Ted Wright Stadium
The Savannah State Tigers are playing their 42nd season in Theodore A. Wright Stadium. In 2011, the Tigers played their first game in newly renovated T.A. Wright Stadium on October 1, after a $6 million revitalization project in 2010 that included new professional style locker rooms, ticket booths, concession areas, brick front, and field turf. Read More
Head Football Coach
Savannah State University selected Erik Raeburn as its 25th head football coach in March of 2016.Raeburn comes to SSU from Wabash College located in Crawfordsville, Ind.
A proven winner, in his eight years at Wabash he accumulated a record of 78-13, earned five trips to the Division III playoffs and had 16 student-athletes earn All-America status. His 2015 squad posted a 12-1 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs.Wabash was 10-2 in 2008, Raeburns first season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. In 2009, the Little Giants went 9-2 and made another trip to the NCAA playoffs. Wabash missed the playoffs in 2010, despite an 8-2 record, but bounced back the following year where they went 12-1 and made it to the NCAA quarterfinals. That same year, Raeburn was named North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
The 2013 squad was ranked 17th in the nation in the final D3football.com Top-25 poll.Raeburn led Wabash to a 10-2 record in 2014, including a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs and finished 13th in the final D3football.com.
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Bill Rychel enters his second season as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Savannah State University.Prior to SSU, Rychel served as head football coach at Notre Dame College for the 2015 season. Rychel was promoted to head coach after spending six seasons as offensive coordinator/assistant head coach for the Falcons football program.
Prior to moving to College Road, the Cleveland, Ohio native worked at Ohio Northern University, where he coached for three seasons (2006-08), finishing his time with the Polar Bears as co-offensive coordinator.Before his time at ONU, Rychel was the offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for Tri-Sate (now Trine) in Indiana, in 2004 and 2005. Before that, he was the offensive line coach and assistant strength and conditioning coordinator for Coe College (Iowa).
As a player, Rychel had an outstanding collegiate career. At Mount Union from 1997-2000, he helped the Purple Raiders win three national titles (1997, 1998, 2000). At guard, Rychel earned All-American awards (2000) and was twice-named First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference. The standout lineman was also named Academic All-OAC in 2000.Rychel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Mount Union University in 2001 and received a masters degree in teaching from Coe in 2004.
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Chad Williams enters his second season as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Savannah State University.Williams, comes to Savannah State from West Alabama where he was named the special teams coordinator and secondary coach in March 2016.
Prior to being hired at West Alabama, Williams spent the 2015 season as defensive coordinator at Valdosta State and before that, he spent the 2014 season as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at West Georgia.The Birmingham, Ala., native has also had coaching stops at Middle Tennessee State (2013-14) where he was a graduate assistant linebackers coach, Jacksonville State (2013) where he oversaw the linebackers and Morehouse (2012-13) where he was the secondary coach.
Williams played in the National Football League as a defensive back with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-06), San Francisco 49ers (2006-07) and Kansas City Chiefs (2007).Williams earned a Coaching and Sports Administration degree at Southern Mississippi, where he was a two-time All-Conference USA safety.
Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator
Jonas Jackson was hired as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for Savannah State in the summer of 2013. Jackson comes to SSU from Assumption College where he served as the linebackers coach since the spring of 2013.
Prior to Assumption, Jackson was the head coach and defensive coordinator for West Virginia Wesleyan College from 2010-2012, as well as the assistant head coach during the 2009-10 season. The team set 36 school records in two seasons and had the most wins in two consecutive years since 1924 during his tenure.
Jackson came to WVWC from Illinois State University, where he served as the assistant defensive line coach in 2008. In the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Jackson worked as the defensive coordinator for LaSalle University, as well as the Director of Football Operations.
Wide Receivers Coach
Russell Demasi joined the Savannah State University football staff in 2014 as quarterbacks coach.Demasi comes to SSU from Shorter University. During the 2013 season he was a graduate assistant and worked with the quarterback and fullbacks and during the 2014 season he served as co-special teams coordinator.
The Savannah, Georgia native was a member of the Georgia Southern University football team (2008-12) where he went from being a preferred walk-on to earning a scholarship during his senior year. He was named Scout Team Player of the Year in 2011.While in high school, Demasi was a 2006 and 2007 All-Greater Savannah first-team selection. DeMasi threw for 1,068 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior season for Savannah Christian Preparatory School, leading them to a 10-2 record and the second round of the Class AA playoffs.
Demasi earned his bachelors degree from GSU in general studies with a concentration in education, coaching and business in 2012 and earned his masters degree from Shorter in December 2014.He is the son of Karl Demasi, who now serves as athletics director and head basketball coach at Islands High School in Savannah. Karl has served as head coach in football, basketball and baseball at various Savannah schools since 1995.
Running Backs Coach
Nathan Scola enters his second season as running backs coach with Savannah State University football.Scola spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an assistant coach at Wabash, working with the tight ends and also serving as the strength and conditioning coach.
As a player, Scola earned All-America and North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. He participated in the 2014 USA Football Bowl. He was named one of the team captains and the starting middle linebacker for the winning Admirals all-star team.Scola also received the London Fletcher Award as the Outstanding NCAA Division III linebacker participating in the game. The Apache Junction, Ariz., native finished his career in sixth place for all-time tackles for loss in Wabash history and was named the team MVP.
Before that, he did several internships at his alma mater. He worked as a volunteer football coach, worked with the athletic equipment office, Dean of students and Presidents Office and the Admissions office.Scola graduated Cum Laude from Wabash in 2014 while majoring in Rhetoric and minoring in English.
Defensive Backs Coach
Tight Ends Coach
Tony Neymeiyer joined the Savannah State University coaching staff in August of 2016 as the tight ends coach.Prior to coming to Savannah State University, Neymeiyer was the offensive line coach at Notre Dame College from February until July 2016 during his second stint at the school. During his time at Notre Dame, Neymieyer was directly responsible for the on and off-field performance of the offensive line and designed and implemented scheme for the run game.
The Bay City, Mich., native served as the offensive line graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University from March 2014 until February 2016, where he produced the fifth best offensive season in 2015 in the 124 year history. He also assisted the offensive staff in all phases of creating and installing the offensive philosophy and game plan.Prior to EMU, Neymeiyer was the offensive line coach at Baldwin Wallace University from March 2013 until March 2014, where BWU went 6-4 and the offense averaged 352.4 yards per game, 236 rushing yards per game and coached two All-Conference Players and one All-American.
Neymeiyer was the offensive line graduate assistant coach at Notre Dame College from March 2010 until March 2013 with Bill Rychel, who is currently the offensive coordinator at Savannah State. He assisted the offensive staff in all phases of creating and installing the offensive philosophy and game plan and created weekly opponent scouting reports, playbooks, film breakdown and critical analysis. He also cached three All-Conference players in 2012. Prior to NDC, Neymeiyer coached at Wabash College from August 2008 to March 2010 as the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach. Wabash went 9-2 as entered the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III playoffs and Neymeiyer coached five All-Conference players and one All-American.