Sacred Heart Football Announces 2014 Recruiting Class

Coach Mark Nofri addresses the Pioneers following their first-ever FCS Playoff Game in 2013.
Coach Mark Nofri addresses the Pioneers following their first-ever FCS Playoff Game in 2013.

FAIRFIELD, Conn - Sacred Heart University head football Coach Mark Nofri has announced the signing of 23 players on National Signing Day that will be joining the defending Northeast Conference Champions this Fall. The class of 2018 consists of players from nine different states, including seven from New Jersey, four from Massachusetts, two from Pennsylvania, two from California, two from New York and one each from Alaska, Connecticut, Maryland and Alabama.

The Pioneers are coming off a season in which they won the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship after a 10-2 regular season, and earned the program's first-ever berth into the FCS Playoffs. Sacred Heart had ten players be named All-Northeast Conference and three players named All-Americans.

Coach Nofri had this to say about the next crop of Pioneers:

"We are excited that these student-athletes have chosen to attend Sacred Heart University and can't wait for them to become part of the SHU community, both on and off of the field. I am really happy with the job that our coaching staff did in putting together this recruiting class. We have worked extremely hard and I believe we have found some quality student-athletes that are a great fit for Sacred Heart. We are excited about what this group, combined with our returning student-athletes, will do to continue the winning tradition of Pioneer Football."

Click HERE to take a closer look at the Class of 2018. (Headshots + Bios)



Dylan Ackerson
  DL/6-1/255   Birmingham, AL./Hoover
Quentin America
  WR/DB/5-11/175   Wheatley, NY./Half Hollow Hills East
Nick Cascione   QB/5-10/185   Hollywood, FL/New Canaan High School
Jacob Davis
  LB/6-2/215   Sparta, NJ/Sparta High School
Jaylin Deveau
  TE/6-3/215   Haverville, MA/Whittier Tech
Kevin Duke
  QB/5-11/180   Wappinger Falls, NY/R.C Ketcham
Alec Finelli
  DB/LB/6-0/200   East Hampton, NJ./Rancocas High School
Mickey Haller

Loyalsock, PA/Loyalsock Township
Hunter Hatlee
  Wernersville, PA/Wilson High School
John Herlihy
  Duxbury, MA/Duxbury High School
Matthew Ilalio
  Anchorage, AK/Phillips Academy
Joseph Lapi
  Bergenfield, NJ/Bergenfield High School
Brady Larson
  Brunswick, ME/Brunswick High School
Brandon Norton
  San Ramon, CA/Dougherty Valley
Andrew O'Neill
  Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township
Clifford Parvelus
  Everett, MA/Everett High School
Andrew Roach
  Gambrills, MD/Arundel High School
Anthony Saro
  Northvale, NJ/Northern Valley Regional
Kole Schleimer
  Mountainside, NJ/Immaculata High School
Brendon Slade
  Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional High School
Bryce Smith
  Temecula, CA/Vista Murrieta
Paul Stanton   OL/DL/6-1/260   Marmora, NJ/Ocean City High School
Mike Whalen
  Branford, CT/Hamden Hall Country Day




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