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Football Team Announces Staff Additions

Head Coach Mark McNellie
Head Coach Mark McNellie

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head football coach Mark McNellie has formally announced the addition of two members to the Storm coaching staff.  Brian White, who was a volunteer on the staff last year, has moved into a full-time coaching role and former Mentor High School and Baldwin-Wallace College standout Ryan Dugan is starting his coaching career as  graduate assistant with the Storm.

"I'm really happy to add coaches the quality of Brian and Ryan," McNellie said.  "Coach White is very experienced and was a huge asset to us last year as a volunteer.  Having him now on a full-time basis will add tremendous value to our program.  And Ryan is young, energetic and was a great college football player.  I believe we are getting someone at the very beginning of what will be a great coaching career."

Before volunteering with the Storm last season, White was an assistant coach in the college ranks for over a decade.  Most recently he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Southern University (2008-10) where he helped the Tigers to their first outright SWAC championship in 2010.  He also has made stops at Kentucky State University (2006-08), Lock Haven University (2005-06) and his alma mater, Youngstown State (2002-04).  A three-year letterwinner and member of two NCAA Division I-AA national championship teams )1991 and 1993) with the Penguins under Jim Tressel , White also coached at the high school level for three years at Cleveland's Shaw High School (1998-2000).

The New Kensington, Pa. native earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from YSU and resides with his wife, Stacey, and their family in Maple Heights.

Dugan recently completed a stellar college career that saw him earn four varsity letters at B-W and be named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Team three times as a defensive back.  He was twice named a team-captain and was voted the team's most valuable player in 2011 by the Cleveland Touchdown Club. 

The 2007 Mentor graduate ranks fifth on B-W's career interceptions list. Dugan earned his bachelor's degree this past fall in exercise science and is pursing Certified Strength and Conditional Specialist certification.

Additionally, McNellie also announced that offensive line coach Ian Formaz, who had been with the Storm program since its inception, has resigned to take a similar position at Ohio Wesleyan University.

"Ian was a tremendous asset for our program and did a great job working with our young men," McNellie said.  "We wish him well and I know he will do a great job at OWU."