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Don Lappe • Recruiting Coord./Defensive Line

• First Year • New Hampton, N.Y. • Hobart & William Smith (N.Y.) College, 2011

• Second Year • Cookeville, Tennessee • Ohio Wesleyan Univ., 2014

• First Year • Cincinnati, Ohio • Wilmington College, 2014

Stephen Donaghue joined the Defiance College football coaching staff during the summer of 2015 as a graduate assistant and will work with the Yellow Jacket receivers. Donaghue comes to Defiance after serving as an intern at Thomas More (Ky.) College working with the wide receivers. During his time at Thomas More, he was responsible for a number of areas that included creating scouting reports, analyzing game film, student-athlete weight lifting programs and recruiting. In his only season with the program, the Saints receivers had 2,211 of the team’s 2,586 reception yards for the year as well as 18 of the team’s 20 touchdowns through the air. Two of the team’s receivers also earned all-conference honors following the season. Donaghue is a 2014 graduate of Wilmington (Ohio) College and was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the Quaker football team. He was a three-year starter at wide receiver playing a variety of roles in numerous offensive schemes during his career. He played in 22 games while catching 40 passes for 394 yards to go along with a pair of TD receptions. Donaghue averaged just under 10 yards per catch. Donaghue is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

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Jamal Edwards • Cornerbacks

• First Year • Indianapolis, Ind. • Hanover (Ind.) College, 2015

Jamal Edwards begins his collegiate coaching career with his first season as a member of the Defiance football staff in 2015. Edwards coaching duties will involve working with the cornerbacks. Edwards is no stranger to Defiance and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as he played for the Hanover (Ind.) College football team as a student-athlete. During his playing career, he was a four-year letterwinner and was a two-year starter his last two seasons. Early in his career, Edwards was awarded the team “Most Improved Defensive Player” as a sophomore and then capped his tenure on the field as a player with All-HCAC accolades as a senior.

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History and Records

Mason Espinosa begins his second season with the Defiance staff in 2015. He will be working with the quarterbacks. Espinosa joined Defiance following a standout four-year career as the starting quarterback at Ohio Wesleyan University where he started every game during his tenure (40 games) and helped lead the Battling Bishops to a 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship. Espinosa ended his career with 11,072 yards passing and 10,872 yards of total offense, both are current NCAC and OWU records. He also ranks 13th and 17th all-time in NCAA Division III in both statistical categories. In addition, Espinosa ended his playing days as the conference all-time leader in passing yards and total offense as well as the single-season record holder in completions (319). He also owns 17 OWU career, single-season and single-game records that include additional career marks of 1,619 passing attempts, 1,004 completions, 69 touchdowns, 63.0 pass completion percentage, and total TDs with 71. He is the single-season record holder in passing yards (3,371),

Coaching Staff

• Quarterbacks

• Slots/Wide Receivers

Football Team

Mason Espinosa

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Season Outlook

Don Lappe will begin his first season as a member of the Defiance football coaching staff in 2015 and will coach the defensive line as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator. Lappe will start his collegiate coaching career following a four-year stint at John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, N.Y. During his time at Burke H.S., Lappe was the offensive/defensive line coach and was later named the defensive coordinator. In addition, Lappe had experience on special teams coordinating field goal and extra point teams. Lappe was involved in all aspects of coaching that included creating scouting reports, working with video and video editing software, developing practice plans supervising strength and conditioning workouts and creating playbooks. In 2014, Lappe was a member of a coaching staff that helped the Eagles finish as New York State Section IX Class B Finalists. The year prior, Lappe also helped lead Burke to a Section IX Class C Championship and also as a New York State Class C Quarterfinalist. Following the 2014 campaign, he went on to serve as an offensive line coach for the New York Section IX Exceptional Senior All-Star Game. In addition to coaching football at Burke, Lappe also helped out with the Eagle indoor track team as a Thrower’s Coach in the shot put and weight throw. He also aided the Lacrosse program as head coach of the junior varsity program. Lappe is a 2011 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. and was a double major earning degrees in media & society and history. He was a three-year member of the Hobart football team as an offensive lineman.

attempts (490), completions (319), TDs (21), completion percentage (67.0%), total offense (3,252) and total TDs (21). He holds singlegame records of most passing yards (473), completions (52), TDs (six), total offense (495) and total TDs (six). Capping his playing career, Espinosa was a four-time All-NCAC award winner, including garnering first-team accolades in 2012 in addition to being tabbed the conference offensive player of the year, first-team All-Ohio and first-team Beyond Sports Network AllAmerican that same year. He went on to receive an invitation to tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers following graduation. Espinosa graduated from OWU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

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2015 Defiance College Football Media Guide  
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