Lyle Hemphill
Lyle  Hemphill

Position:
Safeties

Wake Forest head football coach Dave Clawson announced the addition of Lyle Hemphill to the Demon Deacons' defensive coaching staff in January, 2017. Hemphill joins Wake Forest after six seasons at Stony Brook including the last four as defensive coordinator.

"Lyle's defensive units at Stony Brook were among the best in the nation during his time there," said Clawson. "Lyle comes highly recommended as an excellent coach and an energetic recruiter."

Hemphill has spent the last six seasons at Stony Brook including the last four as the defensive coordinator. Under his direction, the Seawolves became one of the top defensive units in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). In 2015 the Seawolves led FCS in both total defense (250.1 yards per game) and yards allowed per play (4.10). In 2016, Stony Brook was third in the nation in total defense (274.2) and a top 20 unit nationally in tackles for loss, scoring defense, rushing defense, red zone defense, pass defense, first down defense and blocked punts.

Hemphill joined the Stony Brook staff in 2011 after serving as the cornerbacks coach at Delaware in 2010. From 2006 through 2009, he was an assistant coach at Hofstra under head coach Dave Cohen, currently Wake Forest's defensive line coach. Hemphill worked with the secondary and also the special teams while at Hofstra.

A 2002 graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, Hemphill was a four-year letterman at strong safety and spent a year on the wrestling team. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Delaware where he assisted his father Joe, one of the most successful football coaches in Delaware high school history.

Hemphill moved to Delaware Valley University as defensive backs coach and special teams coach from 2002-04 before joining the University of Delaware as a graduate assistant coach with the secondary in 2004 and 2005.

Hemphill and his wife, Christen, have three children, Izabella, Lyla and Georgia.

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