Coach Trivers has been coaching football for 24 years, including 17 years as head coach of three different football programs. He was the first coach in the history of Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland, where in nine seasons he led the team to five Division Championships, three Regional Championships, and one State Championship. He was also the Head Coach at Leesburg High School in Leesburg, Florida, for four seasons where he led the team to four straight winning seasons, two state playoff appearances, and its first home playoff win and District Championship since 1969.
In recent years, Coach Trivers has led the Eagles to a 46-14 record in five seasons including back-to-back DCSAA State Championship Titles and the first WCAC Championship since 2002. Coach Trivers attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he played running back and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in African American Studies. After college, he earned a Masters degree in Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. A member of Gonzaga’s English Department, Trivers teaches Classic Literature and African American Literature. He and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Rex and Rhys.
Assistant and Volunteer Coaches
Danny Schaechter, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Danny Schaecter, known as Coach Shack, is in his 14th season coaching football, and his 6th at Gonzaga. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Coach Shack worked on the coaching staffs at Illinois State University, Arkansas Tech University, Jack Britt High School (NC), and Leesburg High School (FL). Coach Shack is from Northbrook, Illinois, where he graduated from Glenbrook North High School. Coach Shack and his wife, Nicole, have a daughter named Hailey and son named Zayde.
Jon Volpe, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Coach Volpe has been coaching football for eleven years, eight of them at Gonzaga. He is from Reston, Virginia, where he graduated from South Lakes High School. After high school, he played at the University of Albany, where he earned his Bachelor’s in Finance and Master of Business Administration degree.
Conrad Singh '00, Special Teams Coordinator/Fullbacks
Conrad Singh is in his 13th season coaching—he spent two seasons at Hampden-Sydney College before joining the coaching staff at Gonzaga eleven years ago. From Fort Washington, Maryland, he graduated from Gonzaga in 2000, before going on to Hampden-Sydney College, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Coach Singh was inducted into the Hampden-Sydney College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Coach Singh and his wife, Gemini, have a daughter named Michaela and son named Julian.
Coach Young is in his 8th season in the coaching profession and his 6th season at Gonzaga. He coached at Thomas S. Wootton High School before joining the Gonzaga staff. Coach Young is from Germantown, Maryland, where he graduated from Northwest High School. Coach Young played collegiately at both Virginia Tech and Morgan State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration. Coach Young has worked on campus as part of the Facilities Department since 2017.
Thomas Meert, Tight Ends
Coach Thomas Meert enters his third season at Gonzaga, and his 11th season coaching over all. He has coached the Tight Ends and assisted the Special teams all three of those years, and this will be his second season spearheading the youth out-reach and recruiting operation.
Prior to Gonzaga, Meert spent six seasons in college football including stops at Fairmont State University, Waynesburg University, and West Virginia University. At Fairmont State, he coached the Tight Ends and Fullbacks, and was the Director of High School Relations. Meert came to Fairmont State from Waynesburg University, where he coached the Wide Receivers. Before that, he was an Offensive Intern at West Virginia University. Meert got his start in coaching at Fork Union Military Academy, where he coached Running Backs and Wide Receivers. He teaches mathematics to fifth and sixth graders at the Mater Dei School, an elementary and middle school in Bethesda, MD. Meert, a native of Belgium, recently married his wife, Miranda.
George Mitchell, Defensive Tackles
Before joining the Eagles’ coaching staff four years ago, Coach Mitchell coached for one season at Atholton High School. Coach Mitchell is originally from Petersburg, Virginia, but later moved to Great Mills, Maryland, where he graduated from Great Mills High School. At Towson University, he played football and studied Sports Management and Business.
Chris Rosier ‘96, Receivers
Coach Rosier has been coaching at Gonzaga for 14 years. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he later moved to Virginia and graduated from Gonzaga in 1996. He went on to the College of William & Mary, where he played football and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Cullen Casey, Offensive Line
Coach Cullen Casey, bio forhcoming.
Jim Tapley, Hybrids
Coach Jim Tapley, bio forthcoming.
George Sessoms, Runningbacks
Coach George Sessoms, bio forthcoming.
CJ Herbert, Assistant Offensive Line, JV Offensive Coordinator
Andre Winston, Assistant Receivers, JV Skill Coach
Coach Andre Winston, bio forthcoming.
Nana Ansah, Assistant Strength & Conditioning
Coach Nana Ansah, bio forthcoming.
Jake Simmons '65, Academic Coordinator
Coach Simmons is originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, and now resides in Woodbridge, Virginia. A 1965 graduate of Gonzaga College High School, Coach Simmons earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Maryland and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma.