LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell head football coach Joe Susan has announced the addition of Bobby Acosta and Mike Weick to the Bison staff. Acosta will serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Weick will coach the linebackers.
“We are excited about the additions we have made on our football staff,” said Susan. “Bobby Acosta joins us as our offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Bobby has a great deal of experience and will be a positive addition to our staff both on and off the field. Mike Weick joins us from Salve Regina, where he was the defensive coordinator. Mike has visited our campus a number of times and has a great deal of experience with the defensive scheme we employ.”
In addition to the two new members of the staff, Susan also announced that several returning coaches will work with new position groups this season. Mike O’Connor, who will be in his ninth year on the Bison staff in 2017, will serve as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Second-year assistant Eli Wicklund will move over to the defensive side of the ball and coach the Bison cornerbacks after working with the running backs last season. Eric Wicks, who has coached the cornerbacks for the last four seasons, will take over the responsibilities for the entire secondary, with specific focus on the safeties.
In addition, offensive line coach Darnell Stapleton will also now serve as run game coordinator, and wide receivers coach Steven King will take on the added duties of special teams coordinator.
“I am eager to see these changes work as we transition onto the field for spring practice,” said Susan. “The response we have received from the student-athletes in our program and the young men who we are recruiting has been positive. I feel these men will enhance the experience of our players as we work to challenge them to be the best they can be in all that they do.”
Acosta has been involved in coaching at various levels – from high school to the NFL – for 18 years. Recently, he spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Syracuse before moving on to Cornell prior to last season. At Syracuse in 2015, he served as the Orange’s recruiting coordinator, where he helped attract 18 three-star recruits and five players ranked among the top 50 at their positions in the country, according to 247 sports.
Prior to his stint at Syracuse, Acosta spent one year as head coach at Widener (2013) and five seasons as assistant coach at TCNJ (2008-12), the last four as offensive coordinator. That came on the heels of two seasons as the tight ends coach at Delaware, helping the Blue Hens to the 2007 FCS National Championship game and assisting in the development of future Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco. He served as head coach at both Marlboro HS (2002-04) and Monmouth Regional HS (2006-07), sandwiched around three years as wide receivers coach at TCNJ. Acosta began his coaching career at Rowan (1999-2001) as the team's defensive backs and special teams coach. In addition, he spent the 2008 (Cleveland Browns) and 2010 (New York Jets) NFL preseason serving coaching internships.
In his one season as head coach at Widener, the Pride went 6-4, and averaged 439.7 yards and 31.8 points per game. At TCNJ, his offense set school records for passing yards (2,491) and completions (269) in a season in 2012. During the 2009 campaign, the offense scored the most points in a single-season in program history (309), as well as yards in a game (708 vs. FDU-Florham).
Acosta played four seasons at Rowan, helping the team to the Stagg Bowl -- the Division III national championship game -- each year. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in health and exercise science.
Weick spent the previous five years at Salve Regina, including the last two as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The team went 17-4 while he was defensive coordinator, and last season his unit led the conference in scoring defense and sacks while placing five players on the all-league team.
Weick served as Salve Regina’s special teams coordinator, defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 2012-14. In 2014, return specialist Alex Hulme averaged 31.7 yards per kickoff return which was sixth-best in the country. In 2013, Weick’s punt rush units led the nation at all levels with seven blocks. In 2012, the Salve return units combined for six special teams touchdowns on the year, and the punt rush unit blocked five punts. Phil Terio was named the 2012 NEFC Return Specialist of the Year, which led to All-America honors.
Following the 2012 season, Weick attended the American Football Coaches Association national convention held in Nashville, Tennessee, and he was selected as a member of the 2013 Future Football Coaches Academy. Weick was one of 31 young coaches in all divisions to participate in the professional development and networking academy.
Prior to Salve Regina, Weick spent a year as the linebackers coach and co-strength and conditioning coordinator at Susquehanna. He started his coaching career as the inside linebackers coach at King’s College (Pa.).
Weick was a four-year starter and 2009 team captain at McDaniel College. Over his 33-game career, he became the program’s fourth all-time leader in solo tackles (134) and is fifth in total career tackles (299). He was a two-time All-Centennial Conference linebacker and a 2009 preseason All-America selection. Weick was also named McDaniel College’s Athlete of the Year following his senior season.
Acosta and Weick will be on the field as the Bison get spring practice underway on Friday evening.