Five Defensive Coaches Added To Army Staff

Five assistant coaches were added to the Army staff

Five assistant coaches were added to the Army staff

Feb. 4, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – New Army head football coach Jeff Monken continues to build his coaching staff, adding defensive coaches Jay Bateman, Orlando Mitjans, Jr., Ray McCartney, John Loose and Kevin Corless. Bateman will serve as defensive coordinator.

Monken, named Army’s 37th coach on Dec. 24, 2013, has 11 coaches on staff.

Bateman joins the Army coaching staff as defensive coordinator following three successful seasons in the same role at Ball State University.

An 18-year coaching veteran, Bateman helped Ball State rank ninth nationally in turnovers gained with 31 and 12th in turnover margin at +0.9. In the Mid-American Conference, the team was third in scoring defense.

In the past three seasons, Bateman mentored first-team All-MAC selection Jonathan Newsome as well as three second-team choices and helped two others earn third-team accolades.

Bateman began his coaching career at Hampden-Sydney College in 1997 before moving to Siena College in 1999. After one season as an assistant, Bateman was elevated to head coach in 2000 and spent four seasons running the Saints’ program.

In 2004, Bateman moved to Richmond University, for a one-year stint before transitioning to Lehigh University in 2005 where Pete Lembo was the head coach. At Lehigh, Bateman helped tutor a defense that ranked sixth in the country.

Bateman then advanced to Elon University in 2006 and served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He guided linebacker Chad Nkang to All-America status as well as Southern Conference Player of the Year honors. Nkang was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Elon won 35 games during Bateman’s five seasons and collected at least one all-conference linebacker honor each season. Elon’s defense ranked fourth nationally and led the Southern Conference in 2009 with just 248.33 yards allowed per contest.

Following his success at Elon, Bateman transitioned to the defense coordinator role at Ball State.  After a 6-6 season in 2011, Ball State won nine games in 2012 and 10 the next season while competing in the Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl and the GoDaddy Bowl, respectively.

Bateman is a 1995 graduate of Randolph-Macon College. He and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Bea and a son, C.J.

Mitjans spent the past four seasons at Georgia Southern University where he was charged with coaching the cornerbacks. A veteran mentor, Mitjans helped mold Laron Scott into a two-time All-America choice and All-Southern Conference selection. Scott was a free agent signee of the New Orleans Saints after concluding his career at Georgia Southern. He also helped Lavelle Westbrook to second team all-conference honors and an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

A member of the coaching staff that advanced to three consecutive national semifinals, Mitjans helped Georgia Southern rank second in the Football Championship Subdivision and 11th in the nation in 2010 in pass defense.

Prior to his tenure at Georgia Southern, Mitjans was the secondary coach at Tennessee State University, his second stop with the Tigers. In 2009, Tennessee State led the Ohio Valley Conference in pass defense and was second in total defense. Among the players Mitjans mentored was Dominick Rodgers-Cromartie, a member of the Denver Broncos’ secondary.

Mitjans spent one season at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., as co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach after spending spring ball as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Florida A&M University.

He served as secondary coach at Eastern Kentucky University where he helped produce an All-America selection and five all-conference players during his stop from March of 2006 to February of 2008, including Antwaun Molden, who participated in the Senior Bowl and was invited to the NFL Combine. In 2007, the secondary intercepted 24 passes and was the top-ranked pass defense in the conference. Three of the starters in the secondary were named all-conference, led by Derrick Huff, the league’s defensive player of the year and a first-team All-America choice.

The assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Tennessee State in 2005, Mitjans helped the Tigers lead the conference in pass defense and total defense.

Before Tennessee State, Mitjans coached running backs and then the secondary at Towson University. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2004. Towson led the league with 21 interceptions in 2003, four of which were returned for touchdowns. Mitjans worked with both running back Jason Corle and safety Madieu Williams, both of whom competed in the Senior Bowl and were invited to the NFL Combine.

Mitjans was the secondary coach at Kent State University in 1994 and at C.W. Post University in 1996 before moving to Morgan State University to coach the secondary in 1997. At Morgan State, the defense forced 28 takeaways and five players were all-conference choices. A season later, he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Mitjans began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Northeastern University and was hired full-time at Cheyney University where he was responsible for the secondary and special teams.

Selected to participate in the NFL’s minority internship program, Mitjans had the opportunity to work with secondary coaches and players from NFL teams in Kansas City (2001), St. Louis (1999, 2000) and New York Jets (1994). In 2006, he was chosen as one of 20 coaches nationwide to attend the NCAA Expert Coaching Academy to prepare individuals for head coaching roles.

During his career, Mitjans has mentored eight players who have competed in the NFL.

A safety for coach Lou Holtz at Arkansas University from 1978-80, Mitjans transferred to Northeastern and played two seasons for the Huskies. He earned his degree in 1982 from Northeastern in leadership.

Mitjans and his wife, Claire, will reside at West Point.

McCartney joins the Army staff after spending 13 seasons at Wake Forest working for 2006 National Coach of the Year Jim Grobe. During that time frame, the Demon Deacons won more games (78) and made more bowl game appearances (five) than any other era in the history of the program. McCartney most recently served as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

During McCartney’s tenure in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 2006 and played in the BCS Orange Bowl in 2007.

A tireless and well-known recruiter, McCartney recruited or coached 17 players that went onto the NFL, including 12 defensive linemen. McCartney most recently coached three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference nose tackle Nikita Whitlock who was a semifinalist for the Bednarick Award, presented to the best defensive player in college football and runner-up for the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Another athlete recruited and coached by McCartney is Calvin Pace, a stalwart for the New York Jets. He also recruited linebacker Stanley Arnoux who was a four-year starter and fourth-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints. Arnoux was a member of the Saints’ Super Bowl squad in 2009 after running the fastest time by a linebacker at the NFL Combine earlier that year.

In all, McCartney has had 12 of his defensive linemen compete in the NFL, including Pace, whom McCartney guided to All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year accolades.

While at Wake Forest, McCartney coached or recruited two first-team All-Americans, an ACC Player of the Year and two ACC Rookie of the Year winners. Ten of his defensive lineman claimed All-ACC honors.

McCartney also coached at Ohio University, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University and Wittenberg University.

McCartney earned a varsity letter in 1977 at Guilford College before an injury ended his playing career. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in physical education and earned a master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis in sport management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985.

McCartney was raised in Pelham Manor, N.Y. He is married to Gwendolyn Torres-McCartney, a career entrepreneur and has a 16-year old stepson, Spencer Van Fleet, who competes in archery and other outdoor sports as well as golf.

Loose, who spent the past 14 seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Lafayette, is returning to West Point. He coached the junior varsity team, linebackers, outside linebackers and secondary during his eight seasons along the banks of the Hudson.

Under Loose’s guidance, Lafayette consistently was among the top-25 defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision. In the 2013 season, Lafayette topped rival and 15th ranked Lehigh 50-28 and advanced to the national playoffs.

In 2012, Lafayette featured four All-Patriot League selections while the 2010 squad boasted three all league choices.

The American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008, Loose and his wife, Marianne, started Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation. The organization was founded in 2004 and raises money for pediatric brain tumor research. The Foundation has generated more than $1.7 million and blossomed into the largest one-day football clinic in the country.

Among the many all-stars Loose has coached is Andy Romans, a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year who helped the Leopards finish the 2008 season eighth in the nation in scoring defense (17.6 points per game), 10th in rushing defense (just 92.2 yards per game) and 20th in total defense at 303.2 yards per contest.

Lafayette boasted the top defense in the nation in 2007. Under Loose’s leadership, Lafayette allowed an NCAA-best 260.9 yards per game and ranked fourth in rushing defense at 85.7 yards per game.

The Leopards led the Patriot League in rushing defense in 2006 at 139 yards per contest while the 2005 team ranked in the top 20 in five categories.

Linebacker Maurice Bennett helped pace the defense prior to his graduation in 2006, was a finalist for the Buchanan Award and was chosen as an All-American by five organizations. Blake Costanzo played linebacker the same season and just completed his eighth season in the NFL, most recently with the Chicago Bears.

Loose coached at Army for eight seasons under Bob Sutton. In 1996, Army ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense during a 10-2 campaign that included an appearance in the Independence Bowl.

Prior to his time at Army, Loose worked as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Loose started his coaching career at the University of Albany in 1987.

Loose was a track and field star at Ithaca College where he was a five-time NCAA qualifier and All-America selection in the high jump. He holds the school record at 6-feet, 10 ¼ inches. He earned four letters in indoor and outdoor track and field prior to his graduation in 1987. He earned a degree in physical education with a minor in Psychology.

Loose and his wife, Marianne, have two daughters, Lauren and Grace.

Corless spent the past two seasons at Georgia Southern. In 2012, he guided linebackers and then served as co-defensive coordinator with Jack Curtin in 2013.

The 2012 squad advanced to the FCS national semifinals and the 2013 squad beat Florida but was not eligible for postseason play as the Eagles made the jump to FBS.

Prior to joining the Georgia Southern staff, Corless spent nine years at Arkansas State. He was the co-defensive for the first seven years before handling the defense solely his last two seasons.  In addition, he oversaw the linebackers and punt return units.

During his tenure at Arkansas State, the defense finished among the top-40 FBS programs in at least one defensive category each season.

Rivals.com named Corless the Sun Belt ‘Defensive Coordinator of the Year’ for the accomplishments of his 2009 Red Wolves’ defense. That season capped a four-year run that saw the defense claim either first or second in each of the league’s five major defensive statistical categories. ASU finished the 2008 season ranked in the top 20 for redzone defense and tackles for loss, but it was the upset of Texas A&M that earned national attention as linebacker Ben Owens intercepted an Aggie pass late in the game for the win.

In Corless’ first season in 2002, ASU finished second in the Sun Belt Conference in five different categories, while the 2002 and 2004 squads posted national statistical rankings. The 2005 team won a Sun Belt championship and played in the New Orleans Bowl.

Corless has guided seven players who have been selected in the NFL draft since 1998, including second-round choice Tyrell Johnson, the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Corless mentored Alex Carrington to the league’s top defensive honor and a third-round selection by the Buffalo Bills. DeMario Davis is the most recent of Corless’ charges to be drafted when he was chosen in the third round by the New York Jets in 2012. He guided 10 All-Sun Belt Conference linebackers and three Freshmen All-America choices.

Corless was at Northwestern State in 1995 as a defensive line coach and was elevated to co-defensive coordinator in 1999 with oversight of the linebackers during his final three seasons. Northwestern State made NCAA FCS playoff appearances in 1997, 1998 and 2001 and won two Southland Conference titles.

Corless played and graduated from Northwest Missouri State and spent two seasons as a graduate assistant where the team went 10-2 and qualified for the national playoffs.  He moved to Montana Tech to mentor linebackers and serve as special teams coordinator. During his eight seasons, he helped the Oreiggers transform from winless in three seasons into conference champions and an NAIA playoff team in 1992.

Corless and his wife Stacey have three children, Anne, Caitlin and Joe.

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