Ralph Clark joined the Alvernia University Athletics Staff as the Head Football Coach on January 11, 2017. He was hired as the first head coach in the program’s history.
Clark joined the Golden Wolves’ staff after a year as the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at Seton Hill University.
Clark was a four-year letter winner and a member of the first graduating football class at Robert Morris College. He finished his career with 1,362 yards and 12 touchdowns. Following his senior season he was named an Unsung Hero All-American by The College Football Chronicle and was invited for a free-agent tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
Gary Lowery joined the Alvernia University Football staff in the spring of 2018 as the Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Offensive Line Coach.
Prior to joining Alvernia, Lowery has made coaching stops at various levels over the past fourteen years. Lowery’s extensive coaching experience includes time as the Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coach at Union College (KY), Linebackers Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator at Jack Britt High School (NC), Offensive Line, Run Game Coordinator and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fayetteville State University (NC), Defensive Line Coach at Winston-Salem State (NC), Defensive Line and Linebackers Coach at Terry Sanford High School (NC) and Running Backs, Defensive Line Coach at Hampton University (VA), and, most recently, Offensive Lineman Coach at Fort Valley State Univeristy (GA).
Lowery played collegiately at Union College (KY) where he was a three-year starter and three-time All-Conference player. Lowery received his B.S. degree in sociology from Union College in 1998, and obtained a Master’s degree in Education Leadership in 2007 from Union. He also received Master’s in Sports Administration from American Military University in 2008.
Pass Game Coordinator
Jacob Dopsovic joined the Alvernia University Football staff in the spring of 2018 as a wid receivers coach.
Prior to joining Alvernia, Dopsovic worked as an offensive quality control coach for Division I Campbell University in North Carolina. During his time with Campbell, Dopsovic also coached the offensive line, wide receivers, and quarterbacks.
Dopsovic also has internship experience with Emmaus High School and William Allen High School in Pennsylvania, assisting with summer activities and conditioning for both schools. Dopsovic graduated in 2014 with a degree in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University.
Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
Matt Giampa joined the Alvernia University Football staff in the spring of 2018 as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
Prior to joining Alvernia University, Giampa was a member of the Villanova University coaching staff, where he served as the special teams quality control coach. Prior to his time with Villanova, Giampa was the defensive assistant and director of operations for the Ursinus College Football program.
Giampa is 2016 graduate of Temple University where he received a degree in Sport and Recreation Management and served as a student assistant for Temple University Football.
Troy Jensen joined the Alvernia University Football staff in the spring of 2018 as the safeties coach and academic coordinator for the program. Prior to joining Alvernia, Jensen was the head football coach at Trinity High School, in Camp Hill, Pa. While at Trinity, Jensen also served as the defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach, and strength coach.
Prior to his head coaching position at Trinity, Jensen served as the defensive coordinator at Susquehanna Township High School in 2012, was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for six season at Northeastern High School in Manchester, Pa., and was the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at Red Land High School in Lewisberry, Pa. for four seasons.
Jensen played collegiately at the Division I level as a free safety for the San Jose State Spartans.