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OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

 
 

E.J. Henderson
Wide Receivers Coach

E.J. Henderson has coached for five seasons at Wayne State University under head coach Paul Winters, including two seasons (2015-16) in this stint after previously coaching at WSU from 2004 through 2006.

In 2016, he tutored Second Team All-GLIAC wide receiver Jamel Hicks.  In addition, two players (Manny Mendoza and Logan Smith) received Academic All-GLIAC Excellence honors, with two student-athletes (Corey Ester and Shane Holler) being named to the Academic All-GLIAC Team.  The WSU Offensive Rookie of the Year award went to true freshman wide receiver Darece Roberson Jr., who played in all 11 games, starting seven times.  Roberson finished third on the squad in both receptions (13) and receiving yards (157) and tied-for-fourth in touchdown receptions (1).  Seven of his 13 receptions went for a first down.  WSU ranked 20th nationally in yards per completion (14.83).

He mentored two 2015 Honorable Mention All-GLIAC wide receivers in Jamel Hicks and Manny Mendoza, along with four Academic All-GLIAC recipients.  Mendoza earned GLIAC All-Academic Excellence recognition, while Mike Sawchuk, Logan Smith and Brandon Tinsley were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.

In addition, Hicks was the squad's recipient of the 2015 Cortez "Courtney" Smith Award 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.

In 2015, the WSU offense ranked 18th in yards per completion (14.83), 21st in red zone offense (86.8%), 33rd in time of possession (31:44) and 43rd in the rushing offense (194.0 yards per game).

While at Ohio Northern in 2014, the Polar Bears compiled a 7-3 mark and won their final five games.  ONU averaged 417 yards of offense per game and over 30 points per contest as Second Team All-League wide receiver Devon Price had an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) best 65 receptions.

In 2013, Henderson was the offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Urbana University.  He mentored Joe Webb, who was a First Team All-Mountain East Conference selection as the Blue Knights went 7-4 overall along with a 7-2 mark in MEC play.  Webb broke or tied UU single-season school records for catches (80), receiving yards (1,164) and receiving TDs (12).  Henderson oversaw an offense that averaged over 30 points per game and 429 yards per contest as Harlon Hill Regional Finalist D.J. Mendenhall threw for a school-record 3,268 yards and 32 touchdowns.  Mendenhall was also voted MEC Offensive Player of the Year.

Before joining the Blue Knights, Henderson spent two years (2011-2012) as the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at NCAA Division I Davidson.  He tutored First Team All-Pioneer receiver Lanny Funsten, who became the school's all-time leader in receptions (229), receiving yards (2,770) and receiving touchdowns (20).  Funsten also earned All-American accolades in 2011.  Tight end Reese Williams was a First Team All-PFL selection following the 2012 campaign.

He was on the Princeton University staff for four seasons (2007-2010) and was the Tigers defensive backs coach his first two years before spending his final two seasons in New Jersey coaching the running backs.  He also served as PU's special teams coordinator.  In 2010, he guided All-Ivy League running back Jordan Culbreath, All-Conference kicker Patrick Jacob, and All-League punter Joe Cloud.

During his prior stint at WSU, Henderson served as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator mentoring All-American place-kicker David Chudzinski, who was WSU's all-time leading scoring kicker when he graduated.  Henderson also coached an all-league wide receiver for the Warriors for three consecutive seasons in Ronald Williams (2004), Nick Body (2005) and Jake Weingartz (2006).

He served as the defensive backs coach at Mount Union College is Alliance, Ohio, for two years (2002-03) before coming to Detroit.  He helped the Purple Raiders to the 2002 NCAA Division III national title and an appearance in the 2003 championship game.

Prior to joining the Mount Union staff, Henderson earned his master's degree at the University of Louisville and spent two years with the Cardinals as a wide receivers coach where he coached Dion Branch of the New England Patriots.  Louisville made back-to-back bowl appearances and won the 2001 Liberty Bowl.

A 1996 graduate of Central Washington University, he earned four letters for the Wildcats and was an All-Mount Rainier League selection as a wide receiver his senior campaign in 1995.  That same year, CWU shared the NAIA national championship with Findlay.  He had 64 receptions for 1,272 yards and 15 touchdowns in earning honorable mention All-Little Northwest honors.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., he completed his collegiate career with 95 receptions for 1,704 yards and 20 touchdowns.

He is married to the former Katie Rosenthal and they have two daughters, Miriam and Luella, and a son, Asa.

 

Jeff Reardon
Passing Game Coordinator (Quarterbacks)

Jeff Reardon concluded his fourth consecutive year and eighth total at Wayne State in December of 2016.  He re-joined the staff in March 2013 as the tight ends coach after spending the 2012 campaign as the secondary coach at Baldwin Wallace University.  He moved to quarterbacks coach for the 2014 campaign and spent his third year coaching the signal callers in 2016.

He mentored Honorable Mention All-GLIAC selection Donovan Zezula in 2016, plus had three of his quarterbacks (Christian Klink, Trevor Van Tubbergen and Zezula) receive Academic All-GLIAC recognition.  Under Reardon's guidance the QBs helped WSU score the third-most TD in the GLIAC (52), finish sixth nationally in rushing offense (273.4 ypg) and 23rd in yards per completion (14.59).

He guided two 2015 Academic All-GLIAC recipients in Carl Roscoe and Van Tubbergen, along with WSU's Offensive Rookie of the Year in true freshman quarterback Donovan Zezula.  In addition, Roscoe was the recipient of the squad's Randy Guzowski Award which goes to the individual who has demonstrated team leadership and shown exemplary school and community citizenship.

In 2015, the WSU offense ranked 18th nationally in yards per completion (14.83), 21st in red zone offense (86.8%), 33rd in time of possession (31:44) and 43rd in the rushing offense (194.0 yards per game) with Zezula ranking 13th nationally in yards per completion (15.01), 24th in yards per attempt (8.46) and 49th in passing efficiency rating (140.9).

In 2014, Reardon tutored Roscoe who finished ninth in the NCAA in passing yards per completion (15.09) and 16th in passing yards per attempt (8.59).  In addition, WSU was third nationally in red zone offense at 90.5 percent.  Roscoe was also an Academic All-GLIAC honoree for 2014.

Reardon also guided kickers Paul Graham and Majd Khytaz in 2014.  Both were Academic All-GLIAC selections with Graham tying for the national lead in field goal percentage (93.3%) and finishing 19th in field goals made per game (1.27).  In addition to being WSU's Special Teams MVP, Graham was Second Team All-GLIAC, a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award and was named to the Beyond Sports Network All-Super Region 4 Third Team.

In his first season back in Detroit in 2013, Reardon mentored three Academic All-GLIAC selections (Trent Brodbeck, Aaron Weston and Ethan Walsh) with both Brodbeck and Weston being named to the All-Academic Excellence team.

At BWU in 2012, he tutored All-OAC safety Tom Goebel, who was second on the team with 61 total tackles, tied for the team lead with three interceptions, and led the squad with eight total pass breakups.  The Yellow Jackets compiled a 7-3 record.

Reardon originally joined the Wayne State football staff in March 2008 and served as an assistant defensive backs coach in both 2008 and 2009 after serving as a student assistant coach at Hope in the fall of 2007.

After working at Hope during the spring of 2010, he returned to WSU in the summer of 2010 to serve as video coordinator and safeties coach.

His 2011 squad ranked 14th 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.

Two of his players received conference all-academic honors, while senior safety Jeremy Jones was voted GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year as well as to numerous All-America squads.

In 2010, WSU junior safety Jeremy Jones became the first WSU defensive player in school history to earn First Team All-America accolades (Daktronics All-America First Team).

Wayne State was tied-for-34th nationally in sacks (2.45 per game) in 2010, 38th in scoring defense (20.73 points per game), 50th in total defense (330.45 yards per game) and 52nd in passing efficiency (116.72 rating).  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).

In 2009, he helped coach one all-league performer (Jones) and four academic all-conference selections (Joe Claiborne, Aaron Cornett, Kenny Loney and Brent Wisniewski).

A 2007 graduate of Hope College, he was named to the 2006-07 MIAA Academic Honor Roll and also lettered in football in 2005 and 2006.

The Stanwood native graduated from Sturgis High School in 2003.  Jeff and Lauren are the proud parents of Sadie Alexander.

 

Scott Wooster
Running Game Coordinator (Offensive Line)

Former Wayne State University student-athlete Scott Wooster joined the WSU football coaching staff in the spring of 2009 and, after serving four years as the tight ends coach, moved to offensive line coach in the spring of 2013.  The 2016 campaign was his fourth season as offensive line coach.

Wooster tutored two All-GLIAC performers in 2016 in left tackle Nate Theaker (GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year) and right guard Robert Kelly.  Theaker earned numerous All-America accolades (AFCA, D2CCA and Associated Press) and participated in the NFLPA Bowl as well as the NFL Combine.

A total of seven offensive linemen earned Academic All-GLIAC recognition, including five who were named to the All-Academic Excellence Team for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.  Three of his student-athletes (Theaker, Alex Ziedas and Andy Zimmerman) received membership into the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

WSU scored the third-most TD in the GLIAC (52) in 2016 and finished sixth nationally in rushing offense (274.3 ypg), 10th in fewest TFL allowed (4.18 pg) and 23rd in yards per completion (14.59).

He mentored two 2015 All-GLIAC performers in First Team selection Tommy Richardson and Second Team honoree Robert Kelly.  On the classroom side, the offensive line contingent produced two Academic All-GLIAC Excellence Team honorees in Ziedas and Zimmerman, along with four who received Academic All-GLIAC recognition in Ed Reny, Richardson, Theaker and Greg Webber.

In 2015, the WSU offense ranked 18th in yards per completion (14.83), 21st in red zone offense (86.8%), 33rd in time of possession (31:44) and 43rd in the rushing offense (194.0 yards per game).

The previous year, he mentored two National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society selections in Thom Box and Ben Walker.  Five members of his group (Richardson, Walker, Webber, Ziedas and Zimmerman) were GLIAC All-Academic Excellence selections with another five players (Box, Mike Komor, Reny, Jake Sheets and Theaker) earning Academic All-GLIAC recognition.  Theaker was a First Team All-GLIAC honoree with Walker receiving Honorable Mention All-GLIAC accolades.  Box was the squad's recipient of the Randy Guzowski Award, which goes to the individual who has demonstrated team leadership and shown exemplary school and community citizenship.

On the field in 2014, Wooster's corps ranked 12th nationally in fewest sacks allowed (0.91 per game) and 23rd in fewest tackles for loss allowed (5.18 per game).  WSU also ranked third in Division II in red zone offense at 90.5 percent which coincided with 28 rushing touchdowns and over 215 rushing yards per game.

At the conclusion of the 2013 campaign, four of his offensive linemen were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team with one (Walker) earning All-Academic Excellence accolades.  In addition, redshirt freshman Robert Kelly was the recipient of the Warriors Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while Walker was an Honorable Mention All-GLIAC selection.  WSU rushed for over 190 yards per game and 20 touchdowns during the 2013 season.

Wooster's entire 2012 tight end group consisted of either true freshmen and or redshirt freshmen.  He had one player earn Academic All-GLIAC honors (Ethan Walsh) and another (Trent Brodbeck) be voted WSU's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

His 2011 tight ends corps helped the Warriors to a school record for overall wins (12), road wins (8), while winning four consecutive road playoff games to reach the national title contest.  In addition, senior Greg Oberstaedt was named to the GLIAC All-Academic team.

The Warriors ranked in the top 40 nationally in four offensive categories for the 2011 campaign -- ninth in fewest sacks allowed (0.94 per game), 23rd in scoring offense (34.38 ppg), 26th in passing efficiency (144.02) and 33rd in rushing offense (200.56 ypg).

In 2010, one of his student-athletes (Austin Hughes) was named to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention team, while also receiving the Ron Solack #35 Award.

In addition, WSU was second in the league in both rushing touchdowns (27) and fewest sacks allowed (9).  In terms of NCAA rankings, the Warriors finished sixth in fewest sacks allowed per game (0.82), 30th in rushing offense (194.73 yards per game) and 45th in scoring offense (31.55 points per game).  All this helped the Warriors set a school record for overall wins (9) in 2010, conference victories (8) and the highest AFCA ranking in school history (12th).  All three of his players (Hughes, Greg Oberstaedt and Cory Zauner) earned GLIAC All-Academic honors for the 2009 campaign.

After attending Eastern Michigan in the fall of 1995, he transferred to WSU in the spring of 1996 and saw limited action that season for the Tartars. He then started all 11 games for WSU in both 1997 and 1998 at right tackle. As a senior and team captain, Wooster lettered as a left guard in 1999. He was twice named to the MIFC All-Academic team (1997 and 1999).

Wooster earned his undergraduate degree from WSU in 2001 and a master's in exercise science with a concentration in exercise & sport psychology in 2007, also from WSU.

Prior to joining the WSU coaching staff, he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Warren Mott High School.

He is married to former WSU softball player Christina Vitale, and the couple resides in Shelby Twp. with their daughter, Elliana Faith.

 

Dan Allen
Graduate Assistant Coach (Tight Ends)

Dan Allen joined the Wayne State University football coaching staff in the summer of 2016.  He worked closely with the tight ends and helped with day-to-day operations.

Allen mentored four Academic All-GLIAC recipients, including three who received Academic All-Academic Excellence accolades for maintaining a GPA above 3.5 (Trent Brodbeck, Preston Pelham and Aaron Weston).  Brodbeck was recognized nationally with selection the AFCA AllState Good Works Team, while Weston was Wayne State's Football Scholar-Athlete for the second consecutive year in 2016.  In addition, Brodbeck was voted to the All-GLIAC Second Team as well as receiving the WSU Randy Guzowski Award, which goes to the individual who has demonstrated team leadership and shown exemplary school and community citizenship.

Allen spent the previous two seasons (2014-15) at Mount Union as an assistant coach and assisted with the linebackers.  The Purple Raiders won the Division III national championship in 2015.

A two-year letterwinner (2011-12) for the Purple Raiders, Allen received Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors in 2012 as well as helping UMU to the 2012 national championship.  He played in 11 contests as a senior and recorded 13 tackles, including one for loss along with a fumble recovery and a pass break-up.

The previous season (2011), Allen appeared in all 15 games and recorded a fumble recovery at Ohio Northern, a pass break-up against Marietta and a tackle for loss against Benedictine, in a game in which he recorded a season-high four tackles.

A native of Mason, Mich., Allen graduated from Mount Union with a degree in exercise science/physical education in 2014.  he is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports administration from WSU.