|Title:||Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator / OLB|
Dave Wissman returns for his sixth season as a member of the Sacred
Heart coaching staff. Wissman will also begin his fourth season as
the Pioneers' defensive coordinator in 2014. Wissman helped lead
the Pioneers to the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship, and the
program's first-ever berth into the FCS Playoffs.
Wissman, the 2013 Sacred Heart defense was outstanding, leading the
Northeast Conference in both scoring defense and total defense.
They also led the conference in sacks (42), tackles for loss (128),
and rushing defense (112.0 yds/gm).
Not only dominant on the conference-level, the Pioneers led the nation in interceptions (23), total takeaways (39), and ranked second in the country with 128 tackles for loss. Of all teams that earned berths into the FCS playoffs, the Pioneers ranked first in total defense.
defense earned five All-Northeast Conference selections and two
All-Americans in junior defensive tackle Troy Moore and senior
defensive back J.D Roussel.
Wissman will work with the Pioneer outside/inside linebackers this fall.
Wissman came to Sacred Heart after a serving as the head coach, Assistant Athletic Director and a Studio Art teacher while at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
Wissman was the head coach at Berkshire from 2005 through 2007 and was the defensive coordinator at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts for five seasons prior to that. He has had collegiate coaching stops at Colgate University and Brown University, both as a linebackers coach.
He had a standout player career at the University of New Hampshire where he was named the Defensive Team Captain and received the Coaches MVP Award. Wissman was also a Yankee Conference first team selection as a strong safety. Wissman also still holds various records, as a punt returner, at UNH.
A native of rural Western Massachusetts, he currently resides in Vermont with his wife (Mary), their 3 sons, two dogs and 14 chickens. When the game isn’t calling, he can be found (or not) hunting and fishing throughout northern New England and also pursuing his passions as an artist.