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Lou Esposito

Lou Esposito has served on Tim Lester's staff as the co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach and was appointed as interim defensive coordinator on November 14, 2018.

Esposito returned to Kalamazoo prior to the 2017 season after serving as the first head coach in Davenport University’s program since 2014.

During his first stop in Kalamazoo from 2010-12, Esposito coached the defensive line. While working with the unit, he coached the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Drew Nowak, in 2011. Nowak led the league in sacks with 2011. Nowak went on to be named a Phil Steele All-American. Esposito also coached Freddie Bishop who went on to play for the New York Jets in the NFL and Paul Hazel who played for Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and N.Y. Giants. 

At Davenport, the Panthers played their inaugural season in 2016, going 6-5. Off the field he was in charge of recruiting 125 student-athletes in two years to establish the program and oversee a multi-million-dollar fundraising campaign for the new football facility.

Prior to his time at Davenport, Esposito was defensive coordinator at Ferris State University. While there he improved the rush defense from 13th in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to first in a single season and ranked in the top-25 in two of the national polls. He led a defense that finished in the Top-5 in many GLIAC statistical categories under his guidance in 2013. Ferris State led the GLIAC in total defense along with rushing defense and team passing efficiency defense.

A past Division I offensive lineman at the University of Memphis, Esposito spent five years as the head coach at Division II Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) before moving to Western Michigan. At St. Joseph’s, Esposito was the Great Lakes Football Conference Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2009 and posted a 30-25 record while recording a 100% graduation rate for four year athletes in his six years guiding the program. He led the team to a pair of GLFC championships in 2006 and 2009.

He coached 23 All-GLFC student-athletes in 2009 alone, ranking first in both rushing offense and defense.  The Pumas also had the top-ranked red zone offense in the GLFC, boasting the 2009 GLFC Offensive Player of the Year and an unblemished record in conference play.

During his playing days at Memphis, Esposito was a 4-year letterwinner on the offensive line and served as the team captain in 1999 and 2000. Upon graduation, Lou signed a professional contract with the Arena Football League’s Memphis Explorers and went on to coach on the Xplorers’ staff in 2002 and 2003.

Esposito, an AFCA member since 2003, and his wife Brooke have four children - Louis J. Esposito IV, Emilia Rose, Anthony and Mason.