames. His impact was an immediate one, guiding Liberty to one of the best defensive programs in the country. During his three seasons in Lynchburg, Liberty won two Big South titles and the defense ranked among the top 25 nationally.
Prior to Liberty, Belin spent the previous four years as defensive line coach at NCAA FBS member Virginia beginning in 2005. After his first year with the Cavaliers, Belin was promoted to defensive assistant/defensive line coach, spotlighted by his coaching of consensus All-America honoree Chris Long. Long was the 2007 Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end and was the second overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
In 2007, Virginia ranked No. 23 in the nation in total defense (332.46 yards allowed per game) and No. 16 in scoring defense (19.69 points allowed per game). During the 2006 campaign, the Cavaliers held their opponents to 289.5 yards per contest, the best figure for Virginia in 27 years. He also coached freshman All-American Jeffrey Fitzgerald.
Prior to his days in Charlottesville, Va., Belin served on the Northern Illinois coaching staff in 2004, as a defensive interior line coach. During his one year with the Huskies, he helped Northern Illinois to a share of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) title.
Belin brings both NCAA FBS and FCS coaching experience to the Blue Hen coaching staff, as he was linebackers coach for a year at East Tennessee State (1993) and mentored the linebackers and defensive line for three seasons at CAA foe William & Mary (2001-03), helping the Tribe advance to the 2001 NCAA playoffs.
Belin began his college coaching experience as a 1991 graduate assistant at Boston College before moving across town for his first full-time job at Boston University as a defensive line coach in 1992.
During five seasons at Ball State (1994-98), Belin helped instruct one of the top rushing defenses in the Mid-American Conference. He began his tenure with the Cardinals as an outside linebacker coach, before closing out his stay as a four-year defensive end coach. During the 1997 season, Ball State led the league and ranked No. 34 nationally in fewest yards allowed. While at Ball State, Belin coached Keith McKenzie, an eight-year NFL defensive end.
Following his five-year stay at Ball State, Belin moved to College Park, Md., for a two-year stint at Maryland (1999-2000), where he coached the Terrapins' defensive line. During his days in College Park, Belin helped shape the NFL careers of Kris Jenkins and Delbert Cowette. Jenkins was a four-time Pro Bowl nose tackle, who has played most of his career with the Carolina Panthers, while Cowette was a defensive tackle with the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears.
A three-year starter at Wake Forest as an inside linebacker, he graduated from the program in 1991 with a degree in speech communications.
Belin and his wife, DeVida, have a son, Chase.
THE LEVERN BELIN FILE
Reginald Levern Belin (“lee-vern” “bee-lin”)
Born: August 20, 1969
Hometown: Marshville, N.C.
Playing Career: Linebacker, Wake Forest (1987-91)
Degree: Wake Forest ‘91 (Speech Communications)
Family: Wife, DeVida; Son, Chase
College Coaching Timeline
1991 - Boston College (GA)
1992 - Boston University (DL)
1993 - East Tennessee State University (LB)
1994-98 - Ball State University (OLB/DE)
1999-00 - University of Maryland (DL)
2001-03 - William & Mary (LB/DL)
2004 - Northern Illinois University (DL)
2005-08 - University of Virginia (DL)
2009-11 - Liberty University (DL)
2012-16 - University of Richmond (DL)
2017-Present - University of Delaware (DL)
|Position:||Defensive Line Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Wake Forest|