DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
Jamie Marshall just recently finished his first season on the Lindenwood football coaching staff. After being the program's assistant head coach and defensive line coach in 2016, he was promoted to Defensive Coordinator for the 2017 season.
Marshall helped oversee an improved defensive line in his first season as a Lion. Among the players he coached was Jonathan Harris who earned third-team all-MIAA honors after having six sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss.
Marshall comes 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.
Defensive Backs / Special Teams Coordinator
Eric Inama joined the Lindenwood football coaching staff in December. He is the team’s Defensive Back coach and Special Teams Coordinator.
Inama comes to Lindenwood from the University of Sioux Falls, where he served as the Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator from 2013-2016. In that span, the Cougars went 38-10, including a 32-5 mark in the final three seasons. In those last three years, 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, and he graduated from the school 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.
Brandon Andersen joined the Lindenwood football coaching staff in December. He is the team’s Linebackers coach.
Andersen comes 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 have gone 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 was a member of the Sioux Falls program that went 34-1, advanced to three NAIA National Championship games, and won two NAIA National Championships.
Andersen received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Sioux Falls in 2011.
Jarrett Grabbe joined the Lindenwood football coaching staff in December. He is the team’s Defensive Line coach.
Grabbe comes to Lindenwood from the University of Sioux Falls, where he served as the Defensive Line coach in 2016. He was a part of a defensive unit that allowed just 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.