Ivy Champs Welcome DBs Coach Marvin Clecidor; Verbit Takes On New (And Old) Role With Tiger Defense
Marvin Clecidor, whose recent two-year stint at William & Mary included coaching a future NFL draft choice and leading the Tribe to the second round of the NCAA Championships, has been named defensive backs coach for the Ivy League champion Princeton football team, it was announced by head coach Bob Surace.
Clecidor replaces Jim Salgado, who recently joined the Buffalo Bills coaching staff after a highly successful seven-year stint as defensive backs coach at Princeton.
During his two years at William & Mary, Clecidor coached one of the nation’s top defensive backs in DeAndre Houston-Carson, a player who would both be selected as the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association co-Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-America honors. Houston-Carson was drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Bears the following spring, and he played eight games for the Bears during his rookie season.
Clecidor also guided cornerback Trey Reed to multiple All-CAA honors during his time at William & Mary.
“We are excited to have Marvin Clecidor join the Princeton Football family as our defensive backs coach,” said Surace, the 2016 Ivy League Coach of the Year and a three-time finalist for FCS National Coach of the Year honors. “Marvin was an outstanding player at Lafayette, and he has had tremendous success working with defensive backs at both Rutgers and Monmouth prior to coaching the top-ranked pass defense in the country at William & Mary.”
Clecidor joined the William & Mary staff after serving as the secondary coach and director of player development and personnel at Monmouth University for three seasons. During his tenure with the Hawks, he helped develop cornerback Tevrin Brandon, a New York Jets signee, as well as first-team all-conference safety Mike Basile. Clecidor also worked as a defensive graduate assistant at Rutgers during the 2011 season and helped the Scarlet Knights post a 9-4 record, which ended with a win in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. During his time with Rutgers, he coached first-team All-Big East safety Duron Harmon and second-team All-Big East cornerback Logan Ryan.
Clecidor’s other coaching stops include one-year stints at Wagner College (2010) and Wilkes University (2009). At Wagner, he coached cornerbacks and helped develop a pair of all-conference standouts, while the Seahawks ranked 15th nationally in pass defense in 2010.
“When I think of Princeton, I think about the rich traditions of excellence both on and off the field,” Clecidor said. “I’m excited to join the Tiger family, and I look forward to helping this program dominate at an elite level.”
A three-year starter as a defensive back at Lafayette College (2005-09), Clecidor helped the Leopards earn back-to-back Patriot League championships in 2005 and 2006. The two-time all-conference selection (2007, 2008) finished his career with 114 tackles and four interceptions, while he ranked second in the league in pass breakups as a junior. Clecidor graduated from Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in 2009, while he earned a MBA from Wagner in 2012.
VERBIT RESUMES PRIOR ROLE
Associate head coach Steve Verbit, who will enter his 33rd season on the Princeton coaching staff this fall, shared co-coordinator duties with Salgado over the last four seasons — two of which concluded with Ivy League championships. Verbit will remain as the defensive coordinator, but he will return to calling plays during the 2017 season. This is not a new role for Verbit, who also called the defense for 16 seasons during his first stint as defensive coordinator (1994-2009). He will continue to coach the defensive line, which will be led by the reigning finalist for Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors, Kurt Holuba.