WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University football coach Chuck Goldstein announced today five changes to his coaching staff as the Bison prepare for the 2015 season. The Bison football program welcomes back four Gallaudet University graduates and the elevation of a current coach as the team enters spring practice.
Former Bison Philip Endicott ‘09, Caleb Hinton ‘12, Kenneth Montanez ’14 and Adham Talaat ’14 return to Kendall Green to serve on the coaching staff while current linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Brown was promoted to defensive coordinator.
The five coaches have a combined 20 years of playing experience, eight years of coaching experience, five years of coaching deaf and hard of hearing student-athletes, three former Gallaudet team captains, six Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) All-Academic Team selections, two College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American honors and two National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society inductees.
“I am excited to welcome back four former Gallaudet football players to our coaching staff. They are eager to give back to the program that gave them so much when they played here,” said Gallaudet Athletic Director Michael Weinstock. “Coach Brown has worked hard the past two years, here on this campus, and deserved the promotion for this position.”
Talaat is the most decorated player in Gallaudet University football history as the former team captain played for the Bison from 2010-13. He became the school’s first Gagliardi Trophy finalist, given to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III and a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, awarded to the top small college defensive player each year. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team, the first Bison to receive the first-team honor, he also became the first to earn Academic All-America recognition two years in a row. He also earned a spot on the 2013 D3football.com All-American defense as an honorable mention pick. In addition, Talaat received All-ECFC defense first-team honors and was named to the D3football.com All-East region second team defense. Talaat became the first Bison to host a Pro Day on campus where he tested in front of six different NFL scouts. He was a three-time all-conference honoree and became only the third Bison football player to earn ECFC All-Academic Team honors all three years at Gallaudet. The other two student-athletes to hold that distinction are on the 2015 GU football coaching staff in Hinton and graduate assistant Denton Mallas, a four-year GU letterwinner. Talaat will help coach the defensive line focusing on the defensive ends.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach football at Gallaudet. This program and this University has been a major part of my life and helped me grow into who I am now. I had some of my fondest memories while playing football for Gallaudet, and truly appreciate my coaches and their influence in shaping me into a better athlete and more importantly into a better man,” said Talaat. “That's why I jumped at the chance to coach here because I want to help this program and these young men continue to grow and improve everyday while continuing to break barriers and achieve their full potential in whatever they do."
Talaat, Brown and Montanez had a hand in Gallaudet’s historic 2013 season when the Bison won their first ECFC championship and became the first men’s team in Gallaudet history to make a NCAA tournament appearance. That season the team received national media attention from many different outlets including a feature piece on ESPN SportsCenter. GU tied a school record with nine wins in a season and set two new records with an 11-game winning streak dating back to the 2012 season and 11 games played in a single season.
Brown will enter his third season with the program this fall where he has been entrenched in the Gallaudet community. In 2013, Brown coached the linebackers on a defense that was ranked ninth in Division III in total defense (264.5 yards per game) and tops in the conference. Last year, the Gallaudet defense was ranked third in the ECFC and 23rd overall (282.8). Brown has coached three-time All-ECFC linebacker Jaris Alleyne, who was named to the first team in 2013, ’14, and Gregg McConville, an honorable mention All-ECFC selection in 2014. Prior to coming to Gallaudet in 2013, he was the head strength and conditioning coordinator and defensive line coach at Louisburg College. The Morgan State University graduate has also coached at Virginia Episcopal School, Coventry Jets of the British American Football Association, Egyptian National and Team and he played professionally for the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League. He attended the University of Memphis on a football scholarship before transferring to Morgan State where he finished his college career and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications in 2007. At Morgan, Brown was an all-conference first team selection, preseason All-American and a team captain.
Endicott is familiar with the GU football program as he served as a graduate assistant in 2010 after playing five seasons for the Bison on the gridiron. The offensive lineman helped to usher the Bison back into NCAA Division III as GU returned to that status in 2007. He was a captain on the 2009 team that went 6-4 and 4-2 in their debut in the ECFC to tie for second place. After graduating from Gallaudet the Philadelphia native became the head football coach and athletic director at the Michigan School for the Deaf for two years before becoming the assistant football coach at Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas. Endicott will be a resident assistant coach while also coaching the running backs and handling football operations.
Hinton was a four-year letterwinner (2008-11) where he served as captain on the 2011 team. The three-time ECFC All-Academic Team honoree was selected to the 2012 NFF Hampshire Honor Society months after being named a 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete candidate. For two years in a row the offensive lineman was a Top 10 Scholar-Athlete at Gallaudet and he also earned the prestigious Al Van Nevel Memorial Award given to a senior student-athlete who holds a GPA of 3.5 or better, demonstrates positive leadership on and off the field and consistently exhibits good sportsmanship on and off the field. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is continuing his education at McDaniel College where he is working on his master’s degree in deaf education. He will coach his old position on the offensive line.
“I feel so fortunate to be back with Gallaudet University's football program where I played for four years. Being part of Gallaudet's football team really defined my college career and who I am and I want the current players to have the same positive experience that I had,” said Hinton. “I want to be a role model for the deaf and hard of hearing football players and encourage them to excel both on and off the field.”
Montanez earned four varsity letters in football at Gallaudet in 2009, 2011-13 and was a two-time men’s track and field student-athlete (2010, ’13). The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is a volunteer coach working with the linebackers.