Seth Payne and Shane Gallant Join Vandy Football Program

September 9, 2023: the NCAA football match up at Allegacy Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. (Scott Kinser)
September 9, 2023: the NCAA football match up at Allegacy Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. (Scott Kinser)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – February 13, 2024 – Vanderbilt football head coach Clark Lea has announced the addition of two staff members joining the Commodores for 2024. Seth Payne has been hired as senior defensive analyst/pass rush specialist and Shane Gallant will serve as special teams analyst.

Payne arrives in Nashville having spent the last five seasons at Elon where he served as defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator. He was also the recruiting coordinator for the Phoenix in 2023.

Elon’s 2023 squad ranked among the top 20 in FCS in sacks, averaging better than 2.5 per game. Marvin Pearson and Caleb Curtain led the way, each ranking among the top 20 in the CAA.

In 2022, Elon ranked 13th nationally with 2.83 sacks per game, highlighted by 11 in a victory over Albany. In addition, Elon allowed just 131.6 rushing yards per game, the fewest for the team since 2009.

The 2021 season saw a young defensive line deliver 19 sacks while also playing stout against the run. Elon was 5-0 when holding opponents under 120 rushing yards including an upset of No. 25 Rhode Island where the Rams were held to 44 rushing yards.

Payne also coached Elon’s Marcus Willoghby in 2019 as he became Elon’s FCS sack leader with 16.5 career sacks and signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

Before Elon, Payne was briefly at Texas A&M as a defensive analyst in 2019 before joining Elon and spent 2018 as the defensive line coach at VMI.

Payne was at Wake Forest as a graduate assistant from 2015-17, working primarily with the defensive line. That included the 2016 season where Lea served as Wake Forest’s linebackers coach under then-defensive coordinator Mike Elko.

Payne served as a defensive assistant at Villanova in 2014 and started his coaching career as defensive line and linebackers coach at his alma mater, Moravian.

He was a four-year member of the football team at Moravian (2008-11), serving as team captain as a senior. He was twice selected All-Centennial Conference on the defensive line.

The Collingswood, New Jersey, native graduated from Moravian in 2012 with a degree in accounting and completed a Master’s degree in liberal arts at Wake Forest in 2017.

Gallant helped Mississippi State’s special teams rank No. 1 in FBS according to Pro Football Focus in 2022, while ranking 12th according to ESPN’s Special Teams Efficiency. Gallant arrived in Starkville, Mississippi, as a graduate assistant before being named quality control in 2022 and an analyst in 2023.

Gallant started his career as a graduate assistant at Washington State under head coach Mike Leach before joining Leach in Starkville. Gallant also coached special teams in his time with the Cougars.

He arrived on the Palouse after serving as a student assistant at Bowling Green where he assisted with recruiting and scouting. He was also a recruiting and operations intern at Texas Tech under then-head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

The New Egypt, New Jersey, native graduated from Bowling Green in 2017 with a degree in sport management and a minor in marketing.

Source: Vanderbilt
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