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 came to SSU following a successful eight-year stint at Wabash College, located in Carwfordsville, IN. Since joining SSU, Raeburn has lead the Tigers in their two most successful campaigns since SSU joined the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in 2001.
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 third 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
Shawn Quinn comes to Savannah State from The Citadel where he served as a defensive analyst for the 2017 season. Before that, he was the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Tennessee Tech (2016-17). A native of Chicago, Quinn has also coached at Western Carolina, Charleston Southern, Northwestern State, Georgia Southern, Louisiana Lafayette, Tennessee and Louisiana State.
He spent three years (2013-16) as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Western Carolina, leading a resurgence of the Catamount defense. Prior to Western Carolina, he coached one season (2012) at Charleston Southern where his defensive unit led the Big South Conference in pass defense and ranking third in scoring and total defense. Quinn additionally has previous coordinator experience from a year (2009) working as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Northwestern State, and two seasons (2010-11) at Georgia Southern coaching linebackers while also serving as the Eagles’ recruiting coordinator. AT GSU, he helped the Eagles win the 2011 Southern Conference championship and achieve two FCS semi-final playoff appearances.
He worked as a defensive line assistant for LSU during the 2008 season and from 2002-07, Quinn coached outside linebackers and the defensive line at Louisiana-Lafayette, helping win the 2005 Sun Belt championship. Quinn began his coaching career at the high school level, coaching outside linebackers and tight ends for a year (1995) at Armuchee (Ga.) High before spending five years (1996-99) coaching at Maryville (Tenn.) High where he helped lead the team to the 1998 Tennessee Class 4-A state championship. He then landed on the staff at Tennessee (1999-2002), as an offensive graduate assistant, taking part in the Vols’ 2001 SEC East Championship. Quinn coached in three bowl games while at UT.
Quinn has coached or recruited a number of NFL players, most notably Jason Whitten (Dallas), Tyson Jackson (Atlanta), Darius Eubanks (Tampa Bay), Jeremy Lane (Seattle), Antwoine Williams (Minnesota) and Edwin Jackson (Indianapolis). A four-year starter along the defensive line at Carson-Newman College, Quinn was an All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) selection, helping the Eagles claim four conference championships. He graduated with a degree in history and political science in 1995 before earning a master’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University.
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 third 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.
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.
Glenn Davis begins his second season at Savannah State. Davis has a wealth of experience coaching and playing Division One football, and joined SSU from perennial FCS Power Youngstown State. Under Davis, cornerbacks had six interceptions while the secondary had nine picks in 2013. The opportunistic group returned two pick-six’s for the year as Jameel Smith returned one 95 yards for a score at Indiana State and David Rivers had a 43-yard return for a touchdown in the win over Duquesne.
Junior Julius Childs and senior Dale Peterman were the veterans of the group. Peterman had a team-high three interceptions and in nine games had 37 tackles. Childs ranked third on the team with 68 stops in 10 games played. Childs also had two sacks for the year. In 2012, the cornerbacks were playing some of their best football in the final month of the campaign. Childs and Peterman were both first-year members of the program and started every game at the corner positions after joining the team in the fall. Childs received Missouri Valley Football Conference all-newcomer team accolades for his performance.
The two combined to make 101 tackles, including 71 unassisted stops. They combined for 12 pass breakups on the campaign. In the win over Pittsburgh, each forced a turnover to stop a Panther drive in Penguin territory. The Guins showed steady improvement on the defensive side of the football throughout the season. As a unit, YSU allowed just 95.5 yards rushing per game, the fourth-lowest total in school history. The Guins ranked sixth at the FCS level in fewest rushing yards allowed per contest. The Penguins allowed just 23 points in the last three games, the lowest total in a three-game stretch since 2003. YSU posted a 7-4 overall mark in 2012 highlighted by a 31-17 win at Pittsburgh, the program’s first-ever win over a BCS opponent.
He is a key recruiter for the program in the state of Florida, and has played a strong role in continuing to develop YSU’s ties to the Sunshine State. In 2013, Davis helped the program land tailback Martin Ruiz, a native of Tampa, Fla. Ruiz set a school freshman record for carries, yards and touchdowns and was named the MVFC’s Newcomer and Freshman of the Year. In 2014, the Guins signed eight players from the Sunshine State thanks to some of his home-state connections. Davis spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons under Skip Holtz at USF. In 2010, USF was 8-5 overall and defeated Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. In 2011, the Bulls were 5-7. One of USF’s first stars on the gridiron, Davis returned to the Bulls football program in July 2010 in the role of defensive quality control.
Davis spent the 2009 spring season as the secondary coach at Division II Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before moving on to Union Christian Prep Academy in Cincinnati in the fall to serve as the defensive coordinator. Prior to his stint there, Davis spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Freedom High School from 2007-08. In 2006, Davis was the defensive coordinator for the Birmingham Steeldogs of the arenafootball2 league. Following his USF career, Davis signed with the New York Jets in 2001 as a free agent, then played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2002) of the CFL and three years of arena football with the Orlando Predators (2003), the Carolina Cobras (2004) and the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers (2005).
A four-year starter with the Bulls from 1997-2000, Davis started 42 of 44 career games with the Bulls. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native was most known for making the first interception in program history on Sept. 6, 1997, against Kentucky Wesleyan. He finished his career with 155 total tackles, including 111 solo stops. He had 24 pass breakups and four interceptions for USF. The Bulls won seven games in each of his final two seasons after winning a high of eight in 1998. The 1995 Pinellas County Player of the Year at Dixie High School as named by the Tampa Tribune, Davis redshirted during the 1996 season at Purdue before transferring to USF for the team’s first season of football.
Davis spent his prep career at Dixie Hollins High School, leading the team to the state final in 1995 and earning first-team all-state honors at cornerback. He is a member of the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame having been inducted during the 2012 season. This is a modal window.
Paul Humphries begins his first season as the Safeties Coach at Savannah State in 2018. Prior to SSU, Humphries served as the Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary coach at Maryville College for 5 years. Maryville made multiple NCAA DIII Playoff Appearances and Humphries coached numerous All Conference and All Region award winners, while producing some of the strongest defenses in Maryville’s history.
In 2016, Humphries developed three All-USA South defensive backs including All-South region defender Ethan Williams. Humphries’ Scots paced the USA South with 14 interceptions while the defense allowed only 20.6 points per game, once again leading the league. In 2015, MC was third in the USA South in pass defense allowing only 214 passing yards per game while hauling in 14 interceptions. Micah Smith and Nasir Beyah each earned All-USA South second team honors. His kick return defense finished ranked 11th nationally. His punt defense unit was ranked 2nd nationally while MC’s net punting ranking was 7th nationally.
In 2014 his secondary was second in the USA South with 12 interceptions. Micah Smith was named a 1st team All-USA South defensive back with 58 tackles, five pass break ups, and an interception. In 2013 Humphries’ secondary recorded nine interceptions led by second team All-USA South defensive back Micah Smith. MC’s team passing efficiency (124.0) ranked second within the USA South. Maryville’s punt returns and kick returns increased under Humphries direction in 2013.
Coach Humphries came to Maryville after a successful six seasons as the defensive backs coach at Morehead State University. He gained extensive experience in athletic operations and academic success promotion while guiding the Eagle’s secondary and special teams units. Prior to his stint in Kentucky, Coach Humphries worked as the Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator at Bacone College in Oklahoma where he developed the linebackers. He had collegiate coaching stops at Belhaven College (Mississippi), Costal Carolina University (South Carolina), Cumberland College Kentucky) and East Tennessee State University where he developed his foundation for defensive and special teams excellence.
Coach Humphries has extensive recruiting experience in the south and southeast and looks to bring his attention to detail and passion for student-athlete excellence to the Scots’ staff. This 1997 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina was a four-year standout for the Terriers while attaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Education. He earned his Masters of Adult and Higher Education degree from Morehead State in 2008 and attained a Masters of Arts in Communication from Morehead in 2012.
A standout performer at Wofford, Humphries earned 1994 All-American honors while being a four-year letter winner for the Terriers. Upon graduation, he played for a pair of seasons in 1997 and 1999 in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions and Toronto Argonauts. As a coach, his 2007 and 2009 defenses received numerous accolades and national rankings while at Morehead State.