Delaware Selects Tim Weaver, Sean Devine, and John Perry to New Football Coaching Staff
February 8, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Bethany College, Boston College, Merrimack College
NEWARK, Del. -- Three coaches with over 60 years of collegiate football coaching experience, including 12 as head coaches, have been selected to join the new head coach Dave Brock’s staff at the University of Delaware.
Brock, who took over the helm of one of the nation’s top NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision programs on January 18, named Tim Weaver (at right) defensive coordinator, Sean Devine offensive coordinator, and John Perry passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“We are excited that Tim, Sean, and John and their families are joining the Delaware football family,” said Brock. “It’s a tremendous compliment to the University of Delaware football program that three men who are such quality people and quality coaches wanted to come to Delaware. They are all talented coaches who have great experience, especially when you consider two have been head coaches and together they have nearly 20 years experience as coordinators.”
Weaver spent the last seven seasons as head football coach at Bethany (W.V.) College where he also served as director of athletics since 2008. His 23-year career in football also includes serving as assistant coach at Columbia, Harvard, West Virginia Wesleyan, Hofstra, and Western Connecticut State.
Devine (at left), a 19-year coaching veteran, began his coaching career at Colby College and followed with long stints at New Hampshire and most recently Boston College.
Perry (below right), a former standout wide receiver at New Hampshire, has coached at Northeastern, Brown, New Hampshire, Dartmouth, and Georgetown as part of his 20-year career in college coaching. He recently completed his fifth year as head coach at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.
“I’m thrilled to have Tim join our staff as defensive coordinator,” said Brock. “I had the opportunity to work with Tim in the past and I’ve seen first-hand that he is an exceptional teacher and a person of very high character. He will provide tremendous leadership for our defense and he will play the attacking style that I am looking for. In addition, his experience as a head coach will be useful to me as we go forward.”
“It was going to take a special place for me to leave Bethany, and the University of Delaware is that kind of place,” said Weaver, a 1990 sociology and anthropology graduate of Davidson (N.C.) College where he was a four-year starter at defensive end and linebacker. “Delaware is the recognizable brand name in FCS football, and with the success, tradition, and fan base, it really is unique. I have such respect for Delaware and I’m excited to be a part of it and to work with Coach Brock.”
Weaver began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at NCAA III Western Connecticut State in 1990-91 and moved on to coach the defensive line at Hofstra in 1992-95, served as defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at NCAA II West Virginia Wesleyan in 1996-98, served as co-defensive coordinator, defensive line coach, linebackers coach, and special teams coach at Harvard in 1999-2002, and was defensive coordinator at Columbia in 2003-05.
He took over the head coaching position at NCAA III Bethany in January, 2006 and served the last seven seasons in that post. He added director of athletics duties in August, 2008. He and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Delaney and Casey.
“As someone who lived in Delaware and still follows the Blue Hen football program, I am delighted to see Tim join the staff,” said current Bethany President Dr. Scott Miller, who previously served as president of Wesley College in Dover, Del. “It has been a pleasure to work with Tim over the last six years as both a director of athletics and football coach. He is an individual with impeccable integrity and he is committed to the student-athlete experience. His years at
Davidson and Havard have given him a unique perspective on college sports that will benefit the University of Delaware. He is a good coach, an outstanding person, and a tremendous family man. We hate to lose him, but I’m happy for the University of Delaware.”
Devine was a four-year starter at linebacker at Colby College in Maine where he served as captain, was an All-East (ECAC) selection as a senior, and earned his degree in physics in 1994. He began his coaching career at Colby as a defensive line coach in 1994.
He moved on to serve as defensive line coach (1995-2001), offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator (2002-06), and offensive coordinator and offensive line coach (2007-08) at Delaware’s Colonial Athletic Association rival New Hampshire under head coach Sean McDonnell.
While at UNH, he helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, earn a No. 1 national ranking, and capture three conference titles. Among the players he tutored was former league Player of the Year in quarterback Ricky Santos.
“I had the opportunity to work with Sean for three years at Boston College,” said Brock. “He is a tremendous leader, a relentless recruiter, and a great mentor to his players. He fits one of the criteria that I was looking for when building our staff in that he has coordinator experience in the CAA and has BCS level experience.”
“The University of Delaware is one of the top programs the FCS has to offer and the national championship belongs in Newark,” said Devine. “When I was at New Hampshire, I always admired, always feared, and always respected this place. Now, to be part of it, is really something spectacular and I can’t wait to get started. To have the chance to work with people you love and trust, it doesn’t get any better than that. I’ve learned a lot from Coach Brock. He is a great leader and a great motivator and I know he going to do a great job.”
Following his 14-year tenure at New Hampshire, Devine moved on to Boston College where he served as offensive line coach for three seasons and most recently was tight ends coach in 2012.
He helped lead the Eagles to berths in the 2009 Emerald Bowl and 2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and mentored two-time All-ACC performer Anthony Castonzo, a 2011 first round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts. Devine and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Amelie and Maelle.
“Sean is an extremely intelligent individual with a great passion for the game of football,” said current Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who was offensive coordinator at UNH with Devine before becoming head coach at the University of Oregon. “I think the world of him. Sean is one of the most detail-oriented coaches I have been around and he is an unbelievable communicator and teacher. His unit was always the best coached group we had and he made seemless transitions. He understands the conference (CAA) and he will be a great fit for Delaware.”
Perry comes to Delaware after serving as head coach at NCAA II Merrimack the past five seasons where he led the squad to record of 29-21 and the 2009 Northeast-10 title. During his tenure, Merrimack produced five All-Americans and two conference players of the year.
The team ranked No. 2 in the nation in total offense in 2012 at 525.8 yards per game and also finished in the Top 10 nationally in that category in 2009 (4th), 2010 (9th), and 2011 (7th).
“We are excited to have John on board,” said Brock. “He is a familiar name in the conference as a player and a coach and this is an exciting opportunity to bring him to Delaware. John has a reputation for innovative and explosive offenses and we are excited to have him bring his creativity to the University of Delaware. I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to build a relationship with John at every place I’ve coached.”
“I am excited for the chance to work at the University of Delaware and be part of one of the premier programs in the nation,” said Perry. “I have great respect for the program and its great history and I’m excited to work with Coach Brock. Going back to my time as a player at UNH, it was always a phenomenal experience to come to Delaware Stadium, see the packed house and the great atmosphere, and see what big-time football was all about.”
A 1992 communications and history graduate of New Hampshire, Perry enjoyed a standout career as a football and basketball player for the Wildcats. He was a four-year starter in football, served as team captain as a senior, and was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection while setting several receiving records.
He began his coaching career as running backs coach at Northeastern in 1993 and later served as receivers coach at Brown (1994-96), receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at New Hampshire (1997-98), offensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1999-2004), associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at Georgetown (2005), and associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at New Hampshire (2007). He coached numerous All-Americans and NFL signees along the way, including Santos.
“John is someone that I grew up with and have known for 35 years,” said Penn State football head coach Bill O’Brien. “He is an outstanding person with a wonderful family. John is an innovative offensive coach and most importantly, a winner. He will be a great addition to Coach Brock’s staff at the University of Delaware.”
Perry and his wife, Jen, have three children, Caitlin, John, and Elizabeth.
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