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BY JEFF FALK

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tim pirroneIt may be the perfect way to kick off a new regime. In many ways, it’s a back-to-basics approach, a return to roots or building from the ground up.

New Lebanon Valley College head football coach Joe Buehler is an old line guy. Brendon Irving is a strong power running back who’s hard to corral.

If Irving becomes the Flying Dutchmen’s all-time leading rusher this season it will also mean that Lebanon Valley is doing damage along the trenches, on the scoreboard and in the win column.

As Buehler takes over for Jim Monos as the head man in Annville, a strong emphasis will be placed on the running game. The reasons are quite simple: Buehler believes it is one of the key ingredients for success and the Flying Dutchmen – led by the prolific Irving – have the right personnel to make it happen.

“I would say on the defensive side of the ball one of our strengths is that we’ve got unbelievable depth along the defensive line,” said Buehler. “Offensively, we’ve got Brendon Irving. He’s one of the best (NCAA Division Three) backs in the country. And he’s third on our all-time rushing list.

“I’m still going to be calling the plays, offensively” Buehler continued. “I’m trying to groom people to fill voids. I coached the offensive line for 12 years. That’s my baby.”

Irving, a 5-7, 189-pound ball of energy, is one of 39 returning letter winners for LVC. An all-MAC first-team performer in 2015, Irving is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard rushing campaigns.

Joe B.Lebanon Valley junior quarterback Tim Pirrone is a dual-threat guy, and when he does decide to drop back he will target Travis Saylor, the Flying Dutchmen’s leading receiver from a year ago, and junior Jeremy De La Cruz, a Lebanon High product.

“I think we’ve got good players, but we need to develop in the secondary” said Buehler, the former head coach at Palmyra High School. “Offensively, the passing game has some work to do. That piece starts picking up as the season begins. From a work ethic standpoint, the kids are determined.

“I think the improvement of the passing game is a point of emphasis,” added Buehler. “We have to stay healthy. With so few guys coming back with experience, we’ve got to stay healthy. But every week could end up being a bigger weak for us.”

The anchor of the Lebanon Valley offensive line is captain Bryant Weller at center. Left tackle Ryan Kingshill is also a featured piece for a group that should show steady improvement throughout the season.

“We only brought back three seniors on defense, so there’s a lot of teaching to be done there,” said Buehler. “Our goals are simple. We want to get better everyday. We’re going to focus on goals one at a time, and things will work out in the end.

“Last year, we had a veteran defense,” Buehler added. “We had fifth-year seniors and their lives were at a different place than a college freshman. We got off to a rough start last year and lost some close games early. But that gave us a good measuring stick going into the off season.”

kyle murrayTo go along with  its depth up front, the Flying Dutchmen return prime time defensive performers Tom Gallagher, Tommy Garner, Spencer Moser, Kyle Murray and Tim Schumacher. Gallagher, an inside linebacker, is also a team captain. Garner will man an outside linebacker spot, Moser is a cornerback who doubles as a punter, and Murray and Schumacher are hard-hitting safeties.

The place kicking chores will be ably handled by Marcus Brown.

“I don’t think there’s a carry-over from last season,” said Buehler. “They (his players) aren’t thinking about last year’s group. This team is thinking about themselves and what they need to accomplish. We ran a tough training camp. We certainly got better because of how tough it was.

“You always want to win an MAC championship,” continued Buehler. “That’s the end goal. But that’s not the goal we talk about. We talk about beating F&M. Every game is going to be our next goal. You strive to achieve goals. Are you going to hit every one? No. That’s life.”

Last season, Lebanon Valley went 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the Middle Atlantic Conference.The Flying Dutchmen will open their 2016 campaign on Saturday, September 3rd at Franklin and Marshall.



“We’re just really excited to start the season,” said Buehler. “They’re (his players) tired of hitting each other. They want to line up against people they don’t know and execute what they’ve learned.

“Jim (Monos) did a great job of grooming me for this job,” Buehler continued. “We started rolling in January. It’s been a pretty seamless transition. We’re doing a lot of things similar and I think the kids are excited about it. Under Coach Monos, I made a lot of decision. But now, ultimately, all the responsibility comes back to me. That’s a new feeling for me. I don’t coach a position any more. Sometimes I feel like a fifth wheel. This is the first time I haven’t had a position that belongs to me. But my relationships with the guys are the same.”

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2016 Lebanon Valley College Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT
9/3/2016 Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, Pa. 1 p.m.  
9/10/2016 * Wilkes University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
9/17/2016 * Stevenson University Stevenson, Md. 1 p.m.  
9/24/2016 * King’s College (Pa.) Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Coach To Cure MD Game
10/1/2016 * Delaware Valley University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Homecoming
10/8/2016 * Widener University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
10/22/2016 * Lycoming College Williamsport, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Pink Game
10/29/2016 * Misericordia University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
11/5/2016 * FDU-Florham Madison, N.J. 1 p.m.  
Senior Day
11/12/2016 * Albright College Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.

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2016 Football Roster
# NAME CLASS POSITION HEIGHT WEIGHT HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL
1 Cale Bruso Jr. FS 6-0 185 Hegins, Pa. / Tri-Valley
1 Tim Pirrone Jr. QB 5-11 165 Myersville, Md. / Middletown
2 Paxson Hayes Jr. TB 5-11 201 Annville, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
2 Spencer Moser Jr. CB 5-7 187 Denver, Pa. / Cocalico
3 Corey Keen Sr. WR 6-2 178 Wilkes-Barre, Pa. / James M. Coughlin
3 Brendan Yetter Fr. FS 5-11 175 Bel Air, Md. / Bel Air
4 Tyeair Diggs Fr. WR 5-8 165 Hershey, Pa. / Milton Hershey
4 Tyler Hodges So. OLB 6-2 200 Lewisberry, Pa. / Red Land
5 Jeremy De La Cruz Jr. WR 5-7 178 Lebanon, Pa. / Lebanon
5 Nick Sweitzer Fr. FS 5-10 197 Leesport, Pa. / Schuylkill Valley
6 Michael Gaval Sr. WR 5-10 185 Mahanoy City, Pa. / Mahanoy Area
6 Mike Ogunyemi Jr. FS 5-8 173 Owing Mills, Md. / New Town
7 Mike Gilger Jr. CB 5-7 175 Shamokin, Pa. / Our Lady of Lourdes
7 Gary Wise So. WR 6-1 204 Pottstown, Pa. / Pottstown
8 Kyle Zimnik Sr. WR 6-0 207 Milford, Pa. / Delaware Valley
9 Adam Domovich So. WR 6-1 190 Hummelstown, Pa. / Lower Dauphin
9 Blake Lutz Jr. FS 6-0 202 Reading, Pa. / Berks Catholic
12 Jake Cromer Fr. FS 5-10 170 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
12 Jared Kramp So. WR 6-0 185 Lancaster, Pa. / Lancaster Catholic
13 Marcus Brown So. K 6-3 215 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
14 Jakob Krebelj So. WR 6-8 212 Koper, Slovenia / Mercersburg Academy
14 Tim Schumacher Jr. SS 5-8 188 Myersville, Md. / Middletown
15 Brett Cohen Fr. QB 5-10 160 Milford, Pa. / Delaware Valley
15 Cody Davis Jr. CB 5-10 186 West Grove, Pa. / Avon Grove
16 Ben Petrie Sr. CB 5-8 165 Waynesboro, Pa. / Waynesboro
16 Josh Stoneberg Fr. QB 5-11 197 New Freedom, Pa. / Susquehannock
17 Dallas Arner So. QB 6-0 195 Berwick, Pa. / Berwick
17 Dylan Lobach Fr. ILB 6-0 210 New Tripoli, Pa. / Northwestern Lehigh
18 Tyler Cottle Jr. QB 6-6 205 Elizabethtown, Pa. / Elizabethtown
18 Anthony Jenkins Fr. FS 5-10 178 Temple, Pa. / Muhlenberg
19 Ethan Ritchie Fr. DE 6-2 225 Philadelphia, Pa. / Archbishop Carroll
19 Tyler Sterner Jr. QB 6-0 200 Hanover, Pa. / South Western
20 Nick Bentz Fr. K 6-0 178 Reading, Pa. / Exeter
20 Nick Tucker So. CB 6-0 184 Walkersville, Md. / Walkersville
22 Tyler Okomba Fr. WR 5-10 185 Wheatley Heights, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills East
23 Ryan Fink So. TB 5-9 205 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Schuylkill Haven
24 Blake Panko So. TB 5-7 170 Mount Carmel, Pa. / Mount Carmel
25 Manuel Ramos Fr. TB 5-9 179 Muncy, Pa. / Muncy
25 Alec Soltys So. ILB 5-11 206 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Pine Grove
27 Mason Evitts Fr. WR 5-11 203 Mahanoy Plane, Pa. / Marion Catholic
28 Zachary Adams So. FS 6-0 195 Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove
29 Kyle Murray Sr. FS 5-11 188 Sayville, N.Y. / Sayville
30 Rubens Isai Fr. CB 5-10 170 Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks West
30 Matt Petrie Fr. WR 5-6 140 Waynesboro, Pa. / Fairfield
31 Eamon Blythe Fr. FB 5-5 209 Harrisburg / Central Dauphin
32 Derek Cline Fr. ILB 5-8 222 Lewisberry, Pa. / Red Land
32 Jon Jones Jr. TB 5-10 231 Plant City, Fla. / Brandon
33 Jermaine McQueen Sr. DE 5-10 230 Philadelphia, Pa. / Milton Hershey
33 Derrec Robinson So. FB 5-9 231 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Blue Mountain
34 Teddy Denver So. OLB 5-9 210 Allentown, Pa. / Salisbury
35 Colten Denlinger Fr. FB 5-11 221 Carlisle, Pa. / Carlisle
36 C.J. Steinhilber Fr. FB 5-10 209 Ashland, Pa. / North Schuylkill
37 Cooper Fiadino So. FB 5-9 225 Egg Harbor Twp., N.J. / Egg Harbor Township
38 Chance Hayes Fr. FB 5-8 200 Yorklyn, Del. / Wilmington Charter
39 Bret Hertzog So. OLB 5-11 190 Glenville, Pa. / South Western
39 William Langan Fr. TB 5-11 196 Annville, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
40 C Tom Gallagher Jr. ILB 6-0 226 Ashland, Pa. / North Schuylkill
41 Evan Lysczek Jr. FB 5-9 221 Reading, Pa. / Exeter
42 Evan Greer Fr. FB 5-11 223 York, Pa. / Spring Grove
43 Steve Salerno So. TB 5-9 218 Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. / Hasbrouck Heights
44 Tyler Rhoads Jr. OLB 5-8 174 Bushwood, Md. / Chopticon
45 Elijah Navarro Fr. ILB 5-9 205 Lebanon, Pa. / Lebanon
46 Dylan Berberick Jr. TE 6-2 230 Greensburg, Pa. / Greensburg-Salem
47 Nick Newton Jr. OLB 6-0 187 Lehighton, Pa. / Lehighton
48 Alex Trujillo Jr. ILB 5-10 234 Naples, Fla. / Golden Gate
49 Chance Atkins So. CB 5-9 170 York, Pa. / Central York
49 Brendon Irving Sr. TB 5-7 189 Woolwich, N.J. / Kingsway Regional
50 Guy Zimmerman Jr. DE 6-0 225 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
51 Adam Wagaman So. DE 6-3 245 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
52 Anthony Sorbin Sr. OG 5-9 243 Delmont, Pa. / Greensburg-Salem
53 Ryan Kingshill Sr. OT 6-5 328 Bear, Del. / Red Lion Christian Academy
54 Logan Stover So. OG 5-11 268 York, Pa. / West York
56 Garrett Zalar Fr. ILB 6-0 251 Coal Township, Pa. / Shamokin
57 Scott Werner So. OG 6-1 265 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
58 Dan Ferraioli Fr. DE 5-10 226 Flourtown, Pa. / Plymouth Whitemarsh
59 Josh Skotek Fr. NT 5-8 235 McAdoo / Marion Catholic
60 Andrew Sarachman Fr. DE 6-5 226 Warrington, Pa. / Central Bucks South
61 Lee Amarose So. OT 6-2 271 Atlas, Pa. / Mount Carmel
63 Jordan Dziczek So. OT 6-3 310 Frackville, Pa. / North Schuylkill
64 Jack Heft Fr. OT 6-2 317 Spring City, Pa. / Owen J. Roberts
65 Anthony Caruso Sr. OT 6-1 280 Mifflinburg, Pa. / Mifflinburg
66 Robbie Beidler Jr. OG 6-1 230 Cleona, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
67 Nick Redmon Fr. OG 5-9 207 Nazareth, Pa. / Nazareth
68 Nate Trindel Fr. OG 6-1 283 Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg
70 Sal Tossona Fr. NT 5-10 275 Chalfont, Pa. / Central Bucks West
71 Victor Lopez Fr. DE 6-0 200 Bendersville, Pa. / Biglerville
72 C Bryant Weller Sr. OC 6-4 329 James Creek, Pa. / Huntingdon
73 Bob Van Horn Sr. OC 6-2 267 Ringtown, Pa. / Mahanoy Area
75 Brett Mars So. NT 5-11 312 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
76 Scotty Dickmyer Fr. OC 5-10 304 Glenville, Pa. / South Western
77 Jeremey Markiewicz So. OG 6-1 289 Mahanoy City, Pa. / Mahanoy Area
77 Victor Morcelo Fr. DE 5-11 230 Reading, Pa. / Berks Catholic
78 Scott Salerno Fr. OG 5-8 263 Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. / Hasbrouck Heights
79 Evan Shiley So. OT 6-3 290 Camp Hill, Pa. / Cedar Cliff
80 Trey Manning Sr. TE 6-2 236 Middletown, Pa. / Middletown
81 Jordan Spahr Jr. ILB 6-1 210 Strasburg, Pa. / Lampeter-Strasburg
82 Ryan Seagrave So. WR 6-1 170 Williamsport, Pa. / South Williamsport
83 Ian Lichty So. WR 6-2 211 York, Pa. / West York
84 C Travis Saylor Sr. WR 6-3 190 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
85 Colt Baxter Jr. WR 5-11 181 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
86 Steven Salcedo Jr. WR 5-10 185 York, Pa. / York Suburban
87 Mike Cecchini Sr. TE 6-1 230 Smithtown, N.Y. / Hauppauge
89 Patrick Clark Fr. TE 6-2 236 Kennett Square, Pa. / Unionville
90 Wyett McLeod Fr. DE 6-1 230 Fairless Hills, Pa. / Conwell-Egan
91 Wyatt Griffith Fr. TE 6-1 231 Rising Sun, Md. / Rising Sun
92 Ryan Johnson So. DE 6-1 281 Bath, Pa. / Bethlehem Catholic
93 Tyler Conlon Jr. DE 6-2 230 Phillipsburg, N.J. / Phillipsburg
94 Trent Donlan So. NT 5-10 264 Elysburg, Pa. / Southern Columbia
95 Hunter Herb Fr. DE 5-11 219 Hegins, Pa. / Tri-Valley
96 Tommy Garner Jr. OLB 6-1 215 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
97 Jacob Whitfield So. NT 6-0 297 York, Pa. / William Penn
98 Austin Maguire So. DE 6-2 255 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
99 Hunter McGuire Fr. ILB 6-1 227 Duncannon, Pa. / Susquenita
Coaching Staff
Coaching Staff
NAME TITLE
Joe Buehler ’89 Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Vince Pantalone Defensive Coordinator
Mark Costello Special Teams Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Jack Beidler ’96 Inside Linebackers/Head JV Coach
Tyler George `16 Offensive Intern/Wide Receivers
Mark Painter Offensive Line Coach
Bill Giovino ’88 Assistant Offensive Line
Matt Gross ’97 Offensive Backfield/Kickers
Jason Vollertsen Defensive Line
Corey Wenger Secondary
David Coleman Defensive Intern/Outside Linebackers Coach
Lloyd Hill Assistant Defensive Line Coach
Jason Rice Assistant Wide Receiver Coach
Ben Guiles Assistant Running Backs Coach
Andrew Livingston ’16 Assistant Inside Linebackers Coach
JR Capatch ’17 Head Student Manager
Kerry Buffenmeyer ’19 Student Manager

 

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