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In his first six years on the Bison sideline, Joe Susan has certainly impacted the culture of the Bucknell program. He has his favorite sayings like "The Ball is the Program", which focuses on limiting and creating turnovers, and certain philosophies like the Thought Box, which symbolizes leaving all off-field distractions away from the field during practices and games. Additionally, Susan strives to recruit strong citizens to Bucknell and mold them into even better people by the time they graduate.   FULL BIO
Joe Susan
 
Matt Borich
Assistant Head Coach (Defensive Coordinator/DL)
A standout defensive lineman and linebacker at Bucknell from 1997 to 2000, Matt Borich is in his seventh year coaching the defensive line at his alma mater in 2016. Prior to 2012 spring practice, Borich added duties as the defensive run game coordinator. He was elevated to defensive coordinator in the summer of 2013, and added responsibilities as assistant head coach just prior to 2014 spring practice.   FULL BIO
Bobby Acosta
Assistant Coach (Offensive Coordinator/QB)
Bobby Acosta joined the Bucknell football coaching staff just prior to 2017 spring practice. The veteran coach will serve as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.   FULL BIO
Jake Flaherty
Assistant Coach (RB)
Jake Flaherty, a 2014 Bucknell graduate and former wide receiver, returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in the summer of 2017. Flaherty will work with the running backs while also serving as the assistant recruiting coordinator.   FULL BIO
Steven King
Assistant Coach (WR/Special Teams Coordinator)
Former Nevada graduate assistant Steven King joined the Bison staff just prior to 2016 spring practice. King, who works closely with the Bison wide receivers, recently spent two years with the Wolf Pack, first as an offensive graduate assistant working with the wide receivers and most recently as a defensive graduate assistant working with the nickel position. King will take on the added duties of special teams coordinator starting in 2017.   FULL BIO
Darnell Stapleton
Assistant Coach (Run Game Coordinator/OL)
Super Bowl-winning offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton joined the Bucknell football coaching staff in the summer of 2014. He is in his third season overseeing the Bison offensive line.   FULL BIO
Mike Weick
Assistant Coach (LB)
Mike Weick joined the Bucknell staff as linebackers coach in the spring of 2017. Weick spent the previous five years at Salve Regina, including the last two as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.   FULL BIO
Eli Wicklund
Assistant Coach (CB)
Former Rice quality control coach Eli Wicklund joined the Bison staff in the spring of 2016 and works with the running backs. He has collegiate coaching experience at Miami (Ohio), North Park University and Rice.   FULL BIO
Eric Wicks
Assistant Coach (Def. Secondary/Safeties)
Eric Wicks, an All-Big East performer at West Virginia from 2004-07, joined the Bison coaching staff in the spring of 2013. He spent the previous three seasons as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh. At Bucknell, After coaching the Bucknell cornerbacks in his first four seasons, he will oversee the entire defensive secondary with a focus on the safeties starting in 2017.   FULL BIO
John Field
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
John Field, a 1999 graduate of Texas Lutheran, is in his ninth year as the football strength and conditioning coach at Bucknell. During the 2009 season he performed duties as a defensive assistant coach as well.   FULL BIO
Tim Wait
Administrative Coordinator
Tim Wait came to Bucknell as the administrative coordinator in June 2015. The Palo Alto, California, native has an extensive football background at both Stanford University and Moravian College.   FULL BIO
Liel Karstetter
Equipment Manager
Liel Karstetter was named Bucknell's football equipment manager just prior to the 2010 season opener at Duquesne and he is in seventh year as part of the Bison staff.   FULL BIO
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