Staff
Head Coach
Mike London

Tremendously successful and widely respected, Mike London enters his first season as head coach of the William & Mary football program.

London, a former assistant under longtime Tribe head coach Jimmye Laycock, returns to Williamsburg with an impressive list of accomplishments as a head coach that includes winning a national title at the University of Richmond (2008) and earning Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year distinction at the University of Virginia (2011).

“This is an exciting day for William & Mary, and we are thrilled to welcome Mike and his family back to Williamsburg,” W&M Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge said at the time of London hiring in November. “Mike embodies the values and character that we need to lead our football program forward and he has demonstrated an ability to develop players and win championships over his nearly 30 years in coaching. His unique journey and commitment to the development of young men make him the perfect successor to carry on Coach Jimmye Laycock’s 39-year legacy while forging a new path for Tribe Football.”

Howard University’s head coach the last two seasons, London’s tenure leading the Bison was highlighted with his selection as a finalist for the 2017 STATS Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Eddie Robinson Award, which is bestowed upon the nation’s top head coach. Additionally, he earned the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Regional Coach of the Year award after guiding Howard to a 6-2 conference record – the program’s first winning season since 2012. His inaugural campaign at HU featured a season-opening win at UNLV, which ESPN lauded as one of college football’s greatest upsets.

Prior to his two-year stint at HU, London served as an associate head coach/defensive line coach at the University of Maryland in 2016 where he helped lead the Terps to an appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl.

In addition to garnering ACC Coach of the Year honors at UVA in 2011, London led the Cavaliers to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. En route to earning the postseason bowl bid, he guided UVA to road wins at Miami and Florida State – becoming the first program in the nation to accomplish the feat in the same season.

London gained his first head coaching experience at Richmond, his alma mater, where he amassed a 24-5 record and guided the Spiders to the 2008 FCS national title during his initial campaign. His efforts were recognized by the AFCA, which selected him as the FCS National Coach of the Year. After leading the Spiders to an 8-0 start the following season, UR became just the third FCS school to receive a vote in the Associated Press (AP) Poll.

London landed the head coaching job at UR after an exceptional two-year stint as UVA’s defensive coordinator (2006-07). During his first season, the Cavaliers allowed just 289.5 yards per game – the program’s best figure in 27 years. The following season, London’s defense ranked sixth nationally in sacks and among the nation’s top 20 in scoring defense and rushing defense. London oversaw the development of an outstanding group of All-ACC honorees, highlighted by 2007 unanimous All-America standout Chris Long, who was the second overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Before returning to UVA, where he was an assistant from 2001-04, London spent the 2005 season in the NFL as the Houston Texans’ defensive line coach. London’s first stint with the Cavaliers also included serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator from 2002-04.

London, a native of Hampton, Va., began his coaching career as the outside linebackers coach at Richmond in 1988 before coaching the defensive line at William & Mary under Jimmye Laycock (1991-94). He then returned to UR for two more years (1995-96) as the outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator before taking on the defensive line coaching duties at Boston College from 1997-00.

A standout defensive back at Richmond (1979-82), London served as a team captain his senior season and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent in 1983.

London graduated from UR in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a year later earned a degree in law enforcement from the Richmond Police Academy. He served as a detective from 1985-87.

London and his wife, Regina, have four children: daughters Ticynn, Jaicyn and Madicyn and son Korben. He has three children from a previous marriage: sons Michael Jr. and Brandon, and daughter Kristen.

Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Vincent Brown

Vincent Brown enters his first season as the Tribe’s associate head coach/defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Brown, a former All-Pro linebacker for the New England Patriots, takes over the Tribe’s defense after recent stints as a coordinator at Howard University and UConn.

Most recently, Brown served as London’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Howard University the past two seasons. In addition to producing a pair of All-MEAC selections, Brown mentored a young Bison defense that helped the program secure a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in league play in 2017. That year’s squad ranked second in the conference in fourth down conversion defense and third in red zone defense versus league opponents.

Prior to leading Howard’s defense, Brown spent three seasons at UConn (2014-16) as co-defensive coordinator where he coached four All-American Athletic Conference standouts.

Brown coached at the University of Virginia for four seasons, working with the linebackers (2010-12) and the defensive line (2013). Additionally, he served as the special teams coordinator in 2013. Highlighting those who benefited from Brown’s tutelage during his time in Charlottesville was linebacker Steve Greer who earned All-ACC honors after leading the team with 103 tackles. Greer’s 357 career tackles were the most of any active ACC player during the 2012 season.

After serving as a graduate assistant at UVA in 2007 and helping lead the Cavaliers to an appearance in the Gator Bowl, Brown coached linebackers for London at the University of Richmond for two seasons (2008-09). In addition to helping the Spiders win a national title in 2008, he mentored All-America linebacker Eric McBride and three All-CAA selections in 2009.

Prior to his start in collegiate coaching, Brown served as an inside linebackers coach for the Dallas Cowboys in 2006. His previous coaching experience also includes a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Meadowcreek High School near Atlanta, while he was also the school's assistant athletic director for one year.

A three-time All-Pro linebacker for the New England Patriots (1991, 1992, 1993), Brown was selected in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft. He went on to start 103 of 123 games for the Patriots before retiring in 1995.

A native of Atlanta, Brown played at Mississippi Valley State where he earned Kodak All-America honors as a senior in 1987. He was a second-team Associated Press All-American as a junior. A three-time all-conference pick, he set a school record for career tackles (570) and led the team in stops his final three seasons. He graduated with a degree in criminal justice.

Brown and his wife, Chandra, have four children: Dane, Vincent II, Raven and Jorian.

Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach
Brennan Marion

Brennan Marion enters his first season as William & Mary’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Marion comes to W&M after two tremendously successful seasons as Howard University’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach under London where he elevated the Bison into one of the nation’s most productive units.

Under his direction in 2018, HU ranked 15th nationally in total offense (470.8), 16th in passing offense (278.0), 21st in scoring offense (33.6) and fourth in yards per completion (17.27) – all figures that led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The Bison also led the league in rushing yards per game (192.8).

En route to posting the impressive numbers in 2018, seven offensive standouts garnered All-MEAC distinction – highlighted by seven first-team selections, the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year and the MEAC Rookie of the Year. The long list of honors followed up a successful first season at HU in which five of his players earned all-conference honors. Among those honored were 2017 MEAC Rookie of the Year and All-America Freshman First Team selection, quarterback Caylin Newton, and All-America offensive lineman, Gerald Wright.

Marion’s 2017 unit also posted impressive numbers, as it ranked 13th nationally in total offense (446.0) and 18th in rushing yards per game (215.5).

Before leading Howard’s offense, Marion coached two years at the collegiate level with Arizona State (2015) and Oklahoma Baptist University (2016) where he mentored two All-Americans.

Prior to coaching collegiately, Marion architected two impressive one-year turnarounds as a head coach at the high school level. In 2014, he led Waynesboro Area Senior High School (Pa.) to a division title and its first winning season in 22 years just one year after a posting a winless record. This effort earned him the distinction of the state high school coach of the year for Pennsylvania. In 2013, he led Saint Patrick-Saint Vincent Catholic High School to a playoff appearance following a 1-9 record the year prior to his arrival.

Marion played two seasons at the University of Tulsa where he finished his Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) career averaging 28.7 yards per reception (83 catches), which set a FBS record among players with at least 75 career receptions.

In his first season at Tulsa, Marion led the nation in yards per catch (31.9), breaking an FBS record in the process. Marion finished the season with 39 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named Conference USA Newcomer of the Year. A second-team All-Conference USA selection, he was part of just the third team in FBS history to have three 1,000-yard receivers.

As a senior, Marion played 13 games and totaled 43 receptions for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors after leading the nation in yards per catch for the second consecutive season.

In 2009, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent.

Marion was a one-year letter winner in football, basketball and track at Greensburg-Salem High School in Greensburg, Pa. As a senior, Marion had 23 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns.

Marion graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational studies from Tulsa.

He has two children: Mariah and Brennan Marion.

Recruiting Coordinator / Running Backs Coach
EJ Barthel

EJ Barthel enters his first season at William & Mary and serves as the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach.

Barthel comes to Williamsburg after serving as the running backs and player development coach at Howard last season. Under his direction, the Bison led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing with 192.8 yards per game. Additionally, he helped standout freshman Dedrick Parson garner MEAC Rookie of the Year and All-MEAC Second Team accolades. Parson led the league in yards per carry (5.65), while he ranked second in rushing touchdowns (nine) and third in rushing yards per game (70.6).

Prior to his season at HU, Barthel gained tremendous experience in various roles at a number of successful programs: Albany (running backs, 2018), Penn State (recruiting coordinator of personnel, 2017), Temple (director of on-campus recruiting and player personnel, 2016) and Rutgers (director of recruiting, 2015 / player development volunteer, 2014). At PSU, he helped the Nittany Lions secure the nation’s No. 5 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports.

He played three seasons at Rutgers University (2003-05) as a fullback before concluding his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts (2006-07) where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

A former standout running back for Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, N.J., he coached in the high school ranks at two prominent programs – DePaul Catholic High School (2012) and Bergen Catholic (2013).

Wide Receivers Coach
Mike London Jr.

Mike London Jr. enters his first season at William & Mary and serves as the wide receivers coach.

London Jr. joins the Tribe’s staff after a tremendously successful 2018 season as Howard University’s wide receivers coach where he helped the Bison rank fourth nationally in yards per catch (17.27) and 16th in passing offense (278.0).

In addition to producing a pair of first-team All-MEAC wideouts, Jequez Ezzard ranked seventh nationally in receiving yards per game (106.4) and 11th in receiving touchdowns (12).

Prior to leading HU’s receiving corps, London Jr. coached at the prep level at Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, N.J.) as the wide receivers coach and at Amherst-Pelham Regional (Amherst, Mass.) as the offensive coordinator.

During his successful tenure at the high school level, he coached 21 student-athletes who went on to compete collegiately at the Division I level.

Offensive Line Coach
Gordon Sammis

Gordon Sammis enters his first season at William & Mary and serves as the Tribe’s offensive line coach.

Sammis recently completed a successful two-year stint as the offensive line coach at Lafayette College. Under his direction, the Leopards ranked first in the Patriot League in fewest sacks allowed and fewest tackles for a loss allowed. Additionally, he mentored a pair of all-conference selections, including first-team honoree Jake Marotti.

Prior to his tenure at Lafayette, Sammis spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the offensive line coach at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where he was responsible for the running game and pass protection plans for a tempo run-pass option offense. From year one to year two at VMI, the offensive line improved its number of sacks allowed by seven.

Sammis spent time as the tight ends coach and offensive line coach at Columbia University from 2012-14. He served as the program's recruiting coordinator all three seasons, navigating the recruiting waters at an Ivy League school with the conference's highly selective academic index.
A 2007 University of Virginia graduate, Sammis earned a degree in Government after a playing career as an offensive guard that spanned from 2003-07.

Sammis returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant coach from 2010-12, earning a master's degree in education in 2012. He worked as an offensive line assistant during his first season and with the tight ends the following year.

A native of Flemington, N.J., Sammis was a standout at Immaculata High School.

Special Team Coordinator / Safeties Coach
Josh Zidenberg

Josh Zidenberg enters his first season at William & Mary and serves as the special teams coordinator and safeties coach.

Zidenberg comes to W&M after serving as the defense backs coach and special teams coordinator at Western Illinois University last season. His defensive unit helped the Leathernecks rank 23rd nationally in total defense (327.9), 28th in passing yards allowed (192.6), 28th in pass efficiency defense (116.79) and 30th in interceptions (12). The impressive numbers came against the nation’s second toughest schedule according to the Massey Ratings Index.

Among the players who benefited from his tutelage were standout defensive back Justin Fitzpatrick and return specialist Steve McShane, who both garnered All-Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) honors last season.

Prior to his stint at WIU, Zidenberg coached running backs at Lafayette College in 2017 and was the safeties coach and co-special teams coordinator at VMI from 2015-16.

Zidenberg served as a graduate assistant at the University of Virginia (2009-10) and at the University of Connecticut (2014). He worked with the defense and special teams at UVA, while he helped coach the linebackers at UConn.

Zidenberg broke into the coaching ranks as a scouting/player personal assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 2008.

A three-year letterwinner at the University of Virginia (2004-07), he earned the George Welsh Award for Special Teams Player of the Year (2006) and John Polzer Award for Ability, Character and Sportsmanship (2007).

He graduated from UVA with a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Anthropology and earned a master’s degree in Education in Administration and Supervision.

A standout prep player at Poquoson High School (Poquoson, Va.), Zidenberg was a two-time first-team all-state selection as a running back and safety. He became the fastest player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season (eight games) in the Hampton Roads area and finished his senior year with 2,811 rushing yards, which ranked among the Virginia High School League’s (VHSL) top-10 single-season totals.

Zidenberg and his wife, Lindsey, are the proud parents of a newborn son, Dexter.

Cornerbacks Coach
Ras-I Dowling

Ras-I Dowling enters his first season as William & Mary’s cornerbacks coach.

Dowling rejoins London after serving on his staff at Howard the last two seasons.

After working as a defensive quality control coach on HU’s 2017 squad that posted a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in league play, Dowling was promoted to cornerbacks coach in 2018.

Drafted by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots with the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Dowling became the highest selected defensive back to ever play at the University of Virginia.

During his five years in the league, Dowling was a member of two Super Bowl teams – New England Patriots (2011) and Carolina Panthers (2015). He also spent time with the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders.

Dowling excelled as a standout player under London’s tutelage at UVA where he garnered All-America honors in 2010 and earned All-ACC accolades three times. Additionally, he served as a team captain and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Defensive Line Coach
Keenan Carter

Keenan Carter enters his first season as the Tribe’s defensive line coach line after leading the position group for Head Coach Mike London at Howard University during the past two seasons.

Carter helped lead a young Bison defense that helped the program earn a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in league play in 2017. That year’s squad ranked second in the conference in fourth down conversion defense and third in red zone defense versus league opponents.

Prior to his stint at Howard, Carter coached the defensive line at Bridgewater College for two seasons (2015-16). During his tenure at BC, Carter helped four players garner all-conference accolades.

Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Carter spent three seasons at Potomac High School (2012-14), the final two of which he served as defensive coordinator. During his final season, his unit did not allow a 100-yard rusher.
Carter, who was also a special education teacher at Potomac, previously coached at Patriot High School, coaching tight ends and defensive linemen.

A two-year starter at nose guard at the University of Virginia, Carter graduated from UVA with a degree in sociology and went on to play with several NFL teams. He later earned a master's degree in education from Grand Canyon University.

Keenan and his wife, Jennifer, have four children: Keenan Jr., Peyton, Doug and Kylie.

Inside Wide Receivers / Tight Ends Coach
Matt Johns

Matt Johns enters his first season as the Tribe’s inside wide receivers/tight ends coach.

Johns, a former starting quarterback at the University of Virginia, joins the Tribe’s staff after serving as a graduate assistant working with the Cavaliers’ defense last season.

En route to helping Virginia post an 8-5 record, which included a shutout victory against South Carolina in the Belk Bowl, UVA’s defense produced three All-Atlantic Coast Conference selections. Additionally, the Cavaliers ranked 11th nationally in interceptions (17), 16th in passing yards allowed per game (183.0) and 21st in scoring defense (20.1).

Prior to joining the Cavaliers’ staff, Johns served as the quarterbacks coach at Central Bucks South High School in 2017.

A four-year letterwinner at Virginia, Johns finished his career ranked 11th on the program’s career passing list (4,233) and sixth in passing touchdowns (30) and 200-yard passing games (11)

Defensive Assistant
Bo Revell

Bo Revell enters his fourth season as a defensive assistant on the Tribe coaching staff and will continue working primarily with the linebackers. Additionally, he will continue to serve as the video coordinator after being promoted to the position in 2017.

In addition to producing all-conference standouts during each of his first three seasons, which in included Nate Atkins’ honor last fall, Revell helped oversee the development of 2015 Butkus Award Watch List standout Luke Rhodes. One of the nation’s top collegiate linebackers throughout his career at W&M, Rhodes signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a successful senior season in which he earned first-team all-conference honors. Rhodes is currently a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

A former tight end for W&M, Revell began serving as a student assistant coach in December 2015 immediately after finishing his playing career. In that role, he performed a wide range of coaching duties, which included assisting with management of winter workouts and spring practice, as well as preparing practice tape analysis, self-scouting reports and development of spring practice plans.

A three-year starter, Revell was voted a team captain during his senior season. Although he suffered a broken leg during the 2014 season opener at Virginia Tech, he returned late in the campaign and earned starts in the final two games.

Revell graduated from W&M with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health sciences and a minor in sociology.

He is married to former W&M women’s basketball team captain Victoria (Willems) Revell.

Revell's primary recruiting areas include Charlottesville, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Delaware.

Assistant AD for Football Operations
Bill Cole

An integral and valuable member of the Tribe’s staff, Bill Cole enters his sixth season at W&M and was promoted to the role of assistant athletics director for football operations in 2016. He served as the program’s director of operations during the prior three seasons.

Cole’s primary responsibilities include scheduling, assisting with the coordination of travel, meals, housing, recruiting and other logistics pertaining to the football program.

Cole joined W&M’s staff after serving as the director of operations at Wagner during the previous two seasons. In his role with the Seahawks, Cole’s responsibilities included handling the budget, team travel, team meals, summer camps and player housing.

Among Cole’s other duties were game day management, coordination of planning team events and special projects. Additionally, he interfaced with the college’s faculty and staff as well as the athletic department’s facilities, marketing and media relations offices.

Prior to joining Wagner’s staff, Cole served two years as a staff assistant with football operations for the Miami Dolphins where he assisted with training camp, game day activities and scouting, among numerous other operational duties.

Cole began his coaching career as a student recruiting assistant at Florida State from 2007-09.

A native of Cooper City, Fla., Cole earned a bachelor’s of science degree in sports management and business from FSU in 2008, while he received a master’s degree in business administration from Wagner in 2012.