Longo, Petitte & Sherrod join Keeler's staff

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Phil Longo, Brad Sherrod and Phil Petitte have joined new Sam Houston head football coach K. C. Keeler’s Bearkat staff.

"All three are outstanding coaches," Keeler said. "I have such respect for their coaching careers. I also know them as people. That will be a common theme with the guys I hire. I really feel good about bringing in these three guys."

Longo is the Kats’ new offensive coordinator. Sherrod will serve as co-defensive coordinator. Petitte will be SHSU’s new defensive line coach.

Longo joins the Bearkat staff after serving as an assistant at Slippery Rock, Youngstown State, Southern Illinois, Minnesota-Duluth, LaSalle and William Paterson University.

Last season as offensive coordinator at Slippery Rock, his “Air Raid” offense at Slippery Rock led the 16-team Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in scoring and total offense, averaging 43.3 points and 536.5 yards. Longo joined the SRU staff in 2011 as wide receivers coach. He took over as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2012. The Rock averaged 34.8 points and 407.3 total yards per game that year.

At Youngstown State in 2010, Longo served as receivers coach, tutoring first-team all-conference Dominique Barnes. A free agent signee with Detroit in the NFL, Barnes set a school record by catching a pass in 34 consecutive games and finished his career ranked second in school history in receptions.

Longo spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Southern Illinois University, helping the program post a 15-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference record and back-to-back conference championships. SIU was 20-5 overall during Longo's tenure as offensive coordinator.

The Salukis finished seventh in FCS scoring in 2009, averaging34.0 points per game. Running back Deji Karim finished third in the Walter Payton Award balloting after rushing for 1,694 yards and 18 touchdowns.

As offensive coordinator at Minnesota-Duluth, Longo helped lead the program to the 2008 NCAA Division II national championship.

As head coach at LaSalle, Longo produced two conference offensive players of the year, five All-Americans and 13 all-conference selections. His 2004 team ranked second in FCS national total offense and established 19 school records.

Longo served as associate head coach and offensive coordinator at William Paterson University in 2000-01. The Pioneer offense ranked among the top attacks in NCAA Division III football and finished with the third-highest scoring average in school history. The team produced 27 school records.

Before entering the college coaching ranks, Longo was the winningest coach in school history at Parsippany Hills High School in Troy, New Jersey. In 1999, his team competed in and won the 11th highest scoring game in the history of high school football in the U.S. Longo earned NJ Star Ledger and Daily Record Coach of the Year honors in 1998-99 and was awarded the Sportsmanship, Ethics & Integrity Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

A running back for SHSU head coach K. C. Keeler at Rowan University from 1988 to 1991, Longo was a member of the school’s first New Jersey Athletic Conference championship and NCAA Division III playoff team. The New Jersey native earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Rowan in 1992.

Longo and his wife Tanya are the parents of daughters Gianna and Macaria.

Sherrod worked as defensive coordinator at Elon last year, joining the Phoenix staff after serving three seasons as an assistant to Coach Keeler at the University of Delaware. Sherrod brings 19 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Bearkat program.

In his first year with the Blue Hens in 2010, the program went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS title game. That year the Delaware defense led the nation in scoring defense (12.1 points per game) and was fifth in total defense (280.7 yards per game).

Sherrod spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Western Carolina University where he coached running backs and linebackers. He spent 11 seasons on the staff of his alma mater, Duke University, where he tutored the linebackers for nine years from 1997 to 2005, tight ends in 2006 and running backs in his final two campaigns. He coached three Duke players currently among the school’s career leading tacklers.

Sherrod's coaching career began in 1995 at the University of Massachusetts where he served as a defensive tackle graduate assistant before heading to East Tennessee State University as linebackers coach in 1996. He helped lead ETSU to a No. 8 national ranking, a 10-3 record and the NCAA FCS playoffs second round.

He has served two internships in the National Football League, spending the summer of 1998 with the Dallas Cowboys and the 2000 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sherrod is a 2007 graduate of the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy.

As a player at Duke, Sherrod served as team captain and collected second-team All-ACC honors as a senior in 1993 when he led the team, and ranked fifth in the league, with 113 total tackles. The native of Monroe, N.C., tallied 279 career tackles, including 26 tackles for loss, in 47 games between 1989 and 93. Sherrod played in three games before red-shirting in Duke's 1989 ACC championship season.

Sherrod earned his bachelor's degree in history from Duke in 1993. As a high school standout at Monroe High, Sherrod was a two-time all-state and honorable mention All-America selection.

Sherrod and his wife, Monique, have a son, Elijah, and a daughter, Angelena.

Petitte has worked on Coach Keeler’s staffs at both Rowan and Delaware, helping direct teams to six appearances in NCAA national championship games including the 2010 finals in Frisco.

He served seven seasons as defensive line coach for the Blue Hens. His 2010 Delaware unit led FCS football in scoring defense (12.1 points per game) and stood No. 8 in total defense and No. 12 in rushing defense. Delaware rolled up records of 12 in 2010 and 11-4 in 2007 to reach the championship finals.

From 2004 to 2005, Petitte served as associate head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Penn.

At Rowan University in Glassboro, N. J., Petitte helped direct the Profs to seven NCAA Division III playoff appearances. Rowan reached the championship final in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Petitte produced an outstanding record in 24 years as a high school football coach. He served 14 years as a head coach, directing the programs at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, N. J., for six seasons and at Triton High School in Runnemeade, N. J., for eight years.

As a college football player at Glassboro State, which became Rowan University, Petitte was a four-year starter as an offensive guard. He served as team captain and was a two-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference performer.

Petitte and his wife Patti are the parents of two daughters, Ami and Cortnie. The couple has five grandchildren.

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