Tony Papley
Tony  Papley

Defensive Line / Director of Football Operations

Alma Mater:
Slippery Rock '13

Third season at DU


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Tony Papley, who completed his playing career at Slippery Rock in 2013, enters his third season on the Duquesne coaching staff. After two seasons as a graduate assistant defensive line coach, he was promoted to Director of Football Operations this year while maintaining his defensive line coach status. He will also continue to head up the video operations for the Dukes.

In 2014 and 2015, Papley coached a First Team All-Northeast Conference defensive lineman honoree in Zach Zidian and has a 2016 preseason All-NEC pick in Jake Radziukinas. In 2015, the Duquesne defense ranked first in the NEC in scoring defense, allowing just 19.2 points per game and was second in rushing defense, yielding 135.8 yards per contest.

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.


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