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DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

 
 

Scott Kazmierski
Co-Defensive Coordinator (Defensive Line)

Scott Kazmierski concluded his 13th year on the Wayne State football coaching staff at the end of the 2016 season and his 12th as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.  He joined the Warrior football program in the spring of 2004 as running backs coach and moved to his current position in June of 2005.

During his WSU tenure, Kazmierski has mentored 38 Academic All-GLIAC selections, 20 All-GLIAC honorees, three CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients, three all-region selections, and one All-American (Greg Hasse in 2011).

Last fall, he tutored four Academic All-GLIAC recipients (Brady Beedon, Jonathan Currie, Blake Mazur and Alex Medenbach), along with three All-GLIAC honorees in First Team honoree Dalton Binkowski and Honorable Mention Team selections Derrick Coleman and Nathan White.

In addition, Binkowski was the Cortez Smith Award winner, which recognizes a member of the Wayne State University football program whose contributions include:  a positive approach to all aspects of the program both on and off the field; noticeable improvement to academic growth and progress, as well as skill and physical development; and finally, growing spiritually and contributing to the overall vitality of the football program.  WSU ranked 48th nationally in rushing defense (135.4 yards per game) and 46th in tackles for loss (7.3 per game).

In 2015, he guided one Honorable Mention All-GLIAC recipient (Derrick Rodgers) and three Academic All-GLIAC honorees in Coleman, Mazur and Medenbach.

He mentored two 2014 Academic All-GLIAC selections in Mazur and Medenbach along with WSU Defensive Rookie of the Year award recipient Jake Carrizales.  Carrizales was a Second Team All-GLIAC selection, while Justice Akuezue and Sam Sillmon were both named to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team.  Carrizales was third in the GLIAC in both sacks and tackles for loss per game, while Sillmon was among the conference leaders in fumble recoveries.

As a team, WSU led the GLIAC and ranked 22nd nationally in 2014 in sacks (2.91 per game), while ranking eighth in NCAA Division II with 9.3 tackles for loss per game.  The Warriors were ranked 38th in D-II in total defense allowing 338.5 yards per game.

He tutored two Honorable Mention All-GLIAC selections in 2013 (Ryan Hankins and Greg Hasse) along with three Academic All-GLIAC honorees in Ashawn Butler, Andrew Matt and Alex Medenbach.  His defensive line corps totaled five sacks, three forced fumbles and two pass break-ups during the season.

He guided two all-league honorees in 2012 in Serxho Guraleci and Andrew Matt along with three Academic All-GLIAC selections in Guraleci, Matt and Pat Cecile.  His defensive linemen recorded eight takeaways helping the Warriors to a top-20 ranking nationally in turnover margin.  In addition the six quarterback hurries by his DL corps helped WSU rank ninth in Division II in pass defense.

Cecile was the 2012 WSU Football Ron Solack #35 Award winner, while Guraleci was bestowed the Cortez Smith award.

The 2011 WSU defense ranked 14th nationally in sacks (3.00 per game), 39th in rushing defense (123.31 yards per game), and 49th in scoring defense (23.88 points per game) as Wayne State reached the national championship game for the first time in school history.  The Warriors were ranked second in the final AFCA poll after setting a school record with 12 overall wins, four playoff victories, and eight triumphs on the road.

In addition, Kazmierski coached six GLIAC All-Academic team members in 2011, while junior defensive end Greg Hasse also earned All-America accolades.

In 2010, he had one First Team All-GLIAC selection in Daunte Akra (who also earned all-region accolades), while Hasse was an honorable mention all-conference choice.  In addition, WSU ranked fourth in the league in rushing defense (134 yards per game), tied-for-third in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (12) and second in sacks with 28, the most of any conference school during the regular season.

In terms of national stats in 2010, WSU tied-for-34th in sacks (2.45 per game), was 38th in scoring defense (20.73 points per game) and 50th in total defense (330.45 yards per game).  All this helped the Warriors set a school record for overall wins (9), conference victories (8) and the highest AFCA ranking in school history (12th).

Kazmierski also coached the punt return team which ranked second in the GLIAC in 2010 with a 13.6 yard average per return.

Athan Anagonye was named to the All-GLIAC honorable mention team in 2009, while three of his players (Pat Cecile, Jimmy Kinaia and Jon Robinson) earned GLIAC All-Academic team accolades.

In 2008, Jason Thomas was voted to the All-GLIAC First Team, while Andrew Bates was a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection. Bates and Anagonye were both named to the honorable mention All-GLIAC team, the first of two straight accolades for Anagonye.

Kazmierski was instrumental in the turnaround of the Warrior defense going from 125th in scoring defense in 2007 (34.8 points per game) to sixth in 2008 (14.6 ppg). The Warriors finished ninth in the country in turnover margin, 29th in sacks and 42nd in tackles for loss. All this helped Wayne State equal the then-school record for wins in a season, while setting the school mark for conference wins in a year.

Bates was a Second Team Academic All-District selection in 2007, while four of Kazmierski's players were named to the GLIAC All-Academic team.

In 2006, Chris Smilo earned honorable mention All-GLIAC accolades as well as being invited to the Minnesota Vikings free agent tryout camp. Two of his players, Dan Barnes and Jason Thomas, were named to the GLIAC All-Academic team with Barnes being voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.

Two of his defensive linemen earned all-region honors (Michael Hall - Hansen's Gazette; and Leo Wells - D2Football.com) in 2005 with Wells being voted to the All-GLIAC First Team. It was the first such honor for a WSU defensive lineman since 1998.

A native of Okemos, Kazmierski graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2003. While at EMU, he majored in political science with a minor in history.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater (OHS) as a varsity assistant from 1998-2001.  Kazmierski spent the 2001 campaign as a student coach at EMU.  He served two years (2002-2003) as defensive coordinator at Ypsilanti Lincoln High School.

Kazmierski and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Novi with their sons, Jackson and Alexander.

 

Lou West
Co-Defensive Coordinator (Secondary)

Lou West was hired in March of 2017 as the co-defensive coordinator, secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator.

West spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Alabama State.  The Hornets defense finished second in the SWAC in scoring defense (24.8 ppg) in 2015 and again in 2016 (27.4).  ASU was second in the SWAC allowing 365.2 yards per game in 2015, while leading the league in rushing defense (142.4 ypg).  The Hornets were second in pass defense efficiency (124.2 rating) in 2015, and second in rush defense (132.0 ypg) last fall.  In addition, ASU was third in the conference in turnovers gained with 22 (11 interceptions plus 11 fumbles) in 2016.

Prior to his appointment at ASU, West coached the defensive backs and linemen at Mississippi Delta Junior College (2013-14).  He spent 2011 and 2012 as the defensive coordinator at Garden City Community College where they won the Mississippi Bowl over Copiah-Lincoln.  He coached the defensive line and special teams at Rose-Holman in 2009 and 2010.

West spent three seasons (2005-07) as the head coach at Indiana State.  During that time, he tutored five different All-Gateway Football Conference selections and seven others who earned Academic All-Conference recognition.  Defensive back Bryan Jackson received CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2006.

He served as defensive coordinator at the University of Toledo for four seasons (2001-04) before becoming head coach for the Sycamores.  During his tenure with the Rockets, West helped UT to a 36-14 record, three MAC West titles, two MAC Championship game victories and three bowl appearances.

Prior to joining the Rockets staff, West worked as the safeties coach at the University of Notre Dame for two seasons (1999-2000).  In his first year, A-Jani Sanders led the team in tackles for loss and was named to the All-Independent squad.  Sanders, along with fellow safety Deke Cooper signed free agent contracts with NFL teams.  During West's second season (2000) in South Bend, Ind., the Fighting Irish went 9-3 and made an appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  Tony Driver, a free safety for the Irish, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after earning All-Independent squad honors.

From 1995-98, West served as the defensive backs coach at Virginia Tech. In 1998, the Hokies ranked second nationally in interceptions (23), fourth in scoring defense (12.9), seventh in total defense (284.9), and 11th in pass efficiency defense (103.4 rating).  Virginia Tech also led the Big East in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing defense during the 1998 campaign. The Hokies picked off three passes en route to a 38-7 win over Alabama in the Music City Bowl that season.

During his four years at Virginia Tech, the Hokies appeared in four consecutive bowl games and posted a combined win-loss mark of 36-12 (.750). In 1995 (Sugar) and 1996 (Orange) the Hokies participated in New Year's Day Bowl games under the Bowl Alliance. VT ranked in the Top 25 in three of his four years on staff. Under his tutelage, five Hokies garnered First Team All-Big East honors, while one player earned second team accolades. Two players (Torrian Gray and Antonio Banks) were selected in the first four rounds of the 1997 National Football League Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, while Pierson Prioleau was a fourth-round selection of the San Francisco 49ers in 1999.

West spent one season as the secondary coach at Kent State (1994) after six seasons (1988-93) as defensive backs, outside linebackers, and tight ends coach at Cincinnati. He began his career as a graduate assistant with Arizona in 1977 before working as the defensive backs coach at Arizona Western JC in 1979 and 1980. West took over as defensive backs coach at Middle Tennessee State for two seasons (1981-82) before spending the 1983 season with the University of Minnesota. From 1984-85, he worked at Western Michigan University as defensive backs coach.

He graduated from McKinley High School before attending the University of Cincinnati (1973-76), where he played defensive back. West earned three letters and recorded four interceptions and six fumble recoveries during his career. Following his senior campaign, he played in the Blue-Gray Classic and the North-South Shrine Bowl.

A native of Niles, Ohio, West earned his bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati in 1977 and a master's degree in secondary education from the University of Arizona in 1980. 

West and his wife Gail, are the parents of four children – Andre, Adrian, Alexandria West and Orenthal -- and eight grandchildren.

 

Jon Robinson
Linebackers Coach

Jon Robinson was named linebackers coach for the WSU football program in March of 2016.

In his first season as a full-time coach, Robinson helped lead the Warrior defense to a 20th-place ranking nationally in fewest first downs allowed (184).  WSU was sixth in red zone defense allowing five rushing touchdowns, 12 passing touchdowns and four field goals in 34 visits.  Wayne State was 28th in fumbles recovered (12), 37th in scoring defense (21.8 ppg), 45th in sacks (2.64 per game) and 48th in total defense (343.1 ypg)

He tutored WSU Defensive MVP Valorian Cunningham, who also received the squad's Ron Solack "#35" Award, as well as Defensive Rookie of the Year Ryan Smith.  In addition, two of his student-athletes - Cunningham and Anthony DeDamos - received First Team and Second Team All-GLIAC recognition, respectively.  A total of seven linebackers were selected to the Academic All-GLIAC teams with three (DeDamos, Drew Dowding and Smith) earning Excellence Team accolades for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.

Prior to returning to Detroit, Robinson spent two seasons (2014 and 2015) as a graduate assistant coach at Ball State University working primarily with linebackers.  He was a graduate assistant coach for two years (2012 and 2013) on Winters' staff mentoring the linebackers, while also serving as the video coordinator in 2013.

In 2012, Robinson helped tutor two Second Team All-GLIAC linebackers in Nick Thomas and Ed Viverette, while having three of his student-athletes (Thomas, Moe Davenport and Steve O'Shell) earn Academic All-GLIAC honors.  The strong performances by his corps helped WSU rank ninth nationally in pass defense (165.6 yards per game) and 18th in turnover margin as his linebacking crew totaled 15 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three interceptions.

The following year at WSU, he helped mentor three Academic All-GLIAC selections (Anthony DeDamos and Idris Hobdy), with one (O'Shell) earning Academic All-GLIAC Excellence honors.  Robinson guided two All-GLIAC performers in Viverette (First Team) and Davenport (Honorable Mention).  Viverette also won two awards at the team's year-end banquet as Defensive Most Valuable Player and Ron Solack "35" Award.  In addition, O'Shell was selected as the program's Scholar-Athlete for 2013.

In his two years in Muncie, Ind., Robinson tutored 2015 First Team All-MAC linebacker Sean Wiggins, who was second on BSU's team and 14th in the conference with 95 tackles.  Wiggins was also selected as the Cardinals co-Most Improved Player.  In addition, linebacker Ben Ingle was a two-year captain and was the 2015 BSU Dave McClain Leadership Award recipient.  Ingle had a team-high 102 tackles in 2015, while finishing second on the squad in both tackles for loss (6.0) and pass break-ups (4).

During his playing career, Robinson earned a bachelor's degree from WSU in kinesiology, was a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection as well as receiving membership into the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society.  He earned Academic Honor Roll accolades nine times during his undergraduate career.

On the field, he finished his collegiate career with 90 tackles including 19 for loss along with 5.5 sacks in 46 games.  He started all 16 games as a senior as the Warriors set a school record with 12 wins (12-4) and advanced to the national championship game after four consecutive road victories in the NCAA playoffs.  Robinson made two assisted tackles in the national championship game and led all WSU defensive linemen with 50 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss for the 2011 campaign.  He was the recipient of the 2011 Ron Solack Memorial "35" Award for someone who wore his Wayne State uniform with unmatched pride and played the game with enthusiasm.

He and his wife Courtney reside in Novi.

 

Matt Johnston
Assistant Linebackers Coach

Matt Johnston joined the Wayne State University football coaching staff in the summer of 2015 as assistant linebackers coach.  He worked with the linebackers and special teams in 2016.

Last fall, he helped the Warriors finish 15th nationally in kickoff return defense (16.82 yards per return).

In 2015, Johnston mentored two All-GLIAC recipients in Second Team honoree Valorian Cunningham and Honorable Mention selection Anthony DeDamos.  In addition, eight members of the linebacking corps received Academic All-GLIAC recognition, including five (Dustin Carlin, Carterris Carter, DeDamos, Drew Dowding and Brook Higgins) on the All-Academic Excellence Team.  Three others (Randy Garvin, Zach Heddy and Idris Hobdy) were named to the All-GLIAC Academic Team.  Dowding was also recognized as the squad's Defensive Rookie of the Year after ranking 44th nationally in fumbles recovered.  DeDamos led all GLIAC linebackers and was 40th nationally in tackles for loss with 1.5 per game.

The WSU defense finished 44th nationally in first downs defense allowing just 197 throughout the season, while ranking 45th in rushing defense (135.4 yards allowed per game) and 48th in tackles for loss with 7.3 per contest.

Johnston spent two seasons (2013 & 2014) at Manchester University (N. Manchester, Ind.) as linebackers coach and video coordinator.  In 2013, he coached senior linebacker Zach Dashner to Division 3 All-North Region accolades.  In addition, Dashner and classmate Dylin Kennedy shared team MVP honors.  Kennedy, who ranked among the top 10 in NCAA Division III in solo tackles per game, topped the defense with 94 tackles. Dashner led the team and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) with six picks and was second for MU in tackles (74).  Kennedy was a First Team All-HCAC selection with Dashner being voted to the All-HCAC Second Team for 2013.

He was the running backs and fullback coach at Kentucky Christian University for the 2013 spring ball season.  Before going to KCU, Johnston had been a graduate assistant linebackers coach at William Penn University of Iowa for two years (2011 & 2012) while also serving as the defensive coordinator for the J.V. squad.  He earned his master's degree from WPU in business leadership.

In 2010, Johnston was the offensive coordinator at Warren Fitzgerald High School after serving as running backs coach at Adrian College, his alma mater, for two seasons in 2008 and 2009.  In 2008, Adrian led the league with 238.5 rushing yards per game. He was also the JV offensive coordinator at Adrian.  He helped the 2010 WFHS squad to an 8-4 record, a district runner-up finish, and a state playoff berth. The offense averaged over 330 yards per game, including 203.2 on the ground.

Johnston was a three-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs (2005-07) and after his final season began an internship with the AC strength and conditioning program where he also served as an assistant defensive line coach.

He graduated from Adrian College with a bachelors' degree in English and a minor in Spanish.   During his time at Adrian, he was a resident assistant for three years and President of SGA (Student Government Association).

A native of St. Clair Shores, Mich., Johnston played his high school football at Lutheran East.  While at LEHS, he was a 2004 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division IV Second Team All-State outfielder, while also earning All-Metro Conference honors in footb

 

Ian Good
Graduate Assistant Coach (Linebackers)

Ian Good joined the Wayne State University football coaching staff in the summer of 2016.  He will help coach the linebackers and aid in the the day-to-day operations of the program.

In his first season with the Warriors, Good helped mentor two All-GLIAC performers in First Team selection Valorian Cunningham and Second Team honoree Anthony DeDamos.  In addition, three of his student-athletes received GLIAC All-Academic Excellence accolades (DeDamos, Drew Dowding and Ryan Smith), plus another five (Dustin Carlin, Leon Eggleston, Randy Garvin, Michael Hazime, Idris Hobdy) were recognized with GLIAC All-Academic selection.  Cunningham was voted as WSU's 2016 Defensive Most Valuable Player and also received the Ron Solack "35" Memorial Award for wearing his uniform with unmatched pride and playing the game with enthusiasm.  WSU's Defensive Rookie of the Year award recipient was Smith.

Good was a four-year letterwinner (2010-13) at Kalamazoo College, where he recorded 156 total tackles in 38 games as a defensive end.  In 2013, he was named to the All-MIAA First Team after leading the Hornets in sacks (10) and tackles for loss (17.5).  His sack total was a school record, while his tackles for loss rank second in program history.

As a senior, he was a member of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society and was a two-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll selection.  Good earned his bachelor's degree from KC in psychology and business in 2014.

The Saline native, worked with the defensive line at KC the last two years, while completing a master's degree in sport management at Western Michigan University.

 

Ronald Talley
Graduate Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)

Ronald Talley joined the Wayne State University football coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach in August of 2016 and will work with the defensive line.

In his first year with the Warriors, he helped mentor four Academic All-GLIAC recipients (Brady Beedon, Jonathan Currie, Blake Mazur and Alex Medenbach), along with three All-GLIAC honorees in First Team honoree Dalton Binkowski and Honorable Mention Team selections Derrick Coleman and Nathan White.

In addition, Binkowski was the Cortez Smith Award winner, which recognizes a member of the Wayne State University football program whose contributions include:  a positive approach to all aspects of the program both on and off the field; noticeable improvement to academic growth and progress, as well as skill and physical development; and finally, growing spiritually and contributing to the overall vitality of the football program.  WSU ranked 48th nationally in rushing defense (135.4 yards per game) and 46th in tackles for loss (7.3 per game).

He joined the Warriors after an NFL career that saw him spend time with four teams over his seven-year career.  He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played in every preseason game before spending the year on the practice squad.

The following season, the Arizona Cardinals signed Talley to their practice squad and in 2011 he played in the final six games of the regular season.  He played in three regular-season contests in 2012, including making a start against the New York Jets.  In 2013, Talley played another six regular-season games before spending time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014 and the New York Jets in 2015.

Talley began his collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame and after redshirting in 2004, played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman.  He started five of the final six games in 2005 and recorded seven tackles (2-5) including a sack against Brigham Young, in his first collegiate start.  Talley finished the season with 23 tackles (9-14).  He played in the first six games of 2006, starting four times before transferring to Delaware.

In 2007, Talley played in 13 games for the Blue Hens making eight starts.  He totaled 43 tackles (19-24) including three sacks, plus three pass break-ups and a blocked kick.  As a senior in 2008, he was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Academic Team after being credited with 46 tackles (14-32), including eight for loss.

Talley earned his bachelor's degree in mass communication from Delaware in 2008 and was enrolled in the school’s sports management graduate program where he was named an honor student for the 2008-09 academic year.

He graduated from Detroit Renaissance High School in 2004 after being named to the Detroit Free Press Division 4 All-State team and the All-Detroit First Team as a senior.  He recorded 80 tackles in 2003, including five sacks.  As a junior, he notched 122 tackles, including 30 tackles for loss.

 

Jordan Belfiori
Graduate Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)

Jordan Belfiori joined the WSU coaching staff in the summer of 2015 and worked with the defensive backs the last two seasons (2015 and 2016).

He helped mentor Second Team All-GLIAC cornerback Brandon Lee and Honorable Mention All-GLIAC cornerback James Howard in 2016, along with four Academic All-GLIAC selections, including All-Academic Excellence honoree Kyle Toth.  Howard was also the co-recipient of the 2016 Serxho Guraleci/Ultimate Warrior Award for outstanding work in the weight room.

In 2015, Belfori helped tutor two Second Team All-GLIAC performers in Jamiil Williams and Zak Bielecki, along with one Academic All-GLIAC honoree (James Hendrix).  The WSU defense finished 44th nationally in first downs defense allowing just 197 throughout the season.

In addition, Bielecki was selected as the squad's Defensive Most Valuable Player, while Williams received the Ron Solack "35" Award for wearing his uniform with unmatched pride and playing the game with enthusiasm.

Belfiori served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at L'Anse Creuse North High School in 2014 where he mentored two All-MAC (Macomb Area Conference) selections.  In 2013, he served as both the wide receivers and defensive backs coach for the Crusaders and helped LCNHS to an 8-2 record and berth in the state playoffs.

He began his coaching career in 2012 at LCNHS serving as running backs coach for the Crusaders. He also spent the last three years as a social studies, history and special education teacher at LCNHS.

Belfiori earned his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Central Michigan in 2012.  He graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Social Studies and History.

A 2008 graduate of Sterling Heights Stevenson High School, Belfiori was a Detroit Free Press All-East Honorable Mention selection as a senior, while also serving as a team captain for coach Rick Bye's squad.