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Mike Toop
Mike Toop
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 516-726-5262
Email: toopm@usmma.edu
Year: 9th Season
College: USMMA '77 / SUNY Albany '84

On May 19, 2005 Mike Toop, a 1977 Academy graduate was appointed the 14th head football coach in Mariners history. Coach Toop is now entering his ninth season at the helm of the Mariners.

Toop has coached at some of the nation’s finest academic institutions, and prior to joining USMMA, spent four seasons as the head coach at Davidson. He led the Wildcats’ transition into the FCS as a member of the Pioneer Football League. The Toop-led Wildcats went 7-3 in the 2002 campaign, as Davidson won seven-plus contests for just the seventh time in 100 years.

Prior to his stint at the helm of Davidson’s program, Toop was the defensive coordinator from 1999-2000 at the University of Connecticut. He was the primary recruiter for the Huskies in the states of New York, New Jersey and California.  Toop also led the UConn defense in its inaugural season at the FBS level (2000).

Toop enjoyed a seven-year tenure as the defensive coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. During that time, the Quakers won three Ivy League championships (1993-94, ‘98), and went undefeated on two occasions. In 1994, Toop’s defense finished the year ranked No. 1 nationally in Division I-AA in pass efficiency, total defense, and scoring defense.  Penn set the Division I-AA record for consecutive wins, with 24, from 1992-95. Toop was named the National Division I-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 1995 by American Football Quarterly Magazine.

Also included on Toop’s collegiate coaching resume are stops as an assistant football coach at Colgate (1987-91), Union (1985-86) and Albany (1983-84). The Union Dutchmen advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament both years with Toop serving as an assistant coach. Prior to that, those familiar with New York-area high school football may remember him from his time as an assistant coach at Holy Cross High School (Flushing) in 1982 and at Chaminade (Mineola) from 1977-81. He guided Holy Cross to the 1982 Catholic Football League City Championship, while Chaminade took home the CFL title in 1977 and 1978. During his time in the high school ranks, Toop fulfilled his Maritime commitment working on off-shore oil rigs and sailing with Master Mates & Pilots. He also fulfilled his Naval Reserve commitment.

Toop was a linebacker for USMMA from 1973-76 and earned four letters. The Mariners’ team captain in his senior campaign, he garnered the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player Award, along with All-Conference, Honorable-Mention All-East and Honorable-Mention All-America accolades.

Born on Dec. 18, 1954, Toop graduated from USMMA in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nautical Science and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from Albany in 1984. Toop and his wife, Diana, reside in Stony Brook, NY and have two children, Marcus, a 1st LT in the United States Marine Corps and Jaclyn, a graduate of Union College.

Jameson Croall
Jameson Croall
Title: Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Phone: 516-726-5593
Email: croallj@usmma.edu
Year: 2nd Season
College: Springfield College '09

Jameson Croall enters his second season with the United States Merchant Marine Academy after being hired in 2012 as the Mariner’s Offensive Coordinator.  Prior to joining the staff, Croall served as a graduate assistant at Springfield College working with quarterbacks, fullbacks, and running backs over the two years he spent there.  In his first year, Croall helped lead Springfield to the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl Championship.

Prior to his time at Springfield, Croall spent a year working as the Offensive Line coach at Maine Maritime Academy.  While there, Maine Maritime had their best season in school history, leading the nation in rushing yards per game, winning the NEFC Conference Championship, receiving an NCAA tournament bid, and having three offensive lineman named to the All-Conference Team.

A 2009 graduate of Springfield College, Croall played for four years as an offensive lineman for the Pride before earning his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.  A native of East Longmeadow, MA, he is also responsible for recruiting from a wide variety of regions, which include: Delaware, New Jersey, Florida, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Croall currently resides in Glen Cove, NY.

Jonathan Churchill
Jonathan Churchill
Title: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Phone: 516-726-5605
Email: churchillj@usmma.edu
Year: 2nd Season
College: Bucknell University '02 / Rowan University '05

The 2013 campaign will be Jonathan Churchill’s second season at the United States Merchant Marine Academy as the Defensive Coordinator.  Churchill spent the previous four seasons coaching linebackers and special teams at Johns Hopkins University, where he helped lead the Blue Jays to a 36-10 overall record during that span.  With Churchill on staff, Johns Hopkins captured a trio of Centennial Conference Championships and earned two NCAA playoff berths as well as two ECAC Bowl appearances.

Prior to signing on at Johns Hopkins, Churchill coached for two years in the Arena Football 2 League and served as a Graduate Assistant at Rowan University from 2005-2007.  At Rowan, he once again contributed to a successful run as the Profs posted a 20-5 record over three seasons as Churchill coached the wide receivers and tight ends.  During his three year stint, Rowan won two Conference Championships and earned two NCAA playoff appearances.   Churchill received his Master’s in Public Relations from Rowan in 2005.

Churchill was a four-year letter-winner as an offensive lineman at Bucknell University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  At Bucknell, he was named to the All-Patriot League Academic First-Team.  During his senior season he was selected as the team’s most outstanding lineman.

Churchill currently resides in Bayside, NY, with his wife Jera Aurand.

Jimmy Robertson
Jimmy Robertson
Title: Quarterbacks Coach
Phone: 516-726-5256
Email: robertsonj@usmma.edu
Year: 3rd Season
College: RPI '09 / RPI '10

Jimmy Robertson enters his third season with the United States Merchant Marine Academy football program in 2013. It will be his second season as Quarterbacks Coach after serving as Wide Receivers Coach during the 2011 campaign.

Prior to joining USMMA, Robertson played in the German Football League (GFL) for the Plattling Blackhawks in 2009 and 2010. He previously served as Assistant Quarterbacks Coach at his alma mater, RPI, during the 2009 season while obtaining his M.S. Degree in Management.  Along with his M.S. Degree in Management from RPI, Robertson also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Business and Management from RPI in 2009. He minored in Sports Psychology.

During his time at RPI he was a four-year starting quarterback and served as team captain for two seasons. He helped lead RPI to the 2007 Liberty League Championship and an NCAA playoff appearance as well as ECAC Bowl Championships in 2005, 2006, and 2008. He was the Liberty League Player of the Year in 2008 and Liberty League Rookie of the Year in 2005, while garnering all-league accolades in each season.

At USMMA, Robertson is responsible for recruiting in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Texas, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

Robertson is a native of, and currently resides in, Yonkers, NY.

Andrew Malson
Andrew Malson
Title: Defensive Backs Coach
Phone: 516-726-6184
Email: malsona@usmma.edu
Year: 1st Season
College: Westminster '08

Andrew Malson enters his first season on the Mariners coaching staff and will serve as the coach of the defensive backs.  Malson completed the 2012 season as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Western Michigan University.  He was the defensive line coach for the Broncos and compiled practice and game plans as well as recruited in the state of Missouri. 

Malson was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for three seasons at his alma mater, Westminster College, from 2010-12.  In 2011, his defense was ranked tops in all of Division III in forced turnovers and fumbles recovered.  Malson developed weekly game plans, practice plans, coordinated film exchange, and handled team travel arrangements.  He was also responsible for recruiting in Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

Malson’s coaching career began as a Graduate Assistant Coach working with defensive backs at Missouri Western State University.  His specific duties included scouting and video breakdown, defensive scouting reports, and on-campus recruiting.  Malson was a two-time UMAC All-Conference Center at Westminster and served as a team captain during his senior season.  At the Academy he will be responsible for recruiting in California, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Oklahoma

Greg Toop
Greg Toop
Title: Running Backs Coach
Year: 5th Season
College: Southern Connecticut State '72

Greg Toop is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach at USMMA. Prior to joining the Academy, he spent four years as the running backs coach at Stony Brook University.  During his four years at Stony Brook, he twice produced a pair of 1,000 yard rushers.  He also coached the school’s all-time leading rusher as well as the College Sporting News and Big South Freshman of the Year. 

In addition to his experience at the collegiate level, Toop brings 33 years of high-school experience to the Mariners.  He served on the staff at Half Hollow Hills East High School for 18 seasons.  Toop also has made stops at St. Anthony’s (Head Coach), Centereach (Head Coach), Holy Family (Assistant), Half Hollow Hills (Assistant), Chaminade (Assistant), and Newfield (Assistant).

In his collegiate career Toop played at Southern Connecticut State University as the squad’s strong safety as well as long and short snapper.

Off the field, Toop is a retired elementary Physical Education teacher from the Half Hollow Hills C.S.D. and also served as a high school dean of students.  

Brother of Head Coach, Mike Toop, Greg and his wife, Jean, reside in Smithtown, NY with their two daughters, Jessica and Kathryn. 

Chuck Carron
Chuck Carron
Title: Wide Receivers Coach
Year: 2nd Season
College: Manhattan College '89 / Stony Brook University '00

Chuck Carron enters his second year at the United States Merchant Marine Academy as the Mariners’ Wide Receivers Coach.

He brings to the Academy 20 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate level.  Coaching Comsewogue High School from 2007-2010, he led the team to a pair of playoff berths, as well as the sixth highest team GPA in New York State.  Prior to being named Head Coach at Comsewogue, Carron served as an assistant to legendary coach Tom Cassese.

Before his tenure at Comsewogue, Carron was the Offensive and Defensive Coordinator at Centereach High School and was the Quarterbacks Coach from 1991-1992 at Stony Brook. 

As a player, Carron was the quarterback at Manhattan College from 1985-1987.  After college he played as a member of the New York Police Department’s team and led the squad to a National Championship in 1993.

Carron received his Bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Manhattan College and in 2000 earned his Master’s in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University.  He spent ten years serving the City of New York as a Police Officer from 1990-1999 and has been teaching social studies in the Comsewogue school district since retiring from the police force.

Carron currently resides in Mount Sinai, NY with his wife Tracey.  He has two children: Mary Ellen and Kevin.

Jeff Koutsantanou
Jeff Koutsantanou
Title: Linebackers Coach
Year: 1st Season
College: St. John's 93 / LIU '95 / Dowling '04

Jeff Koutsantanou enters his first year at the United States Merchant Marine Academy as the Mariners’ Linebackers coach in 2013.  He comes to the academy with over 20 years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate level.  

Koutsantanou spent the previous two seasons as the Head Varsity Football Coach at Port Jefferson High School, where he served as an assistant from 2003-2010.  

Prior to joining the Port Jefferson staff, Koutsantanou was an assistant at Stony Brook (D-I FCS) where he coached running backs and linebackers.  At Stony Brook, Koutsantanou was instrumental in implementing the Sea Wolves running game and responsible for recruiting throughout the northeast region.   

Koutsantanou has also served as the wide receivers coach at LIU Post, assistant coach at Mt. Sinai HS, assistant coah at Half Hollow Hills West HS, defensive coordinator at Walt Whitman HS, and assistant coach at Half Hollow Hills East HS.   

On the field, Koutsantanou played two seaons at Fairleigh Dickinson University as a linebacker and guard.

He currently resides in Port Jefferson, NY with his wife Adrienne, and their three children: Jefferson, Claudia, and Isabella.  

Matt Mancini
Matt Mancini
Title: Director of Football Operations
Phone: 516-726-5263
Email: mancinim@usmma.edu
Year: 2nd Season
College: Hamilton College '10 / Georgetown University '11

Matt Mancini enters his second season with the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2013 as the Director of Football Operations.  Before joing the Mariners’ staff, Mancini was the Assistant Director of Football Operations at Princeton University during the 2011 season.  His responsibilities included managing video operations, coordinating all junior varsity football team operations, as well as maintaining the team’s social media efforts.

As a graduate student at Georgetown University during the 2010-2011 school year, Mancini was an intern for the Hoyas football operations staff.  He also worked for the NFL’s Washington Redskins as a Game Day Operations Assistant.  In that role, Mancini was responsible for setting up and maintaining the Shirley Povich Press Box for home games, delivering statistics to coaches and media members, as well as recording and transcribing post-game interviews for media use.

Mancini also worked as an intern for the Vermont Lake Monsters (single-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s) during the summer of 2009 in Burlington, Vermont.  He served the Hamilton College Sports Information Department as a statistician and interned for the Amsterdam Mohawks (Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League) prior to his stint in Minor League Baseball.

A native of Fonda, NY, Mancini earned his Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 2010 and his Master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2011.  At Hamilton, he was a member of the football and baseball teams.