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Frank Sheptock, Head coach | e-mail
Frank Sheptock begins his 13th year as head coach after being named the seventh head coach in Wilkes football history in January of 1996. During his tenure on the Wilkes’ sidelines, he has led the Colonels to a 78-49 record, including seven post-season playoff berths. Over the past five seasons, Sheptock has led Wilkes to a 37-17 record, highlighted by an 11-1 record in 2006.
In 2006 Sheptock was named the MAC and AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year after leading Wilkes to an 11-1 record, a conference title, and a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship. The 2005 season saw Sheptock guide the squad to an overall record of 8-3 and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. For his efforts he was named the Middle Atlantic Conference’s Coach of the Year.
The Colonels have also earned a berth in the ECAC Playoffs during two of the last five seasons, including a 31-7 win over the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the 2002 South Atlantic title game. Wilkes also claimed an ECAC Southeast championship in 1999.
Coming to Wilkes with former head man Joe DeMelfi in 1990, Sheptock was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Colonels from 1992 to 1995. During his tenure as defensive coordinator, Sheptock turned the Colonels into one of the top defensive teams in the Middle Atlantic Conference.
Under Sheptock, who is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and served as chairperson of the MAC Football Games Committee, the Colonels have had 102 players named to the All-MAC teams, including 62 first team selections. Sheptock has also coached 33 All-ECAC honorees, including two players of the year, and four All-Americans.
A graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in Business Administration/Accounting, Sheptock played linebacker under DeMelfi while a member of the Huskies football team.
A member of the NCAA Division II Team of the Quarter Century (1973-97), Sheptock holds the school records for tackles in a career (537), single season (159) and single game (23), and career fumble recoveries (12). The four-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) first team pick helped Bloomsburg win the PSAC championship title and earn a berh in the NCAA Division II semifinals in 1985.
Sheptock, a three-time All-American and All-East honoree for the Huskies, was inducted into the Bloomsburg Sports Hall of Fame in October of 1997 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in July of 2007.
Frank, his wife, Lisa, and daughters, Nicole and Kelly, reside in Berwick.
Will Luca, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Luca enters his first season on Sheptocks coaching staff with six years of experience on the sidelines. Luca comes from the University of Albany where he coached the tight ends, running backs and outside linbebackers from 2005-2007.
Prior to Albany he was at Moravian from 2003-05 where he was the offensive line coach. Moravian won the ECAC championship in 2004. Before Moravian he spent a semester at Kutztown as the asst. offensive line coach. Luca graduated from Kutztown with a Bachelor of Science in History.
Mike McCree, Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers
McCree returns for his ninth season as the Colonels Special Teams Coordinator and linebackers coach. This will be his seventh season in a full-time capacity. McCree was a standout linebacker for the Colonels during the early 1990s.
A two-time MAC all-star, he was named the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in 1993 after helping Wilkes rank first in Division III in takeaways, and second in scoring defense. He spent the 1994 season as an assistant coach at Wilkes before moving on to Wyoming Seminary for three years. Prior to returning to the Colonels staff McCree spent one year as an assistant coach at Tunkhannock High School.
Hal Hula, Defensive Backs
Hula, who will be working with the defensive backs, enters his first year with the Wilkes football program. Hula comes to Wilkes-Barre after serving as the defensive coordinator at Buffalo High School in Missouri from 2005-2007.
Prior to his stint in Missouri, he was the defensive backs coach at Marshall High School in Texas in 2004 and the graduate assistant coach at Evangel University in 2003. He played at Evangel, where he received his physical education degree in 2003. He was named the NAIA Defensive Back of the Year in 2000.
Matt DiBernardo, Offensive Line
DiBernardo begins his third stint on the Wilkes staff after serving as the squad’s running backs coach in 1994. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Tampa with a degree in Economics.
DiBernardo was the head coach at Wyoming Seminary from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2002 to 2004. He spent the 1999 season as the offensive coordinator at Hobart College and was the head coach at Delaware Valley College from 2000 to 2001. Last season he was the defensive coordinator at Crestwood High School.
DiBernardo and his wife Lindsay live in Harvey’s Lake. He is the father of two children, Rocky and Jessica.
Lon Hazlet, Wide Receivers
Hazlet enters his first season with the Wilkes coaching staff after 13 years as a head coach at the high school level. He served as the head coach at Karns City from 1995-2000, reaching the PIAA state quarterfinals in 1997 and 1999 and was the coach of the year in 1997. In 2000, he became the head coach at Dubois for five seasons where his team was the co-conference champions in 2000 and 2001 and made the District 6/9 semifinals in 2001.
Before coming to Wilkes, he was the head coach at Pittston from 2005-2008. Hazlet served as the head coach for Team Pennsylvania in the Down Under Bowl in Australia as well as the head coach of the North South All Stars in 1998.
Ryan Hess, Tight Ends
Hess is in his first season on Sheptock’s coaching staff and will work with the tight ends. He served as a student assistant at Rowan for three seasons working with the defensive backs as well as linebackers.
While at Rowan, the Profs advanced to the national semi-final game and won back-to-back conference championships in 2006 and 2007.
Richard Wright, Defensive Ends
Wright enters his first season with the Wilkes football program after serving as the defensive coordinator at Northwest High School for the past six years.
Before he was an assistant at Northwest, he was the freshman head coach and defensive coordinator at Millersville University from 1979-1982.
Chuck Supon, Defensive Tackles
Supon joins Sheptock’s coaching staff after playing professionally in Canada for the Montreal Alouettes last season.
He played for James Madison Univeristy for four seasons and eventually received his degree in sports management from James Madison University in 2007.
Mike Fahnestock, Offensive Assitant