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 DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

Jamie Marshall
Defensive Coordinator

Jamie Marshall is in his third season on the Lindenwood football coach staff in 2018. After being the program's assistant head coach and defensive line coach in 2016, he was promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 2017 season.

In his first season as defensive coordinator, the Lions allowed 7.2 points less a contest, and also allowed nearly 100 fewer yards a game. Lindenwood ranked in the top half of the MIAA in both scoring defense and total defense, after ranking second-to-last in total defense the year before. The Lions allowed under 30 points a game for the first time since the 2012 season.

Marshall helped Jonathan Harris earn first-team all-MIAA honors on the defensive line, and Bakari Triggs was a second-team selection as a defensive back. Safety Darrius Williams picked up third-team honors, and two players earned honorable mention awards.

In his first season at Lindenwood, Marshall helped oversee an improved defensive line. Among the players he coached was Harris who earned third-team all-MIAA honors after having six sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss.

Marshall came to Lindenwood after coaching at Montana State from 2007-2015. He was the defensive coordinator, and also served as the assistant head coach from 2013-2015. He also coached linebackers, defensive backs, and safeties.

Marshall helped Montana State reach four NCAA FCS playoffs in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, and he helped the Bobcats win three conference championships from 2010-2012. He coached two Buck Buchanan Award winners (Caleb Schreibeis and Brad Daly) as the National Defensive Players of the Year. Marshall also helped coach five first-team All-Americans, three Big Sky Defensive Players of the Year, and 12 first-team all-conference selections.

While Montana State’s defensive coordinator, the team led the Big Sky three times in total defense, twice in pass defense and sacks, and once in rush defense and scoring defense.

Marshall was an assistant coach at Drake University from 1999-2006, including being the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for his final five seasons. He coached eight first-team all-conference players and one conference Defensive Player of the Year. Drake led the Pioneer Football league in sacks once, and was second in total defense and scoring defense twice.

Marshall was a player at Drake from 1995-1998. He was a three-year starter in the defensive backfield, and twice earned honorable mention all-conference honors. He helped the Bulldogs win league championships in 1995 and 1998.

Marshall graduated from Drake in 1998 with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education. He coached one season of high school before entering the college ranks.

Marshall and his wife, Kristi, have two children, Cole and Piper.


Eric Inama
Defensive Backs / Special Teams Coordinator

Eric Inama is in his second season on the Lindenwood football coaching in 2018. He is the team’s defensive back coach and special teams coordinator.

Inama played a big role in Lindenwood’s defense improving by over seven points and nearly 100 total yards a game. The Lions ranked third in the MIAA by allowing 207.7 passing yards a game, and were ranked third by allowing 6.0 yards per attempt. Lindenwood improved its passing defense by 104.4 yards a game.

Lindenwood also had one of the top special teams in the MIAA under Inama. The Lions ranked in the top three in both punt returns and kickoff returns, the only conference school that could claim that. The Lions also ranked in the top half of the MIAA in net punting, field-goal kicking, and PAT kicking.

Inama coached five all-conference performers. On defense, Bakari Triggs was a second-team selection, Darrius Williams was a third-team pick, and Ace Rogers was honorable mention. On special teams, Kendell Sparks was second-team all-MIAA as a return, and punter Michael Crowder was named honorable mention all-conference.

Inama came to Lindenwood from the University of Sioux Falls, where he served as the defensive backs/special teams coordinator from 2014-2016. In that three-year span, the Cougars went 32-5. Sioux Falls intercepted 66 passes and returned 12 of those interceptions for touchdowns. Sioux Falls was nationally-ranked and made the postseason in all three of those seasons. Last year, the program won the NSIC Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Among the top players Inama coached were John Tidwell and Solomon St. Pierre. Tidwell was a three-time first-team all-NSIC pick, and St. Pierre won back-to-back first-team honors. St. Pierre also won numerous All-American honors, and Tidwell was an Academic All-American. Last season, three defensive backs earned first or second-team all-NSIC accolades.

Inama also coached one of the top special teams units in the NSIC. In 2016, the Cougars ranked third nationally in kickoff returns and 27th in punt returns. Sioux Falls also ranked in the top-20 in kickoff returns in 2014, and in the top-20 in punt returns in 2014 and 2015.

Inama was also an assistant coach at Sioux Falls from 2007-2009. He helped the Cougars win back-to-back NAIA National Championships in 2008 and 2009, and finish second nationally in 2007. Sioux Falls also won conference titles all three of those seasons, and had the NAIA’s No. 1 defense in 2008 and 2009.

From 2010-2012, Inama was the defensive coordinator at Midland University. In his first season, he helped Midland have its most successful season in 16 years. The Warriors went 8-3 and finished the year ranked 22nd in the NAIA. That squad was ranked second in pass defense efficiency, sixth in scoring defense, and 11th in total defense. In 2011, Midland was 17th nationally in total defense and third in creating turnovers.

Inama started his coaching career at Kings College as a defensive backs coach.

In 2012, Inama was named an AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year finalist. That same year, he served as an assistant coach for the 2012 All-American Bowl. In 2010, he was named an honorary captain of the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association.

Inama was a three-time letterwinner at Delaware Valley College. He was a part of a program that went 21-3 during a two-year run that included the 2003 ECAC Bowl Championship and 2004 Middle Atlantic Championship. The 2004 team reached the NCAA Division III Tournament Quarterfinals.

Inama graduated from Delaware Valley College in 2005 with a degree in business administration. He also holds an MBA from Sioux Falls in 2010.

Eric is married to his wife, Kaylene, and they have one son, Kade.


Brandon Andersen
Linebackers

Brandon Andersen is in his second season on the Lindenwood football coaching staff in 2018. He is the team’s linebackers coach.

In his first season at Lindenwood, Andersen oversaw a linebackers unit that returned no starters from the previous season. His linebackers played a key role in the team’s defense allowing 27.2 points a game, 7.2 points fewer than the previous year. It was the first time since the 2012 season that Lindenwood allowed fewer than 30 points a game for the season. Lindenwood’s linebackers helped the Lions improve across the board statistically, including allowing over 100 fewer yards per game.

Andersen helped true freshman Drew Seers be named the team’s Newcomer of the Year. Seers, CJ Bivens, and Nate Blanchard all ranked among the team’s top-five tackles for the season.

Andersen came to Lindenwood from the University of Sioux Falls, where he served as the linebackers coach from 2012-2016. He was also the recruiting coordinator for his final three seasons in Sioux Falls.

Andersen played a big role in Sioux Falls’ defensive success, especially over the last three seasons. In that span, the Cougars went 32-5 and advanced to three postseason appearances. The 2016 squad, which was ranked in the top-five nationally, won the NSIC Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2016, Andersen helped one linebacker earn first-team all-NSIC, one earn second-team all-NSIC, and one earn honorable mention all-conference honors. In all he has coached seven all-conference performers.

Andersen was a four-year linebacker at Sioux Falls from 2008-2011. He was a two-year starter, and tallied 87 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and four sacks throughout his career. From 2008-2010, Andersen helped Sioux Falls to 34-1, advance to three NAIA National Championship games, and win two NAIA National Championships.

Andersen received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Sioux Falls in 2011.


Jarrett Grabbe
Defensive Line

Jarrett Grabbe is in his second season on the Lindenwood football coaching staff in 2018. He is the team’s defensive line coach.

In his first year at Lindenwood, Grabbe coached the team’s top player. Jonathan Harris earned first-team all-MIAA honors for the first time in his career after recording 11.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks. Another lineman, Antonio Davis, also earned honorable mention all-conference accolades.

The defensive line played a key role in Lindenwood having its top scoring defense since 2012. The Lions improved their scoring defense by over seven points over the previous season, and also gave up nearly 100 fewer yards per game.

Grabbe came to Lindenwood from the University of Sioux Falls, where he served as the defensive line coach in 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, he helped the Sioux Falls defense allow just 18.6 points a game. The defensive line allowed just 3.2 yards per rush, and averaged three sacks a game. Grabbe coached two second-team all-conference performers and one honorable mention pick.

The next season, he was a part of a defensive unit that allowed 19.6 points a game. Sioux Falls ranked 16th in the nation with 3.2 sacks a game. He helped coach one first-team all-NSIC performer, two second-team selections, and one honorable mention pick.

Grabbe was a four-year letterwinner for the Cougars from 2011-2014. He recorded 83 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries in his career. Grabbe was an honorable mention all-NSIC pick in 2014, and helped the Cougars win the Mineral Water Bowl that season.


Ryan Moore
Defensive Backs

Ryan Moore is in his second season in 2018 on the Lindenwood coaching staff. He is the team's Defensive Quality Control coach.

Moore helped a Lindenwood defense rank in the top half of the MIAA in both scoring defense and total defense in 2017.  The Lions allowed under 30 points a game for the first time since the 2012 season.  The defense ranked third in the MIAA by allowing 207.7 passing yards a game, and were ranked third by allowing 6.0 yards per attempt.

Prior to joining the staff, Moore coached at Lindsey Wilson in the spring of 2017, helping the running backs and defensive backs.

Moore played at Southeast Missouri from 2013-2016. After redshirting his first season, he played in six games in 2014, and had six tackles.

In 2015, Moore earned a starting position and ranked fourth on the team with 54 tackles. He tied for first on the team with two forced fumbles.

As a senior, Moore was third on the team with 56 tackles. He had seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He was named the team's top defensive back and also won the Cornerstone Award.

Moore graduated from Southeast Missouri in 2016 with a sports management degree.

Moore is originally from St. Louis and attended Lutheran North High School.