Football Coach Bio
|Title:||Outside Linebackers Coach|
Justin Stovall joins the Lehigh coaching staff for the 2012 season and will work with the Mountain Hawks’ outside linebackers. Stovall comes to Lehigh from Villanova out of the CAA where he was Defensive Assistant during the 2011 season. While there, he assisted the Defensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coordinator in all areas, working with the scout team offense, special teams and all aspects of film.
“Justin Stovall came very highly recommended to us by [Villanova Coach] Andy Talley and he did a super job in the interview process,” said Coen. “Justin will bring a really high level of intensity to our defensive staff. Our defensive players thrive on playing with intensity and enthusiasm and Justin will only add to that mindset. Justin is also very familiar with the Patriot League; he was an outstanding player for Lafayette.”
Prior to Villanova, Stovall coached at Franklin & Marshall College for three seasons, assisting the Defensive Coordinator. He worked with the development of the linebackers and helped implement the defensive game plan. Stovall was promoted to Special Teams Coordinator in April of 2011, developing and implementing punt return schemes while working with the specialists (long snappers, punters, personal protector). He also had extensive recruiting responsibilities.
“Coming to Lehigh, with how successful the program’s been through the years, it’s an amazing opportunity,” said Stovall. “It’s an opportunity to not only further my career, but also experience the success they’ve been experiencing. Become a part of that and learn a lot of what it takes from a coaching standpoint to build a team.”
Stovall was a four-year letterwinner and three-time Patriot League Champion at Lafayette from 2003-06, leading the Leopards to league titles and FCS Playoff berths in each of his final three seasons. A senior captain in ’06, Stovall played in 46 of 47 career games at both linebacker and special teams. He graduated from Lafayette in 2007 with an impressive 3.23 GPA as an Economics and Business major.
“I think the experience of playing in this league and winning championships as a player will help,” said Stovall. “I hope to bring that mindset and ability to set the tone with the guys, so they understand what it’ll take to accomplish a third straight championship. Last year is gone and this year is a new opportunity.”