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Nofri Announces Additional Coaching Staff

‘Young, high-energy’ coaches will mentor younger football players

Coach Mark Nofri is interviewed by the NEC.

Fifth-year head football coach Mark Nofri has announced the addition of Mark Wojcik and Andre Barboza-Penn to the Pioneers coaching staff this season.

“I am pleased to welcome Mark and Andre to our staff,” said Nofri. “They are young, high-energy coaches who are going to be mentors for our younger guys.”

Nofri also announced that second-year assistant coach Mike Livingston will assume the role of special teams coach, in addition to his duties with the outside linebackers. James Lengyel also joins the staff as the Pioneers video coordinator.

Barboza-Penn began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater, Youngstown State University, Ohio, in the spring, 2012, semester. Following graduation, he became the tight ends coach at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, for the 2012 season, before coaching the wide receivers and tight ends at Stonehill College, Massachusetts, beginning in July, 2013.  Barboza-Penn comes to SHU after coaching under former NFL head coach Mike Sherman at Nauset Regional High School, Massachusetts, the past season.

Wojcik comes to SHU after spending the 2015-16 season as the assistant defensive line coach at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, working primarily with the defensive tackles. He broke into collegiate coaching as an offensive intern during the first half of 2014 at the University of New Hampshire. Wojcik also served as the defensive line coach at Merrimack College, Massachusetts, for the 2014-15 season. He played four seasons on the defensive line at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Sacred Heart’s football team began its 2016 campaign Sept. 3 at Stetson University, Florida, before playing its home opener versus Valparaiso University of Indiana Sept. 10. That marked the first of five home games for the Pioneers this fall on Campus Field, where they averaged a record 3,300 fans a game during the 2015 season. Football season tickets and Tailgate Village passes are available now online by clicking here.