Fordham Rams Football Additions to Football Coaching Staff

Fordham University head football coach Andrew Breiner announced the addition of four coaches to the 2017 Rams’ staff. Tommy Galt has been named offensive line coach, Jon Guynes has been named assistant defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator, Stephen Pribble has been named offensive quality control coach and Liam Smith has been named defensive quality control coach.

“I’m pleased to be able to add these four coaches to the Fordham staff,” said Breiner. “Each coach has a solid football background and will bring a fresh perspective to the team that will greatly benefit our student-athletes. I’m excited to work with all four coaches as we move forward and prepare for 2017.”

Tommy Galt arrives at Fordham after serving as the offensive line coach at Virginia Military Institute since January. Prior to that he was an offensive graduate assistant/assistant offensive line coach at Penn State University for two years. He helped the Nittany Lions to the 2016 Big Ten title and an appearance in the 2017 Rose Bowl. He also assisted with the tight ends at State College, serving as the interim tight ends coach for Penn State for the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl.

Galt served at Penn State along with his father, Dwight, the assistant athletic director of performance enhancement for the Nittany Lions, and his brother, Deege, the assistant director of performance enhancement.

Before Penn State, Galt worked as the offensive line/tight ends coach and run game coordinator at North Greenville University from February of 2013 until March of 2015. He directed a Crusader offense that recorded back-to-back seasons in which it averaged more than 400 yards of total offense per game. He was a member of the staff of the 2014 Victory Bowl champions at North Greenville.

 A 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland, Galt was a member of the Terps’ football program, starting at tight end as a senior for then Maryland offensive coordinator, James Franklin, currently the head coach of Penn State. Along with playing tight end, he served as a reserve long-snapper, appearing in 39 career games, including all 38 his final three seasons. Galt owns the school record (among tight ends) in the clean (385), breaking the former mark of Vernon David.

Jon Guynes, a former assistant coach at Holy Cross, will serve as the assistant defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Rams in 2017. Guynes just completed his second season with Holy Cross where he served as the running backs coach.

Prior to his two years in Worcester, Guynes spent one season (2014) as the running backs coach at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Previously, Guynes was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Connecticut in 2012 and 2013, assisting with the defensive line. In addition, he was the defensive line coach at Assumption College in 2011.

From 2006-2007, Guynes was the linebackers coach at Iona College, where he helped lead the team to a 7-4 record in 2007. During his time at Iona, Guynes guided the career of Adam Lipski, who earned second team Mid-Major All-America honors in both 2006 and 2007, and was named the 2007 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Prior to his time at Iona, Guynes served as the defensive backs coach at Muhlenberg College in 2005.

 A 2005 graduate of Lehigh University, Guynes was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Mountain Hawks. He helped lead Lehigh to an overall record of 36-11 during his four seasons, including two trips to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Guynes also received a master’s degree in marketing from Connecticut in 2011.

Stephen Pribble, the offensive coordinator at Lock Haven University the past two years, will serve as the Fordham offensive quality control coach in 2017.

At Lock Haven in 2015 and 2016, Pribble guided an offense that ranked among the school’s best. The 2015 squad set a single-season record with 4,603 yards of total offense while Lock Haven’s 277 points scored that year were the second-most ever for a single-season.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Pribble served as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Urbana University in 2014. The Blue Knights’ passing offense ranked number two in the Mountain East Conference in 2014, averaging 289.6 yard per game, while tight end La’Velle Spivey became the first player in school history to earn All-Region honors.

At  Manchester University, Pribble was the pass-game coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers coach for three seasons (2011-2013) and wide receivers coach at Alfred University in 2010. At Manchester he helped produce a 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection at wide receiver while at Alfred he coached two All-American wide receivers and helped Alfred reach the 2010 NCAA playoffs.

A 2008 graduate of Lock Haven University where he received a degree in business management, Pribble also earned a master’s degree in education from Alfred in 2011.

Liam Smith joins the Fordham staff after serving as the director of player personnel for George State University in 2016, his fourth season with the program. He will serve as the Rams’ defensive quality control coach in 2017.

As the director of player personnel at Georgia State Smith was responsible for coordinating all aspects of recruiting, including the evaluation of film of potential recruits prior to forwarding to the recruiting coach. He also set up and oversaw official/unofficial visits as well as junior days.

Smith joined the GSU staff in 2013 from Rutgers, where he worked four years as a student assistant for the football program. He assisted with the scout team and film breakdown used by the defensive coaches, working under the defensive backs coach at each practice. Smith also served as an operation assistant for the Scarlet Knights, working with the youth camps.

A native of Mahwah, N.J., Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers in 2013.


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