St. Lawrence University head football coach Mark Raymond has announced the hirings of Bemi Otulaja and Scott Vallone to the Saints' coaching staff for the 2014 season. Otulaja, who will coach the runningbacks, played in the trenches for the Terrapins at the University of Maryland while Vallone will coach defensive line after four years at Rutgers University.
"We are very excited to add Bemi and Scott to our staff," said St. Lawrence head football coach Mark Raymond. "They are outstanding teachers and bring a wealth of experience to our program."
Otulaja began his collegiate playing career at Marist before transferring to Maryland after two seasons. Though he walked on to the football team, he earned a starting role and scholarship during his two-year playing career along the defensive line. The Terrapins went 23-13 while Otulaja was on the defense and made three bowl appearances including the Champs Sports Bowl (2006), the Emerald Bowl (2007) and the Humanitarian Bowl (2008). Otulaja was recognized as one of ESPN's "Best Little Men" in college football and he finished his collegiate career with 57 total tackles including 7.0 for a loss and 5.0 sacks.
Following his graduation, Otulaja began his coaching career at Chris Colmer's All-Star Football Camp in Long Island, NY. He served as a volunteer assistant line coach at Freeport High School in Freeport, NY and worked the Madieu Williams Football Clinic in College Park, MD before earning the job at St. Lawrence.
Meanwhile, Vallone graduated from Rutgers in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. A four-year starter for the Scarlet Knights at defensive tackle, he started in 51 consecutive games and helped the team to a 35-20 record while at Rutgers. He was a First Team All-Big East selection and the school's Best Rush Lineman Award winner as a senior, and was a Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American in 2009.
Following graduation, Scott had professional stints with three NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots. He also spent time in Montreal with the Alouettes of the CFL. Most recently, Scott began his coaching career as the defensive line coach for St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, NY. The team finished with an 11-1 record and won the 2013 CHSFL Championship, and Vallone's group amassed 25 sacks and 71 tackles for a loss.