Football Coach Bio
|Title:||Assistant Defensive Backs Coach|
Mark Surma begins his first season on the Lehigh football coaching staff. Surma spent the last six seasons at Franklin & Marshall College, the first four as a student-athlete and the last two as an assistant coach. He will serve as the Assistant Defensive Backs coach for the Mountain Hawks.
A former All-Conference defensive lineman, Surma spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at his Alma Mater, working with the outside linebackers in 2011 and the defensive line last season. Among his duties with the Diplomats, Surma was responsible for practice and game planning, scouting, film preparation and recruiting. Franklin & Marshall posted a 7-4 record in 2012.
Surma was a three-year starter on the defensive line for Franklin & Marshall and served as team captain in 2009 and 2010. He earned All-Conference honors following both his junior and senior seasons. Surma was F&M’s Lineman of the Year in 2009 and received the Thomas Caterbone ’86 Memorial Award in 2010. The award is presented to the player who best exemplifies Caterbone’s love of football, the spirit of competition and enthusiasm for the game.
A graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia, Surma graduated from Franklin & Marshall Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2011.