Nathaniel “Lou” Seaward- Assistant Coach
Nathaniel Seaward brings 15 years of collegiate and high school coaching experience to the National Blue Team this year. Affectionately known as “Coach Lou”, he has coached 6 players who have gone on to play professional football and a dozen others who have played college football at all levels. During his career, “Coach Lou” has been an assistant coach at Missouri Western State University and Indiana State University. While coaching high school football in Northeast Florida, he has held the positions of Offensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator and Head Coach.
A 1994 graduate from Winterset High School in Winterset, Iowa, Seaward was a member of two state playoff teams (1991, 1993) and received All-District honors as a Corner Back (1992, 1993). He attended the University of Northern Iowa graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a minor in coaching. With the Panthers, he was a member of three consecutive Gateway Conference Championship Teams (1994-96). His Defensive Backs Coach at UNI was Dick Moseley.
Coach Ryan Lingenfelder -New Orleans Voo Doo (AFL)
Coach Lingenfelder is currently the Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coach for the AFL’s New Orleans Voo Doo and the the former Head Coach of the Wyoming Cavalry.Lingenfelder attended Northern Arizona University (1993-1998) where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Athletic Coaching. While attending Northern Arizona University, he was a four-year starter for the Lumberjacks football team, playing center.
During the spring of 1998, Lingenfelder was recruited by the Arizona Rattlers of the AFL. He played for the Rattlers and then the Portland Forrest Dragons before he fell victim to a career-ending knee injury. In 2010, he served as Defensive Coordinator when the Fever moved from the AF2 to the Indoor Football League (IFL).Prior to his time with the Fever, Lingenfelder spent two years as an assistant at the University of Idaho, working as an offensive line coach and as a tight ends coach for the Vandals.
Jake Grande – Defensive Coordinator -Former Defensive Coordinator (AFL)
Jake Grande began at JU in 2011 at the same time he was coaching with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. Since arriving on campus, Grande has coached safeties, linebackers and defensive backs and those playing under him have shown big improvement because of his efforts. In 2013, the Dolphins’ secondary was ranked second in the Pioneer Football League in pass defense and it included defensive back Andre Addison who was selected first team All Pioneer Football League after a season in which he recorded 68 tackles (four for losses) and had 10 pass breakups. That same season, two of his players, Ed Foley and Antonio McCrae, were named honorable mention. As linebacker coach in 2012 he helped mold a defensive unit that ranked high not only in the PFL, but nationally as well. That season, the Dolphins finished first in pass efficiency defense, pass defense and total defense in the PFL and the team was seventh in the FCS in pass efficiency defense and 14th in sacks with 32. The entire starting linebacker group earned PFL honors in 2012 as Tre Davis and Lane McCombs were second team All PFL and Taylor Marsh honorable mention. His first season of work with JU brought immediate results in 2011 as safeties coach. The secondary was 12th in the FCS in pass defense and 11th in pass efficiency defense. That year’s team saw safety Leonard Smith named to the PFL’s first team; Lacy McDougald to the second team (he led the conference in interceptions with five) and sophomore Schon Thomas honorable mentions. Before coming to JU, Grande was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Sharks from 2010 to 2013 and was a big part of the team’s 2011 AFL championship. He is a Wilkes University graduate where he was a second team all-conference corner and team captain for two seasons as he helped Wilkes win its first conference championship in 10 years.
James Rowe – Assistant Coach
Since coming to JU in 2012, James Rowe has been involved in a great deal of Dolphin success on both offense and defense. In 2013, Rowe helped mold one of the top receiving corps in the nation as part of a passing game that was sixth-ranked at 331.5 yards per game. That was part of a record-setting offensive year where the team finished averaging 522.7 yards per game. During that season, Rowe tutored first-team All-America wide receiver Andrew Robustelli who finished with a school record 1,063 yards on 51 catches and 11 touchdowns. He also coached wide receiver D’Andre Randle who finished with 865 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2012, Rowe came aboard as a graduate assistant working with cornerbacks and because of his efforts the team finished seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense and first in the Pioneer Football League in that category, pass defense and total defense. Prior to coming to JU, Rowe helped coach the Bethel University Wildcats to the West Division Mid-South championship. That led to a playoff appearance and a number 14 ranking in national polls. As part of that team, he coach All Conference performer Joe Skinner. He began his coaching life with Cocoa High School in 2007 and stayed through 2010. During that time the Tigers won state titles in 2008, ’09 and 2010 and he coached Class 2A state Player of the Year Matt Younger. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and played baseball at USF from 2004-07.
Nick Navarro – Wide Recievers Coach
Nick Navarro joined the Jacksonville University program in 2014 as coach of wide receivers after gaining experience in both the college and high school ranks. Navarro began his coaching career at Mountain View High School as a position coach with defensive backs and wide receivers in 1999 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2002 and continued in that position until 2006 when he moved to the University of Georgia. At Georgia, Navarro was defensive program coordinator and he then became freshman defensive coordinator at St. Francis High School (Mountain View, Calif.) in 2008. In 2009, Navarro was promoted to varsity offensive coordinator where he coached quarterbacks and wide receivers. During his tenure, he implemented the West Coast offense. In 2010, he was named head coach and offensive coordinator at St. Francis. Navarro received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from St. Mary’s College (California) in 2004 and has a Secondary Education Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, Calif.).
NATIONAL TEAM COACHES (BLUE):
Coach Josh Cochran- OL Coach
Coach Devario Dorsey- RB Coach
Coach Kirk Bryant-DB Coach