Six assistants join Milstead on new DSU football coaching staff

Rod Milstead

DOVER — The new Delaware State University football coaching staff is coming together.

Six new assistant coaches have joined first-year coach Rod Milstead’s staff this offseason — Eric Day, Mark James, Anthony Vitale, Keiki Misipeka, Ollie Taylor and Cordie Greenlea.

Day is a familiar face to Hornet fans.

He was the offensive coordinator under Al Lavan from 2004-2006. He returns to the staff in the same role and will also coach the quarterbacks.
During Day’s first tenure at Delaware State the Hornets went a combined 15-7 and were 11-4 in MEAC play.

James comes to Delaware State as the new defensive line coach. He was previously the head coach at Virginia Union but was let go at the end of the 2017 season.

He also held the defensive line coach job at Virginia Union before he was named head coach.

Eric Day

Vitale was most recently the offensive line coach at Southwest Baptist University and will take over the same position at DelState. Vitale also was the offensive line coach at Linewood Univer-sity before taking the job at Southwest Baptist.

Misipeka is the new DSU running backs coach while Taylor will coach the wide receivers.

Misipeka comes to Delaware State from Garden City Community College, a junior college in Kansas. He was also the running backs coach there.

Taylor, a DSU alum and former football captain, was most recently the wide receiver coach at Saginaw Valley State. He had a previous stop at Seton Hill where he was the wide receiver coach and also coached the running backs at Widener.

Greenlea rounds out the new coaches as the linebackers coach. He is a longtime Delaware high school football head coach with stints at Delcastle, Brandywine and McKean.

Two MAC games on the schedule

Delaware State’s nonconference schedule is also being finalized.

The Hornets will again step up a level with two games against FBS competition for the second year in a row. Both contests are against Mid-American Conference opponents.

DelState will open the year with a trip to Buffalo on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Hornets will also play at Western Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 15.

Delaware State played two games against FBS teams last season with a defeat to West Virginia before falling to Florida State in the season finale. That game turned out to be Kenny Carter’s final game as head coach.

DSU’s third nonconference game will be at home against Lynchburg — a Division III school which revived football in 2011 after 50 years without the sport. DelState will host Lynchburg on Nov. 17.


Delaware State’s spring game is still scheduled for Saturday, April 14. … Gerard Wilcher, a for-mer DSU assistant on Carter’s staff has taken an assistant coaching job at Rice, coaching the defensive backs.

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