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Millersville University - Football

Coach Breitbach's Football Academy

Defensive Coaching Staff

 


Matt Sutjak | Defensive Coordinator / Camp Coordinator

Following an outstanding career with the Millersville Marauders, Matt Sutjak returned to his alma mater for the 2013 season. Sutjak coaches the Defensive Line and is the assistant special teams coordinator.

Sutjak quickly progressed through the coaching ranks after his 2010 graduation from Millersville. He spent the 2012 season as the tight ends coach at the University of Rhode Island, which competes at the Division I FCS level. In addition to coaching the tight ends, he assisted in writing practice scripts, film breakdown, and recruiting Pennsylvania. Following the season, he added assistant special teams coordinator to his list of responsibilities.

Prior to his tenure Rhode Island, Sutjak coached the secondary at Division III Lycoming College. Sutjak helped the defense ranked third nationally in total defense, second nationally in pass efficiency defense and first in the MAC in total defense. Three of his defensive backs were named all-conference and free safety Ray Bierbach was named All-America.

Sutjak, who graduated with a 3.15 GPA in social studies education, was regarded as highly intelligent player from his free safety position. After transferring from Central Connecticut State, Sutjak played in 33 consecutive games, totaling 239 tackles. He led the team in tackles in 2008 and 2009. He tied for the PSAC lead in interceptions with five during the 2010 season.


Jeff Richter | Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator

Jeff Richter arrived with Coach Greg Breitbach prior to the 2013 season and coaches the program's offensive line.

In addition to coaching the team's offensive line, Richter also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator.

Richter, a 2008 graduate of North Dakota, worked directly with Breitbach on the UND offensive staff in 2012. Richter coached the tight ends under Breitbach's offense and served as the Division I FCS program's video coordinator. He played a key role in breakdown of game, opponent and practice film and also recruited Minnesota and California.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Richter coached two seasons as the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach at Northern State in South Dakota. His career includes a season as the defensive line coach at Red River High School, where in 2009, the team made its first state playoff appearance in six years. Two of his players went on to play at the Division I FCS level.

Richter began his coaching career following his playing career and graduation from North Dakota. He served on the strength and conditioning staff at North Dakota for one year.

As a player, Richter played outside linebacker from 2003-04 and then transitioned to the defensive line where he helped North Dakota to 21-4 record over his junior and senior seasons.

Richter earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and exercise science.

Recruiting Areas

  • Bucks County
  • Montgomery County
  • Southern New Jersey

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Patrick Brown | Defenive Backs

Brown comes to Millersville for the start of the 2015 season after serving as a defensive assistant at Catawba.

Brown has quickly built a diverse resume, having coached as a strength and conditioning intern at North Carolina A&T and as a position coach and JV defensive coordinator at Dudley High School. At Dudley, his JV squad went undefeated and his cornerbacks contributed to the state's top-ranked pass defense.

Brown started his collegiate playing career at Georgia State and landed at Greensboro where he finished a degree in exercise and sports studies in 2012. He was recognized as member of the USA South Academic Team.

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Mike Silecchia 
Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator

Mike Silecchia joined the Millersville coaching staff prior to the 2016 season and brings with him a wealth of experience and Pennsylvania ties.

A 1978 graduate of Mansfield University, Silecchia has spent the last 38 years as a football coach including six years as a head coach at nearby Lebanon Valley and most recently as an assistant for seven seasons at Shepherd where he helped the Rams to a NCAA Division II Runner-Up finish in 2015. During his time at Shepherd, Silecchia's teams made four NCAA playoff appearances.

Over the course of his career, Silecchia has been a part of 18 NCAA playoff appearances and eight league championships.

Prior to his stint at Shepherd, Silecchia served as the offensive coordinator at Widener for two seasons and as the defensive coordinator at Kutztown from 2006-07. Silecchia was the head coach at Lebanon Valley from 1998-2004. He was also the defensive coordinator at Mansfield for 10 seasons. From 1995-97, he helped Lycoming to a Division III championship game appearance, a national semifinal and a national quarterfinal. At Frostburg State in 2004-05, he helped the team to the ECAC playoffs. His stops also include head coaching roles at North Penn and Athens high schools.

In addition to a bachelor's degree from Mansfield, Silecchia earned a master's degree in special education from Mansfield in 1984.