PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head football coach Mark McNellie announced today (June 15) that Tom Anthony has joined the Storm staff as an assistant coach. Anthony will coach the defensive backs.
"We're very excited to have Tom join our program," said McNellie. "He brings a wealth of experience on the defensive side of the ball and has a proven track record as a coach, and just as importantly, as a recruiter. We think he will be a great addition to our staff."
Anthony was a graduate assistant working with the safeties at Miami University during the 2010 season and was the interim defensive backs coach for the RedHawks' 35-21 victory over Middle Tennessee State University in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl. In that contest, Miami defensive back Dayonne Nunley was named Defensive Player of the Game. Prior to Miami, he was an assistant at Youngstown State University for two seasons (2008-09) working with the defensive line and outside linebackers.
Following an outstanding playing career at Augustana College (Ill.), Anthony began his coaching career in 2006 at his alma mater before moving on to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) in 2007.
As a player for the perennial national power Vikings, Anthony earned first-team Division III All-American honors from d3Football.com as a senior in 2005 after recording an NCAA all-divisions high 13 interceptions along with 42 tackles, a 92-yard touchdown return and picking up Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Most Valuable Player honors. He started his career on offense and was a second-team All-CCIW pick as a freshman after catching 33 passes and scoring eight touchdowns.
Following his collegiate playing career, Anthony played for three teams in the Arena Football League and Arena 2 league.
Anthony earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Augustana and received his master's in management from St. Francis. He and his wife, Kelsey, reside in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.