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Tribe Football Completes Coaching Staff
Updated: Sunday 03/21/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 21, 2014)—William and Mary football head coach Jimmye Laycock has announced the hiring of four assistant coaches – Kevin Lewis (DL), Winston October (WR), DJ Mangas (RB) and Mario Acitelli (TE/FB). Additionally, Laycock announced the promotion of Trey Henderson, who will assume the role of recruiting coordinator while continuing to serve as the video coordinator and safeties coach.

“We are very pleased to be moving forward with this group of fine, young coaches,” Laycock said. “We attracted a very strong applicant pool and were able to bring in a diverse group of individuals, in terms of background and prior experience. With our starting the spring practice season, they have all had to hit the ground running. I am confident our coordinators will do a great job building cohesiveness and am excited for what we are building towards this fall.”

Laycock went on to comment on Henderson’s promotion and said, “Moving Trey into the recruiting coordinator role was a natural fit, as he had worked closely with Trevor [Andrews, the previous recruiting coordinator who was promoted to defensive coordinator this spring) for the last several years. He has made an impact for our program in a wide number or areas, and this opportunity is one I think fits very well with his skill set.”

Henderson adds the role of recruiting coordinator to his duties, as the nine-year veteran of W&M’s program also serves as the team’s video coordinator and safeties coach.

In his time at the College, Henderson has gathered a wide-range of experience in working with both sides of the ball and has been heavily involved in collecting, editing and preparing practice and game footage for the staff, and using the team's DVSport software editing system. He also played a lead role in helping organize and implement the program's networked video editing systems in the Joe Pumilia Audio/Visual Suite. On the field, Henderson has been equally instrumental on the player development side, as he has helped mentor a pair of all-conference cornerbacks who went on to be selected in the NFL Draft – Derek Cox (now with the Minnesota Vikings) and B.W. Webb (Dallas Cowboys).

Lewis joins the Tribe’s staff as the defensive line coach after serving in the same capacity at Dartmouth College for the past two seasons. Last fall, he helped the Big Green rank ninth nationally in scoring defense and 22nd in total defense.

Prior to his stint at Dartmouth, Lewis spent three seasons at the University of Richmond where he served two years as the defensive line assistant before being promoted to the defensive line coach following the 2010 campaign. In addition to helping the Spiders post a 20-15 record, including an 11-2 mark in 2009 when UR reached the NCAA FCS Quarterfinals, he coached first-team All-American Martin Parker.

A 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech, Lewis was a three-year starter for the Hokies and helped the program win the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and earn four bowl games appearances. He went on to play professionally with the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europe and was invited to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

October will work with the Tribe’s wide receivers after coaching the same position at Virginia Military Institute for the past five seasons. During his seven-year stint with the Keydets, he also coached the return specialists and spent two seasons working with the cornerbacks. During that time, he helped produce four all-conference players as well as the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time kick return yardage leaders in the Big South Conference’s history. Under his tutelage last season, the Keydets receiving corps totaled 166 receptions, 2,178 yards and 16 touchdowns.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Richmond, October was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection as a defensive back and earned All-America honors as a senior. Additionally, he served as a team captain during the Spiders’ A-10 championship season in 1998 and finished his career ranked No. 1 on the conference’s all-time punt return yardage list.

Following graduation, October played professionally with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League for two seasons where he led the league in punt returns (1999-2000) and played in the 2000 Grey Cup Championship game. After a brief stint with the Washington Redskins in 2001, he returned to the CFL to play in 70 games for the Edmonton Eskimos through the 2004 season.

Mangas, a former Tribe wide receiver and quarterback, returns to Williamsburg as the squad’s running backs coach after working with the same position group at Georgetown University last season. With the Hoyas, he helped the team’s starting running back finish among the program’s single-season top-10 list in every major statistical category.

Prior to joining Georgetown’s staff, Mangas spent a season as the quarterbacks coach at Hampden-Sydney College where the team’s starting signal caller was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection after leading the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense per game.

As a player for the Tribe, Mangas led the team in receptions (45), receiving yards (591) and touchdown catches (5) during his senior season. Additionally, he earned the team’s 2011 Inspirational Award, which is given to the player who exemplifies great leadership.

Acitelli will work with the Tribe’s tight ends and fullbacks after serving as a graduate assistant at Texas for the past three seasons where he assisted on both sides of the ball. In addition to coaching in multiple offensive systems and working with the defensive scout team, he assisted with the on-field instruction of the offensive line and tight ends.

Prior to joining the UT staff, Acitelli served as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Appalachian State, in 2010. In that role, he coached the defensive scout team and assisted with multiple aspects of the program.

A four-year starter and team captain for the Mountaineers, Acitelli was a member of the 2006 and 2007 National Championship teams. Additionally, he won the 2009 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is awarded to the Southern Conference’s top offensive lineman, and played all 72 offensive snaps in the team’s upset win at No. 5 Michigan in 2007.

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