Norfolk State University plays its home football contests in the spacious William "Dick" Price Stadium, named for former NSU athletics director and head football and track coach Dick Price. read more
Latrell Scott was named the 17th head football coach in Norfolk State history on Dec. 16, 2014.
In his first year as NSU head coach, Scotts Spartans went 4-7 against a schedule including three Division I FBs teams. Linebacker Deon King became the first consensus first-team FCS All-American in school history and won the Buck Buchanan Award as the nations top defender at the FCS level.
More important than wins and losses, Scott went about changing the culture of Spartan football in 2015, stressing accountability and discipline from his players on and off the field.
Scott came to NSU following an outstanding two-year run as head coach at Virginia State University. Scott directed the Trojans to a 19-4 record and two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Division regular-season titles in his two seasons in Petersburg. The Trojans never lost to a CIAA team under Scotts direction, going a combined 15-0.
Andrew Faison joined the Norfolk State football coaching staff in early 2016. He is the Spartans co-defensive coordinator and also coached the safeties.
Faison joins the NSU staff after two seasons as associate head coach and linebackers coach at Delaware State.
Prior to his time at DSU, Faison spent 11 seasons as head coach at Virginia State (2002-12), where he compiled a 58-52 overall record. VSU posted five winning seasons under Faisons leadership. His best season came in 2010, when he led the Trojans to an 8-3 overall record, the CIAA Northern Division title and a berth in the conference championship game. Four VSU players earned first-team All-CIAA honors in 2010, including the leagues Special Teams Player of the Year, Justin Parker. Faison garnered CIAA Coach of the Year honors that season, as well.
Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Montario Hardesty is in his second season as an assistant coach at Norfolk State. He coaches the running backs and also serves as special teams coordinator.
Hardesty came to NSU from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., where he served as an intern in 2014 under the NFL Players Association internship program. Prior to Chowan, Hardesty had a successful career at the University of Tennessee that culminated in his selection by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Hardesty played at Tennessee from 2005-09. He rushed for 2,391 yards in his career, including 1,345 in All-SEC second-team campaign as a senior in 2009. Hardesty ranked fourth in the SEC and had the fourth-best season in terms of rushing yardage in school history that year, when he also scored 14 total touchdowns (13 rushing, one receiving).
Offensive Line Coach
Anthony Parker is in his second season as offensive line coach at Norfolk State.
In his first year with the Spartans, Parker took a relatively inexperienced and injury-depleted unit and turned them into a cohesive group. One of his pupils, Mike Phillips, earning second-team All-MEAC honors following the year.
Prior to coming to NSU, Parker spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons as an offensive quality control assistant at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. Before his time on staff at UT, Parker served as an offensive graduate assistant at Mississippi State (2011-12) and Morgan State (2009-10).
QB Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Mike Faragalli returned to the Norfolk State football coaching staff during the spring of 2016 and will serve as tight ends coach.
Faragalli was one of Scotts first hires upon being named head coach at NSU following the 2014 season. But Faragalli accepted a position last March as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach of offense at Columbia University, where he spent the 2015 season.
Faragalli has more than 30 years of coaching experience. His extensive resume includes experience as both an assistant and head coach. At the collegiate level, he has served as an assistant coach at Rhode Island (1981), Wisconsin (1982), William & Mary (1983-84), Bowling Green (1991-94 and 1996-99), Lafayette (2000-07), Richmond (2008-09), Virginia (2010-12), Virginia State (2013), CNU (2014) and Columbia (2015). His professional stops have all come in the Canadian Football League, including a stint as head coach of the Toronto Argonauts in 1995.
Director of Football Operations
Assistant AD/Strength and Conditioning
Chris Neff enters his second year, and his first full academic season, as NSUs assistant athletics director for strength and conditioning in 2015-16. In that capacity, he oversees and implements the strength and conditioning programs for all 15 of the Spartans athletics programs.
Before coming to NSU, Neff served as the strength and conditioning coach in the fall of 2014 at Virginia State University. Neff worked closely with the Trojans football team, which won the 2014 CIAA championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Neff began his career by working with young student-athletes at Elkin Sports Performance in Richmond, Va. He worked with athletes ranging from 7 years old to college and professional athletes. During his tenure at Elkin Sports Performance, Neff also volunteered with the strength and conditioning department at the University of Richmond, working primarily with the football, baseball and womens lacrosse teams.