NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Head Coach Mark Murnyack of the Norwich University football program has announced the hiring of Robert Brockley and Patrick Junor, rounding out the coaching staff for the upcoming 2017 football season. The Cadets welcome student-athletes back to campus starting Friday afternoon for the start of pre-season.
Brockley will serve as the Defensive Line Coach while Junor will assist the Cadets as a Running Backs Coach. Adam Chicoine, a member of the NU coaching staff since the Fall of 2015, will transition to coach the Defensive Backs for the Cadets.
"Coach Brockley and Coach Junor are excellent additions to our program," remarked Murnyack. "They each bring enthusiasm and a desire to teach, coach and mentor. Upon their arrival, they started working with the other coaches to understand our program philosophy and have bought into our mission. I am excited to work with these men and want to welcome our new coaches to Norwich."
Most recently, Brockley served as an Assistant Coach at Austin Peay State University from 2014 to 2016, developing a tight end group that increased its touchdowns and receptions under his tutelage. Additionally, Brockley coached the defensive line for the Nashville Venom, a Professional Indoor Football League franchise, in the spring of 2014.
In 1996, Brockley earned his coaching start at Siena College, working with the defensive line while facilitating film exchange. He also served as the team's faculty and academic liaison while with the Saints. Outside of the football field, Brockley has served as a government contractor and a Special Forces Warrant officer, Special Forces Sergeant and an Infantry Squad Leader for the United States Army.
A 1996 graduate of Worcester State College, Brockley was a three-year letterman on a team that secured the school's first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference appearance. He would later attain a master's degree in Sport Management from the American Military University in 2014.
Junor joins the Cadets with coaching experience across many levels of football, most recently serving as the running backs coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He assisted an offense that finished ranked eighth in all of NCAA Division II. At Arizona Western College the year before, Junor and his linebacker corps helped the team earn 11 wins in 12 games. With the Matadors, he coached a First Team All-American, Larry McCord.
At Saint Francis (Pa.) University in 2013, Junor coached an All-American running back, Kyle Harbridge, who finished third in the nation with 1,613 rushing yards. Junor was also responsible for recruiting, scouting reports and other football-related duties. He has also spent time at Bluefield College, Southwest Minnesota State University, coaching linebackers and the offensive line/tight ends, respectively.
Junor also coached in junior player development and high school player development programs for two years, implementing and designing strength training courses for class and gym clients.
After redshirting at Kansas State University during the 2005 season, Junor was a three-year member of the football program at the University of Arkansas from 2006-08. Graduating from Arkansas with a degree in Kinesiology, Junor also served a stint as the team's football manager for two years.
Patrick and his wife, Meghan, have relocated to Vermont from Miami, Fla.
Chicoine has served as a key part of Murnyack's staff since his arrival in Northfield.
"Coach Chicoine is an excellent teacher and coach and has a desire to expand and build upon what he already knows. He understands our team philosophy and terminology - I have no doubt that he will continue to serve as a valuable mentor for our defensive corps," said Murnyack.
Norwich will begin its 121st season as a varsity program on the road, taking on the host Mustangs from Morrisville State College at high noon on Saturday, Sept. 2. The Cadets will open their first season in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference against the United States Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. on Sabine Field.