DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
Brandon Lacy begins his ninth season as a member of the Southeastern Louisiana football staff and his sixth as the Lions’ recruiting coordinator. Prior to the 2016 season, he added the title of assistant head coach. Since arriving at Southeastern, the Edmond, Okla., native has served as the Lions’ defensive line coach after serving as the co-defensive coordinator in 2008 at Division II Angelo State University.
Lacy, a former defensive end at Kansas and a two-time Academic All Big 12 selection, brings an impressive resume to the Lion coaching staff that includes stints at Appalachian State, UT-Martin and Rice.
Lacy’s 2016 defensive line grouping was perhaps the deepest of his tenure. Among his group’s leaders were senior All-Southland Conference performers Jon Taylor and Anthony Murphy Jr.
In 2015, the Lion defensive line was one of the strengths of the Southeastern defense. Senior Ashton Henderson received the inaugural Piesman Award and was joined on the All-Southland Conference team by fellow senior A.J. Bowen.
Lacy’s defensive line corps helped the 2014 Southland Conference champions lead the league in scoring and total defense. Lacy’s group included a pair of All-Southland Conference selections in Jacob Newman and Bowen.
The 2013 Lion defensive line, under Lacy’s tutelage, was led by Newman. The newcomer was named second team All-Southland Conference after sharing the team lead with seven sacks and finishing among the Southland Conference leaders with 14.0 tackles for loss. The entirety of Lacy’s staring defensive line earned All-Southland accolades, as seniors Jeremy Williams and Greg Triay were honorable mention selections.
Under Lacy’s guidance in 2012, senior Tramaine Lucas was named an honorable mention All-Southland Conference performer while the Lion defense finished fourth overall in sacks with 25.
In 2010, Lacy guided a group of defensive linemen that recorded 25 of the Lions’ 28 sacks. Senior Nathan Clophus earned All-Southland Conference honors after he led the team with five sacks with Devan Walker posting four.
In his first season with the Lions in 2009, guided a young trio of Clophus, Walker and Lindsey Leavoy that combined for 98 tackles and 27 quarterback hurries.
Lacy served as co-defensive coordinator in 2008 at ASU, where he helped the Rams mold a run defense that finished second in the Lone Star Conference after finishing 12th the previous season.
From 2006-07, Lacy worked on the staff at Rice helping the Owls to a 7-6 record in 2006 and their first bowl appearance in 45 years. Working with the Rice defensive line, Lacy coached freshman All-American Cheta Ozougwu and All Conference USA freshman Scott Solomon.
Lacy spent one season at UT Martin where he served as running backs coach and helped guide the Skyhawks to their first winning season in 12 years. Among his pupils was Donald Chapman, who rushed for over 1,300 yards and was named All-Ohio Valley Conference.
Lacy got his coaching start at FCS power Appalachian State in 2003, working under legendary coach Jerry Moore. During his two-year stay in Boone, Lacy helped the Mountaineers to consecutive winning seasons while helping to mold some of the top players in school history that included four eventual Buck Buchanan award nominees (KT Stovall, Cory Lynch, Jeremy Wiggins, Marques Murrell).
Lacy played two seasons at UT Martin where he led the Skyhawks in sacks both seasons and was a four-time OVC Defensive Player of the Week. He played his final two seasons at KU, playing for coaches Terry Allen and Mark Mangino, while earning the Jayhawk Scholar Athlete Award and being named to the KU Honor Roll three times.
Lacy earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at KU in 2003 and received graduate credit in Sport Psychology from Rice. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association, the Black Coaches Association and has membership in both the Oklahoma and Texas High School Coaches Association.
Lacy and his wife, Jessica, reside in Hammond and are the parents of three sons, Tre, Brandon, Jr., and Julius.
Defensive Line / Linebackers
Aaron Schwanz enters his fourth season on the Southeastern Louisiana football staff as an assistant coach working with the Lion linebackers. Prior to the 2016 season, Schwanz added the title of special teams coordinator.
In 2016, Schwanz led a talented linebacker group. Junior Sione Teuhema earned second team All-Southland Conference honors and was joined on the all-conference squad by senior Tre’ Bennett. Bennett was also a strong performer in the classroom, earning Southland All-Academic honors.
In their first year under Schwanz’s direction, the Southeastern special teams units were greatly improved. The Lions led the Southland Conference and ranked among the national leaders with five blocked kicks (7th in FCS) and 18.08 yards allowed per kickoff return (20th in FCS).
The 2015 linebacker corps was successful under Schwanz’s direction. Senior linebacker Herbert Harris was named second team All-Southland Conference after leading the team in tackles, while Bennett was named to the All-Southland Conference team as an honorable mention selection.
In 2014, Schwanz’s linebackers were key to the Southland Conference champion Lion defense leading the league in scoring and total defense. Schwanz coached Sports Network and Associated Press All-American Isiah Corbett, who led SLU with 12.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and four interceptions. Corbett also earned All-Louisiana and All-Southland Conference honors, as was fellow senior linebacker Drew Misita.
Schwanz spent the 2013 season at Wisconsin, where he was a graduate assistant working with the Badgers’ outside linebackers. Schwanz contributed to a defense that ranked top 10 nationally in total defense (7th), scoring defense (6th) and rushing defense (5th).
Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Schwanz was a graduate assistant at Texas-El Paso, where he oversaw the wide receivers and defensive line. During his time with the Miners, he coached a pair of All-Conference USA receivers in Jordan Leslie and Mike Edwards.
Schwanz also coached linebackers at Midwestern State for multiple seasons before moving on to UTEP. He coached several All-Lone Star Conference selections during his time in Wichita Falls. In 2011, he was part of a staff that led Midwestern State to a 10-0 regular season and the Lone Star Conference championship.
Schwanz started his coaching career at his alma mater Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he coached safeties. Schwanz earned his degree in special education from UW-Oshkosh, where he was a four-year letter winner at safety.
Kevin Weston is in his third season with the Southeastern Louisiana football coaching staff. Weston works with the team's safeties.
Weston’s first season working with the Lion safeties saw a pair of junior newcomers make an immediate impact. Junior Javon Tillman, who received a medical redshirt in 2015, led the team with 89 tackles and three forced fumbles on the way to earning second team All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana honors. Junior Max Lyons joined Tillman on the All-Southland team after ranking third in the nation with three fumble recoveries.
In his first season with the Lions, Weston worked with the team’s running backs. Freshman Julius Maracalin (590 yards, 3 TD), senior Kody Sutton (485 yards, 3 TD) and senior Xavier Roberson (258 yards, 3 TD) all thrived under Weston’s tutelage.
Weston, a native of Queens, New York, comes to Hammond after spending the past two seasons as the head coach at Clark Atlanta. During his time with the Panthers, Weston mentored 2014 Division II All-American linebacker Bre’nard Williams.
Weston moved to Clark Atlanta after spending eight seasons on the coaching staff at Tusculum University, where he worked with the defensive line and linebackers, while also spending two seasons as the defensive coordinator. In 2011, he oversaw a defense that finished second in the country in pass defense.
During his time at Tusculum, he was the assistant head coach for the 2008 squad that advanced to the Division II playoffs for the first time in school history. During his playing days at Tusculum, he played tight end and offensive guard for a Tusculum team that had Roberts as the defensive coordinator. He would go on to sign as a free agent running back in the Arena Football League.
Weston opened his coaching career as an assistant coach at Morgan County High School in Madison, Georgia. During his two seasons there, the Bulldogs were 19-5 and made two state playoff appearances.
A 2002 graduate of Tusculum, Weston has a bachelor’s degree in education and earned his master’s degree from Troy in 2005. Weston is married to the former Bonnie Taylor of Akron, Ohio.
Dwight Tillman is in his second season with the Southeastern football coaching staff as an assistant coach. Tillman works with the team’s cornerbacks.
In 2016, Tillman saw both of his starting cornerbacks earn All-Southland Conference honors. Both senior Will Hines and junior Torrance Mosley were selected among the league’s elite following their first season under Tillman’s tutelage.
Tillman came to Hammond after spending the 2015 season as defensive coordinator at Randallston High School in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to that he was the defensive backs coach at Baltimore’s Franklin High School, where he was a part of consecutive Class 3A state championships.
Tillman’s relationship with Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts dates back to his time as a player at Delta State, where he was coached by Roberts in 2010 and 2011. A two-year starter, Tillman tallied 88 tackles and intercepted four passes during his time with the Statesmen. As a senior, he was a second team All-South Region selection.
Tillman earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Delta State in 2012.