Staff
Head Coach
Jim Parady
Head Coaching Honors:

2004 MAAC Co-Coach of the Year
2007 MAAC Coach of the Year
2013 Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Finalist
2013 PFL Coach of the Year

League Championships:

1994 MAAC
2006 MAAC
2007 MAAC
2013 PFL

Jim Parady has guided the Marist football program through over a quarter-century of growth. The 2019 season marks his 28th season as the Red Foxes’ head coach, and his 29th overall with the program. He is tied for the longest tenure of any current head coach in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). In his tenure, Marist has made the jump from Division III to the FCS, moved into a newly-renovated stadium, joined the Pioneer Football League, won four league championships, and has had three players sign NFL contracts. In addition to serving as head coach, he also coaches the team’s quarterbacks.

Alma Mater:

University of Maine

Playing Career:

University of Maine

Coaching History:

1983-84 - Colby (Wide Receivers)
1985 – Hamilton (Quarterbacks)
1986-87 – Syracuse (Quarterbacks)
1988-89 – Brown (Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers)
1990 – Northeastern (Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers)
1991 – Marist (Offensive Coordinator)
1992-present – Marist (Head Coach)

Personal:

Earned Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Maine in 1983. Was a four-year member of the football team as a quarterback, and earned two varsity letters.

Resident of Poughkeepsie, NY, with wife, Kristen. They have two children, Sarah and Brett. Sarah is a 2017 Marist graduate.

Native of Nashua, NH.

Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Scott Rumsey

Scott Rumsey is in his 22nd season on Head Coach Jim Parady's staff at Marist. He will once again serve as associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Rumsey is in his 15th season as associate head coach, and this is his 19th as the Red Foxes' defensive coordinator.

Rumsey will coach the team's linebackers in the 2019 season, a duty he previously held from 2001-07, 2011-13, and 2015. He also coached safeties from 2008-09 and 2016-18. He served as defensive line coach from 1998-2000 as well as the 2010 and 2014 seasons. In his time as defensive coordinator, Rumsey has coached 85 all-conference selections, and has been the position coach for 32 all-conference honorees.

During this time, the Marist defense has earned national recognition. In the 2014 season, free safety Zach Adler led the FCS in interceptions per game. Adler was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press and was one of three Red Foxes – along with linebacker Paul Sakowski and defensive end Demetrius Williams – who earned First Team All-PFL honors. The Red Foxes ranked second in the league in scoring defense and total defense.

Rumsey was instrumental in the continued development of Terrence Fede, who became the first NFL draft choice in program history in 2014. Fede set the program’s single-season and career record for sacks. He is set to enter his third season with the Miami Dolphins in 2016.

In Marist’s PFL championship season of 2013, the Red Foxes recorded home shutouts against Valparaiso and Stetson, marking the first time since 2002 that the team recorded two shutouts in a season.

In 2012, Marist finished first in the FCS ranks in Red Zone Defense. The Red Foxes allowed the opposition to score on just 23 of its 40 trips (57.5 percent) inside the Marist 20-yard line. Marist also ranked among that national leaders in turnover ratio, going plus-9 in turnovers over 11 games last season.

The Marist defense was one of the best in the FCS ranks in 2011. The Red Foxes finished sixth in the FCS and first in the PFL by allowing an average of just 285.64 yards per game. Linebacker Ryan Cronan was a First Team All-PFL selection who led the team in tackles, and signed a contract to play professionally in Germany in the summer of 2012.

In 2009, the Marist defense was ranked 10th in the country in total defense and tied for 12th in scoring defense. The Red Foxes also recorded their first shutout in four years in a 24-0 victory over Valparaiso on Oct. 31. Nine Marist defensive players earned PFL honors.

Rumsey oversaw a change in the team's defensive philosophy heading into the 2008 season, as the Red Foxes changed from a 3-4 to a predominantly 3-3-5 look which they still utilize. Safety Rory Foley emerged as a star, setting a single-season school record with seven interceptions - a total which placed him third in the FCS ranks.

Rumsey's association with the Red Foxes football program dates back further than his coaching days. He starred as a defensive lineman at Marist and helped begin the building process of a winning program. As a rookie, Rumsey saw the Red Foxes win just two games, but by the time he graduated, he had led Marist to the top of the ACFC. In 1990, Rumsey, a two-time all-conference defensive tackle, helped the Red Foxes to a 7-2-1 overall record, and the first conference title in program history and an ACFC crown. The .750 winning percentage that season is still the best in program history.

Rumsey began his coaching career in 1991 as the defensive coordinator at Valley Central High School, before moving into the college coaching ranks at Bates College. He spent four seasons at Bates, coaching with former Marist coach Rick Pardy. During his stint at Bates, Rumsey coached both the linebackers and defensive line, before returning to the Poughkeepsie campus for the 1998 season.

Rumsey earned his Bachelor's in communications from Marist College in 1991 and a Master's in Public Administration in the spring of 2006. He and his wife, Casey, along with their daughters Kalie, Caden and Codi, reside in Montgomery.

Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Jake Dembow

Jake Dembow was promoted to offensive coordinator for the 2019 season, which will be his seventh on the Marist staff. A four-year starter on the Marist offensive line in his playing career, Dembow will also be in his fifth season as offensive line coach.

As offensive line coach, Dembow has had four of his pupils - Rich Duncan-Murphy (2017), Ryan Schneider (2016), Mike Mangino (2015), and Sean Foley (2015) - earn Second Team All-Pioneer Football League honors. Mangino concluded his career by starting every game in his four seasons, a feat also accomplished by Dembow in his Marist playing career.

In 2018, center Dan Wittekind became one of four players in head coach Jim Parady's tenure to be named captain prior to his senior year. Wittekind has started every game in his career through his first three seasons as well.

In the 2013-14 seasons, Dembow coached the team’s running backs. In this time, Atiq Lucas earned second team (2013) and honorable mention (2014) All-PFL honors. In Marist’s PFL championship season of 2013, Dembow’s position group was responsible for 1,339 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.

Dembow came back to Poughkeepsie following one season as assistant defensive line coach at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. During his time with the Jumbos, Dembow assisted in various facets of defensive game planning, on-field instruction, video coordinating and day-to-day football operations.

Prior to Tufts, Dembow spent three seasons abroad as player-coach for football clubs in Denmark and Norway. In 2012, Dembow played and coached for the AFC Show in Stavanger, Norway. He served as a two-way lineman and helped the team to a playoff berth in its first season competing in Norway’s elite division.

In 2010 and 2011, Dembow played both offensive and defensive line for the Aarhus Tigers in Aarhus, Denmark. In these two seasons, he helped the team not only gain promotion to the country’s top league, but return to the post-season for the first time since 2000. In addition to his playing responsibilities, Dembow served as an assistant coach for both the senior and youth teams in the Tigers organization.

Following his undergraduate career at Marist, Dembow returned to his hometown of Merrimack, NH and began coaching at Merrimack High School, from where he was a 2005 graduate. This came after two stints playing arena football as an offensive lineman during the spring and summer of 2009.

Dembow is a 2009 graduate of Marist, where he studied history and adolescent education. He was an offensive lineman for the Red Foxes, starting all 44 of the team’s games from 2005-08. An All-MAAC honoree in 2007, Dembow served as team captain in 2008. He received his Master’s degree in educational psychology from Marist in 2015.

Special Teams Coordinator/Safeties
Cameron Gibson

Cameron Gibson, a 2017 Marist graduate, is in third season on his alma mater’s coaching staff in 2019. This season, he will serve as special teams coordinator/safeties coach. From 2017-18, he assisted with the Red Foxes' secondary.

Gibson was a four-year letterwinner at cornerback for the Red Foxes. He was a team captain as a senior, a two-year starter, and a member of Marist’s 2013 Pioneer Football League co-championship team. He was named All-PFL Honorable Mention as a junior and senior.

Gibson was named to the PFL Academic Honor Roll all four years of his career, and was chosen Second Team PFL All-Academic as a senior. Also during his senior year, Gibson was a national semifinalist for the prestigious Campbell Trophy, and was nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team.

In his career, Gibson totaled 119 tackles. He broke up 19 passes and recorded six for interceptions, one of which was returned 78 yards for a touchdown at Davidson on Oct. 19, 2013.

Gibson is a native of Waycross, Georgia.

Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Billy Creed

Billy Creed is in his fourth season on the Marist coaching staff in 2019. This season will mark his first as the team's passing game coordinator, and second as wide receivers coach.

Last season, Creed coached Juston Christian, who was named an FCS All-American by two outlets and set the program's single-game record for receiving yards and single-season record for receiving touchdowns.

In 2017, Creed also served as assistant special teams coordinator while coaching the team's defensive line. Nose tackle Eddie Zinn-Turner was selected Second Team All-Pioneer Football League.

In 2016, Creed assisted defensive coordinator Scott Rumsey in coaching the team’s safeties. Wesley Beans ranked fifth in the FCS in interceptions per game earned Second Team All-PFL honors. Mike Marston and Jordyn Jean-Felix were each named Honorable Mention All-PFL.

Creed spent last season at Lycoming, where he served as defensive backs coach. He worked for the Franklin Pierce sprint football team from 2012-14. He was secondary coach in 2014, and helped two players earn Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. For the two previous seasons as a graduate assistant, he served as running backs coach, assistant recruiting coordinator, and video coordinator. In 2013, Franklin Pierce posted its best record in program history at 5-2.

Creed also spent one season apiece as an assistant with two high school programs: Eastport South Manor and Byram Hills.

From 2006-07, Creed played wide receiver at SUNY Cortland. He then served as the program’s assistant wide receivers coach from 2008-10 while completing his degree. Creed also has playing experience with the New York Demon Knights in the Five Star Football League (four seasons) and the New Hampshire Wolfpack of the New Hampshire Football League (two seasons).

Creed earned a B.S. in Education from SUNY Cortland in 2010 and a Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction from Franklin Pierce in 2014.

Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line
James Groce

James Groce is in his seconds season on the Marist football coaching staff in 2019. He is in his first year as recruiting coordinator, and second as defensive line coach.

Last season, Groce helped Enmanuel Soriano earn Second Team All-PFL honors, while Eric Taylor and Eddie Zinn-Turner were both named Honorable Mention Alll-PFL. Soriano led the Red Foxes in total tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks.

Groce coached the previous three seasons at West Virginia State University, where he served as the program’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He had significant experience recruiting Virginia and Maryland.

Prior to his tenure at West Virginia State, Groce was defensive line and wide receivers coach at Concord High School in Wilmingon, Delaware.

Groce began his collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University, and then transferred to West Chester University, where he was a mainstay on the team’s defensive line for three seasons. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2014 in Exercise Science.

Groce originally hails from Newark, Delaware, and played scholastically at Caravel Academy.

Tight Ends/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
Casey Tosches

Casey Tosches is in his second season on the Marist football coaching staff in 2019. He is in his first season as assistant special teams coordinator, and second as tight ends coach.

Last season, Tosches helped Jon Kanda enjoy a breakout season at tight end. Kanda was named Honorable Mention All-PFL as he finished with 28 receptions for 394 yards and six touchdowns.

Tosches coached at Stonehill College in the 2017 season. There, he coached tight ends and fullbacks, and was also the program’s video coordinator. He coached tight end Justin Lamb, who earned Second Team All-Northeast 10 honors. Tosches was responsible for recruiting southern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and several counties in Massachusetts.

In the 2015-16 seasons, Tosches served as a graduate assistant as Springfield College. He was the team’s passing game coordinator in 2016, worked with the wide receivers and fullbacks, and was responsible for recruiting central and southern New Jersey. At Springfield, Tosches earned his Master’s degree in athletic administration.

Tosches was offensive quality control coach and wide receivers assistant coach at Princeton University in the 2014 season. His responsibilities included weekly offensive self-scouting, game day responsibilities in the coaches’ box, and recruiting.

Tosches is a 2014 graduate of Susquehanna University, where he was a three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver. He got his start in coaching during Susquehanna’s spring practices in 2014, when he worked with the running backs. Tosches earned his Bachelor’s degree in communication, which a concentration in corporate communication.

Kickers
Tom Kelly

The longest-tenured member of the Red Foxes' coaching staff, Tom Kelly is in his 35th year on the Marist sidelines in 2018. Kelly will continue to work with the Red Foxes' specialists.

In the 2016 season, Mike Maccarone wrapped up Marist career as the program's all-time leader in points by a kicker, and set the program's single-season record for field goals made with 13. In his career, Maccarone was twice named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.

Under the tutelage of Kelly, kicker Jason Myers established himself as one of the best at his position in the PFL. Myers, who graduated in 2013, was an Honorable Mention All-PFL selection the previous three seasons, and led the league in touchbacks all three years. In 2011, he set a school record with a 49-yard field goal at Davidson. In March of 2015, Myers signed a free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Punter Kevin Pauly wrapped up a prolific career in 2011. Pauly was a two-time Honorable Mention All-PFL choice. In 2009, he set the then-program record for longest field goal (46 yards). In 2008, Pauly set a Marist program record by averaging 41.0 yards per punt. Pauly also tied a school record with a 76-yard punt in 2010.

In 2005, Bradley Rowe set a Division I-AA school record with 36 successful extra point conversions in a single season.

Kelly himself was a placekicker for Marist in its days as a club program, kicking over the course of four seasons before his 1975 graduation. In 1976, Kelly received a tryout with the New York Giants.

Kelly lives in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., with his two sons, Brian and Patrick.

Cornerbacks
Larry Riley

One of the top athletes the Hudson Valley has ever produced, Larry Riley is in his 31st season as an assistant coach at Marist.

Riley will be working with the team's cornerbacks this season. Riley has worked with both the defensive backs and linebackers in his Marist tenure of over three decades.

In his career, Riley has worked closely with some of the most talented players in program history. In 2011, cornerback Jaquan Bryant was a First Team All-PFL selection. Bryant intercepted four passes, and later took part in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and Oakland Raiders rookie minicamp. Riley also worked closely with Rory Foley (Class of ’11), who graduated as Marist's all-time leader in tackles in the program's FCS history. Riley’s tutelage helped Joe Riccardi set Marist’s all-time tackles record with 484 from 1989-92 when the program was in Division III.

In 2007, Riley was honored by the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union as part of their "Legends of the Hudson Valley" campaign, which was held in conjunction with Black History Month. It was just one of several awards Riley has earned for his dedication to the youth of the Hudson Valley.

After starring locally in his scholastic football career at Arlington High School, Riley attended Salem College in West Virginia, where he saw time as both a defensive back and running back, and earned All-America accolades two times during his career. In 1975, he led Salem to the NAIA National Championship and earned NAIA Offensive Player of the Year honors in the state of West Virginia. He was inducted into the Salem International University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

He signed with the Denver Broncos and was a member of the famous "Orange Crush" defense and played on the 1977 Super Bowl team. Riley played one year with the New York Jets before embarking on a three-year stint in the Canadian Football League.

After his retirement from pro football, Riley became a voice for the world of football. His television appearances soon turned into a career in motivational speaking for universities and local school districts. His voice helped students to understand the pros and cons of a famous lifestyle. He encourages children to protect their dreams.

Riley earned his undergraduate degree in public relations and organizational communication in 2002 from Marist. In 2003, he also earned his Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the school.

Riley began his coaching career as an assistant coach at nearby Arlington High School and in the Hyde Park school system. Riley resides in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and has two children, a son Larry, and daughter, Laurissa. Laurissa was a member of the 2006 Marist women's softball team that won the program's first MAAC Championship and advanced to the Tuscon Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

Assistant Linebackers
Mike Kagafas

Mike Kagafas is in his first season as assistant linebackers coach at Marist in the 2019 season.

Kagafas played football at Marist from 2010-14. He began his career at safety before moving to linebacker for his final three seasons. In his senior season, Kagafas was named Honorable Mention All-Pioneer Football League, was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week, and served as team captain.

Kagafas started all of the team's games at linebacker in both 2013 and 2014. In 2013, he finished with 56 tackles for the Red Foxes, who won a share of the PFL championship.

Kagafas finished his Marist career with 146 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five-and-a-half sacks, and four forced fumbles. He was a three-time selection to the PFL Academic Honor Roll.

Following graduation, Kagafas played professionally overseason for the Orebro Black Knight (Sweden) and Bialystok Lowlanders (Poland). In the 2018 season, he served as defensive coordinator at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, his alma mater.

Director of Football Operations
Adam Schmitt

Adam Schmitt is in his first season as director of football operations in 2018, overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Marist football program.

Schmitt previously spent one year with The Hoop Group as an operations assistant. Prior to that, Schmitt spent one season as an athletic department operations assistant at Fairmont State University where he primarily worked with the football and basketball teams.

He is a 2016 graduate of Lakeland University where he played baseball for the Muskies and obtained his degree in business administration. He went on to earn a master’s degree in sport management from West Virginia University in 2017.

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Aaron Suma

Aaron Suma began his duties as Marist's Strength & Conditioning Coach on June 22, 2015.

Suma had most recently served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a position he had held from 2012-15. There, he supervised and managed all daily operations of the strength and conditioning programs for the men’s and women’s basketball, softball, and volleyball teams.

In his previous position, Suma created sport-specific, individualized, and comprehensive year-round programs for his teams, and the results showed in their success. The men’s basketball program made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 and went 27-6 with its first NCAA Tournament win in 2015. Women’s basketball went 26-7 and reached the Sweet Sixteen in its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. Softball had its first two winning seasons in six years in 2013 and 2014.

From 2012-15, Suma has also served as a volunteer assistant strength and conditioning coach at the United States Air Force Academy. He assisted the Director of Strength and Conditioning and worked directly with men’s and women’s basketball, track throwers, baseball, hockey, wrestling, golf, and gymnastics.

Suma’s experience also includes a stint as a volunteer assistant strength and conditioning coach and Colorado Mesa University in the summer of 2012 and a position as strength and conditioning coach at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colorado, in the spring of 2012.

Suma earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Movement and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009 and a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Exercise Science from Northern Iowa in 2011.

Suma is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, a USA Weightlifting Level 2 Certified Advanced Sports Performance Coach and a National Association of Speed and Explosion Level 2 Certified Speed Specialist.

Assistant Athletic Trainer Sports: FB, WP
Justin Giuliano

Justin Giuliano is in his sixth year as an assistant athletic trainer at Marist. He works with the Red Foxes' football and water polo teams.

Before coming to Marist in 2013, Giuliano had worked in Poughkeepsie for the previous two years, serving as a physician extender at Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County. During this time, he also served as the head athletic trainer at Our Lady of Lourdes High School.

Giuliano previously served as assistant athletic trainer at Rutgers University in the 2010-11 school year, where we worked with the football, track, and swimming and diving teams. He coordinated athletic training services for Rutgers’ NFL Pro Day in 2011. He served as a graduate athletic training student at Rutgers in the 2009-10 school year.

Giuliano earned his B.A. in biology with a sports medicine concentration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2008 and his M.S. in athletic training from Seton Hall in 2010. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement Advisor For: FB, VB,
Alyssa Gates

Alyssa Gates is in her 14th year as the Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement, and her 15th at Marist College in the 2018-19 school year.

In her position she oversees the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement, including both Assistant Directors and the Academic Advisement Fellow. She is responsible for the academic monitoring and the continuing eligibility of approximately 600 student-athletes at Marist College.

In each of her years at Marist, the Red Foxes have led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll. In the 2009-10 school year, a school-record 18 of her student-athletes were named Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine as selected by CoSIDA. In the 2010-11 school year, a school-record four Marist student-athletes earned Academic All-American honors. In 2013 and 2014, Marist won the MAAC GoodWorks Challenge, which measures hours dedicated to community service.

While earning her master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Kutztown University, Gates was a graduate assistant in the advising center where she worked with students who were on academic probation. She also served as a graduate assistant field hockey coach for Kutztown.

Gates is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). She serves on the N4A's LGBTQA+ Committee and served as the Region 1 Director from 2012-14, overseeing N4A members from Maine to Maryland. In June 2011, she was awarded N4A's Professional Promise Award and in 2017 was awarded the organization's Professional Excellence Award. In 2017 she was selected by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce as a recipient of their 40 Under 40 Award.

In April 2013, Marist’s academic support program for student-athletes received program certification from the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). This designation included a campus visit from an N4A consultant who determined that the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement met industry standards for providing support and services to its student-athletes.

In July 2010, Gates completed Sport in Society's Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Training for Gender Violence Prevention & Education at Northeastern University. She has served as an adjunct instructor in Psychology and current teaches Sports in Society for the department of Physical Education.

Gates recently served on Marist College's Strategic Planning Committee and currently serves on the Diversity Council as co-chair to the Outreach, Access, and Inclusion committee. She is active in violence prevention education and awareness and is a member of the Grace Smith House Board of Directors.

Gates is a cum laude graduate of Mansfield University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. During her time there, she played four years of field hockey, serving as captain her senior season. She currently resides in Highland, New York, with her wife, Katie.