Rob Disbennett enters his 28th season on the SU staff and his 18th as the team’s defensive coordinator. During the 2017 Disbennett helped lead a defense that allowed an average of 276.5 yards per game, which ranked 23rd in the country. The defense surrendered a 105.5 rushing yards per game mark which ranked in the top 50 in the nation.
In 2016, Disbennett led Salisbury to the 49th ranked defense in the nation, holding opponents to less than 300 yards on five different occasions during the season. The Sea Gulls ranked second in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in rushing defense, allowing just 116.1 yards per game on the ground.
A former All-American quarterback at SU, Disbennett led the Sea Gulls to two NCAA tournament appearances (1983 and 1985) and graduated with most of the team passing records in tow. Disbennett still claims the following records at SU: most touchdown passes in a season and career, highest completion percentage for a season, and most consecutive passes completed. Disbennett previously served as the team’s offensive coordinator when Salisbury finished 14th in the nation in passing (1993, 1994). In 1996, he was inducted into the SU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Disbennett is the main recruiter for Salisbury in the following areas: Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland (Howard County).