Hameline Field ... Home of Wagner Football Camps
A completely reconstructed Hameline Field opened for the 1997 season. During the Summer of 2006 the playing surface of the stadium was redone. Wagner College Stadium now features Field Turf, a synthetic grass surface that is now used by our Division IAA Football team.
Associate head coach/offensive coordinator Jason Houghtaling (hO – Tail- Ling), who has spent seven seasons on the Wagner sidelines, serving as offensive coordinator during Wagners 2012 and 2014 Northeast Conference (NEC) title runs, while in-between, spending the 2013 season as offensive coordinator at Cornell, was elevated to head football coach on November 25, 2014.
Houghtaling takes over for Walt Hameline, who served in the dual role as Seahawk athletic director and head football coach for 34 years, before announcing yesterday that he is stepping down from his role as head coach. Hameline will remain as Wagners athletic director.
In his last three seasons as Wagners offensive coordinator, the Seahawks have amassed a 16-6 NEC record with league titles in two of the last three seasons. Last Saturday, the Green & White staged a dramatic 23-20 come-from-behind victory at Bryant, marching 65 yards in the waning minutes for the game-winning touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 7-4 record, a 5-1 NEC mark, and a share of the 2014 NEC title.
The 2014 Seahawk offense followed a similar formula to the 2012 Seahawks, finishing the regular season ranked No. 4 nationally in time of possession (33:02), while not committing a single turnover in the last three games of the season.
Tony Brinson enters his 21st season as a collegiate football coach, serving his fourth season at Wagner and third as outside linebackers coach. His two-decade career has taken him up and down the eastern seaboard where he has developed a host of deep and lasting recruiting relationships and contacts.
In his four seasons at Wagner, Brinson has tutored four Seahawks who went on to sign NFL Free Agent contracts. Following the 2011 season, Julian Stanford signed a free agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars after earning first-team All-NEC accolades. The 6-2, 225-pound Stanford earned a spot on the teams final roster, went on to make an early impact on special teams which led to his starting six of Jacksonvilles 16 games.
One of 19 players to play in all 16 games for the Jaguars, Stanford finished his rookie campaign with 23 total tackles, including 18 solo stops. In making the Jaguars roster, Stanford became the first Seahawk to appear on an active NFL regular season roster since Wagner Hall of Fame member Rich Kotite (1967-1972).
Custavious Patterson enters his third season as an assistant coach at Wagner and is in his first as quarterbacks coach after serving two seasons as the Seahawks wide receivers coach.
Patterson arrived on Grymes Hill in 2012 after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Fordham University.
In 2013, Patterson tutored senior Tyree Watkins, the NECs sixth-ranked receiver (4.1 per game) who corralled 45 passes for 484 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore Anthony Carrington also delivered a solid season under Pattersons watch, with 25 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown.
Ryan Fullen arrived at Wagner in March, 2010 and has served as Seahawk secondary and special teams for the past five seasons, including both of the Seahawks NEC championship teams in 2012 and 2014.
In 2014, Fullen led a talented, deep and experienced defensive backfield, spearheaded by fifth-year senior All-American and First-Team All-NEC performer, Jarrett Dieudonne, who led the nation with three interception returns for touchdowns last season while finishing No. 2 in total interceptions with seven.
Under Fullens tutelage, long-snapper Phil Faccone went on to earn Second-Team All-American recognition by The Sports Network in 2014.
Marcus Edwards, who served as an assistant coach at Wagner from 2009-2011, returns to Grymes Hill after spending two seasons on the staff at Bowling Green State University.
Bowling Green enjoyed tremendous success during Edwards; two seasons there as the Falcons made an appearance in the 2012 Military Bowl, played at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC, followed by an appearance in the 2013 Little Ceasers Bowl. Held at Ford Field, in Pontiac, MI, which is the home field of the NFLs Detroit Lions, this 2013 Ceasers Bowl was a reward for winning the 2013 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship.
In Edwards two seasons at Bowling Green, the Falcons were a combined 18-8 (.692), having gone 8-5 in 2012, followed by a 10-3 campaign last season.
Former Michigan St. standout offensive tackle and professional player Stefon Wheeler enters his first season as offensive line coach at Wagner.
Wheeler arrived on Grymes Hill after serving three seasons as an assistant at Milford Academy in Berlin, NY, the last two seasons as Offensive coordinator/Recruiting coordinator.
Wheeler is a Milford alumnus, starring along the Falcons offensive line in 2000. After leading Milford to a 10-3 record, Wheeler was awarded a full scholarship to Michigan State where he went on to start 35 games at left tackle. A two-time All-Big 10 Honorable Mention selection, he was voted to the Spartans First-Team All-Decade squad in 2012
Steve Ciocci, who has made a name for himself on and off the playing field throughout his Seahawk career, enters his second season as an assistant coach in charge of Wagners offensive tackles and tight ends in 2013.
On the field, the 6-4, 290-pound right tackle started 25 consecutive games to close out his career and earned his first All-Northeast Conference (NEC) nod last fall by opening holes for All-NEC running back Dominique Williams and providing protection for All-NEC quarterback Nick Doscher.
The Seahawks, who finished 9-4 in a landmark season for the program, claimed the schools first NEC Football title, became the first NEC program to win an FCS playoff game, and ranked 21st in the nation in the final Sports Network FCS poll. At years end, Ciocci was invited to participate in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and Pro Grass International Scout Bowl.
Director of Strength and Conditioning
Brian Tracz became Wagners strength and conditioning director in May, 2014 following a one-year stint on the strength staff at Elon University.
At Wagner, Tracz oversees the day-to-day supervision of a five-person staff in support of Wagners 20-sport athletic program in addition to serving as the head strength & conditioning director for the Seahawk football program.
“Were very excited to welcome Brian and have him direct our strength and conditioning efforts,” said Wagner Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Walt Hameline. “Brian has a proven track record of improving the strength and overall fitness levels of student-athletes while combining a positive and high-energy approach.”
Football Operations Director
Kevin Dobes enters his second season as Director of Football Operations at Wagner College, having joined the Seahawk Staff in July of 2013.
At Wagner, Dobes is entrusted with the important function of coordinating a myriad of non-coaching aspects of the Seahawk football program, including budget, team travel, team meals, summer camps and housing program. Other duties include game day management as well as handling the coordination and planning of team events and special projects.
In his role, Dobes interfaces with the colleges faculty and staff as well as the athletic departments facilities, marketing and media relations offices.
Football Equipment Manager
Shane Roff enters his first season as Head Equipment Manager for the Wagner football program, having been elevated into this position after serving in the capacity of Assistant Equipment Manager since August, 2010.
With three years of experience under his belt, Roff is a valuable addition to the Wagner athletics staff. He now assumes full responsibility of equipment and apparel purchasing, fitting, distribution, and repair for over 140 student-athletes, coaches and staff. A former Seahawk offensive lineman, Roff will also organize equipment team travel for the Seahawks five road contests in 2013.
Roffs work background includes a stint as a camp supervisor at the Don Bosco Day Camp in his hometown of Stony Point, NY and as an assistant shipping manager for Abbeys Ice in Spring Valley, NY.Roff is a 2013 graduate of Wagner, where he majored in U.S. History.