June 17, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football program has finalized its graduate assistant coaches for the 2014 season - David Deboer and Nick Lezynski on the offensive side and Tyler Stockton and Josh Zidenberg on defense.
Deboer was an offensive graduate assistant coach at Central Michigan from 2012-13. He was the defensive coordinator at the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. The team won back-to-back league championships with Deboer on the staff. During his time at Central Michigan, he worked with UConn offensive coordinator Mike Cummings and was part of the 2012 coaching staff that won the Little Ceasar's Bowl.
Prior to entering coaching he worked at the Genesis Genetics Institute in Detroit.
Deboer is a 2010 graduate of Hope College (Holland, Mich.) and was a four-time football letterwinner. A Dean's List student, he earned Second Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors as a junior and was a three-time MIAA Honor Roll pick.
Lezynski was a graduate assistant at Holy Cross in 2012-13 working with the secondary. He also was the defensive coordinator for the Crusaders' junior varsity team and special teams coordinator.
He is a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in marketing and was a four-year walk-on member of the Fighting Irish football team.
Lezynski was an event, marketing and ticket intern at Notre Dame during the 2011-12 academic year and also was a marketing assistant at the College Football Hall of Fame in the summers of 2010 and '11. He is a 2007 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, N.J., and was a captain of the football and lacrosse teams as a senior.
Stockton was a member of the Notre Dame football team and earned his undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in corporate finance in 2014. He was named the 2012 Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year for the Irish and was awarded a monogram during his career. Stockton also received the 2013 Irish Around The Bend Award for his involvement in community service.
He has gained experience in the business world working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, in the summers of 2010 and '12 for Goldman Sachs - also in the summer of '10.
Zidenberg was a graduate assistant coach at Virginia from the 2009-11 seasons. He is a 2008 graduate of Virginia with a degree in anthropology and earned his master's degree from the school in administration and supervision in 2011.
For the past two years, he was a Business Development Manager for Movement Mortgage, Inc., in Virginia Beach, Va.
Zidenberg was a player personnel assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 2008-09.
He was a three-time letterwinner in football at Virignia and won the George Welsh Award following his junior season of 2006 as the most outstanding special teams player. Following his senior season of 2007, he won the John Polzer Award for ability, sportsmanship and character.
Zidenberg joined the Virginia team as a walk-on, but was later awarded an athletic scholarship.