Wilmington College football coach Bryan Moore has nearly completed his staff for the upcoming season with the hiring of Corey Fillipovich, Matt Byrne, Jon Sandwisch and Josh Runda.
Fillipovich, a former assistant at Heidelberg, comes to Wilmington after serving as the defensive coordinator at North Carolina Wesleyan. He spent 11 seasons with the Student Princes.
He will be the associate head coach, defensive coordinator and coach linebackers at Wilmington.
“Corey was a critical hire,” said Moore. “We were together on the staff that turned around a 1-39 Heidelberg program. The relationship we’ve developed and experiences we have shared over the years will allow us to keep our program moving forward in a positive direction. Football is about relationships and I am thrilled to be working with such a great friend.”
Byrne also came from North Carolina Wesleyan and is a former Heidelberg assistant. Byrne coached All-America tight end Matt Hogya and All-America running back Cartel Brooks. He will coach the offensive line and serve as the run game coordinator.
“Matt has been mentored by three great offensive line coaches,” said Moore. “Mike Hallett (current run game coordinator at Toledo), Jason Lewis (offensive coordinator at Heidleberg) and Mark Jochum (North Carolina Wesleyan) are some of the best in the business. Matt was an All-OAC lineman on a nationally-ranked team. He has first-hand experience of what it takes to develop a cohesive offensive line in this conference.”
Sandwisch worked under Moore at Bluffton and was a quarterback at Heidelberg when Moore was the offensive coordinator for the Student Princes. He will be the quarterback coach and pass game coordinator for the Fightin’ Quakers.
“I was fortunate to bring Jon over with me from Bluffton University where he played a huge role in helping that offense break almost every offensive statistical record,” said Moore. “Jon is a bright mind and is passionate about the coaching profession. Jon played quarterback in the OAC and has a great feel for the passing game. Most importantly, he has spent time with me calling games from the press box and in the meeting room developing game plans.”
Runda comes to Wilmington after one season at Ohio Wesleyan and two at Bluffton. He will serve as the recruiting coordinator and secondary coach for the Fightin’ Quakers.
“Josh is coming over from Ohio Wesleyan University. Before going to OWU, he was on our staff at Bluffton as a graduate assistant. Josh is an idea man and a very pro-active thinker. As a first-year graduate assistant at Bluffton, it was easy to see that Josh was a special coach. He has a bright future in the profession and I am extremely grateful he decided to come to Wilmington with me.”
Wilmington opens the 2017 season hosting Earlham in The Quaker Bowl on Sept. 2.