Tom McEntire, who worked with University of Delaware football head coach Dave Brock in 2012 on the staff at Rutgers University, was named the Blue Hens defensive safeties coach in April, 2013.
He will begin his fourth season with the Blue Hens during the 2016 season. Delaware ranked No. 4 in the Colonial Athletic Association in pass defense in 2014, allowing just 197.2 yards per game. In 2015, Delaware ranked No. 3 in the CAA (22nd in NCAA) in scoring defense (20.5) and was fifth in total defense (329.2/24th in NCAA). All four starters in the secondary return in 2016.
A 2006 graduate of Thiel College with a degree in business administration, McEntire has nine years of coaching experience from the NCAA Division I FBS, Division I FCS, and Division III levels, including a one-year stint at CAA foe University of Maine.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity for Tommy to join the staff,” said Brock in announcing his hiring. “Having worked with him at Rutgers gives me great insight into his talents and abilities. He played a tremendous part of one of the nation’s top-ranked defenses and he has worked with some great defensive coaches like (former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and current Ohio State assistant) Greg Schiano and Robb Smith (current Arkansas assistant) who have taught him well. Tommy knows the value of preparation and I think he will do a great job for us here at Delaware.”
A native of Greenville, Pa., McEntire played quarterback, running back, and wide receiver at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. He was a four-year regular for Thiel, posting 92 receptions for 988 yards and five touchdowns and helping the team improve from a 3-7 mark in 2003 to an 11-1 record and berth in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2005 when he caught 54 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns.
“I’m very excited to be reunited with Coach Brock and to be at a school with such a great football history,” said McEntire. “I’m looking forward to working with the high character student-athletes that the University of Delaware attracts and being part of the winning tradition.”
He began his coaching career at Thiel, serving as wide receivers coach in 2006 and as running backs coach in 2007 with head coach Jack Leipheimer.
McEntire then moved on to the University of Maine where he worked with head coach Jack Cosgrove during the 2008 season, serving as assistant defensive backs coach and coaching the kick returners. His main focus involved working with the safeties and scouting opponents. The Black Bears posted a record of 8-5 that season and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
McEntire joined the Rutgers coaching staff in 2009 and worked in player development for the Scarlet Knights for two seasons before assuming the role of defensive assistant coach prior to the 2011campaign. He worked closely with the head coach in all meetings and practices, assisted in game day preparation, aided in the organization of the scout team, and created weekly playbook and game plan handouts.
He and his wife, Giustina, were married July 9, 2016.