• February 28, 2019

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Mike Weick, who spent the last two seasons as the linebackers coach at Bucknell, has been hired to coach inside linebackers at Princeton, it was announced by Bob Surace ’90, the Charles W. Caldwell Jr. ’25 Head Coach of Football. He replaces Stephen Thomas, who is returning to the NFL to coach with the Detroit Lions.

Surace also announced the Mike Mendenhall, who is entering his fourth season as outside linebackers coach and has already been part of two Ivy championship-winning teams, will serve as the special teams coordinator for the 2019 season. This move should set the full coaching staff for the upcoming season, which includes the move of Andrew Aurich to offensive coordinator, as well as Brian Flinn to wideouts and Mark Rosenbaum to quarterbacks.

Weick, who coached the Bucknell linebacking duo of Mark Pyles and Ben Richard to first-team All-Patriot League honors in 2017, also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Bison.

“We are excited for Mike to join our coaching staff,” Surace said. “He did an outstanding job coaching the inside linebackers on some terrific Bucknell defenses. I believe his passion, energy and expertise will fit perfectly with that position group.”

Before joining the Bison staff, Weick spent five years at Salve Regina, including the last two as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The team went 17-4 while he was defensive coordinator, and his unit led the conference in scoring defense and sacks while placing five players on the all-league team during his final campaign.

“I am ecstatic to be given the opportunity to join the historic Princeton University football program,” Weick said. “Bob Surace and his staff have created an elite culture that has turned Princeton into one of the premier programs in the FCS. It is a tremendous honor to be a part of the rich tradition of great linebacker and overall lights-out defensive play here. I am beyond fired up to be a Princeton Tiger.”

Before his time at Salve Regina, Weick spent a year as the linebackers coach and co-strength and conditioning coordinator at Susquehanna. He started his coaching career as the inside linebackers coach at King’s College (Pa.). A four-year starter and 2009 team captain at McDaniel College, he finished his career ranked in the program’s top five in solo tackles and total tackles. A two-time All-Centennial Conference linebacker and a 2009 preseason All-American, he was also named McDaniel College’s Athlete of the Year following his senior season.

Weick graduated in May 2010 with a degree in exercise science with a minor in education and sports coaching.

Mendenhall coached both Mike Wagner and Jeremiah Tyler to All-Ivy League honors during Princeton’s historic 2018 perfect season. Mendenhall also has significant experience in his new role, as he served as the special teams coordinator for five seasons at North Carolina Central.

“We are also excited to promote Mike Mendenhall to special teams coordinator,” Surace said. “Mike excelled in this responsibility before coming to Princeton and has been a terrific resource in this area the past four years. He knows our 2019 roster as well as anyone and he will continue to put our players in the best position to succeed.”

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