PHILADELPHIA, PA -- La Salle University has announced that Archie Stalcup has resigned as head football coach effective immediately.
Stalcup cited personal reasons for giving up the post that he held since 2002. In his two seasons at the helm he compiled a record of 5-16. Stalcup has remained a driving force behind Explorer football since helping launch the sport?™s rebirth after a 56-year hiatus as a member of Bill Manlove?™s staff in 1997.
Stalcup was Coach Manlove?™s defensive coordinator prior to succeeding Manlove in 2002. In his last season Stalcup also re-assumed defensive coordinator duties in addition to his head coaching responsibilities. He has over 39 years worth of coaching experience at the scholastic and collegiate levels.
?We are certainly sad to lose a great coach like Archie who has set such a positive example for our young men,? said La Salle University Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Thomas Brennan. ?However, we are equally pleased to have an excellent replacement in Coach Longo who is able to step in and make this transition as smooth as possible. Coach Longo has worked along with Archie for two years to put this program in a position to succeed and it seems only logical that he be the next man to lead the team.?
Longo joined Coach Stalcup?™s staff as associate head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterback?™s coach immediately and instituted La Salle?™s now renown spread offense which has earned the reputation as one of the most explosive and quick-hitting in all of Division I-AA Mid-Major football.
As in his previous coaching stops at William Patterson University and Parsippany Hills High School, Longo?™s offenses have set numerous school team and individual records.
Longo is a 1992 graduate of Rowan University where he was a running back under current University of North Carolina head coach John Bunting.