Chris Conrad | Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line
Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Chris Conrad finished his sixth season as The Rock’s offensive line coach and run game coordinator in 2017. In addition to his on-field coaching duties, Conrad also serves as The Rock’s recruiting coordinator.
Slippery Rock has had 10 offensive lineman earn All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors since Conrad came to The Rock in 2012, including Ian Park and Steve Gaviglia last fall.
Conrad has overseen the development of a pair of All-Americans and future professionals in Park and Cory Tucker.
Park signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the start of the 2018 season following the conclusion of his Rock career. Tucker starred for SRU from 2011-15. As a senior, Tucker was named an All-American as well as a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. Once his collegiate career came to an end Tucker spent the NFL preseason in training camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and eventually signed a professional contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Conrad’s run game coordination took off in 2014 when Shamar Greene ran for 1,482 yards and the offensive line helped pave the way for a 214.5 yard per game average on the ground. In 2013 The Rock’s offensive line helped lead SRU to the third best total offensive output in the PSAC with 5,529 yards.
Those numbers only got better in 2015 when Greene won the PSAC rushing title and finished fourth in the nation in total rushing yards with 1,545. The Rock shattered multiple single-season team rushing records in 2015, including yards (3,608) and touchdowns (46).
In 2016, The Rock’s offensive line blocked for an offense that ranked fifth in the PSAC in scoring, fifth in total yardage, fourth in passing offense and second in first downs per game. Greene also became the program's all-time leading rusher, despite having his season cut short due to injury, finishing with 4,275 yards.
A season ago, Slippery Rock’s offensive line set the tone for a unit that ranked 11th in the nation in both scoring and third down conversion percentage. Slippery Rock possessed arguably the most potent offense in the PSAC a year ago as it ranked first in the 16-team conference in scoring, passing offense, first downs and third down conversion percentage while coming in second in total offense.
Conrad joined The Rock’s staff after serving three seasons as offensive tackles and tight ends coach at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to that, he served eight seasons as offensive and defensive line coach at Shaler Area High School. He also served five seasons as the throwing coach for the Titans’ track and field teams.
Prior to entering the coaching profession, Conrad was a third-round pick (66th overall) of the Steelers in the 1998 NFL draft. He played in 17 games (four starts) in two seasons with the Black and Gold before a neck injury early in 2000 ended his NFL career.
A native of Fullerton, California, Conrad attended Fresno State University, where he was a four-year letter winner as an offensive lineman. He earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors in his senior season.
Conrad and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Michael and Joelle, and reside in Wexford.
Domenick Razzano | Defensive Coordinator
Domenick Razzano returns for his fifth season as a member of the Slippery Rock University football team’s coaching staff, and his third as The Rock’s defensive coordinator in 2018.
In his three seasons as defensive coordinator at SRU, 17 players have earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division accolades including past All-Americans Marcus Martin (2014-17), Teven Williams (2015) and Joe Phillips (2015). With Razzano on staff, Slippery Rock has compiled an overall record of 36-12 with two PSAC championships and two appearances in the NCAA playoffs.
Prior to being the named defensive coordinator entering the 2016 season, Razzano served as the linebackers coach in 2014 and was the co-defensive coordinator in 2015, focusing on the secondary. He also served as the special teams coordinator in 2015.
The Rock’s defense underwent a youth movement in 2017 as underclassmen made a total of 68 starts. Even with the influx of inexperienced players into key positions, Slippery Rock’s defense still ranked 21st in the nation in tackles for loss per game (8.0) and fifth in the PSAC in total sacks (27).
Razzano helped coach Martin to one of the most historic seasons by a defensive lineman in Division II history in 2017 as the senior end was named the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year for a third consecutive season, the Conference Commissioner's Association Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year in addition to being the first Division II player to ever be named one of the five finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award as the best defensive end in all of college football.
In 2016, Razzano’s defense ranked sixth in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (82.5), ninth in interceptions (21) and 27th in sacks (32). Across the 16-team PSAC, Slippery Rock led the league in rush yards allowed per game while also ranking third in interceptions, fourth in total yards allowed per game (360.3), fifth in sacks, fifth in first downs allowed per game (19.2) and seventh in points allowed per game despite being on the field for an average of 30.46 minutes per game.
Razzano coached the linebackers on the 2014 defense that ranked eighth in the nation against the run, allowing opponents just 2.8 yards per carry. The Rock defense also ranked 22nd in the nation on third down and racked up a total of 31 sacks.
The 2015 defense improved on those numbers by ranking second in the country against the run, setting a program record by allowing just 2.2 yards per carry and 71.7 yards per game. The Rock defense also led the country in takeaways with 47, including 23 fumble recoveries and 24 interceptions. SRU led the PSAC with 48 sacks and posted 132 tackles for loss.
Prior to joining the Slippery Rock coaching staff, Razzano had coaching stints at Saint Vincent College and the University of Findlay.
He served as the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Findlay for the 2011 season, where he helped coach the national leader in takeways. At Saint Vincent in 2010, he helped the Bearcats finish third in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in pass defense efficiency and interceptions. He also served as a special teams coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Bearcats.
Razzano is a 2009 graduate of Slippery Rock. He played collegiately for The Rock from 2005-08, appearing in 26 games and finishing his career with 54 tackles, three tackles for a loss and one forced fumble.
Razzano and his wife, Erica, reside in Slippery Rock.
Adam Neugebauer | Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Adam Neugebauer was named offensive coordinator at Slippery Rock on Feb. 26, 2019.
He joined the staff at Slippery Rock after spending the previous two seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Division I Georgetown University, where he helped lead an offensive staff that saw a four-win improvement from 2017 to 2018. Off the field, Neugebauer recruited nationally in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and Kentucky in addition to regionally in the Washington, D.C. area, signing eight players to scholarships.
While working at Georgetown, Neugebauer also had the privilege of serving as head coach for USA Football at the 2018 International Bowl, where he coached 55 of the top high school players in the country to a win over Team Nordic (Sweden, Finland, Netherlands) at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Prior to joining the staff at Georgetown, Neugebauer got his coaching start at the Division II level at Tiffin University, where he spent a total of five seasons. He first joined the staff as a graduate assistant coach from 2012-14, working with the running backs. After that period, he accepted an assistant coaching position as the quarterbacks coach for the 2014 season before being promoted to the offensive coordinator role for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
In 2016, under Neugebauer's guidance, the Dragons averaged 31 points per game and 435 yards of offense per game. Five offensive players earned spots on all All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team. In his first season as the offensive coordinator in 2015, Tiffin broke multiple school records on offense, including amassing 5,011 yards of total offense and averaging just under 35 points per game. Six offensive players earned All-GLIAC honors.
Under Neugebauer's tutelage, quarterback Antonio Pipkin graduated as Tiffin's all-time leader in plays (2,023), passing attempts, (1,514), completions (980), passing yards (10,940), total offense (13,147) and 300-yard passing games (15). On a national level, Pipkin's career is one of the best in NCAA Division II history, finishing 13th all-time in total offense, 27th in passing yards and 19th in total offense per game (298.79). Pipkin was just the third quarterback to ever rush for at least 2,000 yards and pass for at least 10,000 yards. He was the 2015 GLIAC Back of the Year and was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy.
Prior to embarking on a coaching career, Neugebauer was a standout quarterback at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he broke 15 school records and never lost a home game in two years as a starter. He led Division II in five offensive categories as a senior in 2011, including passing yards (4,111), touchdowns (42), completions (353), completions per game (32) and yards per game (372). A two-year captain, Neugebauer was named the Super Region One Player of the Year and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. He was also a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy and earned first team All-America honors.
Following his collegiate career, Neugebauer played arena football for the Green Bay Blizzard and the Marion Blue Racers.
Neugebauer graduated with degrees in criminal law and political science from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2012. He is currently finishing his master’s degree at Tiffin University in criminal analysis with an anticipated completion date of August, 2019.
Marc Hull | Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator
Marc Hull will begin his fourth season on the Slippery Rock University football coaching staff in 2018.
Hull came to Slippery Rock to work with the linebackers prior to the 2015 season before adding special teams coordinator to his list of duties prior to the 2016 season.
Since coming to Slippery Rock, Hull has coached four linebackers to All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division accolades.
Hull coached The Rock’s youngest position unit last year as 11 of the 13 linebackers on the 2017 roster were underclassmen including seven true freshmen. Despite the inexperience, Hull mentored redshirt freshman Dylan Whiteman and true freshman Trysten McDonald to great rookie seasons. Whiteman ranked third on the team with 75 tackles to go with 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. McDonald was second on the team in TFL with 10.5 to go with 61 tackles and two interceptions.
The Rock’s special teams continued to excel under Hull as well in 2017. SRU ranked 10th in the nation in punt return average in addition to leading the PSAC in net punting average and ranking third in kick coverage. Kicker Jake Chapla earned All-PSAC West honors as both a punter and kicker and Marcus Johnson received first team All-PSAC West accolades as the league’s top returner.
In 2016, Hull’s linebacker corps played a pivotal role on a defensive unit that ranked sixth in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game as well as fifth in the PSAC in sacks and seventh in points allowed. All-conference linebackers Anthony Zappone and Bob Vernick ranked first and second on the team in tackles with 88 and 69, respectively.
On the special teams front, The Rock ranked third in the PSAC in average yards per kick return. Hull also coached a pair of freshmen kickers in Chapla and Josiah Davis. Chapla ranked second in the PSAC in made field goals with 11 and made the longest field goal in the PSAC, a 51-yarder against Mercyhurst.
In Hull's first season with SRU in 2015, his linebackers helped pave the way for the nation's second best rush defense as The Rock allowed less than 75 rushing yards per game. All-Region performers Teven Williams and Vernick finished the year first and second on the team in tackles, combining for 187 total tackles and 33.5 tackles for loss between the two of them. Mike Grata added 62 total tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss to give SRU's linebackers a total of 249 tackles and 45.0 tackles for loss.
Hull, a 2008 graduate of San Diego State University, spent two years developing as a collegiate football coach while serving as a graduate assistant at Shippensburg University before moving to The Rock.
At Shippensburg, Hull worked with the defensive backs on the field and also had roles in recruiting, video coordination, film breakdown, practice preparation and scouting.
Before his time at Shippensburg, Hull worked as a linebacker coach at NAIA school Kentucky Christian University. Before that, he spent two seasons at West Los Angeles College working with the linebackers, secondary and special teams.
Hull earned four varsity letters at Division I San Diego State before graduating in 2008 with a degree in social science.
He is originally from Carson, California and currently resides in Slippery Rock with his wife, Brandi.
Frank Bongivengo Jr. | Wide Receivers
Frank Bongivengo, Jr. enters his seventh season as wide receivers coach at Slippery Rock University in 2018.
Since joining the Slippery Rock coaching staff, Bongivengo has helped coach SRU to a 51-20 record that has included three PSAC West titles, two conference championships and three berths into the NCAA playoffs.
Under Bongivengo, six Rock wide receivers have earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division honors in LaQuinn Stephens-Howling, John Schademan, Ken Amos, Jaimire Dutrieuille, Milly Raye and Marcus Johnson with Schademan and Johnson going on to earn All-America honors in 2013 and 2017, respectively.
A year ago, Raye and Johnson combined to catch 148 passes for 2,173 yards and 23 touchdowns. Fellow wide receivers Andrew Bridgeforth, Mike Merhaut and Carnel Harley came together for 61 catches, 814 yards and three touchdowns as well. The five receivers were crucial cogs in an offense that ranked fifth in the nation in passing offense and 11th in scoring.
In 2016, Slippery Rock ranked third in the PSAC in passing yards per game and fifth in the conference in points per game thanks in large part to SRU’s talented group of wideouts that included Johnson, who caught 54 passes for 898 yards and 13 touchdowns; the third most TD receptions in Rock single-season history.
Bongivengo has played an important role in The Rock’s offensive attack over the last five years, including in 2015 when 16 different players caught at least one pass for a total of 3,256 yards and 32 touchdowns. Those numbers helped SRU become the highest scoring offense in the country at 45.2 points and 490.3 yards per game.
The Rock averaged 36.3 points and 460.8 yards per game in 2014. SRU quarterbacks threw 27 touchdowns while Bongivengo was serving as passing game coordinator that season.
The passing attack started growing at SRU in 2013 when the team averaged 43.3 points per game and 354.3 passing yards per game. Under Bongivengo’s guidance, three standout Rock receivers received all-conference accolades that season. Schademan led the way with one of the best seasons for an SRU receiver ever, catching 77 passes for 1,484 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to earning all-region honors. Amos pulled down 60 catches for 827 yards and five touchdowns and Dutrieuille caught 42 passes for 640 yards and five touchdowns.
A 2000 graduate of Slippery Rock University, Bongivengo joined The Rock coaching staff after serving 24 seasons as a high school football coach, the final six as head coach at New Castle High School.
Bongivengo is the son of legendary high school football coach Frank Bongivengo, Sr. and the father of former Slippery Rock wide receiver Michael Bongivengo.
Bryan Anthony Murray | Defensive Line
Bryan Anthony Murray joined The Rock football staff as defensive line coach in March of 2019.
Murray came to The Rock after spending the previous two years as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Cincinnati, where he worked under head coach Luke Fickell while pursuing his second master’s degree.
At Cincinnati, Murray was heavily involved with weekly scouting reports and prospective player evaluations. He also had a significant role with academic coordination for the football program and led the scout team meetings for the defense and special teams units.
Murray worked alongside former SRU assistant coach Al Washington in 2017 and Steve Stripling in 2018 to coach the defensive line, where he oversaw four players that earned All-Conference honors.
As a player, Murray was a three-year letterman and served as team captain at Boston College during his senior season in 2012.
Murray expects to receive his master’s in sport administration from Cincinnati in 2019 and has three degrees from Boston College. He received dual bachelor’s degrees in human development and economics with a minor in sociology in 2011 and earned a master’s degree from Boston College in applied developmental educational psychology in 2013.
Allen Gant | Defensive Backs
Allen Gant joined The Rock football staff in March of 2019 as defensive backs coach.
Gant joined The Rock staff after serving as a defensive intern at the University of Michigan in 2018, where he worked on head coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff.
At Michigan, Gant worked with former SRU assistant coach Al Washington to coach the outside linebacker position. He was involved with scouting, practice and game planning and also worked with the scout team tight ends and special teams units.
Prior to starting his coaching career, Gant played four years for the Wolverines as a safety, outside linebacker and special teams player from 2012-16.
He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan in December of 2015.
Jon McCune | Tight Ends
Slippery Rock University alum Jon McCune will begin his first season as an assistant coach at The Rock in 2018. McCune will work with the tight ends on head coach Shawn Lutz’s staff.
No stranger to SRU, McCune served as a student assistant at The Rock from 2008-10 before elevating to the role of defensive graduate assistant and quality control coach for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. McCune graduated from Slippery Rock with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education in 2010 and a master’s degree in Resource Management in 2012.
After his first stint at The Rock, McCune went on to become the baseball recruiting coordinator for Meadaille College (2013-14) before returning to the gridiron as the offensive coordinator for Southwestern High School (New York) in 2015. He then spent the 2016 season as the wide receivers coach at Amherst High School (New York). Prior to returning to Slippery Rock, McCune was named the head coach and offensive coordinator at Moniteau High School for one season in 2017.
McCune and his wife Karli have two daughters, Leila and Maisie.
Terry Grossetti | Strength and Conditioning
Grossetti joined The Rock staff in 2017 as the strength and conditioning coach. He is a 2009 Slippery Rock alumnus that has seen a great deal of success as a personal trainer since graduating from The Rock. Grossetti is currently the owner and director of training at Grossetti Performance, which has two training facilities in western Pennsylvania.
Since 2014, Grossetti and his staff have worked with more than 1,000 athletes, including three football players that were drafted by NFL teams and an additional 10 athletes that signed undrafted free agent contracts with NFL teams.
Prior to opening his own company, Grossetti spent two years as the director of sports performance at Power Train Sports in Wexford and one year as the speed trainer at the House of Speed in Youngstown, Ohio.
Grossetti played in 33 games for Slippery Rock from 2006-08 at wide receiver for former SRU head coach George Mihalik. He finished his career with 98 receptions, 1,307 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ranks eighth in Slippery Rock history in career touchdown receptions, 15th in total receptions and 17th in receiving yards.
Over his three years, Grossetti helped The Rock to a 21-12 record.
"Terry is a great addition to our program," said Lutz. "Not only is he an alum that understands Rock football, but he has proven to be an outstanding strength and conditioning coach over the last number of years."
Steve Saylor | Steve Taylor
Former Slippery Rock University football player Steve “Moose” Saylor returned to the sidelines at The Rock in 2014 in the role of director of football operations.
He is set to return to that role for a fifth straight year in 2018.
Saylor works with the coaching and equipment staffs and assists in the daily operation of the football office, including but not limited to budgeting, travel arrangements, equipment purchases and scheduling.