2018 Radnor Football Coaching Staff and Profiles
Tom Ryan: Head Coach
Tom Ryan has been the Radnor High School Football Head Coach since 2007. Coach Ryan spent the previous six years at West Chester University where he was an assistant coach for both Rick Daniels and Bill Zwaan. During his tenure at West Chester Tom was a tight end and linebacker coach and coached numerous All – PSAC, and All –Americans players. In addition, while at West Chester the Rams were a 3 time National playoff team and in 2004 went all the way to the National Semi-Final game.
Prior to coaching at WCU Coach Ryan was an assistant coach at Upper Darby High School for seven years where he was the Special Team Coordinator in addition to receiver and linebacker coach. Tom coached many All- Central and All- Delco players while at Upper Darby.
Tom received his undergraduate degree from West Chester University in Health and Physical Education where he lettered 3 years in football. He also received his Masters at West Chester University in Athletic Administration. Tom was the Department Head of Health and Physical Education at Drexel Hill Middle School in the Upper Darby School District. He also is a graduate of Upper Darby High School where he lettered in football 3 years.
Tom is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher at Radnor High School.
Chris Sydnor: Defensive Backs/Running Backs
Coach Sydnor is a 1981 graduate of Radnor High School. While at Radnor, Coach Sydnor excelled at football and track and field. As a running back for the Raiders he received All-State honors and was named All-American as a sprinter for track and field. Coach Sydnor continued his football career at Penn State University where he received a 4-year scholarship and started two years for the Lions as a Defensive Back. Chris was a member of Penn State’s National Championship Team in 1982 and was a 9th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Raiders. After his pro-football career Coach Sydnor returned to Radnor and became an assistant football coach. This is Coach Sydnor’s 12th year coaching at RHS. He is married and has two children.
Tony Brigg: Offensive Line/Defensive Line
Coach Brigg went to Radnor High School and has been coaching for 28 years. Coach Brigg has coached at Radnor High School in the 1990’s and then spent 9 years at Archbishop Carroll. Coach Brigg came back to Radnor in 2011. Coach is a Vietnam veteran and has raised seven children. Coach also has seven grandchildren. All three of Coach Brigg’s sons played football at Radnor High School.
Larry DiSipio: Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs/Linebackers
Coach Larry DiSipio has been with Radnor Football since 2011. Coach DiSipio is a Radnor graduate and former captain of the 2005-2006 Radnor Football Team, where he was a three year starter at linebacker. Larry graduated from West Virginia University with a teaching degree in physical education and health. He is working in the Radnor School District as a health and physical education teacher as well as coaching lacrosse. Coach DiSipio will be working with the running backs and linebackers this season.
Dave Bowen: Offensive Line
This is Coach Bowen's third season on staff at Radnor. He was a part of Coach Ryan's first Freshman class back in 2008 and was a senior captain in 2011. Coach Bowen played offensive line at Boston College before being in rookie minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles.
James Hemwall: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Coach Hemwall has been coaching with Radnor since 2009. He was a 2008 graduate of Radnor High School and was a member of Coach Ryan's first senior class at Radnor. Coach Hemwall works with the Wide Receivers, Tight Ends, and runs the JV offense. He works full time as a Firefighter and EMT for the Philadelphia Fire Department.
Dave Booth: Defensive Line/Offensive Line
Dave Booth is in his 44th year of coaching high school football and his 5th season with the Raiders. Coach Booth has coached in the Central League at Penncrest and Upper Darby. It was at UD that he coached with Coach Ryan. He also coached in Berks County at Holy Name High School (his alma mater) and was the Head coach at Daniel Boone High School for nine years. Coach was a four year starter at Mansfield University in the early seventies. Coach Booth is excited to be able to coach the 2018 Raiders who he believes to be a talented hard working group of young men.
TaJae Bryant: Running Backs/Linebackers
Coach Bryant is a graduate of Radnor High School class of 2012, and is former captain of the 2011-2012 football team where he started as a linebacker and running back for three years. Coach Bryant continued his athletic career at Kutztown University before graduating and earning his degree at Robert Morris University.
Mike Busza: Freshman Head Coach
Mike has been teaching and coaching here at RHS since 1996. He teaches Health and PE and coaches football and lacrosse. He played on the Eastern State Championship Team at Ridley High School in 1990. Coach Busza was the captain and started as the running back and cornerback for that team. He is a PSU graduate where he was a stand out midfielder on the Penn State Lacrosse Team. Coach Busza is looking forward to a great season!
Justin Schellenger: Freshman Linebackers/Offensive and Defensive Line
A four year varsity letter winner at The Haverford School/Great Valley High School in football and wrestling. He earned All-Chesmont League at linebacker in 2008 and was a Valor Bowl starting linebacker in 2009. He wrestled at Limestone College and graduated in June 2014. Justin is currently working as a para-educator at our middle school.
Matt Leighton- Matt has been a part of Radnor Football since 2009. He is currently a student at East Stroudsburg, where he is an assistant football manager.
Charlie Doane: Student Manager
This will be Charlie's 4th year with Radnor Football. Charlie serves as the director of operations for the team as well as H2O specialist. Charlie plans on furthering his career as a manager after high school.
Jack Demmy, Student Manager
This is Jack's second year with the Radnor Football program. Jack assists Charlie during practice with operations and water. We are extremely lucky to have Jack as a part of our team!
Anthony Esbensen, Student Manager
This is Anthony's first year with the Radnor Football program.
Carlos Palma, Student Manager
This is Carlos' first year with the Radnor Football program.