DEFENSIVE BACKS
Jake Grande
Email: jgrande@ju.edu Tel: (904) 256-7475
Coach Grande comes to Jacksonville University from the Jacksonville Sharks of the AFL where he coached for four seasons as the Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator and won an Arena League Championship in 2011. He has had many players move on to the NFL and CFL under his guidance. While working with the Sharks he was able to coach part-time for the Dolphins coaching Safeties and linebackers. The 2013 season Grande took over as the fulltime Defensive backs coach.

Coaching Experience:
2013- Jacksonville University (FCS) (Defensive Backs)
2012-Jacksonville University (FCS) (Linebackers)
2011- Jacksonville University (FCS) (Safeties)
2010-2013 Jacksonville Sharks (AFL) (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
2007-2009 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (AF2) (Defensive Coordinator)

Coaching Accomplishments:
•    2013 Season the secondary under Grande ranked #2 in Pass Defense in Conference play.
•    Tutored Andre Addison 1st Team all PFL, who totaled 68 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 10 pass breakups.
•    Coached Ed Foley & Antonio McCrae to Honorable Mention. McCrae had a team high 3 interceptions on the season along with an interception return against Delaware for TD.  
•    As Linebackers coach in 2012 he helped a defensive unit that finished #1 in Pass Efficiency Defense, #1 Pass Defense, and #1 Total Defense in Conference Play.
•    Defensive unit finished # 14 in Sacks in FCS (32)
•    In 2012 along with the linebackers and secondary units combined became one of the best in the nation, finishing #7 in pass efficiency defense (103.24)
•    Grande’s Line backing core all received conference awards in 2012. Tre Davis and Lane McCombs became 2nd Team all PFL Linebackers. Taylor Marsh Honorable Mention.  
•    In 2011 as Safeties Coach the secondary ranked #12 in Pass Defense in all FCS. They ranked #11 Pass Efficiency Defense in all FCS.
•    Mentored both of his Safeties to conference Honors. Leonard Smith, 1st Team all PFL Safety led team in tackles with 74.  Lacey Mcdouglad 2nd Team all PFL Safety led conference with 5 interceptions.
•    Aided Sophomore Defensive back Schon Thomas to PFL Honorable mention where had 10 pass breakups on the season.
Playing Career and Personal Information

Coach Grande is a Wilkes University graduate where he was a 2nd team all-conference corner and a team captain for two seasons while helping Wilkes win their first conference championship in ten years. Hometown: Somers Point, NJ. Education: Bachelor Degree in Communications with a Business Administration Minor.  



Staff Directory
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Kerwin Bell Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Jerry Odom Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers
Andy McLeod Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Kerry Webb Running Backs/Special Teams - Coverages
Ernie Logan Defensive Line
Jake Grande Defensive Backs
James Rowe Defensive Coordinator-Cornerbacks
Wayne Younger Wide Receivers
Cameron Smith Dir. of Football Operations/Asst. QB Coach
J.J. Laster Defensive Graduate Assistant
Spencer Hodges Offensive Graduate Assistant
Nick Navarro