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From Student Athletes to Coaches

RMU Colonials_web_smRobert Morris University is known for developing competitive, academically focused student athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom. What you might not know is that many of these same individuals go on to successful coaching careers after graduation.

(NOTE: This list shows only current coaches. Of course RMU is proud of all of our students who have gone on to coach or build successful careers in sports over the years, which includes hundreds of our graduates. However, if we have omitted you in error, we apologize. Please contact Val Brkich at and we’ll be sure to add your name and title.)

Hank Fraley ’12 – offensive Line coach, San Jose State Spartans
Sam Dorsett ’03, M’09 – running backs coach, Monmouth University Hawks
Colyn Haugh ’07, M’09 – assistant coach, St. Francis University Red Flash
Jake Nulph ’05, M’07 – co-defensive coordinator, linebackers’ coach and recruiting coordinator, St. Francis University Red Flash
Alex DiMichele ’11 – graduate assistant/assistant coach, Robert Morris University Colonials

Brett Vincent ’90 – head men’s basketball coach, Chowan University Hawks

Ice Hockey
Jason Evans ’02 – head ice hockey coach, Chatham University Cougars
Brett Hopfe ’08 – head ice hockey coach, Olds Grizzlys of the AJHL (Alberta Junior Hockey League)
Chelsea Walkland ’10 – assistant women’s ice hockey coach, Oswego St. University Lakers
Samantha Ullrich ’09 – assistant women’s ice hockey coach, Lindenwood University Lady Lions
Logan Bittle ’08 – assistant women’s ice hockey coach, Robert Morris University Colonials

Jill Dorsch ’07 – assistant softball coach, Lynn University Fighting Knights
Keri Meyer ’06 – head softball coach, Monroe College Mustangs
Stephani Moore ’00 – assistant softball coach, California University of PA Vulcans
Michael “Jexx” Varner ’07 – head softball coach, Lafayette College Leopards
Lauren Dickinson-Stawartz ’02, M’05 – assistant softball coach, Robert Morris University Colonials
Jaci Timko ’12 – assistant softball coach, Robert Morris University Colonials
Kristin McDaniel ’09 – assistant softball coach, Edinboro University Fighting Scots
Cory Shay M’11 – head softball coach, CCAC-South St. Bernards
Annie Dubovec ’11 – assistant softball coach, Youngstown State Penguins

Brad Barber ’13 – head men’s lacrosse coach, Hood College Blaze
Mike Rowse ’11 – assistant men’s lacrosse coach, Queens University of Charlotte Royals
Jillian Howley ’09 – head women’s lacrosse coach, Lake Erie College Storm
Dane Smith ’11 – assistant men’s lacrosse coach, Robert Morris University Colonials
Dan Mulford ’09, M’11 – head men’s lacrosse coach, Winchester Thurston School Bears

Mike Bruno ’90, head volleyball coach, Point Park University Pioneers

Running / Track and Field / Olympic Sports / Other
Justin DiIanni  ’04 – coaches marathoners in Pittsburgh
Marques Dexter  ’07 – assistant track and field coach, Cortlandt State University Red Dragons
Kevin Argauer  ’09 – assistant strength and conditioning coach, University of Pittsburgh Panthers
Erica Schmidt  ’10 – assistant compliance officer, University of Akron Zips

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  1. Tony Bruno #

    Obviously, the Sports Information Department has no idea about anyone that graduated before the “turn of the century”. I can name at least 10 coaches off the top of my head that are not on the list. Please do some research.
    Tony Bruno ’87
    (former Track & XC Coach, Duquesne University)

    August 28, 2013
    • Hi Tony. And thanks for your comment.

      This list only reflects CURRENT RMU alumni coaches. If we were to list all of alumni over the years who have coached at some point in their life, the list would be in the hundreds. Of course, we are certainly proud of ALL of our alums who have gone on to coach at other schools and leagues after graduation. However, it is absolutely possible that we’ve omitted a current coach from this list, simply because he/she hasn’t updated their record with us. If you could please share such names, I’d be more than happy to add them to this list.

      Again, thank you, and best of luck.

      Valentine Brkich
      RMU Senior Writer

      August 29, 2013

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