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Tyler Stockton  |  Defensive Line

Tyler Stockton joined Leatherneck Football in January 2016 and serves as the defensive line on coach Charlie Fisher’s staff.

Stockton coached an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection in Khalen Saunders as the defensive unit ranked eighth nationally in fourth down percentage defense and 45th in rushing defense.

He joined the Leathernecks after working the previous two seasons at Connecticut.
He served as the assistant to the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach during his two years as a graduate assistant with the Huskies and was the primary coach for the interior defensive line. Stockton ran on-field drills, conducted position meetings, and managed the scout team offense. Last year the Huskies defense ranked 15th-best in the country.
A five-year member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish program, Stockton was a Monogram award winner and helped the team make appearances in the 2010 Sun Bowl (champions), 2013 BCS National Championship game, and 2013 Pinstripe Bowl (champions). He was a member of the nation's top-ranked defense during the Fighting Irish's year advancing to the national championship game.
Stockton gained valuable experience outside the classroom and football field, working summer internships at: Goldman Sachs, Young Entrepreneurs Across America, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and ETL Associates. Stockton was a member of the Notre Dame Wall Street club, and the Irish Around the Bend Award.
A standout high school player, Stockton was a 2009 High School All-American and the top-ranked high school football player in the state of New Jersey. He was listed as the 31st overall player in the nation (
In 2013 he earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Notre Dame and earned his MBA in Corporate Finance the following year.


Deion Melvin  |  Inside Linebackers

Western Illinois head football coach Charlie Fisher announced the addition of inside linebackers coach Deion Melvin. He returns to Hanson Field following a playing career in the Purple & Gold and serving as an assistant coach under Randy Ball from 1993-98.
A 27-year coaching veteran working with linebackers and serving as a defensive coordinator, Melvin worked at Lindenwood (2011-16), Ball State (2009-10), Bowling Green (2007-08), Georgia Southern (2006), and Missouri State (1999-2005) following his time at Western. His coaching career started at East Aurora High School from 1990-92.
"Deion has coached a lot of football and plus he's a Leatherneck. I think anytime a guy comes back home he brings a measure of energy and loyalty that's unmatched because this is home for him. He's demonstrated that throughout the interview process and the little bit that he has been here," said Fisher.
At the college level, Melvin has coached 10 All-American linebackers and two Buck Buchanan award-winning linebackers (James Milton in 1998, Ed Hartwell eventual winner in 2000). He coached 19 all-conference linebackers, 16 academic all-conference linebackers, two players named conference players of the year, and 11 linebackers who were named as a team MVP.
Lindenwood's unit last year ranked eighth nationally in defensive touchdowns scored. Melvin also coached three different linebackers who finished first nationally for total tackles. Two of his players received the Cliff Harris Award, given to the top defensive player in Division II. He coached All-American linebacker Connor Harris who finished his career as the all-time tackles leader across all NCAA Divisions.

Deion and his wife Beverly have two daughters: Lywanna, who is a graduate of Ball State University, and Sherese, who is currently a sophomore at the University of Central Missouri.