Dave Wissman
Dave Wissman
Title: Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Phone: (203) 396-8144
Email: wissmand@sacredheart.edu
Year: Seventh year
Previous College: New Hampshire

The 2016 campaign marks the seventh Dave Wissman as a member of the SHU coaching staff and his sixth as the Pioneers defensive coordinator. Under his tutelage the Pioneer defense has emerged as one of the most tenacious defensive units in the all of FCS.


  • SHU finished the 2015 season seventh in the nation in takeaways, with 30, and ranked 10th nationally at 2.91 sacks per game
  • Wissman's unit held opponents to 111 yards rushing a game in 2015, tops in the NEC and 13th nationally
  • Four of Wissman's defensive unit were named to the All-NEC Team in 2015, with James Rentz and Conner Caveney earning First-Team accolades
  • Caveney was also selected to the All-New England Team, the third consecutive year a Pioneer defender earned the honor
  • Wissman had two players, Troy Moore and J.D. Roussel, named All-America following the Pioneers 2013 NEC Championship campaign
  • SHU finished the 2014 NEC Championship ranked eighth in the nation in total defense, allowing only 294.5 yards per game
  • Wissman's Pioneers led the nation in red zone defense and fourth-down defense in 2014, and ranked in the top-10 nationally in 10 different categories
  • Wissman's defensive corp earned a program-best seven postseason NEC Awards following the 2014 season
  • Gordon Hill became the second Pioneer in as many years to earn All-America accolades with a Second Team selection by Sports Network following the 2014 season
  • The Pioneers were third in rushing defense, allowing 86.3 yards per game, in 2014 and ranked 11th in the country at 8.3 tackles for loss
  • Wissman's 2014 unit was second in the nation in third down defense (.263), fourth in interceptions (20), fifth in first down defense (175), sixth in sacks (3.33/game) and 10th in scoring defense (18.8/game)
  • Hill and Troy Moore were both named All-New England and were joined on the All-NEC First Team by James Rentz
  • The 2013 Pioneers led the nation in interceptions (23) and total takeaways (39) and were second nationally with 128 tackles for loss
  • SHU led the NEC in scoring defense and total defense, while ranking first in the league in sacks (42), tackles for loss (128) and rushing defense (112 yds/gm)
  • Of the teams that qualified for the 2013 FCS playoffs, Wissman's Pioneers ranked first in total defense
  • The 2013 Pioneer defense had five All-NEC selections
  • Wissman came to SHU from the Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.) where he was head football coach (2005-07), Assistant Athletics Director and Studie Art teacher
  • For the five years prior he served as the defensive coordinator at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass.
  • Wissman made collegiate coaching stops at Colgate University and Brown University, both as linebackers coach
  • Wissman played his college ball at the University of New Hampshire, earning Yankee Conference First-Team selection as a strong safety
  • He was a Defensive Team Captain and received the Coaches MVP Award during his playing days and still holds various records as a punt returner