NEWARK, Del. -- New University of Delaware football head coach Dave Brock continued to build the Blue Hen coaching staff Wednesday as he announced the hiring of Devin “Fitz” Fitzsimmons, Dennis Dottin-Carter, and Tony Lucas, and the retention of current UD cornerbacks coach Henry Baker.
Fitzsimmons (at right), who most recently served as an offensive assistant at Rutgers in addition to stints at Richmond, Virginia, Kansas State, and the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts, will serve as tight ends and special teams coach; Dottin-Carter, a former standout player at Maine who served on the Black Bears staff for the last five seasons, will serve as defensive line coach; Lucas, who has coached at Trinity, Bowling Green, and most recently at Georgetown, will be the Blue Hens running backs coach; and Baker will continue to coach the Delaware cornerbacks.
A native of New Orleans, Fitzsimmons played quarterback and wide receiver at Bucknell University and earned his degree in history with a minor in religion in 2005. As a player, he won the Bucknell Football Moxie Award for special contributions to the program in 2004.
“We are excited to have Fitz join our staff here at Delaware,” said Brock. “I have had the opportunity to work with him in two of my previous stops. He is an excellent teacher and communicator. He will bring an attacking style of special teams that we are looking to play.”
Fitzsimmons began his coaching career as quarterbacks coach at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. and returned to his alma mater to work with receivers at Bucknell during the 2006 campaign. He moved on to Kansas State where he worked closely with Brock for two seasons, serving as an offensive assistant and as coordinator of football operations.
He later worked at Virginia where he was a graduate assistant coach in 2009 and moved cross-state to Richmond for the 2010 campaign as tight ends coach. Fitzsimmons spent the 2011 season in the NFL with Indianapolis as offensive quality control assistant before returning to work with Brock at Rutgers during the recently completed 2012 season.
“It is truly an honor to be able to work for the premier FCS program in the country,” said Fitzsimmons. “I have always admired and respected Delaware football and the way that they play the game. I am grateful to be here. I firmly believe in Coach Brock’s motto ‘Together We Will.’ I will do my best to be a part of that.”
“While with the Colts, Coach Fitz displayed the ability to teach both in the meeting room and on the field,” said Colts’ All-Pro wide receiver Reggie Wayne. “He and his players will be the most prepared when Delaware plays on Saturdays.”
“Coach Fitzsimmons is one of the most talented, bright, and hard-working young coaches in the business,” said Jim Caldwell, current offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and former Colts head coach. “He is the product of a new breed of coaches who are excellent fundamental instructors and skilled communicators both verbally and technologically. Coach Fitz is destined for a bright future in the profession.”
Dottin-Carter (at right), a native of Cambridge, Mass., earned his degree in kinesiology and physical education from the University of Maine following an outstanding playing career that saw him lead the Black Bears to Atlantic 10 (now Colonial Athletic Association) titles in 2001 and 2002. He was a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection as a linebacker and in 2002 when he also was named All-New England.
“We are excited to add Dennis to our staff,” said Brock. “Dennis is exactly what we are looking for in a defensive line coach. He brings energy and enthusiasm along with great experience in this league (Colonial Athletic Association) as both a coach and player.”
Dottin-Carter began his coaching career with head coach Jack Cosgrove at Maine in 2008 as tights ends coach and also led the fullbacks, running backs, defensive line, and special teams during his five-year tenure.
He most recently served as Maine’s defensive line and special teams coach. During his tenure he has coached five all-conference players, including All-American fullback Jared Turcotte in 2008. Maine led the CAA in scoring defense (19.5 points per game) and was fourth in sacks (22) in 2012.
“The University of Delaware has great football tradition,” said Dottin-Carter. “I was able to see that first hand as a player and later as an assistant coach at Maine. It is an honor to be able to work on this staff and to work with Coach Brock.”
“Dennis is an excellent teacher and will develop great players at Delaware,” said Robb Smith, linebackers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a former assistant coach at Maine. “He will demand toughness and accountability from his players while helping them to be the best that they can be on and off the field.”
Lucas (at right), a native of Bloomfield, Conn., was a standout defensive back at Columbia University and earned the team’s Maniatty-Remmer Unsung Hero Award. He earned his degree in economics in 2003 and later earned a master’s degree in economics at Trinity in 2010. He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in education from Bowling Green.
“Tony is a great addition to our staff,” said Brock. “He came highly-recommended from several people that I have worked with. I’m excited for him to inherit one of the most talented positions on this team.”
Lucas began his college coaching career at NCAA III Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. as a graduate assistant and outside linebackers and served for two years during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He then moved on to Bowling Green State where he was the staff’s defensive quality control coach and assistant academic coordinator.
He arrived at Georgetown in 2011 and spent the last two seasons there as the Hoya’s running backs coach with head coach Kevin Kelly. Georgetown went 8-3 and rushed for an average of 147.5 yards per game in 2011 to rank second in the Patriot League. In 2012, the Hoyas ranked No. 3 in the Patriot League in rushing yardage with an average of 146.1 yards per game.
“I consider it a privilege to join a program with such a rich tradition as the University of Delaware,” said Lucas, who will reside in the Newark area with wife Sarita. “I am excited for the opportunity to add to the legacy of Delaware football.”
Baker (at right), who becomes the second current UD assistant to be retained on the staff by Brock joining wide receivers coach Brian Ginn, was a standout player at the University of Maryland who later served as an assistant coach at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University before coming to Delaware as cornerbacks coach in 2011. He added duties as special teams coordinator during the 2012 season.
“We are excited to retain Henry on the staff,” said Brock. “I was impressed with Henry during the recruiting process in the way he developed relationships with student-athletes. We are looking forward to seeing him continue to work with our cornerbacks and develop them both on and off the field.”
Baker earned his degree in sociology from Maryland in 2003 following an outstanding career that saw him earn four letters.
He began his coaching career as defensive backs, linebackers, and special teams assistant in 2008-09, helping lead the Terrapins to a berth in the 2009 Rowdy Humanitarian Bowl for head coach Ralph Friedgen. Baker later served as defensive backs coach at East Stroudsburg in 2010.
His coaching resume also include stints as recruiting intern at Maryland in 2001, coach at Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J. for three years between 2003-06, and coach at South Miami (Fla.) High School in 2007.
He also spent extensive time in professional football, landing in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003, and competed in the Arena Football League with the New Jersey Red Dogs and Carolina Cobras and AFL2 with the Norfolk Nighthawks and Albany Firebirds.
Baker and his wife, Theresa, have three children, Khari, Kaila, and Khloe.“I feel fortunate to be a part of the new direction in University of Delaware football,” said Baker. “Coach Brock has put together a staff with vast experience and I can’t wait to get started.”