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Tony Papley, who completed his playing career at Slippery Rock in 2013, enters his fourth season on the Duquesne coaching staff. After two seasons as a graduate assistant defensive line coach, he was promoted to director of football operations in 2016 while maintaining his defensive line coach status. He also coordinates video operations for the program.
Papley has coached a pair of All-Northeast Conference lineman in Zach Zidian (2014 & 2015) and Jake Radziukinas (2016). His linemen have helped the Dukes rank 28th and 10th nationally in total defense over the past two seasons.
A three-year letterman at nose tackle for SRU, Papley earned first team All-PSAC West honors as a senior in helping the Rock defense rank fourth nationally in pass defense efficiency, fifth in third-down conversion and 25th in rushing defense. The Slippery Rock, Pa. native was part of two Western Division championship teams as a player.
Papley received his undergraduate degree in parks and resource management from Slippery Rock in 2013 and his Masters in Sports Leadership from Duquesne in 2016. He and his wife Mara reside in Slippery Rock, Pa.