|College:||USMMA '77 / SUNY Albany '84|
On May 19, 2005 Mike Toop, a 1977 Academy graduate was appointed
the 14th head football coach in Mariners history. Coach Toop is now
entering his eighth season at the helm of the Mariners.
Toop has coached at some of the nation's finest academic institutions, and prior to joining USMMA, spent four seasons as the head coach at Davidson. He led the Wildcats' transition into the FCS as a member of the Pioneer Football League. The Toop-led Wildcats went 7-3 in the 2002 campaign, as Davidson won seven-plus contests for just the seventh time in 100 years.
Prior to his stint at the helm of Davidson's program, Toop was the defensive coordinator from 1999-2000 at the University of Connecticut. He was the primary recruiter for the Huskies in the states of New York, New Jersey and California. Toop also led the UConn defense in its inaugural season at the FBS level (2000).
Toop enjoyed a seven-year tenure as the defensive coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. During that time, the Quakers won three Ivy League championships (1993-94, '98), and went undefeated on two occasions. In 1994, Toop's defense finished the year ranked No. 1 nationally in Division I-AA in pass efficiency, total defense, and scoring defense. Penn set the Division I-AA record for consecutive wins, with 24, from 1992-95. Toop was named the National Division I-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 1995 by American Football Quarterly Magazine.
Also included on Toop's collegiate coaching resume are stops as an assistant football coach at Colgate (1987-91), Union (1985-86) and Albany (1983-84). The Union Dutchmen advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament both years with Toop serving as an assistant coach. Prior to that, those familiar with New York-area high school football may remember him from his time as an assistant coach at Holy Cross High School (Flushing) in 1982 and at Chaminade (Mineola) from 1977-81. He guided Holy Cross to the 1982 Catholic Football League City Championship, while Chaminade took home the CFL title in 1977 and 1978. During his time in the high school ranks, Toop fulfilled his Maritime commitment working on off-shore oil rigs and sailing with Master Mates & Pilots. He also fulfilled his Naval Reserve commitment.
Toop was a linebacker for USMMA from 1973-76 and earned four letters. The Mariners' team captain in his senior campaign, he garnered the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player, along with All-Conference, Honorable-Mention All-East and Honorable-Mention All-America accolades.
Born on Dec. 18, 1954, Toop graduated from USMMA in 1977 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nautical Science and earned a Master's Degree in Social Studies Education from Albany in 1984. Toop and his wife, Diana, reside in Stony Brook, NY and have two children - Marcus and Jaclyn.
|Title:||Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach|
|College:||Springfield College '09|
Jameson Croall enters his first season with the United States Merchant Marine Academy after being hired in 2012 as the Mariner’s new Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach. Prior to joining the staff, Croall served as a graduate assistant at Springfield College working with quarterbacks, fullbacks, and running backs over the two years he spent there. In his first year, Croall helped lead Springfield to the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl Championship.
Prior to his time at Springfield, Croall spent a year working as the Offensive Line coach at Maine Maritime Academy. While there, Maine Maritime had their best season in school history, leading the nation in rushing yards per game, winning the NEFC Conference Championship, receiving an NCAA tournament bid, and having three offensive lineman named to the All-Conference Team.
A 2009 graduate of Springfield College, Croall played for four years as an offensive lineman for the Pride before earning his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. A native of East Longmeadow, MA. He will also be responsible for recruiting from a wide variety of regions, with specific states to include: Delaware, New Jersey, Florida, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Croall currently resides in Glen Cove, NY
|Title:||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach|
|College:||Bucknell University '02 / Rowan University '05|
The 2012 campaign will be Jonathan Churchill's first season at the United States Merchant Marine Academy as the Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach. Churchill spent the previous four seasons coaching linebackers and special teams at Johns Hopkins University, where he helped lead the Blue Jays to a 36-10 overall record during that span. With Churchill on staff, Johns Hopkins captured a trio of Centennial Conference Championships and earned two NCAA playoff berths as well as two ECAC Bowl appearances.
Prior to signing on at Johns Hopkins, Churchill coached for two years in the Arena Football 2 League and served as a Graduate Assistant at Rowan University from 2005-2007. At Rowan, he once again contributed to a successful run as the Profs posted a 20-5 record over three seasons as Churchill coached the wide receivers and tight ends. During his three year stint, Rowan won two Conference Championships and earned two NCAA playoff appearances.
Churchill was a four-year letter-winner as an offensive lineman at Bucknell University, where he earned his Master's degree in public relations. At Bucknell, he was named to the All-Patriot League First-Team Academic. During his senior season he was selected as the team’s most outstanding lineman.
Churchill currently resides in Oceanside, NY, with his wife Jera Aurand.
|Title:||Defensive Line Coach|
|College:||USMMA '70 / CCNY '75|
Captain Joe Martucci, a 1970 graduate of the Academy, enters
his tenth season as an assistant with the Mariners.
In his ten years, Martucci has coached three positions, including defensive line, running backs and tight ends.
Martucci played fullback for the Mariners during the 1969
season, in which USMMA went 7-2 overall and earned the Lambert Bowl
Championship, which is presented to the best NCAA Division III team
in the region by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).
Additionally, he was also captain of the 1969 undefeated, national
and international rowing team.
From his time of graduation until reporting aboard in 2003, Martucci spent over twenty years sailing and working ashore in the Maritime industry, earning his Chief Engineer’s license and attaining the position of Superintendent Engineer. While sailing as an engineer for American Export Lines, Martucci attended CCNY and attained a Master’s degree in math and education.
Commissioned an Ensign USNR at graduation, Martucci pursued his Navy career earning the rank of Captain. He retired in 2003 after thirty years of service and ten years in command. Martucci currently works as the Associate Director of the USMMA Global Maritime and Transportation School.
Martucci and his wife, Debra, are the parents of six children: Jeremy, Cory, Dan, Joe III (a 2000 USMMA graduate and Academic All-American water polo player) Patricia, and Rich (a 2004 team captain and All-Freedom Football Conference defensive lineman). He resides in Great Neck, NY
|Title:||Running Backs Coach|
|College:||Southern Connecticut State '72|
Greg Toop is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach at USMMA. Prior to joining the Academy, he spent four years as the running backs coach at Stony Brook University. During his four years at Stony Brook, he twice produced a pair of 1,000 yard rushers. He also coached the school's all-time leading rusher as well as the College Sporting News and Big South Freshman of the Year.
In addition to his experience at the collegiate level, Toop brings 33 years of high-school experience to the Mariners. He served on the staff at Half Hollow Hills East High School for 18 seasons. Toop also has made stops at St. Anthony's (Head Coach), Centereach (Head Coach), Holy Family (Assistant), Half Hollow Hills (Assistant), Chaminade (Assistant), and Newfield (Assistant).
In his collegiate career Toop played at Southern Connecticut State University as the squad's strong safety as well as long and short snapper.
Off the field, Toop is a retired elementary Physical Education teacher from the Half Hollow Hills C.S.D. and also served as a high school dean of students. Brother of Head Coach, Mike Toop, Greg and his wife, Jean, reside in Smithtown, NY with their two daughters, Jessica and Kathryn.
|College:||RPI '09 / RPI '10|
Jimmy Robertson enters his second season with the United States Merchant Marine Academy football program in 2012. It will be his first season as Quarterbacks Coach after serving as Wide Receivers Coach during the 2011 campaign.
Prior to joining USMMA, Robertson played in the German Football League (GFL) for the Plattling Blackhawks in 2009 and 2010. He previously served as Assistant Quarterbacks Coach at his alma mater, RPI, during the 2009 season while obtaining his M.S. Degree in Management. Along with his M.S. Degree in Management from RPI, Robertson also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Business and Management from RPI in 2009. He minored in Sports Psychology.
During his time at RPI he was a four-year starting quarterback and served as team captain for two season. He helped lead RPI to the 2007 Liberty League Championship and a NCAA playoff appearances as well as ECAC Bowl Championships in 2005, 2006, and 2008. He was the Liberty League Player of the Year in 2008 and Liberty League Rookie of the Year in 2005, while garnering all-league accolades every season.
At USMMA, Robertson is responsible for recruiting in California, Connecticut, New York (excluding Nassau and Suffolk counties), Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Robertson is a native of, and currently resides in, Yonkers, NY.
|Title:||Defensive Backs Coach|
|College:||American International College '09 / Western Michigan University '12|
Richard Reichert enters his first year at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2012 as the Mariners' Defensive Backs Coach.
Prior to arriving at Kings Point, Reichert served as the Defensive Graduate Assistant for the Western Michigan University football team. At WMU he received a Master’s degree in Coaching Sports Performance and had the privilege to work under Defensive Backs Coach Amp Campbell and former Defensive Coordinator Dave Cohen.
In 2011, Western Michigan posted a 7-5 record and earned a bid to play in the Little Cesar Pizza Pizza Bowl. Aside from coaching the defensive backs, Reichert helped contribute to the team’s success through video breakdown, opponent analysis and weekly scouting reports. During the 2011 season, he worked with the Rovers and All-MAC Selection Johnnie Simon.
Prior to arriving at Kalamazoo his coaching career began at Rutgers University in 2010. As a member of the Scarlet Knights' staff Reichert was responsible for video breakdown, opponent analysis and weekly scouting reports.
In 2009, Reichert graduated from American International College with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He was a four-year member of the Yellow Jacket's football and lacrosse teams. During the 2008 football season he was elected to the Northeast 10 All-Conference team; leading the team in tackles and helping AIC to a 9-2 record and a berth the Division-II playoffs and was elected a team captain for the 2009 season. Reichert was also named defensive MVP during the 2009 football season and was recipient of the unsung hero during the 2010 lacrosse season.
Reichert is responsible for recruiting in New York (Long Island), Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Oklahoma.
Reichert's father, Richard A. Reichert is a retired Nassau County Police Officer and the current head coach at St. Anthony’s High School. His mother, Marry Ann Reichert is a registered nurse. Reichert currently resides in Nesconset, NY.
|Title:||Wide Receivers Coach|
|College:||Manhattan College '89 / Stony Brook University '00|
Chuck Carron enters his first year at the United States Merchant Marine Academy as the Mariners' Wide Receivers Coach.
He brings to the Academy nearly 20 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate level. Coaching Comsewogue High School from 2007-2010, he led the team to a pair of playoff berths, as well as the sixth highest team GPA in New York State. Prior to being named Head Coach at Comsewogue, Carron served as an assistant to legendary coach Tom Cassese.
Before his tenure at Comsewogue, Carron served as the Offensive and Defensive Coordinator at Centereach High School and was the Quarterbacks Coach from 1991-1992 at Stony Brook.
As a player, Carron was the quarterback at Manhattan College from 1985-1987. After college he played as a member of the New York Police Department's team and led the squad to a National Championship in 1993.
Carron received his Bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Manhattan College and in 2000 earned his Master’s in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University. He spent ten years serving the City of New York as a Police Officer from 1990-1999 and has been teaching social studies in the Comsewogue school district since retiring from the police force.
Carron currently resides in Mount Sinai, NY with his wife Tracey. He has two children: Mary Ellen (15) and Kevin (10).
|Title:||Outside Linebackers Coach|
|College:||Brooklyn College ‘08|
Jose Ferrer enters his first year with the United States Merchant Marine Academy as the Mariners' Outside Linebackers Coach in 2012.
Prior to joining the Mariners, he coached at Information Technology High School in Long Island City as the Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coach in 2011 and as Head Coach in 2007. As head coach, he helped produce the school’s all-time leading rusher, all-time leading tackler and all-time sack leader. He was also the Head JV football coach for Jamaica High School from 2009-2010. In addition, Ferrer was an assistant at Springfield Gardens High School in 2003 where he was a part of a staff that guided the Golden Eagles to their only two winning seasons in the past decade.
In 1999, he was the JV Defensive Line Coach for Christ the King High School where he coached several league sack leaders. Before his time in NYC, Ferrer was an assistant video coordinator for the University of Central Florida from 1996-1998, where he would breakdown film for practice and games. In addition, he was an assistant coach for Winter Park High School during that same time period. While at Winter Park High he worked with the varsity team as a Wide Receivers Coach and the JV team as a Quarterback and Running Backs Coach.
In 2008, Ferrer received his Master’s degree in Sport Management from Brooklyn College. Ferrer currently resides in Babylon, NY with his wife Yvette and two children: Jacob (12) and Andrea (10)
|Title:||Director of Football Operations|
|College:||Hamilton College '10 / Georgetown University '11|
Matt Mancini enters his first season with the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2012 as the Director of Football Operations. Before joing the Mariners' staff, Mancini was the Assistant Director of Football Operations at Princeton University during the 2011 season. His responsibilities included managing video operations, coordinating all junior varsity football team operations, as well as maintaining the team’s social media efforts.
As a graduate student at Georgetown University during the 2010-2011 school year, Mancini was an intern for the Hoyas football operations staff. He also worked for the NFL's Washington Redskins as a Game Day Operations Assistant. In that role, Mancini was responsible for setting up and maintaining the Shirley Povich Press Box for home games, delivering statistics to coaches and media members, as well as recording and transcribing post-game interviews for media use.
Mancini also worked as an intern for the Vermont Lake Monsters (single-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s) during the summer of 2009 in Burlington, Vermont. Mancini also served the Hamilton College Sports Information Department as a statistician and interned for the Amsterdam Mohawks (Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League) prior to his stint in Minor League Baseball.
A native of Fonda, NY, Mancini earned his Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 2010 and his Master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2011. At Hamilton, he was a member of the football and baseball teams.